Jul 29, 2014

Council to Review Final Sports Park Plan

Construction on the 86-acre park is slated to begin May 2012.

Council to Review Final Sports Park Plan Council to Review Final Sports Park Plan Council to Review Final Sports Park Plan

Fields designed to handle the future demand for places to play softball, lacrosse and other sports are a central aspect of the final master plan for Lake Forest's sports park.

The City Council will review the plan Tuesday evening at its first October meeting.

Once a plan is approved, an architect will get the go-ahead to prepare construction level plans and specifications for the long-awaited park.

Three parcels make up the 86-acre site where the sports park will be situated. At the moment, the city is  to acquire the last and smallest of those parcels—the 13-acre Rados property.  

In April, the council and approved the environmental impact report for the project.

The final master plan that the City Council will review Tuesday includes:

  • Five baseball/softball diamonds 
  • Five soccer/multi-use fields 
  • Two basketball courts 
  • Two playgrounds with play structures 
  • A centrally-located multi-use lawn ("The Commons") for hosting cultural and special events, and sports activities 
  • An approximately 30,000-square-foot Recreation Center with a gymnasium and multi-purpose meeting and classroom space 
  • Parking for approximately 535 vehicles 
  • Restrooms and concession spaces 
  • Trail connections to local and regional trails and preservation of existing vegetation and open space habitat 
  • Security lighting and lighting for all sports fields and courts  

According to the staff report, the Recreation Center would host most of the activities currently offered at , with the exception of senior services.  

Grading at the site is anticipated to begin May 2012.

The City Council meeting begins 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 25550 Commercentre Drive.

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