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Fairview Heights’ Moody Park rehab moves from playground to pavilions

Everett Moody Park renovation

The Fairview Heights Heights Parks and Recreation Department has undertaken a large renovation at Everett Moody Park which include more access for disabled visitors
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The Fairview Heights Heights Parks and Recreation Department has undertaken a large renovation at Everett Moody Park which include more access for disabled visitors

Another round of construction is underway in Everett Moody Park in Fairview Heights, with this phase costing $391,000 to replace 30-year-old pavillions and make them more accessible to those with disabilities.

“We’re trying to revitalize Everett Moody Park. The city is very dedicated to this,” said Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation Department Director Angela Beaston.

Crews have removed the four old pavilions and are replacing them. Concrete paths will make it easier to get to the new structures and around the park grounds.

Three pavilions will be in the same area as the previous four. The fourth pavilion will be placed next to the lake and the renovated playground.

The old wooden playground built by the community in 1995 was splintering and causing injuries, so it was replaced for $377,000 with a playground that is safer, handicapped accessible and needs less maintenance. Playground work was completed in July.

Future park projects will include refurbishing the dilapidated tennis courts and putting a new surface on the park’s 1.5 mile walking trail. Cost as well as the preference of walkers are being studied to decide how to renovate the path.

The $391,000 in current renovations includes a $104,000 grant from the Metro East Park and Recreation District and $30,000 from St. Clair County that will be used for the pavilion near the playground.

Casey Brennan and her daughter, Reyse Stasko, 4, of Mount Vernon, have visited the park for several years. On Monday they found a small spot to play near some of the new construction.

“This is a lot bigger compared to (our park) in Mount Vernon,” Brennan said.

Beaston said the pavillion project should be finished by the end of the year.

“People are really excited about all the changes and the accessibility is really exciting to a lot of people. It will be an area where everyone can go and enjoy,” Beaston said.

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