Master plan OK’d for Naperville Park District
By David Sharos For The Sun December 18, 2012 5:06PM
This artist's rendering shows the nature center planned for Knoch Knolls Park. | COURTESY OF NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT
Updated: January 20, 2013 6:19AM
A master plan for the Naperville Park District for the next 10 years was approved by the Naperville Park Board Monday night.
The plan includes a number of major initiatives highlighted by the development of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, the development of Southwest Community Park, updating the trails master plan, and conducting a study and evaluation for an aquatic center.
Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said that while passage of the plan was expected, its approval confirms the park’s mission statement and goals.
“I’m proud of the work that was done and it should be noted that we probably saved the taxpayers anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 in consultant fees by using our internal resources, the census data, and public input,” McGury said. “This gives us the opportunity to move forward as a district along with guidelines that serve as a kind of Bible for us.”
McGury said that plans for the Knoch Knolls Center will move forward quickly as design bids will be sought soon with plans for construction in 2014.
“This updated master plan will be extremely helpful in guiding the Park District’s management of land and facilities over the next (few) years,” McGury said. “The master plan brings together in one document all of the relevant planning data, including the 2012 Community Interest and Opinion Survey, the Recreation Programming Plan, the Three-Year Financial Plan, and others.”
The newly adopted master plan may be viewed on the Naperville Park District’s website at http://www.napervilleparks.org/master-plans and paper copies of the plan are available for on-site viewing at the reception counter at the following locations:
Administration Building, located at 320 W. Jackson Ave., open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Planning Office, located at 425 W. Jackson Ave., open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Ave., open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th St., open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.