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Oswego Park Board Approves Several Projects for Prairie Point Community Park

A paved parking lot and new lighting are a few of the projects on tap.

Chances are, especially if you have a kid in baseball, softball or soccer, you’ve at some point made it out to Prairie Point Community Park in Oswego.

The park, located between Grove and Plainfield roads near Prairie Point Elementary, is what Oswegoland Park District executive director Rich Zielke called the “crown jewel” of many of the parks dotting Oswego.

And now the park is getting some improvements to make it even better.

“There’s a lot of activity that can take place there,” said Zielke, citing the baseball and soccer fields, splash pad and skate park. “The programs that are using those ballfields are just growing and growing.”

As such, the board approved in a vote 4-0 to award Oswego based Utility Dynamics Corp. a contract to install the second phase of the lighting to the fields.

Zielke explained that the Park District installed lights on two of the four baseball fields last year and wanted to upgrade the remaining two fields.The base bid amount is $238,000.

The board also approved a motion to award a contract to the lowest responsible bidder to install a park ballfield fencing and warning track.

The park will also be getting a brand new paved lot instead of the gravel lot that has been in place for years.

“We have excellent facilities out there, but then we have a gravel parking lot,” said board president Bob Mattingly. “We lose parking spots because they’re not lined, and it’s just really dusty and dirty.”

Zielke said the project was expensive – the contract total is listed at $154,550 – but said it was a needed expense due to safety and the pot holes that form in the gravel.

Originally the cost to repave both lots, one at the Grove Road entrance and the other off of Plainfield Road, would be around $300,000 but the price is actually just about half that.

The paving project will result in 300 spots total between the two lots.

“Prairie Point is a great boon for our community,” said Mattingly. “I don’t know what we’d do without all these soccer fields and baseball fields.”

Funding will be taken from the recreation fund, where Zielke said there were reserve funds for projects of this nature. 

Nancy February 14, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I'm so happy to see these improvements. Every day I drive by I see kids out there. It's a great place to take your children, and on a hot day they can cool off in the splash park. What a great idea. The fields are awesome, great addition for Oswego residents!
Katt February 14, 2013 at 08:54 PM
To Oswego Park Board: Thanks. It’s a great park. To those who haven't been to Prairie Point, check it out. The bike trail takes you past the sledding hill either to a large pond and beyond to Andover Park's empty space or to Grove Rd trail. Grove Rd trail connects to a trail through Morgan Creek's prairie and small playground area or to the Old Reserve area and off trail to Waa Kee Sha Park on Reservation/Grove Rd. Great place for a picnic. Or, cross Grove Rd into Lakeview Subdivision and ride a few blocks to Prairieview Park's fishing pier where kids can catch and release fish (and frogs.) A food bank garden is at Prairie Point besides basketball, sand volleyball, the skate park, soccer and baseball fields. The splash pad and playground is by Prairie Point Elementary School. (Best time for uncrowded splashing in the summer is early am.) While the park may take years to finish, I hope that the budget will allow a few trees and some landscaping to be planted this year. Look forward to Earth Day kite flying! link to park plan: http://www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/Trails-Parks/photos/pp_siteplan.jpg
Nancy February 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Great comment, I had no idea of the fishing pier, we will check it out!

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