Trustees and designers were on hand to unveil this village-owned park between Main Street and Route 53.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Karlie Baker
Saturday, October 30, 2010
This afternoon village employees helped unveil the new PrairieWalk Pond during downtown trick-or-treat hours. Mayor Joe Broda, the village trustees, economic director Cathy Schuster, village manager Jerry Sprecher and public works director Jason Elias congratulated the park's designers and explained the park's benefits to the downtown area and village at large. The park comes after several months of work and a $400,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Wheaton's Planning Resources Inc. created the park with an "emphasis on sustainability." Once a floodplain, the water retention pond stores runoff from up to ten acres of the downtown area—a purpose crucial to helping the downtown's redevelopment. The park's features …
The downtown park promotes conservation and nature-inspired recreation.
Construction on PrairieWalk Pond continued during the week of Sept. 20. Crews focused on overlook areas, stone walkways and cement work. The village owns and manages the 4.5-acre site between Main Street and Route 53. It doubles as a recreational and storm water retention area. The work is partly funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The pond area and walking path are complete. Work will continue on the pond overhangs, gazebo and butterfly habitat. The nature-inspired Dragonfly Landing play area will feature a tree house, climbing boulders, interactive water structures and a "living" roof of plants. The grounds are accessible from Route 53, or by a walking path from the west side of Main Street. The village …