Glencoe Park District seeks neighborhood opinions on attainable West Park renovations

Frances Lawson

A 107-year-previous Glencoe park is in line for a facelift that could include things like quite a few enhancements all over its footprint. Glencoe Park District officials are hoping to master the community’s priorities for upgrades at West Park just after commissioners approved the development of a renovation system before […]

A 107-year-previous Glencoe park is in line for a facelift that could include things like quite a few enhancements all over its footprint.

Glencoe Park District officials are hoping to master the community’s priorities for upgrades at West Park just after commissioners approved the development of a renovation system before this summertime.

Glencoe Park Board commissioners strategy to debut a draft idea strategy on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the course of a exclusive neighborhood assembly. Commissioners will welcome general public responses at or in advance of the meeting. Feedback received throughout that meeting will be offered to the Park Board in August.

Throughout their July assembly, commissioners walked as a result of targets of the likely task, which include refreshing the park’s existing infrastructure, making certain it satisfies ADA accessibility specifications, maximizing recreational amenities and preserving the “character of the community.”

The Illinois Department of All-natural Means communicated that it would be functioning a $400,00 matching grant application, park officers say, noting that it “would be a great way to offset typical routine maintenance charges.”

Point out officials authorized a spending plan appropriation of $28 million supporting the grant method earlier this yr, in accordance to a memo from Lisa Sheppard, government director of the Glencoe Park District.The grant cycle below this application will final by way of Sept. 1 and ample funding is accessible for more than 80 tasks, officials say.

The park district will will need to dedicate at least $400,000 for the match grant, according to park files.

Glencoe been given a identical grant for its Duke Park project, but simply because the fees of this task will possible exceed that full, the park is hoping to husband or wife with Glencoe Public Faculty District 35, which also makes use of faculty-adjacent West Park.

If the park associates with District 35, the project’s finances would be between $1 million and 1.5 million, officials say.Building would reportedly start in the very first half of 2023.

When commissioners talked over possible idea designs for the park, they outlined 6 parts of concentrate: 

• Strolling loop/ADA park obtain,
• Alternative of the current tennis courts with the possible rededication to pickleball courts,
• Substitute of the backstop on the significant baseball area and the set up of a artificial turf infield,
• Updates to the tiny baseball field’s backstop,
• Improved park and subject drainage, and
• Updates to the ingesting fountain

Chris Leiner, director of parks, stated the park’s baseball fields were being created in 1990 and that the backstops are “at the end of their useful life.”

On the larger of the two fields, the park is thinking of artificial turf, which Leiner pointed out would make the subject a “much bigger leisure asset for the community.”

1 of the replacement selections for the existing tennis courts is fall down to two tennis courts and increase three pickleball courts, Leiner explained, incorporating that there is been a “high residential need for pickleball” and there are no committed courts in Glencoe.

Park officers also claimed there are a few principles they will not even check out at the subject: sports industry lighting, a everlasting outfield fence and improvements to parking on Cherry Tree Lane.


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