LEMONT – The Lemont Park District has taken the first steps toward improving parks and facilities.
The district in October launched an interactive program titled “Make Your Park District.” The cooperative platform included a Commissioner Listening Tour, as well as an opportunity to complete a comprehensive survey. Both avenues enabled residents to weigh in on several topics and provide feedback, according to a Lemont Park District news release.
There was a lot of similar information in the results. Many residents were interested in improving Bambrick Park, walking trails, the possible development of a downtown park, and program opportunities, the release stated.
In January, the park board and staff participated in a master plan workshop facilitated by the agency’s third-party partners, Studio GC and Public Research Group. This exercise was the initial leap into framing an updated schedule and plan consisting of future projects and improvements.
This involves prioritizing necessities and reviewing public requests, as well as reflecting on the district’s mission, vision and values, which include safety as a top priority and being fiscally responsible, according to the release.
Even though long-term future plans for the district are being formulated, the Lemont Park District already is taking action on some items.
This year, the community can expect an improved Bambrick Park. This initiative was launched at the end of 2019 with the completion of some modest field upgrades. This year, a connectivity path enabling accessibility to the quad fields and improved drainage throughout is on the docket. Also, phase one of major field improvements for Bambrick Field A will take place, including new fencing, drainage improvements, an infield lift and grass infield. This project is due to begin in mid-July and will take about four to six weeks.
The path at Centennial Campus will see major enhancements in 2020. Not only will the entire path be repaved, it will be widened, providing more space for users. In addition, new mile markers as well as other signage will be added. This project will begin at the end of August and will take about four to six weeks to complete.
“Once again, the Lemont Park District and board would like to especially thank residents for taking time out of their day to provide vital feedback to us,” Lemont Park Board President Brian Pepich said. “We are so grateful for your time, efforts and passion about our park district, and we look forward to addressing your requests. Also, we are excited to announce that we are researching properties downtown for a possible future park presence.”
The recreation department has added programs that have been requested, such as youth art classes and adult dance classes.
“The team not only will continuously research trends, but we will keep listening,” Director of Recreation and Communications Carrie Dellamano said. “We are in the process of putting together a program which will keep the conversation going, enabling residents to weigh in on a more regular basis, so stay tuned.”