Kaper Park and Lions Park Revitalization Projects
The Kaper and Lions Park revitalization projects were identified as priorities in the 2016 Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) Update. Throughout the summer while working with Upland Design, plans of each park were developed using information gathered during the CMP process. The plans provide for the improvement of aging amenities, replacement of park features, and the addition of support facilities. Plans were presented for review and feedback was collected at a public open house in September. At the October 12 special board meeting the Park Board of Commissioners accepted the final schematic designs for both park projects.
One item that the plans address is the replacement of Timbertown at Kaper Park. Timbertown is approximately 24 years old and despite the maintenance, upkeep, and monthly inspections by Park District staff, the playground has reached the end of its useful life. Replacing this community icon is a challenge. The Park District, with input from residents, has chosen an option that it hopes will bring the same type of “wow” factor to children that Timbertown always elicited.
We feel these plans are great additions to our park system and are designed with the entire community in mind and accessibility for all. The Kaper and Lions Park projects will be bid late winter 2018 with construction to begin summer 2018. Both are expected to be complete by year end 2018.
Kaper Park Revitalization Project
- Playground area / Replacement of Timbertown
- Restroom / Storage building
- Splash Pad
- New walk from the parking lot to the playground
- Community synergy with a crosswalk and safety beacon at Georgetown Drive
Future Site Elements:
- Picnic pavilion shelter
- Walking trail and connections
Lions Park Revitalization Project
- Refurbished plaza with picnic shelter, benches, and spectator bleachers
- Renovation and expansion of restrooms and concession building
- Ballfield renovations: clay infields, chainlink fence backstops with 50′ high safety netting, metal dugout shades
- Lacrosse and football field improvements
Future Site Elements:
- Sports lighting at existing soccer fields
- Bandshell ADA improvements
- Walking trail and community connections
- Trail interpretive stations
- Left turn lane expansion at Silver Lake Road
Disc Golf Course Coming to Hoffman Park
The Cary Park District is in the process of developing an 18-hole disc golf course at Hoffman Park. Resident interest for a disc golf course came out of the 2016 Comprehensive Master Plan Update development. The course will consist of 18 holes and a 6-hole “short course” with the first tees near the dog park. It is designed to be appreciated by families, teens and young adults, as well as, be challenging yet enjoyable by players of all ages and abilities.
Since spring 2017, the Park District along with community volunteers have been removing exotic underbrush, performing general site cleanup, and seeding with prairie and meadow grass. This summer construction of small concrete tee pads and target inserts were installed. After a season of grow-in on the course, we anticipate an August 2018 grand opening of the Disc Golf Course at Hoffman Park.
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 to explore, create, play, and discover for years to come.