City delays opening of Leon Corlew Park until July 8 for finishing touches

It won't be long until kids will be splashing and playing at the new Leon Corlew Park, Edwardsville's new splash pad located at the intersection of South Main and Schwarz Road. The opening date was originally slated for Fri., July 1, 2016 but the City would like to delay the opening a week to Fri., July 8 to test equipment, make sure new staff is properly trained and to insure all ADA features are in place at the park so it is equally accessible to all.

According to Bob Pfeiffer of Edwardsville Parks & Recreation, "There are a few details that still need to be finalized before opening, including the parking lot and the training of park staff. We want to make sure families have the best experience at the park so we are going to take the extra week to polish things up. We know the public is very excited about the opening and we can't wait until July 8th so area families can add another park to their list of summer attractions."

In addition to the splash pad, the Leon Corlew Park will also include a walking/fitness track, playground area, shade structures, pavilions, restrooms/changing rooms as well as native plantings with interpretive signage and a butterfly garden.

Leon Corlew Park, which is named after a former City Alderman and local Rotarian, is one of the three parks included in the City of Edwardsville’s fundraising effort – A Better Place to Play. The campaign is aimed at raising funds for three new parks in Edwardsville. The other two parks in development include an Ice Rink & Teen Center to be located on District #7 grounds off of Governor’s Parkway and a Sports Park for baseball, softball, soccer, pickleball, tennis and more near the I-55 corridor. Sponsorship and donations are also needed to help fund these parks so construction can begin.

For the Spray & Play Park, four area sponsors have already pledged donations. Edwardsville Rotary Club ($30,000); Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon ($40,000), First Clover Leaf Bank ($10,000) and Global Brew & Tap House ($8,000). There are still sponsorship opportunities available. Donors may still fund various park enhancements to include pavilions, playground equipment, exercise equipment on the walking trail as well as a babbling brook feature. For more information about sponsorship opportunities for the Spray & Play Park visit or call Katie Grable at (618) 692-7538.

To make a donation to the A Better Place to Play Campaign, area residents and potential sponsors are encouraged to donate online at or by contacting Edwardsville Community Foundation at All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law through the foundation.

For more information on major gifts, please contact Edwardsville Community Foundation at (855) 464-3223. Donations may be mailed to Edwardsville Community Foundation to P.O. Box 102, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Please make a notation on your check that the funds are to be applied to the “A Better Place to Play” campaign. If you wish to support a specific parks project, please also notate the designated park with your donation.
Those interested in learning more about the “A Better Place to Play” campaign can find information online at or call (618) 692-7538.  “A Better Place to Play” can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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