Fort Massac State Park project funds released
Close to $2.8 million in state capital funding has been released to benefit Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis.
The funds are being released as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget, which was approved in late May.
“I’m encouraged that we continue to see key funding being invested in Southern Illinois, emphasizing that the region has so much to offer to visitors and residents,” State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, stated.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that we maintain these historically important and unique attractions that area residents enjoy, encourage tourism and boost our local economy,” Fowler said in a news release.
The funding will be directed toward evaluating the current condition of the structures at Fort Massac and making ongoing structural improvements.
“Through this capital investment, Fort Massac will be able to improve access and infrastructure within park facilities, making it more attractive and interactive for visitors,” Fowler said.
“This funding will allow us to make critical improvements to park structures, ensuring that Fort Massac continues to be one of Southern Illinois local treasures for years to come.”
The joint Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, DCEO, initiative allocates over $2 million for evaluating the current condition of structures within the park, including the timber-framed 19th century fort replica.
Efforts will be undertaken to enable public access to the interior grounds of the fort.
Portions of the funding will also be directed toward making repairs around the park, including necessary upkeep fixes on the stockade wall and fencing.
An additional $770,400 will be used for deferred maintenance projects, including work on the heating, ventilation and duct systems, exhaust fans, piping insulation, a natural gas water heater and rehabilitating or replacing the existing shower building.
Having received approval, DCEO now has authority to move forward with funding the projects within the park facilities.