Madison County is set to award more than $1.35 million in Park and Recreation Grants

 Madison County is set to award more than $1.35 million in Park and Recreation Grants

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County is awarding $1.35 in funding for various park and recreational projects in communities throughout the county.

The Madison County Parks and Recreation Grant Commission approved the Park Enhancement Program grants on March 9. The Grants Committee voted March 12 on the resolution authorizing $1,350,108 in PEP grants and the County Board will take action on March 21.

The PEP grants range from between $15,000 and $165,200 and including funds for projects such as a dog park, playground equipment, pavilions, a walking/bike trail and outdoor lighting. The funding will be combined with city, village, township and park district funds to finance the projects.

Chairman Kurt Prenzler said the PEP program is successful thanks to the taxpayers. He said the 1/10th of one percent sales tax was approved by voters in 2000 under the Illinois Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act and is administered by Madison County’s Community Development Department.

“Since its establishment the funds have been used to improve parks and recreational facilities across the county,” Prenzler said.

In the program’s 18 years, more than $20 million has been awarded, according to officials. Municipalities can apply annually for a grant.

Community Development Administrator Trudy Bodenbach said residents benefit in many ways from the efforts of the Park and Recreation Commission. She said the PEP grants are instrumental in enabling communities to maintain and improve their respective parks and recreational facilities. 

County Board member Jamie Goggin, who is chair of the Park and Recreation Grant Commission, said serving on the commission is one of his most enjoyable and rewarding duties as an elected official. 

“People in every community can go to their local park and point to something that was built from this program,” Goggin said. “We have a vast network of parks and recreational facilities within the county and these things enhance the quality of life for all our residents.”

He said not only do residents enjoy the amenities at parks and recreational facilities but so do the people who come to visit and it contributes positively toward the county’s overall economic development.

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2018 PEP Grant Requests 

Alhambra Township
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project: 
Alhambra Township Park
Renovation of concession stand equipment including new reach in refrigerator and two tank-less water heaters
Refrigerated merchandiser
Ball diamond dirt

Alton Park & Recreation
Amount Requested:  $138,655.00
Scope of Project: 
Gordon Moore Park
Repayment of pep loan
Fencing of soccer fields
Field 6 ADA viewing area
Simpson court 5 and 6 repairs
Simpson Clubhouse ADA restroom improvements
Concession 1 charging station
Diamond 1 lighting facilities improvements
Protective fall surface at concession 2 play area
Killion Park
Install ADA compliant viewing area at basketball court
Sidewalk removal and replacement
 
Village of Bethalto
Amount Requested: $47,900.00
Scope of Project:
 Town & Country Swimming Pool in Central Park
Loan repayment
Final concrete pour
Installation of fencing
Acquisition of chairs, umbrellas, loungers, benches, etc.
 
Chouteau Township
Amount Requested: $20,950.00
Scope of Project:
 Chouteau Township Park
Purchase and install fence along Thorngate Dr.
Purchase new mower
Top/trim 25 trees
 
Collinsville Area Recreation District
Amount Requested: $165,200.00
Scope of Project:
 Glidden Park (City of Collinsville)
Purchase of two ADA picnic tables
Pleasant Ridge Park (Village of Maryville)
Retaining wall
ADA Park grill
Five waste receptacles
Splash City
Landscaping Lazy River and Oasis Fence Line
Concrete at three locations
Safe slide restoration
Davco painting
        Sports Complex (City of Collinsville)
Purchase of three sets of bleachers
Woodland (City of Collinsville)
Purchase of five sets of bleachers, ten ADA picnic tables
  
East Alton
Amount Requested: $31,480.00
Scope of Project:
 Keasler Recreation Complex
Loan repayment for Keasler Renovation
Installation of thermostat at Keasler
 
City of Edwardsville
Amount Requested: $133,155.00
Scope of Project:
 Vadalabene Park
Construction of new playground
Schwarz Dog Park
Purchase and installation of turf
 
Edwardsville Township
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project: 
Township Park
Replacement of existing wood playground with a new playground
 
Foster Township
Amount Requested: $19,995.00
Scope of Project: 
Foster Township Park
Repay loan for museum
 
Village of Glen Carbon
Amount Requested: $64,825.00
Scope of Project:
 Schon Park
Phase II improvements including a playground area, restrooms and parking
 
Village of Godfrey
Amount Requested: $89,835.00
Scope of Project:
  Homer Adams Park
ADA compliance to restroom facility
Godfrey Ball Park
New fencing on field 3 and 5
 
Granite City Park District:
Amount Requested: $150,950.00
Scope of Project: 
Brown Recreation Center
Gymnastics equipment
 Wilson Park
Garden gazebo painting
New backstop on diamond 2
Basketball court improvements
Pool shade
Pool gutter renovations
Legacy Golf Course
Shore stabilization plan
 
Village of Hamel
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
  Hamel Community Park/Building
Construct a public restroom facility
  
City of Highland
Amount Requested: $48,895.00
Scope of Project:
 Glik Park
Renovate the infield
Replace an existing ADA poured in place surface
Korte Rec Center
Year 1 repayment of PEP loan
 
Village of Livingston
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
 Veterans Memorial Park
Loan repayment and funding for public restroom
 
City of Madison
Amount Requested: $19,575.00
Scope of Project:
 Cloverleaf Park (Nameoki Township)
Concrete pad
Misc.
Basketball backboard replacements
Trees and shrubs around city parks
           
Village of Marine
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
Village Park
Add a marquee
2 ADA water drinking fountains
Upgrade the electrical
 
Village of Maryville
Amount Requested: $22,005.00
Scope of Project: 
Drost Park
Repay remaining balance of bank loan for playground
Materials for safety surface and equipment
 
Nameoki Township
Amount Requested: $20,923.00
Scope of Project: 
Community Park
Playground border edging – concrete barrier curb
Construction of a 16x20 pavilion
 
New Douglas Township
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
 New Douglas Township Park
ADA parking & signage remediation
Wi-Fi water leak detector
Restroom adaptation remediation
Movie program
Park and playground equipment
Picnic table rehabilitation
Native plant garden development
Greenhouse repairs
 
Village of New Douglas
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project: Purchase mower
 
Village of Pontoon Beach
Amount Requested: $28,705.00
Scope of Project:
 Lakeside Park
Pavilion with slab
Picnic tables
Benches
Shoreline viewing platform
Parking lot
Perimeter vinyl fence
Grilling stations
Lighting and electrical
Rip rap along shoreline
Park signage
 
Roxana Community Park District
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
 Roxana Park
Install five, 15’ LED light poles along new walking path
Purchase one set of four row, 15’ bleachers
Replacement of deteriorating fence surrounding a playground with a new 4’ chain link fence
 
Village of South Roxana
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project: 
Veterans Memorial
Purchase UTV for the park
 
St. Jacob Park District
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
Update and repairs to main park pavilion
 
Tri-Township Park District
Amount Requested: $80,745.00
Scope of Project:
Lighting in southwest parking lot and lighting for sports fields
Reconstruction and pavement overlay for eroded walking trails
Complete southwest parking lot with oil and chip
 
Venice Park District
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
Repayment for the loan once IDNR releases funds for OSLAD
  
Wood River Parks and Recreation
Amount Requested: $53,150.00
Scope of Project:
Repayment of outstanding pep loan
Renovate Emerick Sports Complex
 
Wood River Township
Amount Requested: $33,195.00
Scope of Project:
 Kutter Park
Construct walking bike trail through Cottage Hills
 
Village of Worden
Amount Requested: $15,000.00
Scope of Project:
Annual payment of the Park & Recreation Loan

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