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Peoria’s Trewyn Park works include new playground and basketball courts

A new playground, basketball courts and shelter are all part of a $600,000 plan to renovate Trewyn Park in South Peoria by the end of 2022.

The Peoria City Council approved the plan in an 11-0 vote Tuesday night.

The project still needs to be approved by the Peoria Park District Board of Directors on Feb. 1.

The project “will be huge” for South Peoria

Park board chairman Robert Johnson said the renovations “will be huge” for South Peoria.

“Building new basketball courts, playground equipment, shelter, that’s going to bring people here,” Johnson said. “Every time you get something new, it’s going to make the community better, and that’s what we want.”

It is further hoped that a more attractive park will help reduce crime in the area.

“When you have big parks and people have places to go, they’re less likely to get in trouble,” Johnson said. “Crime goes down when we have great amenities in our city and things for people to do.”

Park Board Administrator Alex Sierra, whose southern district includes Trewyn Park, said he was very grateful and happy with the improvements to the park, but hopes there will be more to come. to come.

“Historically and significantly, the 1st District within the city limits and the Southern District are already notorious for being marginalized, neglected and simply malnourished,” Sierra said. “I believe this allocation from the city moves the needle towards tender love and needed care.”

Sierra said he would like to see expanded parking at Trewyn Park in the future and more protections for the park’s unpreserved green spaces. Johnson said he would like to see lights for basketball courts in the future.

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Emily Cahill, executive director of the Park District, said the project has been on the city’s radar for years, specifically improving the park’s green space.

Most of the funds spent at Trewyn in recent years have gone towards maintaining the park’s century-old pavilion. This project aims to meet other needs.

“We really wanted to address the experiences in the park,” Cahill said, noting that the availability of funds moved it earlier in the district’s multi-year plan.

Johnson and Cahill said decisions on what to add and renovate at Trewyn were made based on current use of the park and how residents would like to use it in the future.

Why these changes to Trewyn Park?

Johnson said he met with members of the neighborhood association near the park to gauge community interest.

The construction of new basketball courts was seen as essential to improving the facility while maintaining the park’s identity.

“All of our parks have different personalities, and they literally are personalities,” Cahill said. “Trewyn Park … it’s like he knows his role as an anchor in this part of the community, and we look forward to investing in it to help honor that.”

A proposed new shelter is intended to provide visitors with a place to picnic and congregate outside the inner pavilion.

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How the cost of the project is distributed

All of the money used on Trewyn Park comes from federal COVID-19 relief money through Community Development Block Grants, City Manager Patrick Urich said.

The playground on the north side of the park will represent the highest cost, estimated at $220,000. The basketball courts, planned for the southwest side of the park, have an estimated cost of $120,000.

The shelter near the new playground has an estimated price of $110,000. Other site work including demolitions, landscaping, site grading, new sidewalks, railings and benches would cost an additional $120,000.