Ribbon cutting held for new pavilion at day use area

HELD RIBBON CUTTING–An official ribbon cutting was held recently for the new pavilion at the Kaskaskia River Day Use Area. Pictured at the cutting are: Dayleann Morgan, Mic Middleton, Richard Johnson, Paul Greatting and Joe Dobyns.

Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area/Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area Site Superintendent Mic Middleton noted that when he first started, the Kaskaskia River Day Use Area “was a blighted area.”

The Day Use Area overlooks an oxbow on the Kaskaskia River and is located off of Barry Road (which is just off of State Route 154 and accessed by Griggs Road or Bowlin Road).

This site is open from sunrise to sunset most of the year. (The gates are locked from December through February.)

Middleton said that over the years maintaining things had not been a priority and the area needed improvements. So a three year planning project started.

A sustainability funding bill was passed by the State of Illinois around three years ago, where an extra $2 was added to license plate renewals. Those funds went directly to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

He added that their top priority for the area was to get the Kaskaskia River Day Use Area looking nice. So using those funds, they built a new pavilion at the site.

For more on these improvements, please see this week’s print edition.