Fri April 30, 2021
The dredging work was completed in early February, and the pond is now being allowed to re-fill with water. The construction fencing surrounding the park will remain in place until the pond has returned to its normal water level. Typically, spring rain storms would deliver water into the pond through the storm sewer pipes along the east and west sides; however, the lack of rain throughout March and April has caused it to re-fill very slowly! Park District staff will continue to monitor the water level, and will ask the contractor to remove the fencing as soon as the water level rises.
The park improvement project at Prince Pond has begun and is anticipated to take approximately 12 weeks ending in late February or early March. During this time, the park will be closed and the pond will be drained. The scope of the project includes dredging of the pond and reconstruction of the flagstone walkway along the east edge of the pond, which has settled and tilted over time. This work will consist of stabilizing the shoreline with additional boulders, and re-setting the flagstone walkway to create a more level surface. Ice skating will not be available at Prince Pond this winter.
From time to time, as part of routine pond maintenance, small bodies of water like Prince Pond must be dredged to remove sediment that accumulates on the pond bottom. The Park District has worked closely with the Village of Downers Grove to manage Prince Pond’s use as a recreational amenity, as well as a Village stormwater detention facility. At this time, it has been established that Prince Pond is in need of dredging to restore the pond’s original depth and improve its overall health.
During the dredging of the pond, the sediment will be pushed into a pile near the existing concrete boat launch and loaded into dump trucks to be hauled away. Since these trucks will need to pull up close to the pond, the project will require half of Parkway Drive to be closed. The east half of Parkway Drive will remain open for one-way traffic (from south to north), in order to ensure access to all residential driveways throughout the project.
In addition to the dredging and shoreline work, the Park District is planning walkway improvements that will provide better wheelchair access to the brick patio at the north end of the pond. The sidewalk that leads from East Parkway Drive down to the patio will be replaced with new ramps with more gradual slopes and handrails for safer wheelchair access. The brick patio will also be reconstructed to create a level surface, and a safety railing will be added along the pond edge of the patio.
We are excited to be moving ahead with these much-needed improvements, and look forward to restoring Prince Pond to its original condition. If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact Paul Fyle, Superintendent of Planning at 630-960-5451 or by email at email@example.com.