Upland Design assisted the Chicago Park District in redesigning the playground and splash pad at Shabbona Park. These outdoor play areas were heavily used by the local community and ready for a face lift. The existing splash pad was part of an old wading pool and did not offer an accessible route for the users of its noted special recreation programs. The new facilities offer several at grade spray features, a fully ramped structure, ground level musical elements, and plenty of swings accessible to everyone in the community. The playground also offers poured rubber safety surface and tiles. Not only vibrant and… Find Out More Details…
Upland Design has assisted the University of St. Francis with an update to the parking lot and entry at the Motherhouse. Permeable paving is replacing the asphalt parking lot and more spaces are being added with a drop-off area at the entrance of the Motherhouse. Following site excavation, under drains and curb work, the pavers were installed mechanically in a herringbone pattern by LPS Paving. The permeable pavers will allow the stormwater to slowly percolate down and eventually discharge to the City of Joliet storm drains. The project will add parking spaces, light poles, a new monument sign, a lighted flagpole… Find Out More Details…
Railings for the City of West Chicago’s stairway project are taking shape. Upland Design staff visited O’Malley Welding this week to review progress prior to galvanizing and painting of the ironwork. The Main Street stairways are receiving a makeover in order to meet ADA accessibility requirements and requests from the local historic preservation commission. New paving, railings, lighting and plantings will freshen up a highly used area in the West Chicago downtown.
On February 23rd, Tedx Windy City brought over 600 people together to hear about some great ideas. Break times and lunch were held on the indoor artificial turf “Ravinia” style. Upland Design linked Tedx volunteers to the great people at Perfect Turf to create the lawn. Thanks everyone for a great event.
Upland Design led the consultant team for the renovation and expansion of the intramural field complex at Northern Illinois University DeKalb campus. The construction will include two synthetic turf multi-use fields and four natural turf fields with lighting, irrigation, drainage and site amenities. A restroom and storage building is included to serve the student athletes. Construction is expected to continue through spring of 2013.
Batavia Park District’s Memorial Park has undergone a face lift! As part of a multi-year improvement project created by Upland Design, the tennis courts have been completely rebuilt along with the addition of a walking loop and parking improvements. More updates are to come in 2012 with improved ball field lighting and renovation of all three fields.
Spring is just around the corner as work out at Hoover Forest Preserve starts up again. Workers are placing steel for the future fishing deck on the Fox River. It will soon be time to kayak past it. We can’t wait!
Tired of the winter blues…just go outside, soak up some Vitamin D and you will start feeling better. Need an idea? Here are three. Call a friend and meet at a local park with a looping trail system. See how many loops you can do. Grab your kids (or your neighbor’s kids) and walk around the block seeking out winter animals. Get your camera and head to a local Forest Preserve to capture winter beauty in the woods. Whatever you do…..go outside!