In 2019, the District started the community input process for improvements at Oaklane Park at 636 Berglund Place. An initial survey was made available to residents, concepts for the park were developed, and a community Open House was hosted at the park in August of that year to gather additional input from neighbors.

The project was deferred in 2020 following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In summer 2021, the District applied to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for a 2022 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant. Under normal circumstances, grant results would have been published by IDNR in January 2022. In March 2022, the District received the following information from IDNR:

“Due to the large volume of applications and highly competitive grant program, in conjunction with limited staff levels, the FY22 OSLAD/LWCF grant awards will be delayed… Due to limited staff we do not anticipate announcing grant awards until late summer or fall of 2022, and don’t anticipate executing Grant Agreements until winter of 2022. Grant implementation and project construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2023.”

Because of the considerable amount of funding, up to $400,000, available through this matching grant, the Park District is waiting until the grants are finalized before proceeding with this project.

Whether or not the grant is awarded, improvements at Oaklane Park will take place in 2023. If the grant is approved this fall, the plan shown below will be implemented. If the grant is not awarded, modifications to this plan may be necessary.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we wait to hear from IDNR. We will continue to communicate with you as we learn more about the grant and future plans for this park.

For more information about this project, contact us by email or call 847-291-2960.

Oaklane Park Renovation Plan