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Prospect Heights Park District seeks public input on Muir Park revitalization

Prospect Heights Park District officials are encouraging Muir Park neighbors to complete a survey either online or a paper copy to return to the Gary Morava Recreation Center, 110 West Camp McDonald Road, in Prospect Heights. This is 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 .  The agreement is to swap nearly an acre of the 4.5 acre Muir Park, 1001 Oak Avenue in Prospect Heights, to build a detention basin for the proposed housing development on the adjacent former JFH property. The park will continue to be 4.5 acres as the land swap is an equal exchange of property.  Currently Muir Park is an open space with a ballfield, walking path and landscaping.  Park District officials have reviewed several plans for the revitalization of Muir Park for the sake of conceptualizing the foot print and the cost to develop.  Now you are being asked for input so that the revitalized plan can address our community needs.

Please note that this survey will close on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12 noon.  Please take this brief survey to assist Prospect Heights Park District officials in planning the revitalization of Muir Park, 1001 Oak Avenue in Prospect Heights. This survey will allow Park District officials to know what the neighbors would like to see enhanced and/or improved at their local park. 

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE MUIR PARK REVITALIZATION SURVEY

 


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 cferraro@phparks.org