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Grants Pay for More Work in Douglas Park

RI Parks & Recreation Department
putting up a new backstop in Douglas Park in R.I.
Credit RI Parks & Recreation Department
new projects in top left corner, and top right.

Thanks to some new grants, more than a half million dollars will be spent on the next phase of the renovation of Douglas Park in Rock Island. 

Parks and Recreation Director, John Gripp, says the money will pay for a new ball field on the northwest part of the property, and a multi-use field on the east side of the park that will be used for baseball, softball, football, and soccer. 

"There's a lot of youth in and around that area that are under-served. This is an opportunity to engage that youth and the refugee population and anyone else interested in these activities. There's a number of studies out there that show the benefit of participating in a team environment - both on the mentor side and also the taking direction side."

Credit RI Parks & Recreation Department

One grant for 150,000 dollars comes from the Illinois DNR, and will be matched by private donations and 50,000 dollars worth of labor by the Parks and Recreation Department. The second grant, for 250,000 dollars, will come from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. 

Gripp says renovation of Douglas Park began in 2016, and since then with the help of the private group, Friends of Douglas Park, more than half a million dollars has been spent re-furbishing the large ball field, building a playground with lights, and other work.

He hopes the new projects will be finished by the end of this year or early next year. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.