EDWARDSVILLE — A playground in one of the city’s largest parks may receive a facelift if the county awards a request for funding from the mayor.
Joe Glik Park, the 42-acre park on East Lake Drive in Edwardsville, features a large playground, 2,500 feet of trails, two fishing lakes, sand volleyball courts and open areas for play. The property was purchased with a donation from Joe Glik, patriarch of local retail chain Glik’s, in 1998, and two Illinois Department of Natural Resources Grants, according to the city’s website. It opened in 2003.
Since building the large playground, the city hasn’t “had it in the budget” to fix up the aging surface, said Katie Grable, assistant director of the department. The funds will be used to resurface the playground with a poured-in-place material made of recycled tires. Wood chips are currently used at the playground.
City council trustees approved on Tuesday night Mayor Hal Patton’s resolution to apply for Sustainability Grant Funds from Madison County Community Development. The action comes after a recent $1,000 donation from Glik that the mayor announced at the council meeting.
The mayor will request $15,000 in county funds, which the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has to match at 20 percent, Grable said. The parks department has been in the process during the last 10 years of resurfacing all the city’s playgrounds with the recycled tire material.
The material is eligible for the county’s sustainability grants because it’s recycled. Not only is it earth-friendly, but it cushions falls and makes playgrounds easier for accessibility.
Work under a small play structure in the park will begin April 11.
Edwardsville recently received a Park Enhancement Grant from the county to help the city complete its planned Spray and Play Park. The $133,155 grant will help fund splash features to be installed at the new splash park, located at the corner of South Main Street and Schwarz Street near downtown Edwardsville. The park is set to open this summer.
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