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
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.
Willow Stream Park
February 2, 2018
The tennis and basketball courts on the north end of the park have been resurfaced, and new fencing has been installed. The tennis courts are getting new LED efficient lighting, concrete curbing and ADA access. Color coating of the tennis and basketball court will take place in early spring.
Community Arts Center
September 19, 2017
Construction will begin on October 16, 2017, and run until May of 2018. The project includes renovating the multipurpose room, installing pitched, theater-style seating, a new HVAC system, and remodeling of the lobby.
The multipurpose room will be completely remodeled to better accommodate the needs of Park District programs, as well as members of the community who rent the facility for parties and events. Improvements to the room will include a retractable divider, technology to accommodate meetings and presentations, and additional bathrooms. There will also be a new building entrance added on the north side.
Due to the age of the system, as well as the lack of functionality after reconfiguring the entire building, much of the HVAC system needs to be replaced.
Lobby & Concessions
The lobby area will be receiving a complete facelift, that includes new flooring and interior design, acoustical improvements, and a new concessions area.
The biggest part of the project is the redesigning of the house portion of the theater. When complete, the theater will have new pitched, stadium-style seating, complete with wide aisles and approximately 350 comfortable fold-out seats. We will also be relocating the control room, adding an additional entrance/exit, and upgrading the house lighting system.
Here are some renderings of the project.
Take a virtual tour of the upcoming improvements to the Community Arts Center.