Hampton Park Playground Replacement
Hampton Park is now open for play! This park received a new playground, benches, accessible picnic table, and a concrete path to improve the site and play area accessibility. Hampton Park is the fifth playground replacement since 2014.
Cary Park District Receives $1.1 Million ITEP Trail Grant
On May 11, 2018 the Cary Park District was awarded a $1,104,000.00 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Project (ITEP) Grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to construct a 1.4 mile trail at Hoffman Park.
This trail extension will connect to the existing 2.1 miles of trail at Hoffman Park and provide for a continuous loop throughout the park, as well as, connections to the Meyer-Lafarge gravel pit which is in its final stages of restoration and the recently completed Route 31 trail. Once constructed, the Park District will manage a total of 6.5 miles of trail throughout the community which link many local residents to parks, neighborhoods, natural areas, and several Cary community resources. It is expected to be constructed in 2020.
The Park District is expected to receive the needed trail grant authorization from IDOT during fall 2019. Design and bid for this project may take place winter – early summer 2020 with construction beginning by fall 2020.
The Cary Park District wishes to thank State Representative David McSweeney, Senator Dan McConchie, Village of Cary, Village of Trout Valley, Village of Lake in the Hills, and McHenry County Conservation District for their support of the Park District’s Hoffman Park Bike Path project.
The ITEP program is an 80% federal/state match with a 20% local match grant program. This program provides ways for people to consider alternative transportation, helps connect communities together, and provides wellness and equal access to recreation opportunities. The Department of Transportation received 218 project applications, of which the Cary Park District was one of 53 municipalities in the state and one of only three park districts to receive an award during this year’s grant cycle. In 2010, the Cary Park District received a $546,216 ITEP Grant to fund the 1.70 mile Cary Community Trail.
Kaper Park and Lions Park Revitalization Projects – Open for Play Summer 2019
Kaper Park and Lions Park received renovations beginning summer 2018. The revitalization effort at both parks added new and modernized features to improve the experience of visitors at each location.
The upgraded amenities at Lions Park include ballfield renovations, lacrosse and football field improvements, a refurbished plaza with picnic shelter, benches, spectator bleachers, and the renovation and expansion of the restrooms and concession building.
At Kaper Park, Timbertown playground was replaced after 24 years of use by the community. Despite regular maintenance, upkeep, and inspections, the equipment reached the end of its useful life. Replacing this community icon was a challenge, but the Park District, with input from residents, chose a design that brings the same type of “wow” factor to the children that Timbertown always elicited.
The amenities at Kaper Park include installation of a new playground area, splash pad water feature, a new walkway and the addition of restrooms and a picnic shelter.
Walnut Hollow Disc Golf Course opened in August 2018. The course traverses some of the best landscapes at Hoffman Park and is designed to be enjoyed by players of all ages. Walnut Hollow has an 18-hole course and a 6-hole family course over 36 acres of land. more
Cary-Grove Park Master Plan
Updating the master plan for Cary-Grove Park was identified in the Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) Update 2016 as an action item. Completing a master plan for a park site addresses relationships between site amenities and features while opening a dialogue to partnership and grant opportunities. At the April 27, 2017 park board meeting, the Park Board of Commissioners approved the Cary Grove Park Master Plan.
Jamesway Park Playground Replacement
Jamesway Park playground is now open for play! This playground received two new play structures suitable for children 6 months – 3 years and 2 – 12 years, benches, accessible picnic tables, and a concrete path to improve the overall site and play area accessibility.
Candlewood Park and Hillside Prairie Park Playground
The Cary Park District is pleased to announce the opening of the Candlewood Park and Hillside Prairie Park playgrounds. The playgrounds received new play equipment, benches, and two accessible picnic tables plus a concrete path to improve the overall site and play area accessibility. We hope these playgrounds will be a fun place for children and their families to gather, explore, create, play, and discover for years to come.