Roy French donated $100 to the city towards the creation of a park and a recreational path along the Town Brook in Jacksonville.

Roy French donated $100 to the city towards the creation of a park and a recreational path along the Town Brook in Jacksonville.

Roy French, a Virginia businessman and author, has donated $100 to the city of Jacksonville, as part of an effort to create a park and a recreational path along the Town Brook in Jacksonville, Illinois.

“I believe in the Town Brook, and think it would make a great park” Roy said. He thinks a recreational path could start at Lincoln and Morton with tables around the brook, and go through town and end at the large arch and railroad bridge behind the MacMurray College facilities management building at Hardin (where MacMurray used to have riding stables, he said). The citizens group TownBrook.com also sees the park going west to Wal-Mart and beyond, and east to the confluence with Mauvaiseterre Creek at Foreman Grove and beyondFacebook. Arch area map.

Roy grew up a couple miles north of Virginia at Hickory Hollow, and spent much of his youth in the woods, along area creeks, trapping amongst other things. He said today’s and future youth should be able to have experiences like his.

Roy owns The Caraway Seed, an antique store on the Virginia town square. If you go up to check it out, be sure to stop at Rexroat Prairie – it’s an excellent example of natural habitat that can be restored in Jacksonville.

Michael Burgess and Rob Delaney of Premier Builders of Jacksonville previously donated $1,000 for the Town Brook project in October 2012. Citizens or businesses who would like to financially support local parks and recreation can send a contribution to Jacksonville Parks Foundation, 1815 Mound Road, Jacksonville IL 62650. Contact the group’s President Steve Warmowski 217.245.4178 for more details.

Posted by Steve Warmowski, 217.245.4178 townbrook.com steve at townbrook.com.

View to the west, railroad underpass for the Town Brook, behind MacMurray College facilities garage off Hardin Avenue in Jacksonville.

View to the west, railroad underpass for the Town Brook, behind MacMurray College facilities garage off Hardin Avenue in Jacksonville.

View of ceiling, railroad underpass for the Town Brook, behind MacMurray College facilities garage off Hardin Avenue in Jacksonville.

View of ceiling, railroad underpass for the Town Brook, behind MacMurray College facilities garage off Hardin Avenue in Jacksonville.

Railroad bridge east of MacMurray College looking east from near the MacMurray College facilities management garage off Hardin Avenue in Jacksonville.

Railroad bridge east of MacMurray College looking east from near the MacMurray College facilities management garage off Hardin Avenue in Jacksonville.

Bengt and Ann Josefsson visiting Rexroat Prairie in Virginia Illinois, September 2011.

Bengt and Ann Josefsson visiting Rexroat Prairie in Virginia Illinois, September 2011.

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