Scoville Park set to reopen in early June

May 22, 2013 by  

Scoville Park, frequently referred to as Oak Park’s living room, is set to reopen on June 1 after a renovation that took almost a year.

The park will be 100 years old this year, and will reopen just before the annual ‘A Day in Our Village’ celebration, slated for June 2. A ribbon-cutting is set for June 1 at 10:00 am.

The renovations and improvements to Scoville Park began in 2010, as part of a master plan. The renovations cost approximately $1.6m, which came in the form of a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. An additional $725,000 was provided by the park district.

Improvements include a permanent stage to be used for live performances; a new playground and rebuilt tennis courts. New pedestrian paths have been paved and measure at six feet wide to accommodate walkers. Additional decorative fences were installed, new trees were planted, and the south side lawn was expanded. The restrooms have been expanded and renovated as well.

The improvements were undertaken after a series of focus group meetings were held to gather input from the business community and local government officials. Public meetings were also held. David Pope, the village’s president, congratulated those who made the improvements, saying he was looking forward to watching the park come alive as the spring weather warms the region.

Oak Park officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for village residents, explaining the improvements and inviting them to the ceremony in a couple of weeks. They could also work with banner printing companies to have banners made for installation there.