The City of Edwardsville, Illinois, has launched a fundraising campaign in an effort to expand recreation opportunities in the area. Through “A Better Place to Play,” the city is working to raise money for construction of an ice rink, sports park and spray park.
The Spray & Play Park is tentatively scheduled for completion by Memorial Day weekend in 2016. The planned spray park would be located behind the future public safety facility and would include both a dry playground and splash pad, a walking track, a pavilion, restrooms and ADA features. The anticipated cost of the project is $2 million and is already partially funded through an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a Park and Trail Grant from the Metro East Park and Recreation District and a grant from the Madison County Park Enhancement Program. Several local civic organizations have provided sponsorships as well.
The ice rink and teen complex would be located off Governor’s Parkway and is expected to serve residents of Edwardsville, Edwardsville Township and Glen Carbon. Organizers say the location would make it accessible to SIUE students as well. The 43,000-square-foot facility would house an ice rink, locker rooms, fitness center and teen center. The anticipated cost of the project is $7 million. The proposed $3 million sports park would be located near the I-55 corridor and would include softball, baseball and soccer fields, as well as an accessible field for athletes with special needs.
Those wishing to make a financial contribution to “A Better Place to Play” may choose to designate their donation to one of the three projects individually, or make a general contribution to the “A Better Place to Play” fund to support all three projects. Donations may be made via PayPal, by making a two-year pledge or by becoming a major sponsor. For more information or to make a donation call 618-692-7538 or visit betterplacetoplay.com.