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Board Reviews Jubliee Point Park ‘Draft’ Natural Area Improvement Plan, Park Improvement Design Development Plans at 50% Completion & New $225,000 DCEO Grant Announcement

Subsequent to presentation of the proposed ‘Draft’ of the Jubilee Point Park Natural Area Improvement Plan by staff to the Board of Commissioners at the December 19, 2023 Regular Board Meeting, the Board directed staff to proceed in finalizing details of the “Plan” and to make available for public review. The final “Plan” shall also be submitted to expert arborists, ecologists, and/or conservationists from respective institutions (e.g. Conservation Foundation, Morton Arboretum, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Natural Resources Forestry Extension, Graf Tree Care, etc.) for peer review, feedback and concurrence of recommended best management practices prior to final Board consideration to accept at the January 16, 2024 Regular Board Meeting.

Planning & Development staff also presented for Board review the Design Development Plans currently at 50% completion which further updates and refines the design of the proposed picnic grove area with ancillary park amenities and community garden plots.

Staff also notified the Board of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) recent notification of a $225,000 grant to be used for infrastructure improvements associated with the Jubilee Point Park Phase 2 Development and Natural Area Improvements projects. Staff is in the process of submitting required application documents. These new grant funds combined with the approved Illinois Department of Natural Resources $600,000 Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant, will further reduce the District’s local funding towards this community park and natural areas improvement project.


December 20, 2023 – During the first week of January 2024, the District’s geotechnical contractor, Soils & Materials Consultants, Inc., will be conducting soil borings in 29 locations across the Jubilee Point Park (Town Centre) property to collect soils information to support engineering and design services related to the proposed Phase II site development and future phases of site planning. The contractor anticipates completing field work in approximately 2-3 days.

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