Visitors Guide to the
Gordon Moore Park
Route 140 (College Avenue)
Alton, Illinois 62002
Phone: 618-463-3580

Accessible Parking Accessible Picnic Facilities Accessible Hiking Trails Wildlife Viewing Accessible Fishing Opportunities Accessible Restrooms

Led by Dr. Gordon F. Moore, local clubs, organizations, businesses and volunteers built this 702 acre park on the east side of Alton. Highlights in the park include a first class golf course, a rose garden, an oriental garden, a native prairie grassland area, a 13 acre lake for fishing, a tennis center, a freedom shrine, and a monument to all the volunteers that helped create the park. In addition there soccer and baseball fields, picnic shelters and playgrounds.

Park Attractions

The Heartland Prairie
  The Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park was planted by the Sierra Club in 1977. This 27 acre oasis of native prairie is managed by The Nature Institute, which keeps the trails maintained, provides incredible trail/plant guides, and does annual and semi-annual controlled burns. At the Heartland Prairie one can find any number of the 150 forbs and 9 grasses in bloom late March through early October. The Heartland Prairie is located on the north side of the park (across IL-111 from where most of the activities take place.

Nan Elliott
Memorial Rose Garden
  Dr. Robert Elliott donated the funds for this stunning 1 acre rose garden as a memorial to his wife. This All-America Rose Selections accredited garden contains more than 1,600 rose bushes and a gazebo. On Sundays at 5 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day, bring your lawn chair or blanket to hear the caroling of the bells from the Carillon Tower. The garden is located on the south side of the park.

Oriental Garden
  The funds for this garden were donated by Alton area Doctors. The garden is located on the south side of the park with a walkway over bridges that goes around the pond and past a waterfall and the Pagoda. Colorful Koi fish make the pond their home.

Nature Trail
  This 1/4 mile handicapped accessible nature trail starts and ends near the Oriental Garden on the south side of the park. There approximately 50 different trees and shrubs grouped in areas and include native trees, deciduous trees, conifers, and shrubs. There are informational plaques, using both plain text and Braille, located along the trail, a raised herb garden, an observation deck, and two curved bridges.

Spencer T. Olin
Golf Course

  Designed and managed by Arnold Palmer, Spencer T. Olin Golf Course is recognized as the finest public facility in the mid-west with a 4 1/2 Star rating by Golf Digest magazine. This 18 hole, par 72 course is designed to accommodate all levels of play. Carts and lessons are available. Restaurant on the premises.
Other Facilities   ► 13 acre lake and dam - providing fishing opportunities
Beautification Fountain
Freedom Shrine
George Spence Hosta Garden
Memorial Tree Preserve
Tennis Courts
Soccer, Baseball, & Football Fields

Visiting Gordon Moore Park
     Hours: Daylight to Dusk or end of scheduled activities
There is no charge to visit Gordon Moore Park.

Gordon Moore Park is located on College Avenue (IL-140 & IL-111) east of the interchange with IL-3. at 4550 College Avenue. From the Clark Bridge in downtown Alton take E. Broadway to Washington Avenue. Take Washington Avenue north to College Avenue. Take a right on College Avenue and east to Gordon Moore Park. From IL-3 North: Exit at the College Avenue (Il-140/IL-111) exit and travel east to Gordon Moore Park.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  54.562
W 90  06.428

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