Bethalto in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Culp Lane Park
History of the Park
In the early 1960's, the village of Bethalto, Illinois established a 17 acre lagoon site located on 21 acres in the northwest portion of the community. After rapid growth in the mid-late 1960's the village abandoned the lagoon site and connected with the Alton Sewer Treatment Plant in 1972. The Lagoon sat unused for 25 years before Mayor Steve Bryant requested the site be drained and cleaned in 1997. The Mayor also asked the village board to start a park master plan with future emphasis not only on recreation but also family parkland, green
Once the lagoon site was drained in the spring of 1997, the site needed to sit undisturbed for several years before the dikes could be pushed in and excavation could start on the new park. In 2001 the village requested funding from Madison County Community Development's block grant program to clean up the site and fill in the old lagoon to form a new 4-acre fishing lake. The remainder of the property would be leveled and prepared for the transformation to a park. Also in 2001 the village asked Illinois State Representative Steve Davis for an Illinois first grant of $50,000.00 to furnish the new park with picnic pavilions, playground equipment, and other park essentials. Both grants were received and the project was well underway.
The site was excavated and the new pavilions installed in the summer of 2003. Grass was planted as well as several trees donated by the Bethalto Boys and Girls Club through the St. Louis 2004 Grant Program. Several youth from the Boys and Girls Club helped Public Works employees plant the trees. Also in 2003 additional funds were requested from the newly formed Madison County Park and Recreation Commission. These funds totaling $50,000.00 went towards the multi-use pathways and landscaping. Nearly one mile of pathway was put down and over 100 trees were planted. The most recent grant totaling $19,000.00 was to finalize the playground area and to install rubberized mulch as a landing surface for safety within the area.
Location. 38° 55.412′ N, 90° 3.583′ W. Marker is in Bethalto, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Culp Lane 0.3 miles east of Stadium Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the north entrance parking lot of Steve Bryant Community Park. It is accessible from Culp Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4431 Culp Lane, Bethalto IL 62010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wann Railroad Disaster (approx. 3.9 miles away); Robert Pershing Wadlow (approx. 4.7 miles away); John Mason Peck (approx. 4.7 miles away); College Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Old Rock House (approx. 4.9 miles away); College Avenue Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Elijah Parish Lovejoy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Lewis and Clark Expedition (approx. 5.1 miles away).
More about this marker. In addition to the inscription above, the marker also lists the sponsors of the trees and benches in the park.
Regarding Culp Lane Park. Culp Lane Park was re-named Bryant Park (short for Steve Bryant Community Park) and dedicated on September 20, 2014. Bryant retired as Mayor in 2013.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.