A survey was conducted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department asking for public input to determine if there was a need for more recreational facilities in our community. Results confirmed that a large majority wanted more recreational options and believed grants and donations could make a big impact. Three recreational facilities were then proposed: a park and splash pad, a sports park, and an ice rink, launching the A Better Place to Play Campaign.
Since the inception of the campaign, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon and surrounding communities have diligently worked together, building the first of the new facilities. In 2016, the Leon Corlew Park and splash pad opened and has become a beloved park and playground for all to enjoy.
In 2019, construction continued on Plummer Family Park, a multi-use sports park to satisfy the need for more ball fields in the area. There is still immense interest in a neighborhood ice rink, to accommodate the present need for more ice time and not enough rinks.
The Madison/St. Claire county area has only one viable ice skating rink, which is located in East Alton, IL, as the only other ice rink in close proximity (Fairview Heights, IL) closed in October, 2012 due to mine subsidence issues. Hockey players and skaters in the Metro East in need of ice time are currently forced to skate early in the morning or late in the evening, while many travel to Missouri.
The City of Edwardsville sees an opportunity in constructing a state-of-the-art sports park located near the I-55 Corridor, helping meet the demand for field space.