Parks and Recreation

Gordon F. Moore Park

4550 College Ave
Hotline (rain-outs, event updates, etc.) 618.325.0035
Alton Park & Recreation Office

This 704 acre park (located on the South side of Hwy. 140) consists of 8 tennis courts, 10 ball diamonds, 27 hole golf course, 6 picnic areas, 6 play areas, 11 soccer/football fields, restrooms, concessions, bleachers and a kid’s interactive fountain.  The park also features a nature trail and memorial areas (Worker’s statue, Freedom Shrine, Hosta Garden, Rose Garden with fountain & Veteran’s fountain). The park also boasts a 13-acre fishing lake stocked by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which is adjacent to the Oriental Garden and waterfall/pond.  The North side of Hwy 140 contains 10 soccer/football fields & 25 acres of Heartland Prairie Restoration.

Carillon Concerts at the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden are Sundays at 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through September.  Bring your own chair.

Memorial trees have been planted to landscape the entire park and are still available and may be purchased for $75 through the Park Office.

During the course of our daily operations, the Park and Forestry Departments often grind tree branches and limbs. The mulch is available to the public free of charge.  This mulch can be picked up at Diamond #7 parking lot.

Gordon Moore Tournament Layout

Reservations and Facility Rentals (Prices are subject to change.)

Muenstermann Pavilion
$130/6 hrs or $210/All Day Resident
$160/6 hrs or $240/All Day Non-Resident
Kitchen $100 extra
Does not include $200 refundable damage deposit (separate check please).

Large Shelters #2 & #5
$70/6 hrs or $85/All Day Resident
$90/6 hrs or $105/All Day Non-Resident

Small Shelters #4 & #6
$45/6 hrs or $65/All Day Resident
$70/6 hrs or $90/All Day Non-Resident
Park Weddings

Rose Garden
$240/2 hrs Resident
$290/2 hrs Non-Resident
$50/1 hour Resident
$60/1 hour Non-Resident
Special Accommodations
$100/Hour Resident
$110/Hour Non-Resident

Oriental Garden
$245/2 hrs including rental of shelter
#2 Resident
$285/2 hrs including rental of shelter
#2 Non-Resident

Park Attractions

The Heartland Prairie 
A 27 acres of tall-grass prairie located on the north side of the park.  Visitors can find prairie wildflowers blooming from late March through early October.  For pictures of the Heartland Prairie, please click here, then click "Heartland Prairie".  For upcoming events at Heartland Prairie, please click here.

The easy, one hour group walks will be April 16 and 30, 2013.  In May and June 2013, the walks will be on May 14 and 28 and June 11 and 25.  The walks will begin at 5:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.  Tours will identify spring plants and spring migrating birds. 
Please bring a plant ID book, photo equipment (optional), binoculars, water, and dress for the weather including comfortable shoes.  A social time will follow each tour with soft drinks and snacks. 

If you are planting a native garden at your home, a 30 minutes class will be held at 5:00 P.M. on the Tuesday walk evenings.  Bring clippers and gloves for a hands-on experience.  Questions and ideas will also be welcome.

The Nature Institute project at Heartland Prairie is scheduling volunteer days at the prairie on the first Saturday of each month from 9am until noon beginning June 1 and planning each first Saturday through October. The tasks will be varied depending on the season. Bring cutting tools if possible, wear protective clothing.  Some tools will be available. We will begin work at 9am and stop at noon for a picnic lunch.

Please contact The Nature Institute at 618.466.9930 if you have any questions. 

Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden 
Dr. Robert Elliott donated the funds for this stunning 1 acre rose garden as a memorial to his wife.  This All-America Rose Selections accredited garden contains more than 1600 rose bushes, a gazebo, and a carillon.  The Garden is located on the south side of the park.  For more informatiion on the Rose Garden, please click here.

Oriental Garden 
The funds for this Garden were donated by Alton area doctors.  The Garden is located on the south side of the Park with a walkway over bridge that goes around the pond and past a waterfall and the Pagoda.  Colorful Koi fish make the pond their home.

Nature Trail 
This 1/4 mile handicapped accessible nature trail starts and ends near the Oriental Garden on the south side of the Park.  There are approximately 50 different trees and shrubs grouped in areas including native trees, deciduous trees, conifers, and shrubs.  There are informational plaques, using both plain text and Braille, located along the trail, a raised herb garden, an observation deck, and two curved bridges.

Spencer T. Olin Golf Course 
Designed and managed by Arnold Palmer, Spencer T. Olin Golf Course is recognized as the finest public golf facility in the midwest with a 4 1/2 Star rating by Golf Digest magazine.  This 18 hole, par 72 course is designed to accommodate all levels of play. Carts and lessons are available.  A restaurant on the premises.  For more information on the Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, please click here

Visiting Gordon Moore Park
Hours:  Daylight to Dusk or end of scheduled activities. 

There is no charge to visit Gordon Moore Park.

Gordon Moore Park is located on College Avenue (IL-140 & IL-111) east of the interchange with IL-3. at 2809 College Avenue. 
From the Clark Bridge in downtown Alton, take E. Broadway to Washington Avenue.  Take Washington Avenue north to College Avenue. Turn right on College Avenue and east to Gordon Moore Park.

From IL-3 North: Exit at the College Avenue (Il-140/IL-111) exit and travel east to Gordon Moore Park.

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