Ackerman SFC Parking Lot Improvements: Project Updates

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Improvements will be focused on the main parking lot which serves Ackerman SFC and the upper Ackerman fields and include:

  • Resurfacing and repair of the lot
  • Entrance Road and sidewalk into park from St. Charles Road and Riford Road intersection
  • Lighting improvements within parking lot and entrance road, including conversion to dark sky and L.E.D.
  • Bioswales and permeable pavers within center of parking lot.

The 44,000 square foot lot serves over 250,000 annual users of Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center along with many additional patrons that utilize the surrounding 65 acres of open space, natural areas, and athletic fields. While benefitting the water quality for the East Branch DuPage River, the implementation of these measures will also provide and model responsible and innovative environmental practices in a highly visible and heavily utilized area.

Glen Ellyn Park District was successful in receiving a $439,290 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in October 2014. Those funds, which were to offset the cost of the parking lot improvements, continue to be withheld by the State of Illinois and despite patiently waiting the past few years, release of the funds is unlikely. While short-term improvements have been made in the interim, the Park Board approved moving forward without the grant at the May 15th meeting.

The project, which also includes bridge improvements at Churchill Park, was awarded to Chicagoland Paving Contractors, Inc. for $487,710. As mentioned above, expenses are being offset by Parkview Church’s contribution of $30,801 and a grant from DuPage County for $35,567.


PROJECT UPDATES

July 12, 2018: Click here to read the July 12 update.

June 15, 2018: As part of the Ackerman SFC Parking Lot Improvement Project, beginning Monday, July 9 through mid-September, the main lot at Ackerman SFC will be closed. Parking will be available to the east of the facility near the playground. Please see the map below. The parking spaces directly in front of the facility, just to the east of the front doors, will be available with the majority dedicated to handicap parking. If you require additional assistance, please notify the front desk at (630) 317-0130.

The entrance drive will be open during most of the construction. On days when the drive is closed, patrons will be able to access Ackerman SFC via the east entrance of Ackerman Park. While the District will minimize the impact of the construction, there will be some short-term inconvenience. Please use caution when driving within the park and near the building. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.