EDWARDSVILLE — A Better Place to Play, the local campaign seeking to raise funds for additional recreational facilities in the Edwardsville area, announced that their latest fundraising effort, Ready, Set, Read, was a success, generating more than $12,000 in donations toward the parks projects.
On April 29, participating schools in the Edwardsville School District brought a favorite book to school to read during a designated time for 30 minutes. The goal of Ready, Set, Read was to raise awareness and funds for the campaign’s proposed projects, which include the Leon Corlew Park, home to the future splash pad, opening this summer, an Ice Rink & Teen Center, as well as a multi-use Sports Park, Plummer Family Park. Sponsorships, donations and grants are being collected to help fund the new parks.
“Everyone in our community will be able to enjoy the new parks, offering more green space and more recreation,” said Katie Grable, assistant director with the city of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department. “The Ready, Set, Read promotion was a fun way to get local families involved, offering unique prizes for the kids. Mayor for a Day, Police Chief for a Day, and Fire Chief for a Day were prizes for the highest earners at each grade level.”
Students at Leclaire Elementary, the school that garnered the most donations (highest school ratio/money per student) will be contributing content and burying a time capsule at the Leon Corlew Park site to be excavated in 30 years. The time capsule will be buried at the grand opening celebration for the new splash park this summer.
Of the three parks projects in development, the Leon Corlew Park was the first to get started at the intersection of South Main and Schwarz streets. Slated for completion in July, plans for the park include a splash pad and dry playground designed with special ADA standards built into the site. The park will also include a walking and fitness track, shade structures, pavilions, restrooms and changing rooms as well as native plantings with interpretive signage and a butterfly garden. Additional information about the Sports Park and the Ice Rink/Teen Center are available at www.betterplacetoplay.com.
For those interested in donating to any of the parks projects, sponsorship levels are available to corporate sponsors or private citizens to help fund development. Patrons can donate through the campaign’s website, either notating a specific park or donating to the general fund. The campaign is a partnership with the Edwardsville Community Foundation, making sponsorships and donations tax-deductible.