Current & Proposed Capital Projects
Invasive Plant Removals and Natural Areas Clean-up
November 14, 2022 – Beginning in November, District staff will begin work at numerous park properties and natural areas mechanically removing woody, invasive plant material including buckthorn, willows and honeysuckle. This work will utilize commercial-grade equipment including brush chippers and skid steer mounted grinding equipment (forestry mulcher and stump grinder). Please note that temporary path closures will occur as needed to ensure safety of park users. This will be completed in compliance with the Village’s construction noise ordinance with no equipment being operated before 7:00 AM
- Hawthorne Hill Woods
- Ide’s Grove East Park
- Janes Avenue Park
- Lake Carleton
- Lake Harriet
- Orchard Hill Park
- Peters/Rutgers Drive Basin
- Pond 54 (natural area east of Woodward Ave. & Prairie Ln.)
- Town Centre (Jubilee Site)
- Vicente Outlot D (natural area bordered by Westminster Dr., Hampstead Ct., Coppergate Rd. and Charing Cross Rd.)
- Vicente Outlot E – (natural area bordered by Gloucester Rd., Hampstead Ct, Vail Ln. Rutgers Dr., Hastings Rd. and Timber Trails Rd.)
- Westminster Park
- Windy Point Park
PRESCRIBED BURNS TO START ON OCTOBER 24
Updated November 10, 2022 – The Woodridge Park District will be conducting prescribed burns at various parks and properties this fall and next spring. The burns will take place between October 24, 2022 and April 30, 2023 when weather conditions are suitable.
Prescribed burns are part of a natural areas management process and will be conducted by trained Park District staff or an experienced contractor. All burns are supervised by an Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. Prescribed burns are a management technique used for improving site conditions for high quality native plants while reducing invasive weeds.
During the prescribed burn, smoke conditions will occur, but shall be kept to a minimum. Should any of your family members have health situations that may be affected or irritated by these conditions, please contact Christopher Pollack, Natural Resource Manager at email@example.com or 630-353-3373. Visit the Rainout Line webpage or subscribe for alerts via the Rainout Line app to receive prescribed burns updates.
As of November 10, the following sites have been completed:
- Ide’s Grove East Park
- Windy Point Park
- Cypress Cove (partially completed)
- Pond 54: natural area east of Woodward Ave and Prairie Ln (contracted)
Prescribed burns are planned for the following sites:
- 63rd Street Park
- Boundary Hill Woods
- Caddie Corner Park
- Castaldo Park
- Echo Point Park
- Falconridge Park
- Foxtree Court Stream – natural area near Foxtree Ave. and Wintergreen Ct.
- Hawthorne Hill Woods
- Heritage Parkway (contracted)
- Ides’ Grove West Park
- Pond Buffer
- Timber’s Edge Woodland (only the section that was not replanted)
- Janeswood Creek – natural area between Wake Robin and Wintergreen Courts
- Killdeer Basin – natural area near Killdeer and Oriole Courts
- Lake Carleton
- Lake Harriet
- Mending Wall Park
- Orchard Hill Park (contracted)
- Rutgers/Peters Drive Basin
- Seven Bridges Park
- Summerhill Park
- Triangle Park (contracted)
- Vicente Subdivision Outlot A (contracted)
- Vicente Subdivision Outlot C
- Vicente Subdivision Outlot D (contracted)
- Village Greens Golf Course
- Water Tower Reserve Unit 1 Outlot A
- Water Tower Reserve Unit 1 Outlot B
HAWTHORNE HILL WOODS BRIDGE REPAIR & Pathway development project
Updated October 20, 2022 – Proposed improvements at Hawthorne Hill Woods include repairing the existing driveway bridge which was washed out in a storm event and developing a 10’ wide asphalt path extension that will add on 0.6 miles to the existing bike path system, resulting in a 1.1-mile loop from Woodridge Drive into and through the Hawthorne Hill Woods site. Permit reviews have been completed by all jurisdictional entities. The project was initially issued for public bid in the spring, but the pricing received exceeded the budgeted funds. The project was then reissued for bid this summer with phased construction broken apart by scope of work (Phase 1 – Bridge/Culvert Repair, Phase 2 – Path Development). Bids for this project were received on August 4th. Pricing for the path development again came in far exceeding budgeted funds, and its development will not be pursued further at this time. The path development will be considered for inclusion in future budget year cycles. The bridge/culvert repair phase of work is currently being reviewed by insurance adjustors to determine the level of coverage. Staff anticipates the repair work to begin this winter and be completed in spring 2023.
Boundary hill woods RESTORATION STATUS
Updated October 20, 2022 – In the aftermath of the June 2021 tornado, the District contracted the completion of initial extensive tree work at Boundary Hill Woods which was completed in the weeks following the storm event. This work included removal of all downed and damaged trees in the sections of the site located to the north of the creek that bisects the property. As a result of site access limitations and the availability of funds, the sections of the site located to the south of the creek were managed differently. The contractor felled and pruned trees as necessary to address hazardous conditions. The felled trees and branches were then left in place to be addressed at a later date. In the District’s 2022 budget, funds were allocated for the rental of heavy equipment to grind the remaining debris on-site. Due to site access limitations, the resulting grindings (mulch) will be left in place. Natural Resource Management staff began preparations to resume these clean-up efforts on the property the week of October 17th. In the weeks to follow Park District staff will actively work to address clean-up of the debris remaining in the areas on the south side of the creek. Planning of any replanting efforts for Boundary Hill Woods will not begin until the site has been cleared.
Fred C. Hohnke Community Center Parking Lot WORK COMPLETE
Updated October 19, 2022 – Re-paving and re-striping of the Fred C. Hohnke Community Center parking started on Tuesday, October 11 and was completed and available for use on Wednesday, October 19.
IDe’s grove west park restoration uPDates
June 17, 2022 – On June 8th, the District’s contractor removed remaining sections of an existing fence along the west perimeter of Ide’s Grove West Park that was damaged by the tornado.
On the morning of Saturday, June 11th, 58 volunteers attended the Community Planting Dan and assisted with the planting 164 native trees and shrubs. Prior to this event Park District staff planted an additional 146 larger trees for a total of 300 native trees and shrubs being planted in the woodland area so heavily damaged by the June 2021 tornado. The cost of the reforestation efforts was offset in part by grant funding totaling $4,000 including $3,000 from the nonprofit group Trees Forever through their “Recover, Replant, Restore!” grant program and an additional $1,000 from IDNR’s “Earth Day in the Parks” grant initiative sponsored by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Generous donations plant materials and of supplies critical to the replanting efforts from local partners including Davey Expert Tree Company, Site One Landscape Supply, and the Morton Arboretum also helped to defray costs. Numerous residents donated trees to the effort. Staff will continue to preform regular maintenance on these plantings throughout the 2022 growing season including regular watering.
On June 17th the District’s contractor installed 24 replacement trees across the park site replacing landscape trees lost during the tornado. The cost of these 24 tree replacements were covered by the District’s insurance.
Castaldo Park Turf Restoration
May 10, 2022 – Aerating, seeding and fertilizing of a large area of turf at Castaldo Park was slated to begin on April 18 but has been delayed by approximately 4 weeks due to the rain. A new start date will be communicated soon.
Forest Glen Park Re-seeding area
May 10, 2022 – Worn areas around the playground at Forest Glen Park were recently re-seeded and stakes and tape were installed to prevent patrons from using the area while the grass grows. The playground is open for play during this time.
TORnado recovERY StaTUS
March 21, 2022 – The Park District continues to work with the insurer regarding claims for repairs and/or replacement of capital assets within 10 park sites impacted by the tornado. This work included the recent replacement of the damaged park shelter at Windy Point Park. Currently, the District is under contract the maintenance (weekly watering) of 84 landscape trees recently installed at 4 heavily impacted park sites (Ide’s Grove East, Ide’s Grove West, Ide’s Legacy and Windy Point Parks).
Recently Completed Projects
FALL ASPHALT WORK COMPLETED
Updated November 1, 2022 – Asphalt patching and resurfacing of various park paths and parking lots began on Friday, October 7th and continued through the month of October as weather conditions permitted. The contractor substantially completed all paving work during the final week of October, and all parking lots and paths included have been reopened for public use. Minor punch list and site clean-up items will be completed in November.
- Audubon Path (between Foxtree Ave. & Killdeer St.)
- Castaldo Park Path
- Echo Point Park Parking Lot & Path
- Falconridge Park Parking Lot
- Fred C. Hohnke Community Center Parking Lot
- Lake Carleton (North) Path
- Patching of Various Bike Paths:
- ComEd Property (between 71st and 63rd Streets)
- Hawthorne Hill Woods
- Summerhill Park
Pathway connecting Ide’s West and East Parks open for use
August 25, 2022 – Construction of a multi-use paved pathway on the Nicor Easement connecting Ide’s Grove West Park to Ide’s Grove East Park, which began in mid-May, has been completed and the path is open for public use. On July 26, the 45-day long strike by heavy equipment operators at area quarries that had brought the development to a standstill was resolved. On August 5, the contractor resumed work on the project completing installation of the asphalt paving and returned later in August to complete site restoration efforts.
NEW PARK SHELTER AT WINDY POINT PARK READY FOR USE
July 13, 20122 – As a result of the damage incurred by the June 2021 tornado, the shelter at Windy Point Park is required a full replacement. The damaged shelter was removed on March 21st. Construction of a new shelter to be erected in the same location began on May 20th. Final finishes were completed and the new shelter was opened for public use on July 5th.
path & parking lot SUMMER repairs complete
June 17, 2022 – Asphalt maintenance including crack repair and sealcoating took place at numerous park sites and pathways throughout Woodridge beginning May 11 throughout the summer months. Parking lot closures will occur during this time. Contractors completed the following sites:
- Orchard Hill Park Parking Lot & Path
- Sunnydale Park Parking Lot & Path
- Hobson Corner Park Parking Lot
- Forest Glen Park Parking Lot
- Castaldo Park Parking Lot
- Windy Point Park Path
- Summerhill Park Path
- Path near Janeswood Avenue
- 63rd Street Park Path
- ComedEd Path from 63rd Street to 71st Street
- Hawthorne Hill Woods Paths & Driveway
- Ide’s Grove East Park Path
- Mending Wall Park Path
Three playgrounds receive new Safety Surface
May 30, 2022 – As part of the District’s capital replacement program, removal and replacement of the playground safety surface occurred in late March through April at Willow Creek School, Somerset Park and Falconridge Park. The contractor removed the old surface & fabric and replaced it with “Safe-T-Mat,” an engineered, ADA-approved wood chip.
TREE PRUNING & REMOVAL
August 9, 2021 – The lack of rainfall in the last two years has had a negative impact on the mature Oak trees throughout the District and has pushed some of the already stressed trees past the point of recovery. Therefore, 12 trees at Castaldo Park and two trees at Echo Point will be removed. Additionally, four trees at Castaldo Park will be pruned of dead wood.
In consultation with Morton Arboretum, the District developed a plan to aid the current Oaks at Castaldo and Echo Point Parks, which consists of periodic watering as needed, insecticide treatments in the fall, fertilization in spring of 2022 and applying a growth regulator on new trees in the summer and fall of 2022.
In addition to the tree pruning and removals at Castaldo and Echo Point Parks, additional tree work will occur at Hawthorne Hill Woods related to the development of an alternate Haunted Forest Walk access path which was necessitated by a culvert washout in 2020.
SLED HILL OPENED for PLay on January 1
January 3, 2022 – The new sled hill, located just west of Jefferson Jr. High’s new athletic field complex, was closed last winter in order to properly establish the hillside turf, but it’s now ready for snow and sledders! The 22-foot hill will be open during daylight hours when conditions allow for sledding. Visit the Woodridge Park District’s Rainout Line web page to view the sled hill’s status and sign up for text or email alerts
RETAINING WALL REPLACEMENTS
October 22, 2021 – A contractor removed and replaced an existing degraded retaining wall at Internationale Estates Park and removed and reinstalled an existing leaning retaining wall at Forest View Park.
janes avenue baseball infield renovations
October 22, 2021 – Ballfield renovations at Janes Avenue Park’s northeast baseball field began on September 27th and were completed on September 30th. The existing 90-foot skinned infield was converted in to a 70-foot skinned infield for improved playing conditions. The project also included removal of material, fine grading, sodding, moving five existing irrigation heads, and installing clay in the wear areas near the plate and mound.
MEADOWVIEW SCHOOL EAST PLAYGROUND Replacement
October 20, 2021 – Work at Meadowview School’s east playground began in early August and was completed the week of October 19. The playground also serves residents in the new Hobson Hill subdivision and the project is a cooperative agreement between School District #68 and the Park District. Improvements include: replacement of the existing asphalt walk between Foxtree Lane and the school parking lot with an ADA accessible poured concrete walk; repaving of the existing asphalt play lot along the east side of the school; redevelopment of courts on the play lot including a new basketball court with hoop and foursquare courts; development of landscaped and bench seating areas; and replacement and expansion of the existing playground which includes new play equipment, concrete curbed borders, ramp access, drainage system and wood fiber safety surfacing.
FOREST GLEN PARK TEnnis court & PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED
September 17, 2021 – The Forest Glen Park tennis courts were September 7-17 for recoloring and crack repair work. The playground at Forest Glen Park reopened for public use on Monday, July 26th following the completion of planned renovations. During the 17-day closure, contractors removed the original rubber surfacing, prepared the subsurface and completed installation of new, colorful poured-in-place rubber surfacing.
NEW SWINGS & OTHER IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETE AT MURPHY SCHOOL
September 1, 2021 – Construction at Murphy School was completed in September to replace aged swing equipment, timber borders and surfacing. Improvements include: installation of a new 4-bay swing structure, concrete curbed borders, an accessible ramp, drainage system and wood fiber safety surfacing.
Jefferson Junior High School Track & Artificial Turf Athletic Field Project
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. Click to view the park.