In light of the current situation, the Park District has decided to pause the Oakton Project. We are not continuing with our community engagement activities and future Citizen Task Force Meetings are cancelled. With so much economic uncertainty, the Park District Board and staff determined now is not the right time to bring a project of this scope to our community. We remain hopeful that we will all quickly recover from the impact of the COVID-19 situation, and that we may be able to pursue this project again in the future.
Park Ridge Park District (PRPD) is committed to protecting and improving our community’s parks and recreation facilities. These public assets play a critical role in our quality of life.
Over the past three years, PRPD has evaluated a variety of concepts to address the needs of the aging current facility and significantly enhance recreation opportunities at Oakton Park. The proposal being considered for our community’s largest park includes the following improvements:
- Renovating the 51-year-old Oakton Ice Arena, including:
- Repairing, renovating and/or replacing outdated, deteriorated siding, mechanicals, ice rink floor, dasher board system, bathrooms, locker rooms, lobby area and ventilation system, much of which are at the end of their useful lives
- Addressing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC) compliance issues throughout the building, including the multipurpose room, restrooms, locker rooms and bleacher seating
- Replacing the deteriorated parking lot and adding additional parking spaces
- Constructing a studio rink, training room and concessions area
- Building an indoor turf field and multipurpose rooms
- Creating a passive green outdoor gathering space
- Expanding pathways within the Park and offering indoor walking opportunities around the perimeter of the new turf field
- Improving storm water management
In addition to providing our community with its top-requested new recreation facility—a multi-purpose sports complex—there are many other anticipated benefits of the proposed improvements:
- Expanding recreational opportunities for all ages, infants through seniors
- Extending the useful life of existing recreation facilities
- Upgrading facility efficiency and reducing costly emergency repairs
- Improving accessibility for persons with physical challenges
- Freeing up programming space and wear-and-tear on other PRPD facilities, especially the gymnasiums
- Creating a self-funding facility positioned for the future
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