Mayor Bill Hennessy and Ward 3 Council Members Dale Kling and Reid Cranmer join with city staff and representatives from KCI construction to break ground on the new 57-acre O’Day Park.Photo courtesy City of O'Fallon.
The City of O’Fallon broke ground Feb. 2 on a new 57-acre park, which will be located at Hwy. DD southwest of Hwy. 40.
O’Day Park, which is expected to open in January 2019, will include an amphitheater, paved and natural walking trails, group camping area for scout and school groups, a banquet/conference center, an adventure playground with a water feature, pavilions, a dedicated space for teens and more. Land for the park was donated to the city by a family in 2001.
The city also anticipates reopening the expanded Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center Memorial Day weekend. Improvements will double the capacity of the pool, which is often full on hot summer days. Other upgrades include a new splash pad, a zero-depth entry pool, water features and a longer lazy river.
Both projects were made possible by the passage of Proposition Parks, which authorized the city to issue approximately $20 million in bonds, to be paid back using a .02 cent property tax increase (per $100 assessed valuation).