Weather in early April 2018 slowed down progress in construction in Lake Arlington slightly, but construction crews at Lake Arlington have been working on critical storm water control and grading work. Since March 2018, crews have removed the existing playground equipment in anticipation of two new playgrounds; and the retaining wall installation is nearing completion. The construction, which began March 6, 2018, has had little to no effect on the public’s use of the multi-use pathway, according to the Arlington Heights Park District.
Construction crews have also completed the grading to the shoreline and the sand area (where the former beach playground was located) in preparation for natural plantings. Installation of pilings for the new ADA compliant boardwalk is scheduled to begin in June 2018. Once the new pilings installation is completed, the new fishing pier will be installed and the new, expanded boat dock will be moved to its new location and crews will begin establishing the native plantings.
In the coming weeks, crews will begin laying the foundation to begin the installation of the new playground equipment, multi-generational area with picnic shelter and game tables, and a sensory garden.
The sensory garden will provide visitors with a relaxing environment appealing to the senses with flowers, shrubs, flowers and other landscape features including a decorative fountain and musical instruments. The garden environment is being designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. This stimulation occurs courtesy of plants and the use of materials and play features that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, and sound.
Rhapsody musical instruments are also part of Lake Arlington’s efforts to engage musicians of all abilities. A collection of chimes, metallophones, and drums will help visitors of all ages discover the subtle shifts of tones and individual sound combinations. A new fitness area with equipment is also in the works adjacent to the sensory garden.
The estimated $1.4 million project will be funded, in part, with $400,000 from an Illinois Department of Natural Resource (IDNR) Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant. The Park District’s capital improvement budget will fund the balance. The renovation of Lake Arlington is scheduled to be completed by September 1, 2018.
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