This page is intended to provide the public with updated information on construction projects taking place within the Buffalo Grove Park District.
December 11, 2018
Beginning on December 17, we will be upgrading the lighting to LED. The project will include removing all current lighting in the flower beds and brick pavers, and installing new LED lights in front of the memorial signs and flagpoles. New brick pavers will be installed after the completion of the lighting upgrade. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2019.
November 1, 2018
The accessible path has been installed, and the tennis court surface is still curing before the color coating can be applied. Due to the weather (color coating requires temperatures over 50 degrees for 10 sonsecutive days), the project has been significantly delayed; and, we apologize for the inconvenience. The project will be complete in spring.
Mike Rylko Community Park
November 1, 2018
The pickleball courts have been surfaced, and the accessible entrance has been paved. The pavement needs to cure for 20 days before it can be color coated. Due to the weather (color coating requires temperatures over 50 degrees for 10 sonsecutive days), the project has been significantly delayed; and, we apologize for the inconvenience. The project will be complete in spring.
July 5, 2018
The sand volleyball court near the skate park is being taken out, and will be replaced with 8 lighted pickleball courts. Removeal of the volleyball courts should be complete by the end of June, and the new pickleball courts should be open by the end of August, weather permitting.
January 8, 2018
We are currently working within the wooded areas of Mike Rylko Community Park to remove invasive species that are harmful to the natural habitat. It may appear as though healthy trees are being taken down; however, that is not the case. The buckthorn trees, as well as other invasive species are extremely harmful; and, they keep plant species that are native to the area from thriving.
Managing the natural areas by controlling invasive plant species and promoting native plant species will have ecological, recreational and aesthetic benefits. Ecological benefits are gained by removing invasive plant species, which can out-compete native plant species. Controlling invasive species will help maintain diversity within the natural areas, which in turn provides more suitable habitat for wildlife. In general, invasive plant species are less useful to native wildlife to provide habitat needs. By promoting native plants, wildlife diversity may increase, providing greater ecological benefit from pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies, and from wildlife, such as migratory songbirds. Additional recreational uses of Mike Rylko Community Park may also be gained from wildlife observers, birdwatchers and other nature enthusiasts who are attracted to the enhanced natural areas.
Removal of dense thickets of buckthorn will open the understory of the woodlands, and allow spring and summer wildflowers to grow. Improving the aesthetic look of the natural areas will entice users of the park. Additional benefits to the community may be gained by providing educational opportunities for science classes to study ecology, biology or other natural sciences in the park natural areas.
For the woodlands, targets for invasive species control and increasing native species diversity:
- Reduce boxelder and nonnative canopy trees by at least 25%.
- Remove and control 90% of buckthorn and other invasive shrubs.
- Control 90% of invasive, nonnative herbaceous species.
- Total native herbaceous vegetative cover of 75%, with at least 15 native species present.
- Increase tree and shrub species diversity by 25%.
For the prairie areas, targets are:
- Control 90% of nonnative, invasive herbaceous species.
- Remove and control 90% of all tree and shrub species.
- Total native herbaceous vegetative cover of 90%, with at least 20 native species present.
For the wetland areas, targets are:
- Control 90% of purple loosestrife and phragmites.
- Remove and control 90% of all non-native and invasive trees and shrubs.