The Naperville Park District has a number of proposed capital projects on their “to do list” for 2012. Residents got a chance to learn about some of the projects and give their input at a recent open house.
“The funding for these projects is primarily capital,” said Eric Shutes, Director of Planning for the Naperville Park District. “We were fortunate enough to receive some grants. We got the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) OSLAD grant for Meadow Glens Park. Also for Knoch Knolls Nature Center we’re seeking through the IDNR.”
One projected project at May Watts Park had a number of residents come to the open house to discuss their concerns with park staff. The plan is to install an eight foot wide blacktop path around the pond allowing better access to the park area.
“I’d like to know how much this cost and who started it,” said resident Charles Rehor. “When the water comes up underneath that asphalt it’s going to wash it away. It’s another worthless boondoggle.”
“They’re not utilizing these current funds that they have available to them in an appropriate manner,” said Francine Rehor. “There’s other plans that could be for the benefit of Naperville that would require less upkeep, present less of a safety concern, and maintain the integrity and beauty of the neighborhood.”
Naperville resident Laura Thomas expressed her concerns with staff about plans to build a shelter in Westglen Commons.
“My property backs up right to the field and I was just concerned where they were going to place the shelter,” said Thomas.
Park staff says they’ll take all the residents feedback and really listen to their concerns to try to work together to create something that all the residents will enjoy.
“This is the whole purpose of the meeting,” said Shutes. “To bring residents out and have an opportunity to talk to them. We really like to know how they feel about projects. When we do find that there’s particular interest in projects we have the opportunity to reschedule meetings, have additional feedback sessions, so it is a great opportunity.”
The park district has plans for more than 20 parks throughout the city including improvements to the disc golf area and a new nature center at Knoch Knolls Park, shoreline restoration at Brook Crossings, and wetland restoration at Pioneer Park. All of which residents can give their input on.
Residents unable to attend the open house can still voice their opinion by contacting the Naperville Park District by August 26th. The proposed plans can be found on the park district’s website at napervilleparks.org.
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