The Downers Grove Park District has allocated capital funds for several park and facility improvement projects in 2020.
McCollum Park Sprayground and Tennis Improvements: This project includes a new sprayground, renovated tennis courts with new LED lighting, renovated concession plaza, new park shelters, and resurfacing of the existing asphalt perimeter pathway. The District has been awarded a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition & Development (OSLAD) grant by the IDNR for this project. Learn more
Patriots Park - Pedestrian Bridge Replacement: The existing pedestrian bridge at the east end of Barth Pond is currently in poor condition and due for replacement. The engineering consultant has begun the design and permitting process, with the goal of having all permit reviews completed and design drawings ready for public bid in early 2020.
Prince Pond Dredging: Per a 1987 "Intergovernmental Agreement Governing the Maintenance of Public Lakes," all ponds and lakes owned by the Park District shall be maintained by the Village, including "periodic removal of accumulated silt." As with the Barth Pond dredging a few years ago, the Park District would manage the project, with funding provided by the Village. The Village has indicated that this funding is currently budgeted in FY2020.
Prince Pond Shoreline Renovation & Bypass Pipe: Over the years, the existing shoreline of large boulders and a pathway consisting of limestone slabs have been slowly shifting and settling. This has required numerous repairs to stabilize the stones. We anticipate the dredging work to include draining the pond and this would provide a perfect opportunity to re-set and stabilize the existing stones while the pond is empty. In addition, the District plans to hire an engineer to study the possibility of installing a bypass pipe that would allow us to re-direct storm water during the winter, which should help with forming ice for skating.
Indoor Facility Study: A major theme identified in the recently approved Master Plan included the need to complete a Districtwide Indoor Facility Study, to assess current and future facility needs. This study would evaluate current facilities and measure them against future needs to identify potential existing building improvements or expansion, building adaptive re-use opportunities, or possible new facilities.
Doerhoefer Park Irrigation Replacement: The current irrigation system was installed in 1999, and has required numerous repairs in recent years. A new irrigation system would provide an opportunity to increase operational efficiency by including new web-based monitoring and control, and water efficiency through the use of flow sensors or other technologies. This project was included in the current 2019 Capital Projects Fund; however, the project was postponed in order to fund the new drop-off lane at the Recreation Center parking lot.
Access Controls: This will be a multi-year project, which the District will begin in 2020 by implementing an access control plan that will update the District's current lock & key system. Planning began in 2019 regarding features that will be included as part of this plan and determining which order the facilities will be completed.
Golf Projects: The Clubhouse at the Downers Grove Golf Club will be renovated in early 2020 before the course opens for the season. Improvements will include a new check-in and dining countertop and reconfiguration of the Pro Shop area.