New structure planned at Geneseo Athletic Field

by Claudia Loucks correspondent
Brad Toone, representing Geneseo Youth Football; Andy Thurman, executive director the Geneseo Park District; and Brett Lohman, a member of the Geneseo Foundationboard, are shown with a "mock" check of the $100,000 the Geneseo Foundation will provide in a matching grant for the construction of a new building at the Park DistrictAthletic Field on East North St.

It’s a project that can benefit the entire community! The Geneseo Park District is partnering with Geneseo Youth Football in raising funds for the construction of a new building at the Park District Athletic Field.

According to Andy Thurman, executive director of the Geneseo Park District, the new structure will replace the existing building near the football field. The current building will be demolished with the new building expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Cost of the project is estimated at $357,000 with the work to be done by Valley Construction, Rock Island, and the community is encouraged to help with the cost of the project …”This is a fantastic community collaboration project and we are excited for the updated space,” Thurman said. “It will be an asset to the entire community.”

All donations will be directed to the Geneseo Park District Foundation and donations of $500 or more are eligible for recognition on the Geneseo Park District Foundation Donor Wall located in the main hallway of the Community Center. Contributions can be mailed to the Community Center at 541 East North St., Geneseo, IL 61254 or can be made online at

The Geneseo Foundation has offered a matching grant in the amount of $100,000. “A significant portion of that grant money has already been received,” Thurman said.

The new building, a 42 x 70 ft. structure, is designed with a wall down the middle, dividing the space – one side for Youth Football storage and the other side for the Park District. The space will include an area for Youth Football concessions and equipment storage. Youth football games and eighth grade football games are planned at the Athletic Field location.

There also will be space in the building to house Park District Day Camp and Thurman said, “The building also will be available for the public to rent to for social events such as graduation parties and family get-togethers, and we currently updated pickle ball courts, a tennis court and a sand volleyball court.”

He commented that the Athletic Field is home to flag football, SNAG Golf and Hammond-Henry Hospital Free 2 Play for youth, in addition to numerous free Park District Foundation events including drive-in movies, Easter Egg Hunt, and the Turkey Trot.