This page is intended to provide the public with updated information on construction projects taking place within the Buffalo Grove Park District.
August 31, 2021
Construction is approximately 75% complete, with with some minor items, as well as color coating and fencing remaining.
June 7, 2021
The contractor started putting up the construction fence around the tennis courts. Construction is scheduled to start next week, with most of the project scheduled to be competited by Labor Day weekend. New surfacing, fencing, drainage, concrete curb around the courts and pathwork are part of this renovation.
Mike Rylko Community Park
August 31, 2021
The Nature Classroom Development project started this week. Site demolition should be completed before Labor Day and new asphalt and concrete paving installed by the end of September. The project is scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of October.
August 24, 2021
The Mike Rylko Community Park Park Nature Classroom development project will be starting tomorrow, weather permitting. The contractor will be installing silt fence, as well as construction chain link fencing around the project perimeter. Access to the actual nature classroom and shelter will still be available from the west side. There will be no public access to the bathrooms and drinking fountain; but, those are closed anyway due to vandalism. This project is scheduled to extend into October.
August 24, 2021
The in-line rink has been reopened.
August 18, 2021
The in-line rink will be closed this week to repair cracks in the surface.
January 8, 2019
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.