After years of growth, the Board will now look inward, using the resources it has to efficiently and responsibly continue to grow the District into a strong and sustainable agency – laying the groundwork for a successful future full of possibilities beyond 2025!
Sustaining the Legacy: 2025
While last year’s community-wide survey will help identify how to allocate resources and funds, the Board will still be faced with some tough decisions. Long-term sustainability of the District and responsible use of taxpayers’ dollars will be the guiding principles when faced with these challenges. Some of the first projects the District will focus on include Clubhouse updates, playground replacements, and expanded programming.
Current and Upcoming Construction Projects
Founders Park Playground Restoration!
Playground renovation includes replacing existing equipment and swings with new structures for ages 5-12 and 2-5 play areas and new swings. New playground safety surfacing of engineered wood fiber will be laid. The curb will be adjusted and expanded, the lawn will be restored, and benches added. The projected timeline for opening is May 2022.
UPDATE 5/17/22: Founders Park: we are waiting for two support parts. Once we have them we will be able to open the park.
UPDATE 10/19/21: This fall the current Founders Park playground will be removed and donated to Kids Around the World, an organization that connects underserved areas to gently used play equipment. The site will then be prepared so that as soon as the new structures arrive in the spring (weather and available labor permitting) they will be installed.
We are sorry for the gap in this installation timeline, but it is yet another example of how delays throughout the world are also affecting the construction industry.
The Park District is thrilled that the old equipment will be enjoyed by many more children and appreciates your understanding and patience.
UPDATE 5/17/22: We are waiting for two support parts. Once we have them we will be able to open the park.
Reston Ponds New Neighborhood Park!
Shodeen Homes has graded and seeded the area in preparation for development.
To view the park’s Master Plan, based on community input, click here.
UPDATE 7/21/22: In July the Park District was awarded $240,300 in grant funds for the Reston Ponds Park Development Project. This opportunity was made possible through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program.
The grant will fund development of Phase I Projects: Playground, Small loop trail, Picnic shelter, Soccer field, Pickleball court, Native landscaping buffer and educational sign. Additional amenities including a second pickleball court, large loop trail, tennis court, basketball court, and a parking lot will be phased in over the coming years.
UPDATE 10/20/21: The Park District has applied for an OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisition and Development) Grant administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to complete the first phase of the site’s Master Plan which includes a small limestone gravel loop trail, playground, picnic shelter, native landscape buffer with educational signs, soccer fields, and a pickleball court.
The other park features will be phased in through a 5-year development plan. These projects include a large limestone gravel loop trail, pickleball, tennis, and basketball courts, fitness equipment, a small parking lot (9 spaces, 1 ADA), as well as shade, evergreen, and Ornamental Trees which are ongoing
UPDATE 5/17/22: We are awaiting information regarding an OSLAD grant that the Park District applied for to fund this development project. It is our hope that announcements will be made this fall.
North Grove Crossing New Neighborhood Park!
The Park District and North Grove Crossing HOA are working together to develop the designated park space in this neighborhood. They are in year one of a five-year phased plan to bring exciting park elements to the site.
ACTION 2020: Citizens Memorial Sports Complex Construction begins Summer 2021
Citizens Memorial Sports Complex will be the new name of the current Sports Complex once the development project is completed. Construction will begin July 12, 2021, on non-soccer areas with full construction beginning October 25, 2021. Substantial completion is projected to be May 27, 2022, with full completion by June 10, 2022.
ACTION 2020: Riverside Soccer Complex Now Open!
ACTION 2020: Great Western Trail Extension – Segment I Now Open
Segment one goes from Sycamore Forest Preserve and the Great Western Trail trailhead to Page Street. This connection will open this fall.
ACTION 2020: Great Western Trail Extension – Segment II
Segment two goes from Page and Pleasant Streets in Sycamore to Old Mill Park. The Park District will receive federal grant funding through IDOT’s Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program to complete this project. Currently, we are working with land owners to secure the land need for the route.
The Park District is working on wrapping up its 7-project ACTION 2020 plan. While some things have been delayed due to frozen grant funds, all projects are still on track to be completed successfully! Learn more about ACTION 2020, here.
Timeline for Completion
|Community Center||Opened spring 2018|
|Splash Fountain||Opened summer 2018|
|Northwestern Medicine Sled Hill||Opened winter 2019|
|Brian Bemis Family Dog Park||Opened spring 2019|
|Trail Connection 1: Brickville Road to Sycamore Middle School||Opened summer 2018|
|Trail Connection 2: Great Western Trail Extension|
|Phase I: Sycamore Forest Preserve to Page St.||Opened fall 2021|
|Phase II: Page St. to Old Mill Park||Grant received – opening TBD|
|Golf Course Irrigation System Replacement||Completed summer 2020|
|Sports Complex Expansion|
|Phase I: New Riverside Soccer Complex||Opened spring 2022|
|Phase II: Development of Citizens Memorial Sports Complex||Construction underway|