Community Review

Geneva Playground Open House

Geneva Park District is in the processes of renovating multiple neighborhood playgrounds. Next spring, Washburn Park and Meadows Park playgrounds will both be receiving new play equipment and improved accessibility. Assisting the Park District, Upland Design provided concepts to update and enhance each site. These concepts as well as several play equipment choices were presented to the community for their approval.   Community members gathered over hot dogs at the parks to review the options and make their final choices. Star and smiley face stickers were used to select the final choices and everyone from toddler to adult was encouraged… Find Out More Details…

Shabbona Park Grand Opening September 21, 2013

Shabbona Park

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…

University of St. Francis Receives New Permeable Lot

University of St Francis_Pavers

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…

West Chicago Railings


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.

Perfect Turf at Tedx Windy City

Artificial Turf

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.

Intramural Field Construction Begins at NIU

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.

Memorial Park Renovation

Memorial Park Renovations

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.

Go Outside!

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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!