This page is intended to provide the public with updated information on construction projects taking place within the Buffalo Grove Park District.
Mike Rylko Community Park
November 17, 2016
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.
Community Arts Center
September 21, 2016
A new patio has been added to the front of the building, as well as relocating handicap parking spaces. A new drive around the south side of the building has been built; and, multiple drop off points at the front and side of the building are being built. New landscaping will be coming shortly.
Here are some artist renderings of what the front of the building will look like when the project is complete.
September 21, 2016
The existing tennis court has been renovated; and, a concrete curb has been added. Also, the pitch of the court has been fixed to help with drainage. An ADA accessible ramp has been added as well. The basketball court has also been renovated. New basketballs posts and rims have been added, and drainage has been fixed. Color coating of both courts will take place in the next 2 weeks.
September 21, 2016
There are 4 new bathrooms near the preschool wing of the Alcott Center. We installed a security door, leading into the Preschool section of the building. There are new boys and girls washrooms on the preschool side, and new men and women washrooms on the outside of the security door.