- Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 03:27 PM
Governor Rauner recently pulled the plug on the construction on Splash Park, a Carbondale outdoor aquatic center. His latest move forces layoffs and extends an already decades-old effort to build a water park in Carbondale.
"Someone needs to tell the governor it's 'Splash Park' not 'Slash Park.'" Forby said. "Governor Rauner just fired construction workers who were almost done building a project the park district has been working 40 years to bring to Carbondale."
In 2011, the Carbondale Park District invested nearly $1 million to match funds from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to qualify for the Park and Recreation Facility Construction (PARC) grant. The grant is for park districts throughout the state to expand or construct new recreational facilities.
The new pool is less than three months away from completion.
"I want to work with this governor to bring good jobs to Southern Illinois. But this obviously is not a good start for his administration," said Forby. "I urge the governor to undo the harm he's caused and get these people back on the job immediately"