Disc golf, challenge courses, baseball fields and an updated playground are just a few of the improvements Algonquin is eyeing for Presidential Park.
These improvements were included in Algonquin’s recently approved parks and recreation master plan, which is meant to give the village a game plan for these services for the next 10 years.
Along with new amenities, updated concessions, restroom buildings and dugouts are also planed.
Now, Algonquin’s Village Board is set to vote during a Tuesday meeting on whether to apply for an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
If applying for the grant gets a thumbs up from the Village Board, Algonquin staff will host a community open house on Presidential Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Presidential Park, 700 Highland Ave., to seek feedback and input on how amenities can be improved and what should be prioritized in the future.
This state grant would expedite the improvements process, Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera said.
“Having those funds available sooner than later would allow us to move that up in the queue and get that improvement done sooner than later,” Kumbera said.
The village will have a cost estimate for these improvements figured out before it submits the final application, with a number coming in the next couple weeks, Kumbera said. Applications are due by Sept. 1 and the process typically lasts several months.
While there could be some deviations from what’s been planned so far, Kumbera said, the village already has a fairly high-level vision of what they want for the park.
Being one of Algonquin’s older parks – and a large one at that at 18 acres – a lot of improvements could be done there, Kumbera said.
“It serves more than just the local neighborhood,” Kumbera said. “Even people from outside the village come and use that facility.”
Presidential Park currently has three baseball diamonds and two fields that can fit at least four different games of soccer or football, according to the village’s website. It also has a playground, a restroom and a walking path with five different exercise stations set up along its length.
Other aspects of the village’s parks and recreation master plan have already been put into place, including the conceptual engineering for the redesign of Towne Park. Proposed new amenities at Towne Park include amphitheater and stage spaces, a gateway feature, and an updated open air shelter.
Hill Climb Park is also slated for general maintenance and the replacement of existing play features. At Gaslight Park, the tennis courts are supposed to be replaced.
“We’re definitely hitting the ground running with the plan as much as possible,” Kumbera said.
Source: The Daily Chronicle