LTV A-7 Corsair II Naval Aircraft – On May 17, 1963, the U.S. Navy initiated a design competition for a light attack aircraft (VAL) which could replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Ling-Temco-Vought was named winner of the competition on February 11, 1964. A key factor in this company’s successful bid was use of the F-8 Crusader design with significant differences, the most telling being the shortened fuselage, less swept back wings, and no provision for varying the wind incidence. Over the production life of the aircraft, it has been internally modified and assigned dash numbers to reflect these changes. The A-7 was used extensively in the Vietnam Conflict and, toward the end of the war, provided the bulk of the Navy’s light attack effort flown from carriers. The A-7 completed its service with the Navy in “Operation Desert Storm”. The aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.
Pavilion Reservations – Edwardsville Township provides exclusive use for all pavilions at Township Park. Each pavilion is equipped with electricity, water, BBQ grill, and picnic tables. Reservations are made in person at the Township Office by interested parties. For any reservations that will have more than 75 guests, a special event permit is required . Please keep in mind that the Township office only accepts CASH or CHECK at this time and exact change is required. For the fees assigned for each pavilion and to check availability please click here.
Restroom Facilities – There are three different restroom facilities located at the Edwardsville Township Community Park. We were able to receive a grant from the Metroeast Park and Recreation District that allowed for the installation of an “all seasons” restroom near the Boundless Playground and Pavilion #7. This restroom is equipped with a personal electric device charging station on the side of the restroom that allows for visitors to charge any of their personal devices (pictured below)! Bathroom #1, which is located behind Pavilion #1, is also newly renovated to suit our visitors needs. Pictures of these facilities can be found below. Restroom #1 and the All-seasons restroom contain changing tables in both the men and women’s sides of the restroom. Restroom #2, which is located between Pavilions #5 & #6, is planned to be renovated this fall.
Susan Ann Stille Youth Memorial – The Youth Memorial honors Susan Ann Stille, daughter of former Township Supervisor Robert C. Stille, who passed away tragically in 1989. The memorial also provides a place to memorialize other youths from the Township that have passed away since 1989. Requirements to be a member of the youth memorial are as followed:
- The youth must have attended school for a minimum of one (1) year in Edwardsville Township or schools within the Edwardsville School District #7.
- The maximum age at the time of death is 25 years old.
- The death must have occurred after January 1, 1989.
- Any variance from the above must be approved by the Edwardsville Township Supervisor.
Please click here to download the application to submit to the Edwardsville Township office.
Little Free Library – Located next to the Boundless Playground, the Edwardsville Little Free Library is a free-standing structure that houses books which are free for sharing. It’s a take-a-book, leave-a-book concept. The program, initiated by two (2) of Edwardsville Township’s youngest community members, was added to Edwardsville Township Community Park in November 2013 and is supported with books from generous community donors. If you would like to donate books to this unique children’s literacy initiative, the Edwardsville Township Office, located at 300 W. Park St., Edwardsville, IL, is a donation drop-off site.
Boundless Playground – A Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon service project, the Boundless Playground was built on the weekend of April 19, 2013, with the help of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community. This was a signature project of the Junior Service Club, and funds were raised for three (3) years prior to completion. Nationally, an estimated six (6) million children, more than one (1) in ten (10), have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to play on a traditional playground. Boundless Playgrounds™ builds inclusive playgrounds that allow children with and without disabilities to play together in an accessible and nurturing play environment. Additionally, Boundless Playgrounds™ also helps millions of parents, grandparents, and caregivers with a disability or limited mobility the opportunity to play with their loved ones.
Rotary Club of Edwardsville “Airplane Park” Playground – The Edwardsville Rotary Club spearheaded the original playground build in 1991. After significant use and two (2) decades of exposure to the elements, the playground was removed, making way for a new community-wide initiative to design, fund and construct a new and improved playground. The new playground was dedicated on October 13, 2013.
Thank you to the Edwardsville Rotary Club and Mike Rathgeb and Jay Beard for the installation of the new park benches at the “Airplane Park” Playground on August 6-7, 2016!
Below find the time-lapse video of the installation of the new playground in 2013!
The Solar Array –Edwardsville Township Community Park is the first park in our community to have a solar energy system. This solar array provides energy to the new All-Season Restroom Facility, the new dual electric vehicle charging station, and the new personal electronic device charging station installed on the outside of the new restroom facility. Click here to see how much energy the solar panel system is producing today!
PEV Charger – Edwardsville Township Community Park is also home to a plug-in electric vehicle resource charging station. The station was a part of efforts to make the park more green and modern! If you have a PEV come on out to the park and utilize our station!
Don’t forget there is free WIFI all around the park for your use 🙂
Tennis Court Reservations – Edwardsville Township provides exclusive use of three tennis courts at Township Park. Reservations are made in person at the Township office by interested parties. The court is also striped for the popular game, pickle-ball! You can reserve a fun kit for any parties that you have at the park, and there is a pickle-ball kit to use! The Tennis Court Facility is also home to the MELHS Knights Tennis Team! Come use this awesome facility at any time! For a reservation form please click here.
Soccer Court Reservations – Edwardsville Township provides exclusive use of one soccer field at Township park. Reservations are made in person at the Township office by interested parties. You may also utilize the playing field without making a reservation. Please click here for more information on how to make a reservation.
Near Pavilion #4 there is a volleyball net which is open for the public’s use.
The walking path goes around the perimeter of the park with an entrance at the rear side. This path is utilized for many races that have been held at Edwardsville Township Community Park. This area is a great place to take a relaxing stroll or an intense run!
The park also contains an open play field which can be home to any event that you may like and provides plenty of space for activities in our park!