Welcome to the Proposed Muir Park Redevelopment project 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

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