Alton is hoping to use a pair of grants to repair some aging park facilities.  The city is applying for a $2.5-million grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and another $111,000 grant through Madison County. 

Alton Park & Recreation Executive Director Bob Barnhart says the smaller grant could be used to spruce up the ball diamond at Rock Spring Park.

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He says it would also be nice to get the diamond at Northside Park up to league standards.  As for the larger grant, Barnhart says replacing the 30-year-old underground wiring along the roadway at Gordon Moore Park is among the improvements, if the city is awarded that money.

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