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Park District Seeks Input on Park Improvement Ideas

What should the future hold for Willow Stream Park and Mike Rylko Community Park?

The Buffalo Grove Park District is inviting public input on its recently developed master plans for its two largest parks.

At the 76-acre , plans include the addition of two soccer fields, an “adventure play” area with climbing apparatuses, a small nature center, horseshoe courts, a bean bag toss area and game tables. The plans also include an expansion of the , new pedestrian bridges over the creek and a new concession and restroom facility

Plans for the 54-acre include adding a bandshell and seating area, realigning a walking path to create a “woodland walk” area, repositioning some disc golf holes to reduce conflicts with pedestrians and replacing a playground with a sand volleyball court. Plans also include expanding and improving parking lots to accommodate more vehicles allow more room for the ice skating rink.

Maps of the master plans are attached to this story.

A notice on the park district’s website, which outlines the plans, states that these two parks “have many of our facilities, and tend to be extremely busy. Therefore, they need our constant attention for maintenance.”

“All of these are just ideas,” the notice states. Residents are invited to email comments and suggestions to comments@bgpkr.org.

What do you think of the proposed improvements? What amenities would you like to see? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Debbie Brenner August 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
A new Fine Arts Center, updated parks, a new "downtown" area ... love the improvements - but what will this all do to my taxes?
taxed out August 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
What Have you run out of signs to repaint? We do not need a fine arts center Perhaps, not even when we have a fine arts group to utilize one. What's wrong with the facilities we already have? Utilize the schools and municipal buildings we already have. Wait . . . the village is planning on having those torn down! The Park District should look at reducing our taxes instead of spending every penny they can squeeze out of us. When is the next election? These people have to go
RELENTLESSCRITIC August 20, 2012 at 04:41 PM
These are all just ideas, folks. All they are trying to do is get a read on what, if anything, residents want to invest in. This is all part of the process of ensuring that the PD is providing facilities and services that residents want. If you have ideas, suggestions or opinions, this looks like a great opportunity to weigh in on them. Stop acting like they're already moving forward on any of this stuff- they're not. They're doing exactly what they should be doing- showing residentts what's possible, gathering feedback and other suggestions and then figuring out what's in the best interest of tax payers. Remember, some of the value of having a strong PD is reflected in home values. And, some of the PD facilities do need periodic updating and improvements. People would be compliaing if that stuff wasn't done either. What else would you want them to do? Have a better approach in mind? Then suggest it.
Sam August 21, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Please remove disk golf course from this park entirely or at least relocate it to some other place. Why do we need two golf courses in the village? Look at the damage to the park disc golfers create. Plus all the nuisance they bring into the village and to the park - tundering illegally modified vehicles, civics and jettas that sound like garbage trucks (sorry WM); dangerosly flying freesbies - my pregnant wife would've been hit if I didn't block it (ouch) at 9 am on Sunday; alcohol, cigarettes, drugs - you don't really think those teenagers come here to play freesbee, do you? Saw few times disk golfers urinating in the grove in the middle of the park. Also think that there is no disk golf in any of neighboring villages - Willing, Palatine, Arlinghton Hights, teenagers from all these villages come here to "play" disk golf. Disk golf must go!
Mark Bushey August 21, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Its not the disc golf that is the issue. Some people actually enjoy this sport. The drunk and high teens are at other parks too. I back up to Alcott and hear idiots drunk at the park every night til 3 am.
Dana April 03, 2013 at 09:59 PM
The disc golf course in willow stream park is busy every day in the summer and most of the time in the winter.It starts about 7:A.M. in the morning and goes past dark about 10:00 P.M. and sometimes later in the summer.The teenagers are always cursing and yelling.I was trying to sell my home and people were there looking at it and when they saw all those kids they ask if that was there all summer and I had to reply "yes". That disc golf course has lowered the value of the properties adjacent to willow stream park. I wish the Park District would consider removing it to give us some peace and quiet and raise the value of our property again.

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