New shelter is result of collaboration between village, Belgium Lions Club
Two Village of Belgium parks will be getting much-needed upgrades this spring.
At Heritage Park on the village’s west side, the Belgium Lions Club will build a shelter at the concession stand.
Village President Rich Howells said the shelter will be approximately 26-by-63 feet and will look similar to the shelter at Community Park.
It will be constructed on the east side of the refreshment stand.
“This will open the park up to more possibilities in the future like parties and other festivities,” Howells said. “It’s another way to keep people active.”
Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee Chairman Pete Anzia said design plans for the shelter will also be discussed by the Plan Commission before being approved, but called it “a nice addition to the park.”
Village Trustee Jason Acevedo praised local nonprofit organizations for their continued support of the park upgrades at Monday’s Village Board meeting, adding the village needs to consider doing something to reciprocate the donations.
“We need to respond by putting more money into our parks,” he said. “It’s a great thing we have these organizations.”
Howells agreed, saying he hopes to recognize groups like the Lions Club, Belgium Fire Department and American Legion Post 412, among others, for their continued philanthropy.
“We need to do some recognizing of these groups coming up,” he said. “They help this village out immensely.
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Committee will also consider allowing advertising on the outfield fences at Heritage Park’s baseball fields.
Howells said a member of the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District successfully lobbied for advertising at the high school athletic complex and may advise the village on how it can be successful doing so.
He added that businesses that advertise in Cedar Grove have a five-year commitment and that the village would likely not require businesses to advertise that long.
“It’s something the committee will have to discuss, but the added revenue will help us do more with the parks, recreation and forestry in the village,” he said.
He said the extra revenue could help finance a fence at the dog park or eventually help install lights at Heritage Park.
Anzia said the committee is in the beginning stages of exploring advertising possibilities and said more would likely be known later this month.
At Community Park, roofs at the shelter, concession stand and gazebo will all be replaced this spring, Anzia said.
The committee has received one quote for the work, but hopes to get “one or two more,” Anzia said, before making a decision.
“This is something that needed to happen a long time ago,” he said. “These were things that were built in the 1980s and haven’t been replaced since.”
Anzia added that the repairs should be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
The roof replacement was included in the 2015 budget, Anzia said.
Howells added that the repairs will help make the village’s parks more attractive to visitors.
“These are some things we should have done a long time ago, but we finally pushed the issue and got them authorized,” he said.