New Park Development
2101 HWY B
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Master Plan Final Report.
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image of the Final Master Plan.
In 2019, the City of St. Charles by and through its Parks and Recreation Board, purchased 97 acres of property located off Highway 94 and Highway B. This property is adjacent to the 96.9 acres that was purchased by the Orchard Farm School District. The combined properties will include amenities that can be utilized by both parks and schools creating a unique opportunity to collaborate and create a space for the school district and community to enjoy.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the master planning process for the new park. This planning process was the first step towards outlining a concept of park amenities and ways to collaborate with Orchard Farm School District. We are busy behind the scenes working on further definition and development of the plans to be able to build the park our community wants and expects. The Hub and field-house area need a feasibility study/business plan which we will be engaging in this year.
As design and development plans continue to progress, the Parks and Recreation Board, Mayor and City Council are discussing the best funding sources for the project. While we do not have a timeline for construction right now, we are acutely aware, as everyone is, materials, construction fees and fuel prices are higher than desired. We are hopeful within the next year we will have a better timeline to present and costs will level out so we can continue to be good stewards of dollars we receive to build the new park and continuing to operate the parks and recreation system.
Explore below the different features and amenities this park will offer. We are so excited for this new development and hope you are too! Stay tuned for more information and updates.
7 AMENITY AREAS OF THE PARK:
- The Hub – An active program area with activities such as pickleball, concessions and food trucks, social spaces, water recreation access, and game areas such as mini golf, batting cages, yard games, etc…
- Field House – A recreation focused amenity with indoor and outdoor space to support department programming and provide opportunities for partnerships.
- Family Area – A combination of active and passive spaces, this area is the traditional day use park zone. Amenities include playground, shelters, trailheads, open play lawn, etc.
- Bike Park – A unique amenity for the parks system, this area can provide bicycle activities for a variety of skill levels as well as host special events. R/C car or other compatible activities may be considered for this amenity area as well.
- Green Space – This program area is found in consolidated areas to provide open activity space or programmed sports and events. It is also spread throughout the park to include activities such as park trail systems and disc golf course.
- Lake Amenities – The lake amenity in this park will provide a recreation opportunity and a stormwater management facility. Looking at ways to maximize these roles will be important for the overall park experience. The images explore active and passive lake-based recreation.
- Native Landscape / Stormwater – A critical component to this park is a combination of landscapes, stormwater management, education opportunities and art to be incorporated throughout the park creating and enhancing the functional and recreational park experience.