The Naperville Park District was forced to table action on moving ahead with its Sportsman’s Park remediation work after receiving a letter from the DuPage County Division of Environmental Concerns regarding the project.
Park Board members were set to approve a contract worth just under $3 million with Environmental Contracts, Inc. of Loves Park to clean up lead on the 27-acre park site near downtown Naperville.
Parks officials have been working for nearly three years to meet an order from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to remove lead that built up in the soil over several decades of trapshooting in 17 acres of the park, which sits southwest of Oswego Road and West Street on land the district leases from the city.
Park District Executive director Ray McGury said the letter from the county involved “some concerns about the permitting that needed clarifying.”
“We’re going to look at it and talk about whatever we need to and hope to move forward on this matter during our next board meeting on May 8,” McGury said.
Once approved, the contract amount “includes some contingency funds,” McGury said, in case the remediation proves to be more extensive than anticipated.
“At this point, we’re keeping our fingers crossed as we don’t completely know to what extent there is more hidden material,” McGury said. “We built in some extra funds into the contract and hopefully we’ll be getting some of that money back in a return in the next few months.”
McGury said the park would likely be closed beginning next month for the remediatin work and would remain that way until at least October of this year. He added that with good weather, the project should be completed on time. Phase 2 of the project includes soil remediation, earthwork, installation of an asphalt access drive, ADA accessible shooting stations, trails, trap range lighting and landscaping.