Past Projects: Directed by Pride

Since 1966 Pride Inc. has brought together caring citizens, civic organizations, and federal agencies to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of the greater Alton area.

Below you will find a partial list of the thousands of beautification programs accomplished by Pride:

  • A three-year program undertaken in 1966 to beautify, repair, and improve the Lovejoy Memorial Monument; dedicated in 1969 by Governor Richard B. Ogilvie.
  • Coordinated the beautification of three triangles on Court Street in Alton, including the installation of a fountain on each triangle by members of Hellrung Construction company, donated to the City of Alton.
  • Formal dedication of the Alton Godfrey Jaycees lookout in Riverview Park in Alton.
  • Beautification of two triangles in Wood River with the Wood River Women’s Club and Home Nursery.
  • Played a leadership role in the development of a plan to preserve the bluffs from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park, except the City of Grafton. The Pride sponsored law was signed by the Governor of Illinois in early 1991 after nearly a year of work and is known as The Alton Lake Heritage Parkway
  • Establishment of the Beltline Beautification Committee (now called Homer Adams Parkway).
  • Sponsored Project Look Good attempting to control the weed problem in the business areas of the City of Alton
  • Coordinated beautification of the Olin parking lot area in East Alton by Olin Corporation.
  • Coordinated a tree planting program in Rock Spring Park with the Upper Alton Women’s Club. Planted 500 hardwood seedlings in the area of Homer Adams Parkway by the Godfrey Lion’s Club and the Boy Scouts.
  • Development of the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden.
  • Student Pride Members organized the first “March for Parks” in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • Cosponsored Golf for Youth Program with the Spencer T. Olin Community Golf Course.
  • Purchased thirty wrought iron trash cans thanks to a grant from Alton Township and worked with the Upper Alton Business Association, the Parkway Association, the North Alton Business Association, and the Alton Marketplace to make the project possible.
  • Pride’s Students Pride committee-organized fall and spring cleanups.
  • Preservation of the Alton Lake as a national recreational area.
  • Placed litter containers along the Great River Road Bike Trail by Pepsi-Cola Company in Alton.