Village of Oak Park, park district team up on Scoville Park renovation

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Fencing was put up Wednesday surrounding areas of Scoville Park for an improvement project that's part of an agreement between the Park District of Oak Park and the Village of Oak Park.

The project will involve a complete overhaul of the park as well as improvements to Oak Park Avenue and Ontario Street.

The village board was set to approve a resolution allowing the village to contribute an amount not to exceed $94,968 for the project, but pulled the measure from its agenda July 16 for futher discussion. The improvements are said to enhance conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

The proposed plan involves new bumpouts, colored crosswalks, a new entry on the corner, and a path along the south side of Ontario. The design is expected to slow traffic and make the north side of the park more pedestrian friendly, according a village report.  

The village and park district worked through the design and bidding for the improvements, and the park district will be managing the construction as part of its overall park project.

A previous version of this posted reported the village board approved a contract for the project in an amount not to exceed $94,968. That item, however, was pulled from the agenda and no vote was taken.

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Kay from Oak Park  

Posted: August 10th, 2012 11:23 AM

So let me get this straight.....the city of Chicago is bankrupt, but we feel the need to spend tax payers money for "pretty renovations?" What is wrong with a surplus? Why is a positive balance sheet a negative thing these days? This disregard for the budget really has got to change. The entire political scene needs a complete overhaul so we can get back to reality folks.

This Guy from Oak Park  

Posted: July 20th, 2012 10:09 AM

You know who loves this renovation? THIS GUY. Can't wait for it to be complete for my walks to/from the train.

jed from oak park  

Posted: July 19th, 2012 10:18 AM

Really? Explain, please. Or in your adddled little mind, is any expendature a waste of tax money?

Larry Skiver from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 19th, 2012 6:07 AM

More waste of tax money. Shame Shame OP.

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