The Naperville Park Board of Commissioners wants the Sportsman’s Park cleanup project complete by next fall. Thursday night, the board approved an $850,000 contract with Shaw Environmental of St. Charles to get the ball rolling.
The contract is for engineering services that will begin the restoration project, which officials would like to come to a speedy resolution. Executive Director Ray McGury said the area “should be available to all the citizens here in Naperville.”
“I’m talking about the trails and fishing as well as the trap shooters looking to use the area,” McGury said. “As I’ve said before, we’ve been kicking the can around for three or four years, and it’s time we get this finished instead of dragging it out. We know if we coordinate the testing and keep things moving through next spring when phase two is scheduled to begin, we can save about $500,000.”
McGury stressed that the money spent for engineering services “won’t be the end of expenditures” but that the Park District is prepared to fund the rest of the project.
“We knew this was coming, and we have set money aside for it,” he said.
Phase two is set to begin in March. Almost $24,000 in additional funding was approved for the Shaw group for additional consulting work, according to the original time-and-materials contract.