Seventy landowners from the Mill Creek area meet at the Clark County Courthouse to discuss flood control possibilities.
Voters approve the Mill Creek Conservancy District.
A citizens committee circulates petitions to form a Clark County Park District. The referendum was approved by 13 votes of more than 1400 cast.
The Senate Committee on Public Works approves The Mill Creek Watershed Work Plan. This is the final step before funding could be made by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture
Congress authorizes the Mill Creek Watershed project with a total of $4.1 million. The Watershed encompasses 81,840 acres of land from southern Edgar County to
the Wabash River.
The Clark County Park District receives a Farmers Home Administration loan in the amount of $239,000 to begin work on the lake and park.
Mill Creek Conservancy District receives a loan from the FHA of $256,000 to begin work on the flood control structures.
Groundbreaking takes place for the first of nine proposed water control structures in the Mill Creek Watershed.
Mill Creek Watershed sees rainfall of between 3.5 and 6 inches that causes an estimated $530,000 damage to landowners (Soil Conservation Service
estimated figures). It is also estimated that the storm caused $20,000 in damage to seven bridges, which would have been averted had all the watershed
structures been in place. Since 1965, the Mill Creek Watershed has seen development of 260 ponds, 245 erosion control structures, and 125 acres of
All land is secured for the Mill Creek Lake and county park. A total of 2600 acres is purchased without condemnation for approximately $600,000.
The Clark County Park Board, with assistance of the Clark County Extension Service, sponsors a summer recreation program entitled "Kid Power" for children
between ages of 6 and 16. It is a free program serving youth in the communities of Marshall, West Union, Westfield, Martinsville, and Dennison.
"Kid Power" begins its 3rd year, serving over 400 youth in 5 communities.
Construction is awarded to S.J. Groves and Sons for construction of Mill Creek Lake dam (Structure #1) in the amount of $2,414,828.70.
Clark County Park District assumes operation of the Lions Club Swimming Pool in Marshall. The pool was built in 1956 at a cost of $75,000.
Groundbreaking takes place for the Mill Creek Lake dam, the largest earthen dam in Illinois. It is expected to take 2 years to build a dam 1700 ft. long, 450 ft.
thick at its base, and rising 78 ft. above the creek bed at its center. A million cubic yards of soil will be compacted layer by layer. The lake will contain over 800
acres of water and 39 miles of shoreline. At this time, this is the largest local conservation project underway in the state. The Clark County Park District is the
only county park district in the state.
A $736,015 contract was awarded to Frank C. Feutz of Paris for construction of the new Clarksville Road Bridge over Mill Creek. The work includes construction
of a 257 ft. concrete deck on steel beams, raising the road surface 19.5 ft. and providing entrance lanes into the park just west of the bridge.
The Clark County Park District receives $230,000 state grant to finance planning and construction of launching ramps, parking facilities, comfort station,
docks and security lighting at Mill Creek Lake.
The Clark County Park Board begins providing funding for 4 county park at a rate of $7,500 annually. The parks include Marshall Park, Martinsville Park, Westfield
Park, and West Union Park.
The Fishing/Walking Lane was created from a previous maintenance road.
The Strategic Plan Committee meets for several months. It consists of the park board, business manager, recreation director, park employees, and 3 community
members. The committee develops a master plan which will help to direct future grant requests and future park decisions. The following were deemed as the
mission/core values: Recreation, Expansion, Natural Resources, Financial Stability, Boosted Participation Within Clark County, and a Sustainable Plan. The
following were developed as 5 year priority goals: Flush toilets at shower facility, Handicap and bank fishing, Long-term camping, Horse trails, Erosion
control/monitoring, Boat Safety.
Park is awarded $49,900 DNR OSLAD Grant for shelter at campground, soccer/football area 8 picnic tables, basketball court, and volleyball area.
State OHV board recommends funding of $305,000 grant for new campground restroom, updated OHV trails, and lighting and water at entrance of OHV trails.
The park board votes to have no more privately built docks on the lake. The board will work to establish guidelines for leased lake docks built by park approved
contractors. This is in the hopes that it will help to eliminate problems with private dock construction and clearing. There are currently 69 leased docks on the lake.
In March of 2006, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved a Boat Access Grant Application requesting $149,700. The grant will provide the following at Mill Creek: New courtesy docks, a new launch restroom, and some upgrades to parking.
Mill Creek Park is awarded an OHV Grant from DNR. This grant is funded at 100% and will be for $46,300. It will provide the following: a new shelter on the OHV trails, a skid steer, a pull-behind mower, and a GPS unit