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Site Plan Unveiled for Gordon Park Redevelopment

The schematic removes the two western softball fields in favor of a dedicated football/socer field, a play area, a splash pad, a skateboarding area and a performance shell.

The Park District of La Grange has released a site plan for the redevelopment of Gordon Park, as seen above, including the replacement of the two western softball fields with several new features.

Most prominently, the western half of the park would gain a dedicated football/soccer field, a new shelter and a play complex with a playground, splash pad, butterfly area, skateboarding area and performance area. To create the space, two western softball fields, the two outdoor basketball courts and two of the park's northwest tennis courts would be sacrifced.

Much of the current softball-field lighting would remain. To the east side of the park, the plan would also add 28 parking spaces along Hazel Avenue.

Long in development and bargaining, the plan is currently on hold while property issues between the Park District and the Village are worked out. Construction must be finished by the end of 2013 to hang on to a $400,000 grant.

Readers can also view a colorized picture of the schematic at the Doings La Grange website.

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TOM February 22, 2013 at 02:11 PM
There seems to be a lot of wasted space in the NW and NE corners. Losing 2 softball fields ? Is this the best design you can come up with ?
Darren McRoy February 22, 2013 at 06:59 PM
For some reason this schematic doesn't show it, but "THe Doings'" does: two tennis courts will remain in the northwest corner.
Susan R. February 22, 2013 at 08:40 PM
The two softball fields that will be staying are far from parking and one of them is consistently under water. I know that there have been plenty of soccer games played at Gordon Park with the current configuration. Why does the Park District want to eliminate a usable and convenient softball field in favor of football? It seems to me that the Park District threw together a plan to avoid losing a grant with very little thought as to what the residents of LaGrange and users of Gordon Park really need. They sat on the potential funds for years after the Atlantic Realty Project was cancelled and now want to ram something through.

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