Park District to pay $43,000 for solar panels at Nike Sports Complex

<p>File photo.</p>

File photo.

Naperville Park District commissioners approved a contract Thursday night for just more than $43,000 to Solar Service for the installation of solar voltaic panels at the Nike Sports Complex.

According to staff reports, the panels will be able to generate as much as 30 percent of the energy used at the complex throughout the summer months and save the district at least $1,000 a year.

The majority of the cost for the panels was paid by other sources, including a renewable energy grant the Park District received from the city of Naperville worth $16,500 and a state rebate worth almost $19,000 that was approved by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Commissioners also approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Park District for the design, construction and operation of the DuPage River Trail extension project from 95th Street to Knoch Knolls Park.

Director of planning Eric Shutes said the project reflects a portion of the district’s trail master plan.

“This is a multi-purpose asphalt bike and pedestrian trail connection to extend 95th Street northeast through Rivercrest Estates Park to the existing segment 4 trail located at Knoch Knolls Park,” Shutes said. “We expect this trail extension to enhance connectivity and recreation for activities such as walking, jogging and biking throughout the Naperville community.”

Terms of the agreement include construction of the trail by the Forest Preserve District with the Park District providing reimbursement for a portion of the trail cost. The Park District also will be charged with maintaining the extension after completion. The project is expected to begin in 2015.

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