IDNR suspension lifted on Super Splash Park project

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

Geoffrey Ritter
Carbondale Times

Work on Carbondale’s Super Splash Park Outdoor Aquatic Center may be close to resuming.

Carbondale Park District officials will hold a press conference Thursday to announce that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has lifted the suspension of state grant funding for the project. 

“The suspension has been lifted,” Park District Executive Director Kathy Renfro said Tuesday.

The press conference will take place at noon at the Splash Park site, located at the Superblock.

Also, the Park District will hold a public meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Carbondale Civic Center to discuss the project, which Renfro now anticipates could be completed next spring.

In March, IDNR informed the Park District that it was suspending its grant funding for the project at the order of Gov. Bruce Rauner. The pool, located at the Superblock, had been scheduled to open at the beginning of last summer.

The Park District was notified in 2011 of the $2.5 million IDNR grant, which came with the requirement that the Park District raise matching funds totaling $625,000 to complete the project. In turn, the Park District launched a community-wide capital campaign that raised about $900,000 to complete the project with some added ameneties.

Renfro said Tuesday about $2.2 million of the work to be reimbursed by IDNR had been completed by the time construction was halted earlier this year. She now says she hopes construction will resume before the end of 2015.