Parks and Recreation Department Director Michael Brandt reports that the city was recently awarded a community health grant by the Miller County Health Center’s 2019 Health and Wellness Grant program.

There is a little known park in Eldon that is hidden back behind the World Famous Creemee.  Wilson Park sits off of South Grand Avenue.  It’s a small, unassuming playground with one swing set, a well worn basketball court, and a pavilion.  Unable to compare to the spotlight jewel parks of Rock Island Park and Air Park, Wilson Park is a bit run down and was in dire need of some improvements.  Parks and Recreation Department Director Michael Brandt reports that the city was recently awarded a community health grant by the Miller County Health Center’s 2019 Health and Wellness Grant program.  The City of Eldon Parks Department received the maximum grant amount for the project of $20000.  Brandt advises that the following improvements will be made to the park with the grant funds: resurfacing, sealing and striping the basketball court. Trimming all trees, planting, seeding and spraying grass area, installing brand new playground equipment, installing lighting on pavilion, new park benches and picnic tables.

Undoubtedly the neighborhood will appreciate the upgrades, as the basketball court sees action packed games almost every evening from the area youth. It’s a very personal park that provides much needed outdoor space for several nearby apartment complexes housing families with children.

Brandt expects the project to be completed by May 31st, 2019.  

Some completed projects that have utilized the grant in the past are the Eldon Outdoor Classroom, Tuscumbia Park Playground revitalization, Iberia Produce Box Program, and Eldon Ministerial Alliance AED/CPR Certification classes.