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Sycamore Park District to discuss sports complex expansion

SYCAMORE – Sycamore residents will have another chance to weigh in on the Sycamore Park District’s proposed sports complex expansion project when it holds a public hearing Tuesday evening.

The park district’s board of commissioners will hold a public hearing from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the park district maintenance building at 435 S. Airport Road.

The project would turn the existing soccer fields at the Airport Road location into ball diamonds, and a new site for soccer fields would go in less than a half-mile south of the current location, according to plans.

The complex was originally priced at $1.6 million, but the Park District lost out on a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Since then the district decided to build fewer soccer fields than was originally planned, saving the district about $400,000.

In addition to the ball diamonds, other aspects of the project include paths, a playground, two shelters, a concessions and score keeping building with bathrooms and parking a lot. The Park District plans to apply for an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant this fall.

The Action 2020 is the result of a referendum passed by Sycamore residents in 2014, allowing for projects such s the sports complex expansion, and the already completed Community Center, Splash pad, Dog Park and Sled Hill.

The public is invited to attend. Park Board members and staff will be present as well as the project’s engineers to share drawings and discuss ball diamond development and associated features for the Sports Complex.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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