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.
October 26, 2021 - Due to the extremely unusual delays with the Woodland Park Project, the District wanted to give a detailed explanation to our residents. We do recognize that the fenced off area of the park has caused inconvenience to park users, and we apologize for the circumstances. Project construction has begun and anticipate the park improvements will be available in Summer 2022!
At the February 4, 2021 Board Meeting of Park Commissioners, the Park Ridge Park District approved a bid from Team Reil for the construction of the Woodland Park Project. Construction fencing was installed the week of May 3 in anticipation of a May 10 construction start date. At the time, our engineering consultant, Team Reil, and the Park Ridge Park District were collectively of the understanding that the issuance of the required Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) permit was imminent. As May 10 approached, we received the first of many rounds of review comments from MWRD. Our engineering consultant routinely responded in a timely manner but MWRD response times were much longer than we’ve experienced in the past, possibly due to staffing shortages and/or a backlog of projects. The week of June 28, in recognition of this unprecedented delay, the City of Park Ridge approved a selective demolition permit to allow the project to begin work as we were led to believe that the full permit from MWRD was imminent. Within that week, the contractor completed the scope of work that was allowed under this selective demolition permit and we later discovered that
the MWRD permit was further delayed. At this point, due to the nature of the demolition work it was unsafe to remove the construction fence and allow public access to those areas. We continued to experience delays throughout the month of July despite repeated attempts to expedite the process with MWRD. On August 2, the full permit was finally approved which allowed the contractor to place the order for materials that were specifically contingent on the terms of the permit, most notably the precast concrete materials for the storm sewer system. The stormwater infrastructure is required by MWRD to be installed in the first phase of construction before any other work is completed. These materials are made to order and could not be ordered until the permit was approved because their specifications were modified as a result of the permitting process. Due to staffing shortages, the company that manufactures these storm sewer materials is severely backlogged. The project contractor, Team Reil, has leveraged their relationship with this manufacturer to get a few key pieces manufactured so the project can commence. On October 19, delivery of construction equipment began, and on the days following, grade staking, GPS coordinate input and some initial grading work has begun. It is anticipated that the construction work will be ongoing daily, during the weekdays, as long as weather permits. The contractor indicated that most of the work will be completed this year except items that are contingent on the weather including: asphalt paving, landscaping and finishing touches, which will be completed in 2022. The current anticipated completion date is June 30, 2022.
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October 6, 2021 – The contractor has informed us that construction is anticipated to start on or around October 18, 2021. The most recent delay is due to an unprecedented supply chain disruption for materials necessary to install the storm water system. We are aware that residents are disappointed that the construction fence was installed before all permits and supplies were obtained. Staff did consider removing the construction fence, but at the time we were unaware of the scarcity of materials and in preparation for full project commencement, the contractor began demolition. Removal of the fencing would have resulted in a considerable expense to the Park District, and much of the area would have remained fenced for safety related to the demolition work. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. We will continue to provide updates as available.
September 9, 2021 - The contractor has informed us that there is an unprecedented backlog for supplies which is likely to push the project out another month. The supplies in question are related to the storm sewer system. In the sequence of construction, it is required by MWRD that the storm sewer work is completed first. The contractor was not able to order these supplies in advance because they were dependent on the MWRD permit and could have changed during the review process.
August 12, 2021 - The full permit has been issued from the City of Park Ridge, and the contractor is scheduled to begin work on September 1.
August 3, 2021 - Permit has been received from MWRD. We now await site permit from the City of Park Ridge, which we expect to receive soon.
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.