Capital Projects & Planning

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

The Wildwood Park District is committed to continuous improvement and aspires to exceed the needs of our community through a collaborative, innovative, and sustainable approach. As part of this commitment, capital projects and planning are key elements to the future success of the Wildwood Park District. Our plan has been developed with the Wildwood Park District’s mission, vision, and core values on the forefront, along with community input through our Community Needs Assessment Survey and focus groups, which helps serve as our road map to define priorities and projects. It’s important to note that the Wildwood Park District’s plan may be modified throughout the year due to unforeseen circumstances, demand changes, and/or the reallocation of resources. Capital Projects include improvements to the park system such as:

  • Maintenance and improvements to our athletic fields, green spaces, parking lots, and walking paths.
  • Public safety improvements.
  • Remodeling or expansion of existing facilities.
  • Restoration, replacement, or purchase of park equipment such as bike racks, grills, Mutt Mitt dispensers, picnic benches, and sitting benches,
  • Restoration, replacement, or purchase of park structures such as baseball backstops, boat ramps, pavilions, playground equipment, piers, and swimming beaches.

Park Care and Maintenance

The Wildwood Park District is proud to employ an in-house maintenance team, made up of year-round as well as seasonal staff (May through September). Our maintenance facilities are located at Twin Lakes Park (17900 W. Fairfield Rd.) and are comprised of a heated maintenance shop and office where our parks maintenance team works, as well as a pole-barn style vehicle and equipment garage, equipped with:

  • Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck with a Tommy lift gate and snow plow
  • Haulin enclosed landscaping trailer
  • John Deere Gator UTV with winch and dump beds (2)
  • Kawasaki Mule UTV with winch
  • Chainsaws
  • Weed Whips
  • Leaf Blowers
  • Power Washer
  • Rototiller
  • Tow-behind 150 gallon watering/spray tank
  • Gas-powered post hole digger
  • Riding Zero-Turn Mowers with leaf collection system
  • Ariens Commercial Snow Blower and John Deere riding automatic salt spreader

Our maintenance team is responsible for the following park care and maintenance:

All parks will be inventoried on an annual and ongoing basis for trimming, fertilization, mulching, pest control, removal needs and stump grinding. Major focuses for the Park District with annual tree pruning includes eliminating dead wood hazards over playgrounds, facilities, walking paths, and public open space. Safety tree pruning is contracted out and typically takes place in the winter months of December-March.

Beaches at Pebble, Willow Point, Sunset, and Valley South are inspected, cleaned, and raked on a daily basis in season (Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend) and when weather permits. Mason beach sand is added every 2-3 years to the beaches to refresh sand levels and filter a clean surface. New beach sand was added to all beaches Summer 2022.

Boat Ramps at Pebble Beach and Sunset Parks are raked of seaweed and debris on a continual basis throughout the week and weekend.  Park Safety and Maintenance Staff rotate seaweed removal at the Boat Ramps on weekends.

As part of changing of the seasons, our Parks Maintenance Team is tasked with Fall Cleanup.  Fall Cleanup can be understood as the scheduled maintenance and removal of deadwood, brush, dead floral debris, loose mulch, and the abundance of leaves that fall on our parks from trees.  As part of this process, our Maintenance Team uses a leaf collection system on our zero-turn mowers to collect all leaves in the parks and neatly deposit them at the sides of the road for Warren Township Highway Department pickup.

The Park District maintains floral beds at Rule Park, Willow Point Park, Sunset Park, Twin Lakes Park, and Boulder Park. Floral beds are checked weekly, watered on a daily basis, and weeded. Mulching done annually or as needed. Tulip seeds are planted on an annual basis throughout the Parks along with pansies, begonias, salvias, and mums. The volunteer Wildwood Garden Club is instrumental is assisting the Park District with flower selection, planting, maintenance, and care for our floral beds.  If you are interested in joining the Garden Club, please click on the following link to our Garden Club web page where the Garden Club volunteer application can be found: https://www.wildwoodparkdistrict.com/about-us/garden-club/.

Garbage/Recycle and Refuse removal will be performed in the parks 5 days a week and more if needed. Please use the appropriately labeled and blue-colored recycling containers when applicable. Maintenance and Park Safety Staff rotate garbage and refuse removal (along with re-stocking port-o-lets) at pavilions on weekends.

The Park District has four (4) licensed beaches by way of the Lake County Health Department.  These beaches are located at Pebble Beach, Willow Point Beach, Sunset Beach, and Valley South Beach. Between Memorial Day-Labor Day, the Health Department visits our beaches on a bi-weekly basis (or more frequently depending on conditions), to test the water in the beach swimming areas for bacteria such as E.coli.  If conditions in the water are adverse, please refer to the “Beach Closed” signage at the beach and refer to our website home page “Current Field and Beach Conditions” and Facebook account for updates on the water quality.  The Gages Lake Conservation Committee (GLCC) in conjunction with the Park District treats Gages Lake to reduce aquatic weeds and invasive underwater plantings on a yearly basis. This treatment is typically done before Memorial Day and may again occur in the early Fall. Swimming in Gages Lake after this treatment is safe – but please adhere to applicable signage at the beaches if you are unsure. The Park District Maintenance Team and the GLCC also work together to tackle lily pad buildup in the shallower parts of the lake that affect Boat Launches and common areas.  For more information on the GLCC, please refer to the following link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069400369211.

Includes mowing, pest control, aerification, top dressing, fertilizing, irrigation, drainage, over-seeding and sodding. Using good quality cultural practices, the turf will look good and be safe for all users.  The Wildwood Park District is proud to execute all lawn mowing, weed whipping, and grass/turf maintenance in-house with our Maintenance Team for our 11 parks.

The Park District maintains 7 piers (2 temporary) throughout the year. Permanent wooden piers can be found at Pebble Beach Park and Willow Point Park.  Valley Lake North Park has one permanent Atlas style fishing pier. Sunset Park has 2 temporary removable piers that are left in between April-October.  These temporary piers are removed each Fall due to wave and ice action from Gages Lake that would affect permanent wooden piers at Sunset Park. Piers are inspected on a weekly basis. Maintenance Staff will apply any coating, finish, replacement parts, and fix capped posts as needed.  Sunset Park also has one permanent skid-resistant marine-grade plywood-built platform adhered to the Boat Launch for tying up boats and accessing the shore from the water.

Will be checked weekly and formally inspected monthly at all parks. Surfacing will be replaced on an annual basis or more if needed. Weeding done weekly in playground mulch beds.  The Park District Maintenance Team will work in-house and with the appropriate playground manufacturers to correct any defects in the equipment if they arise. On a seasonal basis (and as needed) the Parks Maintenance Team will power wash all playground equipment and swings to remove dirt, grime, mud, graffiti, and scuff marks that accumulate throughout the year. Certified Playground Mulch (Engineered Wood Fiber) will be added on a seasonal or yearly basis to keep safe surfacing levels as required through in-house inspections and ASTM industry standards (American Society of Testing and Materials).

The Park District is always looking forward to finding solutions that control erosion, receding shorelines around our parks on Gages Lake, and protection of natural plantings and barriers between land and water.  This is a top priority for the Park District and their community partners. Future plans for shoreline stabilization initiatives can be found on our “Planning and Projects” web page.

The Parks Maintenance Team cleans park grills on a weekly basis and replaces/resets damaged or worn grills seasonally as needed.  The Team also is in the midst of a multi-season process of restoring, refinishing, and repainting our Park picnic benches and regular sitting benches throughout the Park District to ensure stronger resistance to adverse weather and degradation from the Sun.

Park District Maintenance Team is tasked with snow control, ice removal, and application of ice melt for the Rule Park parking lot, driveway, and applicable building entrances and decking. Responsible for snow control and ice removal of the Maintenance and Scout Garages at Twin Lakes Park. Paved walking paths at Rule Park, Pebble Beach Park, and Willow Point Park will be plowed and salted during each significant snowfall.

The Park District contracts out herbicide application treatments on a seasonal basis every year for Valley Lake.  Treatments occur between the months of May-September bi-weekly and occasionally beginning in April depending on lake and weather conditions.  All treatments are applied with EPA compliant herbicides by licensed professionals.  Application(s) of PREVENTATIVE Swimmer’s Itch product is incorporated into the treatment schedule 1-2 times per season typically taking place near the end of June and after the beginning of August.  The Park District Maintenance Team also applies over-the-counter Beneficial Bacteria to Valley Lake around the beach, pier, and swimming areas to counteract muck buildup on the lake bottom. Swimming in Valley Lake is safe after treatment – however please refer to the Park District Home Page “Parks and Fields Conditions” and signage at the beach for any public announcements.

Valley Lake also has two aeration bubbler systems that function between April-November.

 

 

 

Wildwood Park District Capital and Maintenance Projects

We take pride in our community and are always hard at work improving, maintaining, and beautifying our parks and amenities. Please select a park or lake below to see current, future, and recent projects and planning.

Recent Projects

  • Picnic Bench Restoration.
  • Park Signage Update.
  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Please check back for future projects as they become available.

Recent Projects

  • Picnic Bench Restoration.
  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Park Signage Update.
  • Adding Mutt Mitt Dispenser.

Future Projects

  • Please check back for future projects.

Recent Projects

  • August 2023
    • Catfish Restocking- IDNR stocked 1,392 8-10" Channel Catfish at no charge.
    • Lily Pad Management- On August 23, 2023, Black Lagoon Pond Management, LLC. and their team of licensed aquatic pesticide applicators completed work for lily pad management of Gages Lake. A total of 4.04 acres were targeted and treated, including the inlets at Boulder, Cove, Lake Shore Drive, and Pebble Beach parks, and down the channel. A systemic herbicide was used to treat the lily pads, which is absorbed into the plant’s root system. While we may not see immediate die back, it is designed to slow the spread and growth for the next year or two. All treatments are EPA registered products that are labeled for aquatic use and applied per label instruction to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. We would like to thank the Gages Lake Conservation Committee for spearheading and primarily funding this project, and for their continued initiatives and efforts in protecting, preserving, and maintaining Gages Lake.
  • October 2023
    • Fall Fish Restocking- Restocking Gages Lake with 100 9-12" Northern Pike , 250 4-6" Smallmouth Bass, and 250 5-7" and 250 6-8" Walleye.

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Shoreline Stabilization at Pebble Beach Park.
  • May
    • Weed and Algae Control- Partner with Gages Lake Conservation Committee to treat targeted areas of Gages Lake to control species such as Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed.
    • Shoreline Cleanup- Gages Lake Conservation Committee will clean trash along entire Gages Lake shoreline.
  • June
    • Carp Removal- Partner with Gages Lake Conservation Committee and IDNR to remove invasive carp from Gages Lake.
  • August
    • Catfish Restocking- IDNR stocks Gages Lake with Channel Catfish at no charge.
    • Lily Pad Treatment- Treat targeted areas for lily pad control.
  • October
    • Fall Fish Restocking- Restock Gages Lake with Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye.

Recent Projects

  • Picnic Bench Restoration.
  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Park Signage Update.

Future Projects

  • Drainage Improvements.

Recent Projects

  • Swing Set repainted.
  • Repair and reset split rail fence.
  • Power wash all playground equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Park Signage Update.

Future Projects

  • New playground.

Recent Projects

  • Fishing Pier Replacement. New weather resistant lumberrock composite wood decking pier that will remain in year round.
  • Two 4’ on-deck permanent pier benches built from waterproof Trex decking material in a light beige color were installed on the boat ramp pier.
  • Picnic Benches Restoration. In-house Maintenance initiative to sand, re-seal, and repaint WPD park picnic benches to restore quality and prevent adverse weather and sun deterioration.
  • Single-Bay Belt Swing set added (Lions Club assistance).
  • Repaving of ADA walking path.
  • Drain Tile installed and drainage improvements to walking path and open area.
  • Park Signage Update.
  • Power wash playground equipment.
  • Bike Rack Restoration.
  • New grill installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Shoreline Stabilization.
  • Sitting Bench Restoration.
  • Drainage Improvements West Side of Park.

Recent Projects

  • Picnic Benches Restoration. In-house Maintenance initiative to sand, re-seal, and repaint WPD park picnic benches to restore quality and prevent adverse weather and sun deterioration.
  • LED lighting replacement though ComEd Energy Efficiency Grant (Rule House interior).
  • Park Signage Update.
  • Exterior Driveway Lamps and Cottage Building LED bulb replacements.
  • Power wash playground equipment.
  • Bike Rack Restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

Recent Projects

  • Sunset Boat Ramp Platform Restored. Contracted in the Fall of 2022, previous structure was removed and new platform that was installed is comprised of marine-grade plywood with non-skid weather resistant paint applied. Platform is adjustable based on changing ground surface level and has four (4) sets of boat cleats for tying up.
  • Park Signage Update.
  • Power wash playground equipment.
  • Pavilion Restoration: power wash and paint.
  • New LED security lighting.
  • Picnic bench restoration.
  • Grill Restoration.
  • New pier installation (3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Sitting Bench Restoration.
  • Camera Systems.
  • Seawall Border Repair.
  • ADA Accessible Crushed Limestone Path Leading from Parking Lot to Boat Ramp Platform.

Recent Projects

  • Maintenance Garage, Shop, and Boy Scout Garage Interior LED bulb replacements.
  • Park Signage Update.
  • Power wash playground equipment.
  • Split Rail Fence Replacement and Restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Please check back as current projects become available.

Future Projects

  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

Recent Projects

  • Completion of the Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project.
  • Fish Stocking- Keystone Hatcheries LLC was contracted and completed fish stocking of Valley Lake. The following fish were stocked:
    • 100 Bluegill (4-6")
    • 100 Redear Sunfish (1.5-3")
    • 15 Triploid Grass Carp (8-11")
      • Although Grass Carp are generally viewed as invasive, in small quantities they are effective for naturally removing and controlling problem weeds. The IDNR standard stocking recommendation of Triploid Grass Carp is 10-15 fish. The term "Triploid" means that the Carp have been fixed and cannot reproduce.

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Beach cleanup, restoration, and adding new sand.

Recent Projects

  • Park Signage Update.
  • Power Wash Playground Equipment.
  • Picnic Benches Restoration.
  • Redesign of storm drain inlet plunge pool at the south end of Valley Lake.
  • Excavation and rebuilding of the enclosed stormwater inflow area.
  • New native plantings to filter stormwater before it enters Valley Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project. Learn more.

Future Projects

  • Sitting Bench Restoration.
  • Beach Restoration- rototill beach, clean up, add new sand.

Recent Projects

  • Regraded land for stormwater runoff to flow into drainage pipes.
  • New storm drain covers.
  • New outflow structure and rip rap protection wall. New outflow structure takes high "flooding level" lake and/or stormwater into a raised 8ft. deep structure and displaces it to the Almond Marsh. The new outflow structure and placement is designed to avoid clogging/vegetation buildup which was an issue with the previous outflow design.
  • Park Signage Update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project. Learn more.

Future Projects

  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

Recent Projects

  • Shoreline brush and debris cleanup adjacent to permanent piers was completed in-house in the Fall of 2022 to improve visibility of Gages Lake from Willow Point Park and improve access for individuals who would like to fish.
  • Park Signage Update.
  • Power Wash Playground Equipment.
  • Pavilion Restoration: Power Wash, Paint, and Concrete Repair.
  • Bike Racks Restoration.
  • Picnic Bench Restoration.
  • Grill Restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Projects

  • Please check back for current projects as they become available.

Future Projects

  • Sitting Bench Restoration.

 

 

 

Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project

What is the Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project?

The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has spearheaded coordination between the local sponsors, including Warren Township Highway Department and Wildwood Park District to establish the Wildwood Area Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project. This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLT-3381 awarded to the State of Illinois by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This funding is being administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Stormwater Capital Improvements Program (DCEO-STOCIP).

The proposed project achieves flood protection up through the 50-year event and significantly reduces the flood impact for larger events within the Wildwood and The Willows of Grayslake subdivisions. A County road and 4 Township roads are frequently subject to flooding and closure as well as 109 primary structures and 106 secondary structures. The scope consists of the construction of a secondary storm sewer extending from the Greentree Road/Winnebago Drive intersection and discharging into the drainage way adjacent to the Meadowbrook Estates Subdivision, in addition to a new storm sewer between Manitowoc Court and Royal Oak Lane. Related ancillary work includes restoring and replacing roadway as well as roadway drainage structures, adjacent appurtenances, earth excavation, grading, and shaping of swales. Additional project features include modification to the Valley Lake outlet structure to minimize clogging potential, enhancement to the Valley Lake berm along its northern shore and water quality enhancement measures along the southern end of Valley Lake including plunge pool improvements and porous parkways along Mill Road and Greentree Road.

Construction of the project’s primary infrastructure is planned to begin Summer 2023, with a completion date of Summer 2024. Infrastructure servicing The Willows of Grayslake subdivision may not be completed until 2025. Please note- if we are awarded additional grant monies from DCEO-STOCIP, those additional funds will cover the resurfacing of the roads. If we do not receive additional funds, the resurfacing portion of the project will be paid for using Warren Township Highway Department funds.

Engineering plans for this project are available to view below or at the Wildwood Park District office. Questions about the project can be directed to bmagnini@wildwoodparkdistrict.com.

News and Announcements

August 9, 2023

At the edge of Valley Lake in Wildwood, IL, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC), Warren Township Highway Department, Wildwood Park District, state legislators, and Lake County Board Members gathered today to mark the beginning of construction on the Wildwood Infrastructure Improvements Project. The work will reduce the flood risk of more than 210 property owners and alleviate the volume of stormwater runoff across several roadways which frequently flood and are closed during severe weather.


 

 

The work to be completed consists of the construction of a secondary storm sewer extending from the Greentree Road/Winnebago Drive intersection and discharging into the drainage way adjacent to the Meadowbrook Estates subdivision, in addition to a new storm sewer between Manitowoc Court and Royal Oak Lane. The combined efforts of flood relief and water quality improvements make this project incredibly valuable to the people of this community.

Improvements also include enhancing the sediment basin to prevent pollutants from entering Valley Lake, protecting its ecological health. Porous pavements will also be added to aid in managing stormwater runoff by allowing water to flow through it, reducing the volume of water going into the storm sewer system, minimizing the risk of flooding.

"In the year following the 2017 historic flooding event, we worked with the SMC team and the Road District's consulting engineer to come up with a solution to address flooding in our area" says Amy Sarver, Warren Township Highway Commissioner. "Our next problem was how to fund the project which was fortunately solved when the DCEO funding was made available".

This flood protection will significantly reduce the flood impact during larger events within the Wildwood and the Willows of Grayslake subdivisions.

"The impact of this project will be felt not only by this community for years to come, but also by our neighbors downstream along the Des Plaines River. Thanks to the efforts and collaboration between state legislators, Warren Township Highway Department, Wildwood Park District, SMC, and the Lake County Board, today that solution becomes a reality as the construction begins on this project," said Sandy Hart, Lake County Board Chair.

"The Wildwood community in unincorporated Warren Township has been routinely impacted by increasing rain levels in our area. This project includes the design and construction of storm sewer system upgrades and drainage system enhancements, as well as water quality improvements," said Stormwater Management Commission Executive Director Kurt Woolford. "The Wildwood Area Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements Project is in Warren Township, but the scope of this work and its benefits is far reaching".

This projet is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLT 3381 awarded to the State of Illinois by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Additional funding was provided by the Warren Township Highway Commission and Wildwood Park District. This is one of several projects SMC is currently overseeing in partnership with local governments to make the most of available funding to problem-solve flood mitigation issues countrywide.

December 20, 2023

As part of the Lake County Stormwater Management-led Valley Lake Stormwater Improvements Project (in which the Wildwood Park District is a local sponsor); Valley Lake South Park off of Mill Road was temporarily closed due to the beginning of construction on the redesign of the storm drain inlet plunge pool at the south end of Valley Lake. This part of the project will help with enhanced water quality improvements with the excavation and rebuilding of the enclosed stormwater inflow area along with new native plantings to filter stormwater before it enters Valley Lake.

This portion of the project is now complete and Valley Lake South Park has re-opened for use. Upon completion of this project, the contractor laid straw seed blankets to restore the grass/earth, and re-installed park posts and cables. We ask that you please use caution while visiting the park and if possible, avoid walking on the straw seed blankets allowing the new grass to grow and restore the natural appearance of the park. 

Detailed PDF’s of the engineering design plans can be found here: https://www.wildwoodparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Valley-South-Plunge.pdf 

Please direct further questions to bmagnini@wildwoodparkdistrict.com, the Warren Township Highway Department: https://www.warrentownship.net/162/Highway, or Lake County Stormwater Management https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILLAKE/bulletins/36977f3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2023

As part of the Lake County Stormwater Management-led Valley Lake Stormwater Improvements Project (in which the Wildwood Park District is a local sponsor); Valley Lake North Park off of Mill Road was temporarily closed due to the beginning of construction on the replacement of the Valley Lake North outflow structure to avoid future clogging, enhancement of the existing berm wall (additional 8” higher) to minimize flooding risk, and earth ditching to modify and improve stormwater drainage pipes that run within and around the park property.

This portion of the project is now complete and Valley Lake North Park has re-opened for use. Upon completion of this project, the contractor laid straw seed blankets to restore the grass/earth, and re-installed park posts and cables. We ask that you please use caution while visiting the park and if possible, avoid walking on the straw seed blankets allowing the new grass to grow and restore the natural appearance of the park. 

Detailed PDF’s of the engineering design plans can be found here: https://www.wildwoodparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Valley-North-outflow.pdf

Please direct further questions to bmagnini@wildwoodparkdistrict.com, the Warren Township Highway Department: https://www.warrentownship.net/162/Highway, or Lake County Stormwater Management https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILLAKE/bulletins/36977f3

Resources and Links

  • In case of an emergency, please contact the 24-hour emergency contact, Mike Pitz (Campanella & Sons, Inc.) at 847.456.7201.
  • For Wildwood Park District project related questions, please contact Brandon Magnini, Wildwood Park District Manager, at bmagnini@wildwoodparkdistrict.com.

 

Submit Maintenance Request

If while enjoying the parks you notice any park issues that require maintenance, such as cleaning litter, damaged or vandalized equipment or buildings, or landscaping issues, please fill out and submit the form below. For all suspicious behavior, please first call the Lake County Sheriff at 847.549.5200 and secondarily notify Park District Park Safety staff at 847.309.1478 or parksecurity@wildwoodparkdistrict.com.