Current & Proposed Capital Projects
Town Centre Sled Hill Development Substantially Complete
October 12, 2020 - The site grading, seeding and site restoration work at the Town Centre Sledhill is now substantially complete. The sledhill, located just west of Jefferson Jr. High’s new athletic field complex, will remain closed this winter in order to properly establish the hillside turf. A sidewalk will be built to that connects the east side of hill to the north of Jefferson Jr. High track for pedestrian connectivity. The hill will be open to the public for the first sledding season in December 2021.
Nicor Easement Bikeway Connector (Ide’s Grove East Park to Timbers Edge Park)
The District recently approved a license agreement with Nicor for the easement that connects Ide’s Grove East Park to the new park property in Timbers Edge subdivision. Plans for the easement entail the construction of a multi-use paved pathway connecting the existing pathways in both park sites. The District received a state legislative grant that was announced this summer that will fund this project. Unfortunately, construction cannot commence until a grant agreement is executed which is still outstanding from the state. Once that step is completed, the project construction documents will be finalized and it will be bid so that construction can follow.
Recently Completed Projects
Baggo Courts Now Available at Echo Point Park
November 1, 2020 - A pair of fully accessible Baggo courts are now available for use at Echo Point Park. The courts include bench pads with companion seating, paver throwing pads, and concrete game boards. Patrons must supply their own bags. This new amenity replaced the existing horseshoe pits.
Ide’s Grove West Development Project is Complete and the Park is Open for Play
October 29, 2020 - The Ide’s Grove West Development project was completed and the park opened for play on Thursday, October 29. The project included renovation of the existing Ide’s Grove West Park, as well as new developments for Ide’s Grove West and Timbers Edge subdivisions. The new park now includes 2-5 year old and 5-12 year old composite playgrounds with swings, a zip line, hillside slides, a shelter, seating areas, a drinking fountain, accessible walks connecting neighborhoods to the park and existing bike paths and landscaping throughout.
A ribbon-cutting and park dedication to recognize the 12-person Park Advisory Planning Committee was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 31, but was cancelled due to the current Covid-19 gathering restrictions. A virtual dedication will be posted soon and an in-person dedication will be re-rescheduled for spring 2021.
Master planning efforts were completed in spring 2019 by the Woodridge Park District planning staff in cooperation with a nine-person Neighborhood Park Planning Committee comprised of residents from both Timbers Edge and Ide’s Grove West Park subdivisions. The final master plan was presented and approved by the Park District Board of Commissioners in summer 2019 and the project went to bid in winter 2020.
This project was also awarded a grant from GameTime and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, reducing the cost of the 2-5 and 5-12 year old modular playground structures by 50% of the list price, resulting in an estimated $40,000 savings. These cost savings will be directly applied to other park development features within this park site.
Jefferson Junior High School Track & Artificial Turf Athletic Field is Now Open
October 1, 2020 - The Park District partnered with School District 68 to partially share in the funding and use of an outdoor athletic facility at Jefferson Junior High School. The new facility is located west of the school and includes an eight-lane track with a lighted synthetic turf sport field in the center for multi-sports, as well as relocation of two new baseball/softball fields to the north of the school property.
Nicor Gas Project at 63rd Street Park Complete
July 31, 2020 –Nicor Gas completed the replacement and safety testing of a 2,700-foot segment of a natural gas transmission pipeline project located on Nicor Gas’ property located to north of 63rd Street (within the 63rd Street Park parking lot) in Woodridge.
Pickleball Courts Now Open at Hobson Corner Park
July 17, 2020 – Construction at Hobson Corner Park is complete and the tennis/pickleball complex now consists of 4 tennis courts and 4 pickleball courts. Construction included converting one of the tennis courts into 4 pickleball courts, line striping the remaining 4 courts for pickleball and tennis multi-use, and new fencing.
Reinvestment Continues at Cypress Cove
July 27, 2020 - While Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park remains closed for the season due to COVID-19, the Woodridge Park District is using this time to reinvest in the aquatic park for a successful reopening in 2021! Staff temporarily filled the pools with water in early July to complete construction testing of the newly replaced filtration system and shortly thereafter drained the pools.
The new state-of-art filtration system was installed at Cypress Cove this spring. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters replaced the old sand filters in the main, plunge and program pools and the lazy river. Some of the old filters are original to the water park, which was built in 1997, and some filters were carried over from Hobson Pool. Advantages of the new DE filters include:
- The ability to immediately filter out particles down to 3 microns or less, giving the pool water unparalleled clarity
- Old filter media is completely replaced every time staff backwashes and recharges the DE filter.
- If algae is present, it gets trapped in the dark filter with no light, therefore preventing growth and giving staff time to add additional chlorine.
- Longer cycles between backwashing saves a significant amount of water use/costs.
- Small filter size provides more room for storage in the existing filter building.
83rd Street Park Open for Play
August 24, 2019 - Work at 83rd Street Park was completed in August. The park now includes a 30x40 picnicking shelter with seating for 100+ patrons, a junior size soccer field & open turf space, accessible baseball dugouts and walks throughout the site, drinking fountain, picnic tables, benches, permanent baggo boards and ping pong tables. Turf protection fencing will remain on site to prohibit play on the recently -seeded field and will be playable in spring 2020. The park site will be a rentable picnic location tentatively scheduled for the 2020 season.