Evergreen Park Accessibility Improvements


Description: The City of Carbondale was awarded $1.2M through the Rebuild Illinois Grant to make accessibility improvements at Evergreen Park. The funding will be used to make significant upgrades, including the replacement of the bathrooms, paving of all roads and parking lots within the park, and adding sidewalks to make the park more accessible. 

Start Date: Fall 2020

Completion Date: Summer 2022 

Location: Evergreen Park, located off Pleasant Hill Road on the south side of Carbondale.

Project Cost: $1,245,541

Funding Source: The City of Carbondale was one of only 17 communities in the state to receive funding through a Rebuild Illinois Grant. The $1.2M grant was awarded to the City by the Governor’s Office and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grant will pay for 100% of the project cost.  

Contractor: Samron Midwest Contracting                                             

Construction Updates 

2/16/2023 - The City of Carbondale will assume management of Evergreen Park beginning May 2, 2023. We are still planning a community Grand Opening in April 2023.

8/31/2022 - The project is now complete; contractors are finishing up punch list items. The City of Carbondale is planning a community Grand Opening in April 2023. 

6/15/2022 - The sidewalks are complete. Later this summer, the road around the park will be striped to include a one-way driving lane, a bike lane, and a pedestrian walking lane. 

5/3/2022 - The ADA-accessible restrooms are near completion! The ADA-accessible sidewalks are currently being designed and constructed. Sidewalks should be completed by early Summer. Dirt work and landscaping will follow. 

1/31/2022 - Contractors are making quick progress on the new ADA-accessible restrooms! The bathrooms are located near accessible parking and will have a paved path to the facilities. The lane through the park is open, so drive through to check out the latest improvements! 

11/24/2021 - Contractors have completed paving all roads and parking lots in the park and completed striping and signage installation. The restrooms have been demolished and construction is underway on the new restrooms, which are expected to be complete by Spring 2022. The park remains closed.  

10/25/2021 - Despite rainy conditions that have slowed progress, contractors have nearly completed the aggregate base on the west loop road. They say if conditions remain dry, they plan to start paving the west loop road later this week and close and start the east loop next week. 

09/3/2021 - Plans have been fully approved by the DCEO. Our tentative start date for construction is October 2021. 

12/1/2020 - The plans are complete and will be going to bid as soon as the City receives approvals from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to proceed with the project. 

10/22/2020 - Submitted documents for environmental review.

09/04/2020 - TWM Consultants are finalizing bid documents of paving areas.