Collinsville Receives Madison County Environmental Grant for New Park
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – The City of Collinsville has been chosen to receive an Environmental Grant to support the development of a new park in Uptown Collinsville. The Environmental Grant is a component of the Madison County Sustainability Program, which is overseen by the County Board’s Planning and Development Committee. The Environmental grant is a pilot program designed to assist units of local government with sustainability objectives including solid waste management, air quality initiatives, energy efficiencies, smart growth, and stormwater projects. The goal of the program is to promote best management practices and case studies of sustainability within Madison County.
The City of Collinsville is currently razing two blighted structures at the entrance to the Uptown area on Main Street in preparation for the development of Collins Park. The focal point of the park will be the City-owned D.D. Collins House, a Greek revival home built in 1845. Its architecture is rare, preceding Victorian style architecture. The home was built by Judge Daniel Dove Collins (Madison County 2nd court, 1853-1857), first president of the Collinsville Village Board. The historic home is undergoing complete restoration to return it to its original state.
Once the buildings are razed, the Collins House will be relocated approximately 200 feet towards the corner of Main and Combs and the site will be returned to greenspace, creating a community park for everyone to enjoy. The project will utilize native plantings and sustainable attributes. When the Collins Park is complete, the home will serve Collinsville residents and youth, as well as regional tourists with informational displays, educational programs, and interpretive gardens. The land remaining after the creation of the park will be marketed to developers for new residential or mixed-use development.
The $15,000 grant will be used to install wall insulation and an ENERGY STAR HVAC system in the home, create an ADA compliant permeable crushed limestone surface plaza and walk, plant buffalo grass ground covering, and purchase rain barrels to collect and store rainwater from the home rooftop for lawn and garden use.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Madison County Board for this project,” said Collinsville Mayor John Miller. “The creation of Collins Park is yet another key element in the City’s effort to revitalize the Uptown area which has seen significant public and private investment in recent years and we’re excited to use environmentally friendly attributes in the development.”
For more information, contact:
Leah Joyce, Uptown Coordinator
City of Collinsville
(618) 346-5200 x 1140
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