Ten Woodridge Park District sites were impacted by the June 20th tornado and staff continues to remove debris and damaged trees from parks and paths and fix damaged property. With some initial clean up conducted, Park District staff will continue to assess tree conditions evaluating structural integrity and health, which may result in more removals. Stump grinding will also be conducted as a future phase of clean-up in any non-natural areas.
The District was fortunate to have received emergency assistance from 14 other Park Districts, as well as workers from the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program. These crews were able to help cut, chip and haul material off-site for trees blown over and cut down small trees that were still standing, yet destroyed by the storm. Many thanks to the following Districts for their help: Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Palatine and Wheaton.
Thanks to these Districts and our own Parks, Planning and Development staff, 6 of the sites were cleaned up and ready for play last week; however, there are still a few park sites that remain closed:
- Boundary Hill Woods: Closed until further notice due to hazardous conditions and tree removal.
- Crabtree Creek: ComEd and DuPage Country conducted tree removals, however, many trees are still down and the park is closed until further notice.
- Ide’s Grove West Park: Playground and paths are closed until further notice due to contracted tree removal taking place.
- Windy Point Park: Shelter and small segment of the path are closed until further notice.
In addition to the cleanup at our own parks, Park District staff also assisted the Village of Woodridge crews with clearing streets in order to make them passible for neighborhood residents and EMS.