This page is intended to provide the public with updated information on construction projects taking place within the Buffalo Grove Park District.
August 19, 2019
We will be replacing an HVAC unit on the roof of the building at Emmerich Park. This project will be going on from August 26 until September 9.
August 19, 2019
Due to weather, this project has been slightly delayed, and should be complete by August 23.
August 9, 2019
Shelters at the following locations will be painted between August 12 - 16.
Willow Stream Park - The Dan Schimmel Pavilion and the ice rink warming house.
Mirielle Park shelter
July 26, 2019
There will be interior painting and carpet installation at the Alcott Center between July 29 and August 23.
Spray 'N Play
June 14, 2019
We recently upgraded the electrical service at the Spray ‘N Play, and will be adding a new water feature in September.
Willow Stream Pool
June 14, 2019
The wading pool at Willow Stream Pool will be getting a new liner and mechanical system in September.
August 20, 2019
We are installing a new office window, and improving the ventilation in the lifeguard office.
May 31, 2019
This project began in March, and will proceed in various phases of construction for several months until completion in mid-July. Planned improvements to the Fitness Center include the following:
• Women’s and Men’s locker rooms will be remodeled with new wall and floor tile, partitions, shower curtains, counter tops, plumbing fixtures, updated and energy efficient lighting and fresh paint. The steam rooms are included in the remodel.
• New sports flooring will be installed in the areas with free weights and selectorized equipment located on the east side of the building.
• New carpeting will be installed throughout public areas of the building.
• A new kick boxing area will be installed upstairs on the west side of the running track.
• New flooring will be installed in the boys and girls locker rooms.
• New area for stretching on the fitness floor.
Mike Rylko Community Park
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.