Park and Facility Project Updates
Both the We-Go and Clearwater Playground projects were completed in the Fall of 2016. A dedication ceremony for both locations is tentatively scheduled for May of 2017. Our next playground replacement project is scheduled to take place summer of 2017. The Park District will be turning our attention to the Redwood Playground located within the High lines West Park between Busse and Elmhurst Roads. The existing playground is adjacent to Redwood Drive. Staff will be recommending the relocation of this playground two blocks East to Kopp Park. These changes would allow the new playground to be installed on Park District property and not property leased from Com Ed. Redwood Playground currently resides on leased Com Ed Property. Construction for the new playground is anticipated to take place during the summer of 2017. Removal of the existing Redwood Playground would most likely occur in the fall of 2017.
Einstein Park Grant Phase II
Park District Staff continues to work with the City of Des Plaines in the development of project plans and specifications for Einstein Park Phase II. The project drawings and specifications are expected to be approximately 60% complete by the end of January. The Park District anticipates going out to bid for this project in March of 2017. A potential construction start date of May 2017 has been targeted. Completion of this project is expected prior to the end of the 2017 construction season. This project is being funded in part by a $376,000 matching funds OSLAD grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.