Improvements are coming to Woodland Park!
The Woodland Park project is budgeted at $985,000, and the District has been awarded a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) matching grant to go towards the development. A central feature of the improvement project is the addition of six dedicated pickleball courts with shaded structure and seating. The existing basketball court is to be refurbished and expanded to a standard high school sized court. Additional proposed improvements include a permanent two-stall restroom facility, a picnic shelter, and ADA accessible pathways to all of the park’s amenities. The addition of three rain gardens are designed to capture storm water runoff and mitigate flooding. This landscape feature would also serve as drought tolerant green space that provides a habitat for birds and pollinator species.
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Autumn 2020: Project permitting
January 2021: Project out to bid
Summer/Autumn 2021: Construction begins
Spring/Early Summer 2022: Project completed
July 16, 2021 - Unfortunately, we are experiencing unusually long delays with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) permitting process. The District has not heard back from MWRD, but remains hopeful that we will receive the permit soon. The contractor had several weeks built into the schedule for unforeseen circumstances, but the project has been delayed for 2 months now. Without the permit from MWRD in hand, the contractor cannot order several items that have long lead times, such as storm water infrastructure and the restroom building, because there is a risk that something could possibly change. The contractor has now indicated that these delays and supply lead times have impacted the final completion date and the project will not be completed until spring/early Summer 2022.
June 24, 2021 - The Park District has received a conditional demolition permit from the City of Park Ridge while we wait for the MWRD permit. This allows our contractor to begin selective demolition work this week and then grading. Based on our conversations with MWRD, we are confident that the full permit is imminent, and we expect work to continue into the Fall without further delays.
June 11, 2021 - We are experiencing unusually long delays with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) permitting process. Staff submitted final comments on May 14 and should have heard back by May 28. On June 1, the project engineer reached out to the reviewer at MWRD who acknowledged that they were backlogged, but the project was being reviewed that day and we should hear something by the end of the week (June 4). On June 10, we heard back from the reviewer at MWRD who indicated he had passed along our project to his supervisor for final approval. When he provided the timeframe of June 4, he was not aware how backed up his supervisor was. He is trying to get this project to the top of the list for approval. The contractor is ready to mobilize as soon as we receive this permit.
May 6, 2021 - The Park Board of Commissioners were joined by 2nd Ward Alderman Fred Sanchez, the Board of the Park Ridge Pickleball Club, and Park District staff to break ground for the Woodland Park project. Bob Rhine, president of the Pickleball affiliate, also presented a generous $1,500 donation for the project from the Pickleball Club to Board President Matt Coyne and Park District Executive Director Gayle Mountcastle. The construction fence at Woodland Park was installed this week, and work is scheduled to begin next week.
April 26, 2021 - The construction fence will be installed the week of May 3. The tennis and basketball courts, parking lot, and the entire central corridor of the park will be closed for the duration of construction. The playground and athletic fields will remain open. The playground can be accessed only from the North side of the Park.
To learn more about the project, click the Inside the Parks image below to watch the YouTube video of the episode featuring Woodland Park.
If you have questions about the project, please call 847-692-8598.