ALTON -- The city of Alton with the help of the Alton Parks Committee and Edd Hatten, Oregon County economic developer, received word last week that a Missouri Department of Natural Resources grant Hatten applied for the end of October last year has been approved.
Then grant is for $150,000 and Hatten said the funds will be a significant help with the $345,000 project at the Alton City Park, formerly Tucker Creek Park.
Projects planned at the park include a skate park, playground equipment, new lighting, renovation of the pool bath house, a new ADA park pavilion, tennis court lights and ADA pathways. The park committee presented to the community a community parks and grant survey in 2000, and the renovations and improvements at the park will reflect the survey responses.
Seventeen additional acres were donated to the park by an anonymous donor recently.
The city will be able to help with the park project due to the passage of a half-cent sales tax at Alton in April 1999. The tax puts an additional $6,000 a month into the park fund.
Hatten said the grant will be administered by the South Central Council of Governments. He said some of the work at the park will be done by Alton city workers and some work will be contracted out.
"This has been a huge collaborated effort by a great number of people," Hatten said. This was the first grant written by the economic developer since he was hired to work for Oregon County.