The 27-acre property known as Sportsman’s Park is officially reopened to the public after a four-year rehabilitation.
“We’re returning land that this community could never use. And the reason they couldn’t use it was because it was filled with led. So back in 2011 we made a decision, as a district, to finally clean this up and return it back to the community,” said Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury.
The goal of the project was to obtain a ‘No Further Remediation’ letter from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency so the park can be used for years to come.
The new park features ponds and trails as well as a trapshooting range in collaboration with the Naperville Sportsman’s Club.
“We’ve already discussed with the Sportsman’s Club about maybe doing some fundraising later this year, early next year to stock both ponds with fish, so people can come back and fish,” said McGury.
Other improvements include energy efficient sports lighting, approximately one mile of new trails and natural wetland and prairie restoration areas.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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