Carlinville Park Board making improvements
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By Blade Williams
At its Aug. 9 meeting, Carlinville Park Board discussed the resignation of Bob Duckel in July and interviewed two candidates, James C. McClaughlin and Laura Johanssen, for the open commissioner position on the board. McClaughin was chosen for the open position on the board and will be sworn in this September.
David Campbell of the Soccer Board requested to hold Kickoff Classics for youth the weekend before Labor Day for two days on five fields. The motion was approved by the Park Board, and the Kickoff Committee will pay $35 per field used per day.
Pricing has also been approved for the Demuzio Campus center usage. In order to rent the center there is a $40 fee for the first hour and a $30 fee for each subsequent hour. When September arrives there will be no organized events and it will be open gym. There is a fee of $3 per person or family of three; for families four or more there is a $10 fee.
Gazda Park was donated to the Carlinville Park District and since receiving the park it has since seen more changes. The cement pads have been replaced and leveled out, holes have been filled and discussions to put in a parking lot have been made.
Tower Grove was approved to get a new six-foot wave slide at the price of $3,550. Denby Park was also approved to receive a new 10-foot bipod swingset at the price of $1,280. The holes from where the merry-go-round used to be at Denby have also been filled.
Loveless Park will have the damaged airplane memorial removed but shall be replaced. The board is also looking for cheaper options of yellow corrugated plastic to put on the fences. There are also plans to create a bicycle path around the gate at the park which will be headed by the Carlinville Winning Communities. There will also be a bench moved over from Loveless Park to the Denby Park Pavilion.
The Carlinville Pool has seen approximately $60,000 worth of renovations which include a new chlorine filtration system, a new roof on the building, new paint and new slides. Since the renovations the pool has seen an increase in rentals as well as more people coming out to it. July’s income at the pool for party rentals rose to $1,500 and over $7,000 for individuals alone.
There are also plans being made to remove the baby pool area to make room for more seating, make the three-foot area a zero entrance and add a splash pad that is handicap-accessible. A new gutter and liner system for the pool have also been discussed. If this these are approved, then in 2019, tax will be raised five cents per $100.