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St. Clair County parks commission to award $637K in grants

The St. Clair County Parks Grant Commission plans to award more than $637,700 worth of park grants to various municipalities and park districts.

The grants are scheduled to be formally voted on by the county board on Monday.

During this grant cycle, which is the 22nd for the commission, 23 grants that range from $16,225 to $30,000 were proposed to be awarded.

Money for the grants comes from a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax in the county collected to improve local parks. The voter-approved sales tax has been levied since July 2001.

Since 2002, the parks commission has awarded 261 grants totaling about $6.4 million.

A majority of the parks in the county wouldn’t be in the shape they are in now if not for the grants, said Herb Simmons, who serves as chairman of the parks grant commission.

“All the parks in St. Clair County have been funded multiple times,” Simmons said. “The commission is committed to helping keep these parks funded the best we can.”

Work in the latest round of awards includes upgrading baseball and football fields, improving drainage, purchasing safety equipment, a tennis court and restroom rehabilitation, and trail improvements among other things.

▪  Alorton: $18,826 for mowers and trimmers for Alorton Park

▪  Centreville: $29,800 to upgrade baseball and football fields

▪  Dupo: $25,000 for Dupo Park drainage improvements and enclosures

▪  East St. Louis Park District: $30,000 for maintenance equipment and Officer McBride Park ball field renovation

▪  East St. Louis Township: $30,000 for Dunham Park improvements and restoration

▪  Village of Fairmont City: $30,000 for the Granby Park grading and walking trail

▪  Fairview Heights: $30,000 for a Lexington playground project

▪  Fayetteville: $16,255 for park safety equipment and park improvements

▪  Freeburg Park District: $28,938 for park improvements and increased safety projects

▪  Village of Freeburg: $30,000 for a shelter/pavilion at Freeburg Pool.

▪  Marissa: $30,000 for White Oak Park American with Disabilities Act improvements

▪  Mascoutah: $29,625 for Maple Park improvements

▪  Metro East Park & Recreation District: $30,000 for Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park LED lighting

▪  Millstadt: $30,000 for an asphalt walking trail

▪  New Athens: $23,170.56 for Okaw Park renovations

▪  O’Fallon Parks & Recreation: $30,000 for Community Park ADA improvements

▪  Shiloh: $30,000 for the seventh phase of Sierra Park

▪  Smithton: $30,000 for a tennis court and restroom rehabilitation

▪  St. Clair County: $30,000 for Engelmann Farm Trail improvements

▪  SCC Greenspace Foundation: $16,941 for restoration, regeneration and enlarging Bluff Park

▪  St. Libory: $30,000 for Wenneman Park improvements

▪  Summerfield: $30,000 for a fitness and walking trail

▪  Swansea: $29,227 for Swansea Kingdom playground equipment

Contact reporter Joseph Bustos at or 618-239-2451. Follow him on Twitter: @JoeBReporter.