Glenwood officials discuss Hickory Glen Park renovation

2013-08-04T21:00:00Z 2013-08-04T22:30:12Z Glenwood officials discuss Hickory Glen Park renovationDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent
August 04, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | Village officials discussed the additional work on the Hickory Glen Park renovation during a special meeting Tuesday.

The meeting was scheduled because members plan to attend the village's National Night Out Against Crime event at Arquilla Park on Aug. 6.

The renovation was delayed in May because bids on the work were all too high. A new concession stand, new playground equipment, new volleyball court and new pavilion are part of the renovation. The park at 192nd Street and Minerva Avenue will also get an additional 50 parking spots.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded the village a $400,000 grant in June as part of the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund programs. Glenwood is required to match that total.

Richard Dixon, a resident who runs a youth baseball league in the park, asked the board when he could expect the work to be done and if his league could begin using the park in April.

"Right now, we're anticipating that you will have a place to play and it will be at Hickory Glen Park," Village Administrator Donna Gayden said.

Gayden told Dixon the teams in his league will have to provide the village with practice and game schedules in order to reserve park time.

"If the park isn't done, we can put two temporary fields in Arquilla Park," Village President Kerry Durkin said. "You could play games in that location. All we need is a backstop."

Durkin also said Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights could be another possible location for the league.

The board also discussed what to do with the property at 37 E. Main St., formerly Annie Lee and Friends art gallery. An upscale car lot and a new art gallery and school both would like to move into the vacant building.

Durkin said the property isn't currently zoned for a car lot and the board would need to make a zoning change. Trustee Anthony Plott said he was most concerned with bringing in sales tax revenue, which would be significantly higher for the car lot than the art school.

"I'm open for any use other than a nonprofit," Trustee Paul Styles said. "I don't think (the art school) would bring much (sale tax) volume, but I'd be interested to see it."

A move to appoint Styles to the police pension board was tabled.

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