City of Edwardsville Cuts Ribbon to Celebrate Opening of Leon Corlew Park: Students from Leclaire School Bury Time Capsule to Kick-off Community-Wide Grand Opening Event

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Today the City of Edwardsville joined with the community to cut the ribbon in celebration of the opening of the Leon Corlew Park. The new splash pad and park, which is named after former City Alderman and local Rotarian Leon Corlew, is the first of the three parks to be completed in the City of Edwardsville’s fundraising effort – A Better Place to Play.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 9 a.m. with Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton cutting the ribbon. “This project would not have become a reality without the unwavering support from the community,” said Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton. “I want to personally thank the people of Edwardsville for continuing to make this city a better place to play for our families and also our many partners in this endeavor – The Edwardsville Community Foundation, Metro-East Parks and Recreation District and Madison County. “

The mayor also thanked the major sponsors of the park - Edwardsville Rotary Club; Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, First Clover Leaf Bank, Global Brew Tap House and Gordon and Holly Broom, who recently donated $50,000 to help pay for construction costs for the family pavilion.  

At noon, the children and staff from Leclaire School buried a time capsule, an honor the school won as the leading fundraiser in the campaign’s “Ready. Set. Read.” event held during the 2015-2016 school year. The time capsule will be excavated in 30 years. The noon hour also kicked off the grand opening event, open to all families at the park. The grand opening offered popcorn, shaved ice, frozen custard and other treats for all in attendance.

“Leon Corlew Park was built to give our children a safe, fun place to play right here in Edwardsville,” said Bob Pfeiffer, director of Edwardsville Parks & Recreation. “The response so far has been overwhelming and there are so many who have already visited. If you haven’t made it to the park yet, be sure to come on out before the summer’s end.”

The “A Better Place to Play” campaign launched last year in an effort to raise 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 near the I-55 corridor.

If you would like to make a donation to support the campaign, area residents and potential sponsors are encouraged to donate online at or by contacting Edwardsville Community Foundation at All donations are deductible to the extent of law through the foundation.

For more information about the “A Better Place to Play” campaign, visit 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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