ALTON – Work continues on Rotary Park in Alton, with completion expected later this year.

The park, located at the corner of Easton and 3rd Street in Alton, is a joint effort of the Rotary Club Alton-Godfrey and the town. It will feature hillside seating, shade trees and greenery surrounding a circular plaza bearing a custom inlaid six-foot medallion of the Rotary symbol.

Amphitheater-style limestone seating around the plaza will accommodate up to approximately 200 people for weddings, picnics, concerts, classroom classes, meetings and other events.

According to Piasa Foundation President Bill Moyer, construction of the park has faced numerous delays, noting that its initial completion was expected by the end of 2021.

Land was laid for the park in October 2021. But construction only started in June this year.

Since then, the concrete for the square has been poured and the organizers are awaiting the delivery of the limestone seats.

“Anyone will be able to use the park,” Moyer said.

The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club formed in 1921 with 25 members. It remains active throughout the year, with events such as the Alton Christmas Tree, Student of the Year Scholarships, Alton Catholic High Schools Interact Clubs and de Marquette and youth programs.

The park is the latest addition to the Riverbend by the club. He also helped provide landmarks such as fountains, Robert Wadlow Statue, Lincoln/Douglas Sculptures, Hosta Garden in Gordon Moore Park, YWCA Playground, Riverboat Mural, the Haskell Park Pavilion, the Riverfront Park Bike Path Extension, and Lavista Park. Disc Golf Starting Mat.

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