Future of Allerton Park to be discussed Wednesday

Future of Allerton Park to be discussed Wednesday

An area state senator said a more-than-a-century-old landmark in Piatt County has fallen into disrepair and needs to be restored to its original glory.

A meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday to try and begin the dialogue of putting together a plan for the future of Allerton Park and Recreation Center in Monticello.  The park's grounds, which are owned by the University of Illinois, consists of 1,500 acres and includes a Georgian mansion.

Republican State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet said Allerton is a true asset to the state, is considered one of the seven wonders of Illinois and is a huge benefit to the local economy.  Rose said if upgrades aren't made, Allerton will continue to lose potential business opportunities.

Rose added that this issue needs to be taken seriously, and that a vision for the future of Allerton that everyone agrees to is very much needed.

Also scheduled to attend the meeting on Wednesday with Rose are Republican Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville, along with Allerton Park and UI officials.  It's scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Allerton Park mansion in Monticello. The meeting is open to the public.

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