FAQ's for The R.P. Lumber Center

The R.P. Lumber Center FAQs

Q. Is there certainty that this complex will be built?

A. Major funding has been assured through grants and private donations. However, additional funding from the participating communities, donations and sponsorships must still be approved and received before The R.P. Lumber Center is a finalized build.

Q. Is it feasible to raise the money for this project in the time frame?

A. Yes. Between the aggressive fundraising campaign and the generosity of the community, organizers are confident the goal can be reached.

Q. Will TheCENTER be open to other communities?

A. The details of membership are still being worked out and will be determined once commitments are made from the various funding sources. The use and fee schedules of the facility will be determined by the complex management.

Q. Who will manage The R.P. Lumber Center?

A. The City of Edwardsville will manage operations and offer other park programs at the facility.

Q. Will this project cause my property taxes to go up?

A. No! As with the other two A Better Place to Play developments, The R.P. Lumber Center is relying on grants, donations, and tax dollars from new growth.

Q. Why is The R.P. Lumber Center located on District #7 grounds and what tax implications does that cause?

A. The R.P. Lumber Center will be a regional facility that benefits the residents of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville Township, and the entire county. Students will have easy access to physical education or after-school studying. The location off Governor’s Parkway will provide quick access to the MCT bike trail system. The ground was provided for a $1/year for 25-year lease.

Q. What is the economic impact of this project on local businesses?

A. The R.P. Lumber Center will bring people from other communities that will be eating in our restaurants, shopping at our stores, and staying overnight at our hotels. One weekend tournament can generate over $60,000 in direct local business impact.

Q. I have other questions that aren't answered here.  Who do I ask?

A. If you have a general question, you can email parks@cityofedwardsville.com or call us at 618-692-7538.  If you would like more information about being a sponsor or supporter then email buildthecenter@cityofedwardsville.com.