Ready to help out 93-year-old Bellevue Park in Belleville?
Volunteers are needed for a community work day on Saturday to help finish work on the park’s new “natural” playground and spruce up other parts of the park at 401 Bellevue Park Drive.
The city was one of four communities nationwide last year to receive a $109,000 grant to pay for the new playground. The grant was funded by the American Water Charitable Foundation and disbursed by the National Recreation and Park Association.
The nature-based play area includes a slide built into a hillside near the stone lodge, stepping stumps and a notched log stepper.
Debbie Belleville, director of the Belleville Parks & Recreation Department, said the main pieces of the play area have been installed. However, she said the area around playground is extremely muddy and the ground will be seeded after the community work day.
“This is a natural playground and there is not another park in the region that has a natural playground. So we are trying to encourage the kids to learn a little bit more about playing out in nature,” Belleville said.
Belleville said the community work day is one of the requirements of the grant. She said “a lot” of volunteers have already signed up and she also expects 20 to 25 employees from Illinois American Water Co. to assist with the work.
Some of the chores for volunteers include planting flowers, painting, staining, spreading mulch, installing signs and cleaning up debris.
People interested in volunteering are asked to preregister by calling the Belleville Parks & Recreation Department at 618-233-1416 or emailing Debbie Belleville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at the stone lodge and work will be done from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be served hot dogs and ice cream.