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The City takes pride in providing beautiful, well-maintained parks offering a range of amenities and features.
City parks are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Please explore the list below for features and locations.
To reserve park pavilions or the facilities at the Watershed Nature Center, please click HERE.
This off-leash dog park was established near downtown Edwardsville in 2018. In 2019, it was named in memory of a community veterinarian, Brent Leh, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2018. The park has synthetic turf and fencing and includes some agility equipment. There is a water station for dogs, but water access is shut off during the colder months. The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and has dusk-to-dawn lighting.
NOTICE: Park rules must be read and followed by all who utilize this facility. Please click here to access the rules.
LOCATION: Olive Street and West Schwarz Street (Click address for map)
At 2.088 acres, City Park is Edwardsville's most centrally situated park, located on the edge of downtown. City Park is also the site of the Edwardsville Public Library and the Cleaon Etzkorn bandstand. The bandstand serves as the focal point for numerous events throughout the year, including concerts by Edwardsville’s Municipal Band, the Edwardsville Symphony and the Friday night summer Concerts in the Park series. City Park has restrooms, park benches, the Madison County Centennial Monument and a scenic fountain, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bearden. This park is home to large community festivals and events each year.
LOCATION: 101 South Buchanan Street (Click address for map)
William C. Drda Woods is a 71-acre park that is currently being reforested. Drda Woods preserve is adjacent to Bohm Woods State Nature Preserve. Preservation work is being led by parks staff, volunteers and the Heartlands Conservancy. Part of the terms of a grant from Illinois Clean Energy Foundation includes restoration of the forest, which was previously used as farmland. Plans call for public access to Drda Woods to be established off New Poag Road near the entrance to SIUE.
LOCATION: 5404 New Poag Road (Click address for map)
Hoppe Park stretches over 10 acres and is part of a complement of feature-packed sites (along with Winston Brown Recreation Complex and Watershed Nature Center) in that area of Edwardsville that offer plenty for nature lovers, athletes, families and more. Located on Tower Avenue, Hoppe Park is also the home of the Edwardsville Little League baseball program.
LOCATION: 1500 Tower Avenue (Click on address for map)
One of the smallest parks in the United States is located in Edwardsville at the intersection of St. Louis and Randle streets. Hotz Park, at just .2 acres, is home to a huge stone bearing a bronze plaque that commemorates the City's five resident governors. Those governors were: Edward Coles, Ninian Edwards, John Reynolds, Thomas Ford and Charles Deneen.
LOCATION: 300 Randle Street (Click address for map)
At more than 42 acres, this park was purchased through a donation from Joe Glik and two Illinois Department of Natural Resources grants. Located near Dunlap Lake on East Lake Drive, this park accommodates many community events and a variety of activities. The first phase is complete, but additional development is planned.
LOCATION: 710 East Lake Drive (Click address for map)
Leclaire Field occupies 3.3 acres near Hale avenue and Troy Road. A signature Little League baseball facility was created in a cooperative effort with the Edwardsville Glen Carbon Little League Association. The site includes an elementary-size baseball field with a sprinkler system, electronic scoreboard, field lighting system, concessions, restrooms, press box building, paved parking lot, street lighting, grandstand seating and waterfall fountain. Nearby is the historic Leclaire Academy building, a more than century-old school building that delights as the site of the Edwardsville Children’s Museum.
LOCATION: 701 Hale Avenue (Click address for map)
Leclaire Park sprawls across 5.8 acres nestled within the historic Leclaire neighborhood. It is a favorite picnic and playground area and hosts numerous events throughout the year. The beautiful setting draws visitors from Edwardsville and surrounding communities. A sidewalk encircles the park and the scenic 2-acre lake, which is great for fishing and is frequented by geese and ducks.
LOCATION: 900 Hale Avenue (Click address for map)
Leon Corlew Park is a FREE accessible splash pad and playground that takes up over 2 acres behind the City's Public Safety Building. Play features range from gentle bubblers on one end to a large dumping bucket on the other side. Nearby, there's a traditional dry playground area offering both a toddler structure and a bigger kid structure with two tall and winding slides, all on an accessible rubber surface.
LOCATION: 337 South Main Street (Click address for map; please park in marked visitor spots and lots only.)
Lusk Park is the site of the City's oldest cemetery, occupying a shady expanse of over 2.8 acres just blocks from downtown. It is considered to be a passive park, and includes benches and memorial plaques, and is bordered by wrought iron fencing at the main entrance. The remains of several of the original headstones are still visible near the entrance.
LOCATION: 535 Randle Street (Click address for map)
Plummer Family Park is a new sports complex with easy access to Interstate 55. Spread across 83 acres, the facility can accommodate numerous sports and team activities, and features 825 parking spots. And there is room for expansion for even more baseball/softball multipurpose fields. More info!
LOCATION: 3501 Sports Park Drive (Click address for map)
Richards Woods is a passive park in Edwardsville. This roughly 35-acre space is a natural, timbered area on the eastern side of town, and was acquired as part of the City's effort to preserve select greenspace areas. The City has hired the nonprofit HeartLands Conservancy to develop a conservation management plan for Richards Woods and Drda Woods that will incorporate some public access with best practices for removing invasive species and protecting native growth.
LOCATION: Bordered by Marine Road and East Schwarz Street on the east side of Edwardsville. (Click address for map)
A compact half-acre in size, Rotary Park is a neighborhood park located at the end of Hadley Avenue and Harrison Street. It is bordered on the north by a wooden fence.
LOCATION: Hadley Avenue and Harrison Street (Click address for map)
The R.P. Lumber Center is a recreational complex in Edwardsville that provides residents and visitors a year-round option for skating, hockey, exercise and more. Offering one of the only 175-meter special surface tracks in the area, The R.P. Lumber Center features a state-of-the-art ice rink, a teen center and meeting space. The facility is adjacent to Edwardsville High School, Metro East Lutheran High School, Highway 157, Governors Parkway and many trails in the community.
LOCATION: 6289 Tiger Drive (Click address for map)
Check out the R.P. Lumber Center's hours of operation, program information, membership details and more HERE.
Springer Woods Park sits on 10.4 acres and is a wooded nature area that winds through a quiet neighborhood in the central-north section of the City. This site primarily serves as a neighborhood park.
LOCATION: Frederick Street & Springer Woods Lane (Click address for map)
Terry Park is situated on 3.9 acres and is largely a natural wildlife area located along Terry Street and Grand Avenue. Laced with walking paths, it is used mostly by neighborhood children walking to and from school.
LOCATION: Terry Street (click address for map)
Tower Park is a 1-acre park located near Gerber Road and Governors Parkway in the footprint of one of the City's water towers. It is used mostly as a neighborhood park.
LOCATION: 89 Bennington Place (Click address for map)
This 3.75-acre park is home to the City’s fast-pitch softball program. Vadalabene Park is located at the City's northern edge near Home Avenue and Voge Street. More than 1,700 participants in the community use the facility during the summer.
LOCATION: 501 & 599 Voge Street (Click address for map)
At 40+ acres, this outdoor learning center showcases the science and beauty of nature. Located adjacent to Hoppe Park, this nature center is the site of the City's former sewage lagoon. With the help of volunteers, donations and LWCF grant funding from the state, it was transformed into a breathtaking nature and education center that draws visitors from near and far. It includes 3,000 feet of paved trails, 800 feet of concrete walks elevated over wetlands, two observation towers, one observation blind, two lakes, prairies, upland forest, and a 1500-square-foot Interpretive Welcome Center building.
The Watershed Nature Center exists as a public-private partnership between the City of Edwardsville and the Nature Preserve Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more about the Nature Preserve Foundation here: www.watershednaturecenter.org/
NEW in 2023: You can rent the Watershed's welcome center building, treehouse, lookout, and/or outdoor amphitheater through Edwardsville Parks and Recreation. Click HERE to rent these facilities. The Watershed Nature Center is ADA compliant.
Previously known as Lower Hoppe Park, this 10.5-acre complex was renamed and dedicated in honor of the late Winston Brown, a longtime Park Board chairman, educator, coach and Edwardsville City Council member.