Lake Ellyn Park Phase III Update
During the construction on Phase III the majority of the park will remain open with the exception of the playground. Construction will begin on April 3, 2017. Lake Ellyn Park Improvements Phase III highlights include: replacement of the playground (built in 1991); park amenities such as energy-efficient L.E.D. pathway lights, park benches, bike rack, picnic tables, trash and recycling receptacles; a fishing pier in the northwest corner of the lake; vegetative restorers (small islands near the inlets which will filter and cleanse incoming storm water); interpretative signage; and realigned paths in the southern portion to expand green space closer to the lake and landscape.
|April 3, 2017||Construction fencing and tree protection will be erected.|
|April 3, 2017 - May 2017||Playground installation. The old playground, which was built in 1991, will be removed by
Kids Around the World and donated to a less fortunate community.
|April 2017 - June 2017||Natural area improvements including the installation of plant plugs to increase plant
diversity and the naturalization process. Wood chip paths will be established within the natural area.
|May 2017||Installation of floating vegetative restorers (small islands near the inlets which will filter
and cleanse incoming storm water) completed.
|June 2017||Fishing pier installed in the northwest corner of Lake Ellyn.|
|June 2017||Park amenities including energy-efficient L.E.D. pathway lights, park benches, picnic tables,
playground tables, bike racks, and trash/recycling receptacles installed.
|Summer 2017||Wayfinding and interpretive signage installed.|
Upgrading Lake Ellyn Park and the Boathouse was identified as a top priority for the Park District in the 2012 Community and Attitude Interest Survey and prioritized by the Park Board of Commissioners. Since the master plan was approved, the Park District has begun to implement elements based on available funds. Through best practices the Park District has generated funding for the park improvements through operating surplus, non-referendum bonds, grants and donations.
As described in the Master Plan, improvements to the park will be done in a way that is compatible with both the historic, traditional setting of the park and with cutting-edge, sustainable practices. Permeable pavement, water and energy conservation, ecological landscape enhancements, and other innovative elements will improve the water quality and habitat of the park in a visible way. These green enhancements will serve as a demonstration to the village and the region, and will allow the park to sustain for the next 100 years and beyond.