People – and projects – are on the move at Bloomingdale Park District. Some major revamping is in the works as the organization continues to tackle capital project repairs and improvements approved by the community via a recent referendum.
One of the biggest overhauls on the horizon for2018 is at the Springfield Park Ballfield Complex, which is slated to be open to “play ball” in May. The renovation is designed to curb the widespread flooding that had been occurring on fields and nearby paths, according to Josh Hendricks, director of communications at the park district.
Spring and summer mark the relocation of park district staff and programs to make way for the renovation of the Johnston Recreation Center. Staff will take up temporary residence at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum, as well as in an existing storefront in Stratford Square Mall. Renovations are scheduled to wrap up by late 2019.
Crews also are hard at work restoring the shorelines of the Springfield Park wetlands to address non-native, invasive species and to improve storm water management, Hendricks said.
The final capital projected related to the 2016 referendum are upgrades and improvements to some recreation features at The Oasis Water Park. Namely, deck space will be enlarged and deck shade will be added, with a targeted completion date of summer 2019.
To keep up with the latest news and information related to these referendum projects, visit www.bloomingdaleparks.org.