Park and Recreation Grants

"The Village of East Alton Parks & Recreation Department would like to express our sincerely appreciation to all the grant opportunities that have been provided by many agencies: Madison County Park & Recreation Commission, Madison County Planning and Development Department, Madison County Community Development, and Illinois Department of Commerce. These grants opportunities have helped make our park and recreation programs a quality recreational experience for the Village residents and surrounding communities." 

Total Grant funds for Park & Recreation Grants...

   

                              $ 629,629.77  

2013 Park & Recreation PEP Grant

Mayor:  Fred Bright, Jr.

Village Board of Trustees:   Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler, Robert Greene, Debbie Angleton, Randy Mortland

The Village of East Alton was awarded a $25,184 PEP Grant offered through the Madison County Park & Recreation Commission.   This grant provided the resources for the Park Department to purchase 3 basketball goals and standards, replace the wire fencing for backstop of Diamond 3, purchas two portable 8' aluminum player's benches, double bay swing set, and large playground unit with multi acivities for VanPreter Park.

2012 Park & Recreation PEP Grant

Mayor:  Fred Bright, Jr.

Village Board of Trustees:  Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler, Robert Greene, Debbie Angleton, Randy Mortland

The Village of East Alton was awarded a $18,880 PEP Grant offered through the Madison County Park & Recreation Commission.   This grant provided the resources for the Park Department to replace the baseball fencing for the bull pin area of Diamond 1, replace 10' fencing for baseball field along Playground Court for Diamond 1 left and center field, and replace the backstop of Diamond 4, purchase a double inground BBQ grill and a smal single BBQ grill for the pavillion areas located at VanPreter Park, purchase yellow protective top rail guard for new fencing areas on the ball diamonds, four diaper wall mounted changing stations, concrete pads / foundations for picnic tables and benches located at Lions Park.

2011 Park & Recreation Grant

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees:  Rick Newman, Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler, Robert Greene, Debbie Angleton


2011 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant (PEP Grant) (Fencing ball fields and Drop Ceiling Keasler)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,340 PEP Grant through the Madison Count Park & Recreation Commission to replace Vanpreter Diamond #1 outfield fencing, Diamond #3 10' fencing for third base side to protect spectators, Diamond #3 replace outfield fencing, Keasler Recreation Complex replacing the drop ceiling and light fixtures in the universal gym area of the facility.

2010 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler, Robert Greene


2010 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant (PEP Grant) (Fencing ball fields, Grant Match, Drop Ceiling Keasler)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,340 PEP Grant through the Madison Count Park & Recreation Commission to replace Vanpreter Diamond #2 outfield fencing, Diamond #3 10' fencing for first base side to protect spectators, Diamond #4 replace both sideline fencing with 8' fencing to protect dugouts and spectators, Keasler Recreation Complex replacing the drop ceiling and light fixtures in main counter area of the facility, and providing $3,500 grant match for the 2010 Environmental grant project.

2010 Madison County Recycle Content Grant
(Recycle fencing enclosing the back garage area)

The Park and Recreation Department was awarded a $15,000 grant through Madison County Solid Wasted Recycling Program to provide the funding to install new recycled material fencing around the Village Garage / Recreation Department back yard. This new fencing replaced fencing that was over 45 years old and also provides a more secure area for Recreation Department equipment and improves the aesthetics of the park.

2009 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2009 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant(PEP Grant)
(Diamond #2 backstop / fencing, surveillance camera system, spring toy, log roller)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,490 grant through the Madison Count Park & Recreation Commission to replace Vanpreter Diamond #2 backstop, replacing side line fence with taller fencing for safety, purchase spring rider playground equipment, log roll equipment and assist with expenses exceeding the grant allowance for this year's, 2009, poured rubber surface grant.

2009 Madison County Recycled Poured Solid Surface Playground Grant (Lions Park rock-wall, merry-go-round, spring toys, log roll, climber, 5th surface grant)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a grant valued for $16,000 through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to replace the fall surface under multiple pieces of equipment, new and old. This is the fifth project for the Village of East Alton and is located at Lions Park directly behind the Keasler Recreation Complex. The foundation for this product was once again prepared by the East Alton Public Works Department, saving the Village over $15,000. The product is then poured and set on top of the rock foundation, which gives the playground a quality low maintenance fall surface. This product brings a lot of color to the park.

2009 Madison County Recycled Content Park Equipment Grant (2 picnic tables, 6 benches, 3 trash can units, speaker podium)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $5,804.68 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to purchase a two more picnic table, 6 benches, 3 trash can units and speak podium all made of the recycled plastic materials.

2009 Madison County Venue Grant (four 55 gallon recycling center, six 30 gallon receptacles, two 48 gallon receptacles)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $4,553.14 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to purchase server recycling containers for use during special events to encourage recycling products. These units are light weight, very color full, and mobile for the staff to transport to different activities / locations.

2008 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2008 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant(PEP Grant) (Concrete new shelter, box blade, merry-go-round, rock-wall, 2 trash cans, back stop padding)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,490 grant through the Madison Count Park & Recreation Commission to purchase several pieces of equipment to make the park more enjoyable experience. This year's grant we were able to purchase a 22'by44' pad of concrete for the new pavilion and picnic tables, box blade to help prepare the ball fields, top rail guard to protect top of the fencing, back stop padding for the ball diamonds, 2 more trash can units, Merry-go-round and another rock-wall climbing unit.

2008 Madison County Recycled Poured Solid Surface Playground Grant (Lions Park two double bay swing set units, 4th surface grant)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a grant valued for more than $25,000 through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to replace the fall surface under two double bay swing set unit, that have 8 total swings available to participants, total square footage of 2,300. This is the fourth project for the Village of East Alton and is located at Lions Park directly behind the Keasler Recreation Complex. The foundation for this product was once again prepared by the East Alton Public Works Department, saving the Village over $15,000. The product is then poured and set on top of the rock foundation, which gives the playground a quality low maintenance fall surface. This product brings a lot of color to the park.

2008 Madison County Recycled Content Park Equipment Grant (Marquis, 6 benches, 6 flower boxes, 6 trash can units)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $6,937.93 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to purchase a double sided message marquis to display the Memorial Tree and Memorial brick/stone program, 6 benches, 6 planter boxes and 6 trash cans, which all are made of recycled plastic materials to have available for the visitors at Vanpreter Park

2007 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs, Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2007 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant(PEP Grant) (Vanpreter Park Shelter, Rock-wall climbing unit, 2 in-ground trash receptacles)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,490 grant through the Madison Count Park & Recreation Commission to purchase a 20'x42' park shelter (which replaced a 45 year old unit that had to be removed), rock wall climbing playground free standing unit and 2 more matching trash can units.

2007 Madison County Recycled Poured Solid Surface Playground Grant (Vanpreter north end playground area, 3rd surface grant)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $16,000 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to replace the fall surface under three pieces of equipment, double bay swing set unit, merry-go-round and the new rock-wall climbing unit, area of 2,200 square feet. The foundation for this product was once again prepared by the East Alton Public Works Department, saving the Village over $15,000. The product is then poured and set on top of the rock foundation, which gives the playground a quality low maintenance fall surface. This product brings a lot of color to the park.

2007 Madison County Recycled Content Park Equipment Grant (6 benches, 6 hexagon picnic tables, 6 walk thru picnic tables)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $6,247 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to purchase 6 benches and 12 total picnic tables made of recycled plastic materials to have available for the visitors at Vanpreter Park. These new picnic tables will compliment the new pavilion that was obtained through the PEP grant.

2006 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2006 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant(PEP Grant) (Vanpreter 5 water fountains, 12 in-ground trash can units, merry-go-round, tire swing)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,079.12 grant through the Madison County Park & Recreation Commission to purchase 5 concrete curved water fountains for easy access, 12 steel coated in-ground trash units, merry-go-round, tire swing free standing unit and an infield groom attachment for preparing the diamonds at Vanpreter Park.

2006 Madison County Recycled Poured Solid Surface Playground Grant (Lions Park main ground unit protective surface, 2nd surface grant)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $16,000 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to replace the fall surface under the main multiple playground unit located at Lions Park, 300 block of Ohio Street. This Park is located directly behind the Keasler Recreation Complex. The foundation for this product was prepared by the East Alton Public Works Department, saving the Village over $19,000. The product is then poured and set on top of the rock foundation, which gives the playground a quality low maintenance fall surface. This product brings a lot of color to the park.

2006 Madison Illinois Department of Commerce Digital Divide Grant (Keasler Complex Computer Lab grant)

The Park & Recreation Department received a $32,505 from the Illinois Department of Commerce to help provide a computer lab and computer classes to the Village of East Alton and surround communities. This grant opportunity is a step to help provide knowledge to "bridge the gap" of people and technology. This grant help provide the resource for the equipment purchase and instructor fees to provide the following computer classes: basic computer technology, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Building your Resume', Learning the Internet and more.

2005 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2005 Madison County Community Development Grant $125,000 (Keasler Phase II Structural Improvements, Heating & Cooling)

This very competitive grant was offered through the Madison County Community Development. The Village of East Alton was awarded $125,000 to be used as Phase II which will consist of many structural improvements to the Keasler Recreation Complex. This grant required an architect to oversee the project to ensure quality work, which the Village awarded Lefferson Associates the bid. Tindall Construction was awarded the bid for the project. This grant provided resources to replace the administrative / meeting room roof and the kid's activity room roof and install new gutters and down spouts for the two roof areas. This grant will also install new doors and commodes to two restrooms in order to make them handicap assessable. The grant funds will also assist with installing heating & cooling unit for meeting room area and heating & cooling unit for the administrative / counter area. Thank you Madison County Community Development for grant opportunities like this one to make our facility a better place to visit. Thank you Mayor Fred Bright and Board of Trustees for all of your support.

2005 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant(PEP Grant) (Vanpreter Kubota lawn mower, aerator, 7 in-ground picnic tables)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $20,490 grant through the Madison County Park & Recreation Commission to purchase a 60" 4 wheel drive riding mower for Vanpreter Park, a 5' aerator attachment for the park tractor, and 7 square in-ground picnic tables for visitors at Vanpreter park.

2005 Madison County Recycled Poured Solid Surface Playground Grant (Vanpreter north end multiple unit playground, spring toys, and balance beam, 1st surface grant)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $13,671 grant through the Madison County Planning and Development Department to replace the fall surface under the playground equipment located at the north end of Vanpreter Park. The foundation for this product was installed by the East Alton Public Works Department, saving the Village over $12,000. The product is then poured and set on top of the rock foundation, which gives the playground a quality low maintenance fall surface. This product brings a lot of color to the park.

2004 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2004 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant(PEP Grant) (Vanpreter diamond #4 light poles & playground lighting)

The Park & Recreation Department was awarded a $13,340 grant through the Madison Count Park & Recreation Commission to replace diamond light poles at Vanpreter Park, diamond 4, which were deteriorating. This grant also allowed the Parks Department to add an additional light to light up the warm up area near diamond 4 and re-use a partial light pole to install lighting at the main playground. Wegman Electric was awarded the bid and did a fantastic job, which at many times went above what was expected. This grant opportunity allowed the Parks Department continue to provide a quality, but safe facilities which making improvements, too. Thank you Madison County Park and Recreation Commission for this grant opportunity and thank you Mayor Fred Bright and Village Board of Trustees for all of your support.

2003 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2003 Madison County Community Development Grant $125,000 (Keasler Phase I Structural Improvements, Exterior Doors, Rear Entrance Door)

This grant was awarded through Madison County Community Development, which is a very competitive grant. The Village of East Alton was awarded $125,000 to be used as structural improvements to the Keasler Recreation Complex. This grant required an architect to oversee the project to ensure quality work. Lefferson Associates was the architect firm and Morgan Construction was awarded the bid for the project. This grant provided resources to replace the gymnasium roof, lower and replace the game room roof, replace the auditorium roof, all gutters and down spout for the roof areas replaced, replace all entry doors (11 total) to the facility and install a new rear door entrance to the facility. These improvements not only improved the building structurally, but also made the rear access to the building better and really improved the security for supervision. Thank you Madison County Community Development for grant opportunities like this one to make our facility a better place to visit. Thank you Mayor Fred Bright and Board of Trustees for all of your support.

2002 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2002 Madison County Park & Recreation Commission Grant (PEP Grant) (soccer goals, playground equip)

This grant opportunity was offered through the Madison County Park & Recreation Commission for Parks Department to purchase playground equipment. This $6,787.40 grant allowed the East Alton Park & Recreation to purchase semi-permanent soccer goals for our youth soccer program, 2 swing set units with double bays (one located at Vanpreter north end and one unit located at Lions Park), a Cosmic Warp climbing unit (located at Lions Park), Wave Rider See-Saw unit (located at Lions Park) and over 250' of poly cap to cover the baseball fields fence tops at Vanpreter Park. Thank you Madison County Park & Recreation Commission for opportunities to improve our recreation facilities to make them a better place to visit. Thank you Mayor Fred Bright and Village Board of Trustees for all of your support.

2001 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

2001 Madison County Recycling Plastic Grant (Vanpreter north end playground unit)

This grant opportunity was through the Madison County Park Recycling Display Grant Program to help fund park equipment made from recycle plastic materials. This $5,000 grant help fund the playground unit located at the north end of Vanpreter Park. Prior to this grant opportunity, Vanpreter had to remove the playground units due to safety reasons. The playground equipment that was installed consists of two spring ride toys, balance beam, playground unit with several activities like rings, slide, climbing ladder and ring-a-ling. The parks department was also able to purchase two recycling units for the area, too. Thank you Madison County Environmental Department for grant opportunities like this one, which makes our park a better place to visit. Thank you Mayor Bright and Board of Trustees for all of your support.

1998 Park & Recreation Grants

Mayor: Fred Bright, Jr.
Village Board of Trustees: Marsha Tassinari, Rick Newman, Dennis Childs Alan Hale, Dave Kuehnel, Phil Keasler

1998 Madison County Recycling Plastic Grant (Lions Park Playground Unit)

' This grant opportunity was available through the Madison County Recycling Plastic Grant Program. This $10,000 grant provided the funding for the Parks Department to install a large playground unit and 10 picnic tables, four benches and recycling containers for participants to use. The materials used we primarily made from recycle plastic materials. This equipment was installed in Lions Park located at the rear of the Keasler Recreation Complex. Thank you Madison County Environmental Department for providing grant opportunities like this one to improve our parks. Thank you Mayor Fred Bright and Village Board of Trustees for all of your support.

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