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In light of the current situation, the Park District has decided to pause the Oakton Project. 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. Click to learn more about the process the Park District went through to master plan Oakton Park.
The renovation project is made possible by the award of a Museum Grant through the State of Illinois. This grant was awarded in 2014 then put on hold, and funds were just released in late 2018. The project includes: renovation of the pathway, replacement of the existing picnic shelter with a larger structure that includes an outdoor fireplace, four interactive educational panels on the exterior of the existing Nature Center building, as well as a series of educational interpretive signs throughout the prairie and pond area.
Capital improvements to Maine Park for 2020 include the addition of a pollinator garden near the front entrance of the building as well as the construction of the Outdoor Nature Classroom.
Improvements are coming to Woodland Park in Autumn 2020!
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The Park Ridge Park District wanted to let you know about the steps that are being taken by the District to control the spread of the COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus.) All of the facilities continue to be on an aggressive program of disinfection which includes an upgraded schedule of disinfecting doorknobs, handrails and grab rails and the placement of additional antiseptic wipes and/or hand sanitizers at all facilities. The District has been working with the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) to determine best practices for controlling the spread of infectious disease.
The Park Ridge Park District is committed to ensuring the public is safe in all that we do. Recently, we have become aware that questions have come up about some of the lawn care products we are using.
It is our responsibility to be transparent and provide education about the District’s business. President Harrington stated, “to devote the appropriate amount of time to the issue, as current Board President, it is my intention to call a Special Board Meeting on November 14th to discuss our current District lawn care practices. A special meeting will give this subject matter the time and transparency it deserves.” We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about this topic to join us on November 14 at 7:00pm.
On Saturday, June 15, the Park District Board of Commissioners along with staff and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new playground at Northeast Park. The project includes a playground for 2-5 year olds, an Alpha Tower playground for 5-12 year olds, a spinner, swings, infant swings, shaded seating area, pathways, and a rain garden for storm water detention.
John Tunnell was sworn in and took the Oath of Office at the February 20 Board meeting. Commissioner Tunnell was appointed to a two-year term to fill the vacant seat of Commissioner Janak. His term will run 2019-2021. We welcome Commissioner Tunnell to the Board.
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