Welcome to the Parks Projects information webpage.  Please visit this page to:

  • Receive the latest information on the planning process and community engagement efforts
  • Learn about status updates
  • Review project documents

Claire Lane Park

Unfortunately the tennis court fence at Claire Lane Park is rolled to a side and secured to allow contractors entry to paint lines and install netting when they arrive onsite.  As most of us know, there is a shortage on raw materials (i.e. marking paint) and extensive lead times due to a shortage of over-the-road truck drivers, so we must continue to wait.  Meanwhile, we encourage you to enjoy the tennis courts with pickleball at both Lions Park, 110 West Camp McDonald Road, and Country Gardens Park, 901 Schoenbeck Road. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. 


East Wedgewood Park

The Prospect Heights Park District provided an opportunity for residents to voice their opinion on improvements to East Wedgewood Park, located at Wedgewood Lane and Oxford Place in Mount Prospect. Public feedback was sought through public meetings to redesign the park and discuss possible amenities. Residents provided input on two concept plans at a July meeting and a final draft master plan which included resident input was presented to the residents in August.  The proposed master plan includes more benches and trees for shade, a concrete walking path, an asphalt learning path, a shelter, pollinator & sensory plantings, play equipment in separate areas for 2-5 year-olds and 5-12 year-olds and fitness stations. The play equipment includes swingers, saddle and chill spinners, slides and taller pieces for climbing. The open play area and half court basketball court amenities remain but will be relocated onsite.  The Park District is seeking an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant which is a state-financed grant to assist the Park District in funding the development of this park.   The grant application is due Sept 1, 2021 and grants are expected to be awarded by March 2022.  Should the Park District be awarded the funding, the park plans will be finalized and construction would occur in the Fall 2022.  The anticipated grand re-opening of this park would occur by Spring or Summer 2023.  Please continue to visit this page for updates.   

This neighborhood park was last revitalized nearly twenty years ago.  It is half an acre in size and has a small sand area, a playground for 5-12 year-old children and a half a basketball court. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Christina Ferraro, Executive Director, at 847-394-2848 or emailing [email protected] 

Click here to open the proposed plan and to view images of potential amenities: East Wedgewood Park DRAFT MASTER PLAN (2021-08-19) 


Muir Park 

Prospect Heights Park District officials asked Muir Park neighbors to complete a survey either online or a paper copy in late May. This was an opportunity to play a role in finalizing a plan for the 4.5 aces park while the Park District officials continue to negotiate a land swap agreement with Lexington Homes, LLC .  Currently Muir Park is an open space with a ballfield, walking path and landscaping.  After Park District officials reviewed survey results and several conceptual plans, a final park plan was designed (Muir Park Final DRAFT Master Plan (June2021).pdf) which is required to finalize the agreement with Lexington Homes, LLC.  As of August 2021, the agreement is still being negotiated.  More info to follow as project progress.


BACKGROUND

In August 2016, the Prospect Heights Park District and School District 23 discussed acquiring the Jolly Fun House (JFH) property, 1001 Oak in Prospect Heights, for joint use. At that time, architects indicated the cost would be $8-$9 million in required renovations to bring the facility up to school code and it would cost $10 – $11 million to build a new facility after purchasing the property for $700K – $1.5million. The Park District alone cannot afford to purchase the property outright and knock down the existing facility for open space nor to rebuild a facility on the site.

Meanwhile, Lexington Homes has a contract to purchase the JFH property, adjacent to Muir Park.  Lexington has offered the park district a swap of 27,549 square foot (.62345 acre) land area to build a detention basin for the housing development on the adjacent property.  Currently the park site is 4.5 acres with nearly 3 acres usable due to trees.  Lexington has also offered to redevelop Muir Park. 

The Park District Board of Commissioners is considering both offers at this time.

We look forward to your continued participation in this process to accept the Lexington proposal to swap land and/or develop Muir Park. Please forward any questions or comments to [email protected]

Muir Park Final DRAFT Master Plan (June2021).pdf