FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale will receive a grant of $500,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to make improvements at the Carbondale Superblock! The grant is part of a $22.5 million dollar investment from DCEO for nearly 90 local tourism festivals and attractions across Illinois.
The City of Carbondale plans to use the funds for several upgrades, such as adding ADA-accessible paths through the Superblock, improving fields and fences, constructing new restrooms and concession space, and ensuring the bleachers meet ADA compliance requirements.
"The youth in Carbondale and their families deserve nothing less than the best facilities in the region. With this grant and our ongoing improvements, we will ensure that they have access to just that," stated City Manager Gary Williams.
City leaders expect these enhancements to attract additional youth sports tournaments, bringing athletes and families from the region and nearby states. Increased activity at the Superblock is likely to bring more tourism dollars to Carbondale through hotel stays and local business and restaurant visits.
After taking over Superblock operations only five months ago, this recognition is a testament to the City's commitment to enhancing the quality of City-owned park facilities and ensuring accessibility and enjoyment for all.
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”