Park Board Endorses Community Garden Project

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Published on October 4 2012 12:51 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham Park Board commissioners Wednesday endorsed a community garden project.

The garden will be developed on property owned by the Passalacqua family south of the Bob's Discount store.  The effort is being overseen by the University of Illinois Master Gardeners and the Park Board agreed to help prepare the plots.  The City Tourism Department is also helping support the work as is the Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County.

The Board agreed to seek a matching grant that would pay half the $54,000 cost of a new playground structure in Community Park that would replace the wooden structure that's been in place since the 1980s.  Board members also agreed to erect a sign marking the Ron Diehl Center at Hendelmeyer Park.  The new lighted sign would replace the current sign.  The new sign was promised when the Hendelmeyer Park Rec Center was renamed in Diehl's honor when he retired last year after almost 40 years of service.

The Board discussed relighting the Ron Diehl Center at a cost of about $23,000 with reimbursement of $15,000 of that cost expected and a savings on energy costs paying off the balance within two years.

Park District Director Jeff Althoff said work should begin on asphalting the parking area at Community Park near the Diane Reynolds Tennis Courts by mid-October, as well as replacing the fencing around the courts.

The Board also annexed a five-acre tract into the city known as the old Koester farm along the north side of Evergreen Avenue.