Fencing was put up last week around Scoville Park to kick off the improvement project that will add trees, a permanent concert stage and a Peace Plaza around the World War I memorial.
Neil Adams, project manager for the Park District of Oak Park, said the project is “in demolition mode at this point,” as workers began removing trees and will continue to get rid of old play equipment.
Right now, workers from Clauss Brothers of Streamwood will be concentrating on the north half of the park and will work their way south. The entire park will be closed beginning Aug. 20. In the next several weeks, Adams said the new playground, restroom and lighted tennis courts will be put in. New pathways, lights, and the construction of the plaza area will begin after that. Over 100 trees will also be planted and new bumpouts will be added at Oak Park Avenue and Ontario Street to improve pedestrian safety.
Three of the four bumpouts will be paid for with $94,968 from the village of Oak Park. The village board approved the amount at their meeting July 16.
Adams said they’re hoping to get the majority of the work done by winter, but some landscaping might be pushed to the spring. The park board budgeted $725,000 for the first phase of improvements. They also received a $1.6 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which they matched part of with another $551,000.