EDWARDSVILLE — At Wednesday’s meeting of the Madison County Board, Chairman Alan J. Dunstan recognized the Granite City Park District and village of Livingston for their respective park improvement projects.
Representing the village of Livingston at the meeting was Mayor Dennis Scarsdale. The Granite City Park District was represented by Justin Brinkmeyer, facility manager at Wilson Park. The projects in both communities partially were funded by park enhancement grants awarded by the Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission.
“Madison County residents have the right to expect their local and county governments to do everything possible to keep them and their families safe, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” Dunstan said. “In Madison County, we believe it is also important to go beyond public safety and economic development; we do everything we can to enhance our residents’ quality of life. By supporting the great system of parks and recreation programs, which we have in Madison County, we are doing just that.”
The village of Livingston used a grant for projects at Veterans Memorial Park. A new scoreboard was installed at the park’s basketball court, which was also resurfaced, coated with an acrylic surface and striped. A new swing set was also purchased and installed in the park.
The Granite City Park District used funds to purchase a new Zamboni, an ice resurfacing machine, for the Wilson Park ice rink. “The rink at Wilson Park is utilized by high school hockey teams from throughout the county, club teams and a large number of recreational skaters,” Dunstan said. “The Zamboni is an essential tool in keeping the ice surface in a safe, suitable condition.”
Other park enhancement funds were used for the installation of a new backstop on one of the park’s baseball diamonds and the purchase of a portable pitching mound. The park district also purchased two swings, three ADA-compliant spring toys and wood fibrous materials, a protective ground cover for the area around the swings.
The park enhancement grant program is administered by the Madison County Community Development department, operating under the direction of the Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission. The commission oversees the operation of the Metro East Park and Recreation District, which was created by a vote of Madison County residents in November 2000. The district is funded by a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax.