Leon Corlew Park, which is located at the intersection of South Main and Schwarz Road, was named after a former city alderman and local Rotarian. Both the playground and spray pad have colorful, transparent features that create an array of colors on the ground when sunlight passes through. Children can splash among spraying flowers, leaves and vines on the spray pad, which has a plant theme. On the playground, kids can bounce on a fire truck and a police car, which were included as a whimsical nod to the public safety facility that will be built nearby. Fitness equipment will be installed in the future. Opening date for the new park was originally scheduled for July 1, but was pushed back a week to allow extra time for staff training and to ensure all ADA features are in place.
The project was funded through “A Better Place to Play,” a fundraising campaign that is working to expand recreation opportunities in the area. “A Better Place to Play” is also working to raise funds for construction of an ice rink/teen complex and a sports park. 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, indoor track, fitness center and teen center. The proposed sports park would be located near the I-55 corridor and would include softball, baseball and soccer fields, pickleball courts and an accessible field for athletes with special needs.
Those wishing to make a financial donation to “A Better Place to Play” may call 618-692-7538 or visit abetterplacetoplay.com.
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