Winter is approaching and snow will likely be in the forecast soon, but several park district projects will carry on in Oak Park if weather permits.

Park district spokeswoman Diane Stanke said it’s been pretty typical for projects to start in the fall and finish in the spring. That way, she said the park can be open for the summer when there’s more use.

Rain or snow does impact projects, and some materials can’t be used in the cold, but Stanke said the decision to continue through the winter is up to the contractor based on their planned completion date.

At Mills Park, Pleasant Street and Home Avenue, completion of the children’s discovery play area is weather-dependent, said project manager Neil Adams. Currently, concrete is being poured for a retaining seat wall along Marion Street, which might cause installation of a labyrinth in the play area to be pushed back until the spring, especially if weather gets bad.

Concrete walkways have already been installed as part of the project that began this fall and will be done by the summer. New benches, lighting and landscaping will also be included in the project.

A project at Rehm Park, East Avenue and Garfield, that will replace play equipment began a couple of weeks ago and demolition work is still being done. But Adams said rubberized surfacing that will go on a play structure won’t be put in until the spring because 50 degree weather is needed for proper curing. Also part of the project will be a concrete base for the play train railway, fencing, site furnishings and landscaping. The playground is scheduled to reopen in June.

Renovations at Taylor Park, Ridgeland Avenue and Division Street, which began in April, will likely wrap up before the snow falls, Stanke said.

They include reconstruction of the six tennis courts, an ADA-accessible discovery play area, a picnic shelter and installation of a new wetlands area in the southeast corner of the park.

Construction fencing is now down except for around the play structure, where a new piece will be installed within a few days, and the wetlands area, which will remain closed until spring to protect new plants, Adams said.

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