On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Oak Brook Park District began construction at the Central Park North Fields site, beginning Phase 1 of the Open Space Project. Among the attendees were Park District Board of Commissioners Lara Suleiman and Kevin Tan, and the Director of Parks and Planning at the Oak Brook Park District, Bob Johnson.
The open space project, funded in part by an Open Space and Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant, includes the construction of two full-size illuminated soccer fields, fitness equipment, a bags game court, walking trails, totem plaza, and two picnic shelters. The original scope also included one basketball court, but the project budget allowed for a second court adjacent to the first. These will be full courts with an acrylic sport surface as well as glass back boards.
Suleiman remarked, “We are very excited about the ground breaking of our Central Park North Fields. It’s a phased project and we are really excited to start Phase 1. We had overwhelming support from the community to have this as an open space and also, recreational space. Families and multi-generational populations of Oak Brook will be targeted and we are going to see a lot of beautiful things in the years to follow.”
Phase 1 addresses the significant grading and drainage issues of the western portion of the property. It will also include the addition of a ½ mile pathway that connects to the existing system to create a continuous loop, the installation of two natural turf fields with LED lighting, parking, small picnic shelter, and several fitness stations. For more information please visit https://www.obparks.org/oak-brook-park-district-open-space-project-overview
Executive Director, Laure Kosey said, “We couldn’t be more excited to begin Phase 1 of this long-term vision for the development and improvement of Central Park.”
The vision for the property began in 2018 with the help of the Oak Brook community. Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that allowed the Park District to issue $17.9 million in bonds to purchase and improve the property at the November 6, 2018 election. The Park District will use the remaining $2.1 million in bond proceeds, as well as the $400,000 grant from OSLAD, to make improvements to the property over the next three years. The Park District Is excited to bring this project to fruition in the coming months.