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									Updating the Parks and
Recreation Master Plan
Public Meetings Summary
February 17 to 25, 2010




The Planning Team:
City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Department
JJR, LLC
PROS Consulting
 Public Input Summary
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 Purpose of Public Meeting                                                                                                            14

 The purpose of the first five public meetings was to hear from the residents regarding the                                                                                        11
 current parks and recreation offerings, as well as what they would like to see offered in                            West District                                                                                               7

 the future. Where new parks should be located, what parks should be improved, what                                                                                            North-Central
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            North-East
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 new programs should be offered, what new play elements would they like to see in their
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 neighborhood parks.                                                                                                                                                                           5
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 With the intent of listening from all residents throughout the City, the planning team with the                                                                                        South-Central
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 help of City of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department, organized 5 public meetings in five                                                     12                                        District


 different geographic locations.                                                                                                                     West District
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 Public Meetings Agenda
 Each Public meeting was divided into three broad sessions:
 1. Public Open House                     7:00 to 7:15 pm                                                                                  13

 2. PowerPoint Presentation               7:15 to 7:45 pm
 3. Listening Sessions                    7:45 to 8:30 pm

 Each public meeting included the following:
 • Project Objectives
 • Project Timeline and Schedule
 • Mission Statement and Guiding Principles                                                                                        South East District Public Meeting:                                          February 17, 2010
 • Focus Group Summary                                                                                                             North Central District Public Meeting:                                       February 18, 2010
 • Understanding Elgin where existing conditions, growth trends from year 2000, and                                                West District Public Meeting:                                                February 23, 2010
    existing park and recreation system at city-wide level and for each of the five planning                                       South Central Public Meeting:                                                February 24, 2010
    districts were presented.                                                                                                      North East Public Meeting:                                                   February 25, 2010
 • General/visual observations of existing parks system
 • Listening Session where the participants were asked specific questions and their
    responses were recorded. The following questions were asked:
     1.	 What	do	you	believe	are	the	strengths	of	Elgin’s	park	and	recreation	system	(parks,	facilities,	programs,	services)?
     2.	 What	do	you	believe	are	the	weaknesses	of	Elgin’s	parks	and	recreation	system	(parks,	facilities,	programs,	services)?
     3.	 Do	you	have	any	suggestions	for	parks	or	recreation	facilities	that	should	be	renovated?
     4.	 Do	you	feel	there	are	physical	barriers,	and	if	so,	where	in	our	community?		
     5.	 Do	you	feel	the	City	needs	to	add	more	parks,	and	if	so,	in	what	geographic	area	of	our	community?	
     6.	 Do	you	feel	the	City	needs	to	add	more	recreation	facilities	(pools,	rec	centers,	ball	fields)	or	recreation	programs?		If	
          so,in	what	geographic	area	of	our	community?		
For questions 5 and 6, the participants were given green dots and red dots. They were asked to use these dots on a map at their desired location for a new park or recreation facility.
Green dots      = New Parks
Red Dots        = New Recreation Facility


              Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                           City of Elgin           .         Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                      March 2010
south east district
public meeting: February 17, 2010
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                    Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                                                  City of Elgin        .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                                                   March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                              south east district: Feb 17, 2010
Strengths
The participants considered the following as strengths of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation system:
• Diversity of park system in the city. Elgin’s park system offers many services that are not common in other
   communities.
• Presence of two large parks in the city and addition of a large park to the west (Elgin Regional Park).
• Presence of Recreation Center in the City that offers diverse facilities. Indoor walking track is widely used
   especially during winters.
• Well maintained and clean parks and facilities that the Parks and Recreation Staff take care of regularly.

Weaknesses
The participants considered the following as weaknesses of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation system:
• Explore infill opportunities in older neighborhoods.
• Overcome misconceptions of unsafe parks in the city (e.g. Lords Park).
• Explore opportunities for better usage of existing small parks before adding new parks.
• Offer parks and recreation facilities to all neighborhoods. Currently all neighborhoods are not fully served
   with the great park system that Elgin has.
• Concern with affordability of facilities. Currently there are inadequate free recreation facilities in Elgin.
   Other communities, such as, Aurora and Waukegan have such facilities.

Improvements to existing Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for improvements to existing parks and
recreation facilities:
• Restore the botanical garden portion of Trout Park (north east district). It needs restoration.
• Restore the lagoons in Lords Park that was used for ice skating. Run-off from north led to the decline in
    water freezing.
• Identify the triangle parks off Liberty Avenue that can function as potential gateways to the community.

New Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for new parks and facilities:
• Desire a permanent volleyball courts (or court) developed near the lower basketball and tennis courts near
   the lower lagoons in Lords Park. This permanent court could replace the current dirt court.
• Areas in and around the Mental Health Center offer great opportunity for public parks space. Site is not
   suited for industrial or other uses. Consider bringing it back to public use.
• Areas adjacent to Fox River are great assets and offer opportunities to add spaces for fishing, new parks,
   places to sit and relax and recreational uses. Currently there is one boat launch.




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                         City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                   March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                          south east district: Feb 17, 2010
Access & Connections
The participants suggested the following as improvements to access and circulation, potential new linkages
and connections:
• Improve ADA accessibility to Lords Park and Lords Park Pavilion. Improve walkways and address safety
    for kids especially along access roads.
• Enhance wayfinding/signage especially along the bike routes and signs leading to parks.
• Desire more bike lanes. Consider bike tunnel/underpass at Kimball near public library for ease and safety
    of bike traffic.
• Concerns with Summit Street as a barrier for pedestrians that want to access Lords Park pool from west of
    Liberty Street.
• Improve connectivity to Drake Field Park. Concerns with St. Charles and Liberty Streets as barriers for
    neighborhood kids.

General Comments
• Improvements to parks in Aurora has turned around the system in last few years. Better lighting and
  fencing were some of the improvements to the park system that made these places safe for all.




            Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                      City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                               March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                                                                                                 south east district: Feb 17, 2010
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                      Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                                                                   City of Elgin         .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                                                                      March 2010
north central district
public meeting: February 18, 2010
Planning District - North Central
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                                                                                                                                         31                        Eagle Heights Park            19        1
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                                                                                                                                                                   Frazier Park                  27        1
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                                     Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                               City of Elgin         .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                                                 March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                              north central district: Feb 18, 2010
Strengths
The participants considered the following as strengths of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation system:
• Diversity of parks throughout the city
• Well maintained parks that are taken care of by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department
• Engaging and involving the residents and community in the planning process. This was considered true for
   the existing master plan update and prior planning studies.

Weaknesses
The participants considered the following as weaknesses of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation system:
• Inadequate parks in denser neighborhoods (around Mark Avenue and west of McClean Boulevard). Areas
   north of valley creek do not have adequate parks or recreation facilities. Generally this neighborhood was
   considered underserved.
• Pedestrian access to existing parks is not sufficient. Concerns with handicap accessibility that is available
   in most parks but with varying degree.
• Affordability of programs offered was a concern.

New Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for new parks and recreation facilities:
• Area near Valley Creek subdivision at the end of Mark Avenue and Lyle Avenue.
• Areas west of Randall that is owned by the City.
• Identify underutilized land (parking lots/vacant land) in denser neighborhoods that can
   be used as playgrounds for kids. Explore leasing opportunities if acquiring land is not
   feasible. The underutilized parcels/parking lots can also be used to develop community
   gardens
• Adaptive reuse of existing buildings to house new facilities (such as, Amcore bank building
   at Lyle Avenue/Big Timber Road and Blockbuster building at Wing Street/McClean
   Boulevard).

General Comments
• Desire greater partnerships between church and park district that can facilitate newer
  opportunities for community facilities.
• Desire after school program, parenting classes for single parents
• Desire greater partnerships between schools and park district. The schools under U-46
  school district (Century Oak School, Kimball Middle School, Illinois Park School) offer
  opportunity for partnerships where the playgrounds can be used by neighborhood
  residents when the facilities are not in use by schools.
• Desire a Park and Recreation District




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                           City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                     March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                                                                                      north central district: Feb 18, 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Burnidge Woods Park             5   22.04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Century Oaks Park              10    3.96
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clifford/Owasco Park           13    4.56
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eagle Heights Park             19    6.19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eagle/Burnidge Park            20   56.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foundary Park                  26    7.30
                                                                                                                                                            31                                                  Frazier Park                   27    0.52
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grant School Park              31    1.80
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mable Avenue Park              37    5.76
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Powder River Park              44    2.10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trinity Terrace Park           53    3.05
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                                     Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                                                  City of Elgin      .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                                                                    March 2010
west district
public meeting: February 23, 2010
Planning District - West
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Public Input Summary                                                                                                    west district: Feb 23, 2010
Strengths & Weaknesses
The participants considered the following as strengths and weaknesses of the City of Elgin Parks and
Recreation system:
• Variety of parks catering to all age groups
• West District with mostly new parks is well served and parks are well maintained.
• Like the size and facilities at Settlers Parks
• Inadequate pedestrian access and sometimes distances to park lead to users drive to these parks.

Improvements to existing Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for improvements to existing parks and
recreation facilities:
• Improve the drainage issue at Sports complex.

New Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for new parks and recreation facilities:
• Desire a new park at the open space north of Randall Ridge subdivision.
• Desire a community center and outdoor pool.

Access & Connections
The participants desired the following as potential improvements and new connections/
linkages:
• Connect the existing trail along Bowes Road to Randall and beyond to the east.
     Currently the trail ends before connecting to Randall. The City’s Bikeway Master Plan
     illustrates future linkages from Bowes Road to Randall, linkage to Mid County Trail and
     South Street connection.
• Improve connectivity to College Park (south central district). Concerns with safety for
     bikers as it is difficult to get on a bike trail without getting on the road. Currently the
     sidewalks end at wetland and there is no link to the park. Desire pedestrian linkage to
     and within the park. Generally like the park for the forest preserve/nature.




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                 City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                           March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            west district: Feb 23, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Existing Parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Elgin Regional Park        21    224.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Millenium Park             39      1.28
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nesler Road Park           41     20.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Randall Ridge Park         46      3.06
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Settlers Park              49      3.00
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   Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                                                                                                                                                                   City of Elgin      .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   March 2010
south central district
public meeting: February 24, 2010
Planning District - South Central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Existing System
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mini Parks                                 =1
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Public Input Summary                                                                                                 south central district: Feb 24, 2010
Strengths / Weaknesses
The participants considered the following as strengths and weaknesses of the City of Elgin Parks and
Recreation system:
• Diversity of parks and recreational facilities. Great large parks with natural resources, such as Trout Park,
   Bluff Spring Fen and Hawthorne Hill Park.
• Sports Complex offer great facilities. Concerns with Sports Complex being able to offer same services in
   future with the ever growing sports community in Elgin where soccer has doubled in last few years, child
   development has grown.
• Concerns with not enough soccer practice field. Utilize astro turf on fields to lower maintenance.
• Concern with traffic at sports complex.
• Explore opportunities to bring national/regional athletics competitions in Elgin utilizing the current great
   facilities.

Improvements to existing Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for improvements to existing parks and
recreation facilities:
• Improve access to Continental baseball.
• Explore opportunities to face lift Wing Park (north central district) and Lords Park (south east district).

New Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for new parks and recreation facilities:
• Desire dog parks
• Desire neighborhood park in Valley Creek area (north central district). With new development
   (townhouses), this place offer great opportunity for city park. Currently streets are utilized as play areas by
   kids.
• Desire a skate park at College green Park. This has become a great hang out place.
• Explore opportunities for BMX track. Remote control race car interest has grown in Elgin.
• Desire more tennis courts. Inadequate number of facilities at Lords and Wing Park lead users to drive to
   Hanover Park.
• Desire community parks where events/weddings can take place, such as, spaces in Royal Palm Beach,
   Florida. Desire water features in such places.
• Desire facilities / amenities for kids with disability. Plan for universal accessibility to parks. Spray Park in
   Downtown is a good example. Abbot Park is another good example that has wheelchair access, a special
   place to work-out and generally the equipment is in good condition. Desire constant maintenance of these
   amenities.
• Desire all neighborhood parks with shelters. Currently most have it.
• Desire Café in the parks, similar to Festival Park where local vendors offer services during events.




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                              City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                         March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                              south central district: Feb 24, 2010
•   Desire Lacrosse field in Elgin as it is a growing sport. St. Charles High School currently has a Lacrosse
    club. Currently Elgin has none.
•   St. Charles (H.S.) has Lacrosse club

Access & Connections
The participants suggested the following as potential improvements and new connections/linkages:
• Improve accessibility to College Green Park (West District). Currently sidewalks stop at Randall Road.
   Potential for a bike path connection to Mc Lean Boulevard.

General Comments
• Concentrate on large parks, such as Hawthorne Hill Park. Art For All is trying to help keep Hawthorne Hill
  Nature Center (HHNC) open on Fridays.
• Consider putting more effort into the development of HHNC. Additional space in the form of room add-
  ons, adjacent to, over or separate from the main building would contribute to greater recognition. This
  would free up the current space/rooms to introduction live exhibits that require little care and maintenance.
  Having aquatic, bird and/or small mammal housing would be a great draw to attract residents to this
  location. A nominal fee to help support these exhibits could be charged.




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                           City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                      March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                                                                                                                               south central district: Feb 24, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Existing Parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Abbott Park               1        1.24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Central Park              9        3.45
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   College Green Park       14        2.97
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   College Park             15       60.81
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                                                                                                 a School                                                                                                                                          Mulberry Grove Park      40        5.10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ryerson Park             47        1.10
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             d    Public Park (±27 acres of land)

                                                         Spring St.                                                                                                                                                          e    Public Park on undeveloped land/former Bluemoon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              f   Improve Pedestrian Linkage along Bowes, Wider Side-
        Randall Rd.




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   Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                                                                                                                                      City of Elgin       .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       March 2010
north east district
public meeting: February 25, 2010
Planning District - North East
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Existing System
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     Esmeralda Park             24
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Princeton West Park        45
                                                                                                                                                                                                     St. Francis Park           48        1       1       2             2
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Public Input Summary                                                                                             north east district: Feb 25, 2010
Strengths
The participants considered the following as strengths of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation system:
• Diversity of spaces for recreation / exercise in Slade Park and Trout Park
• Small parks, such as the Butterfly park is good

Weaknesses
The participants considered the following as weaknesses of the City of Elgin Parks and Recreation system:
• Concern with gangs misusing parks & open spaces around Lincoln, Colman and McKinley schools
• Potential for partnerships with school district (Lincoln Elementary School) that currently is not in place.

Improvements to existing Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for improvements to existing parks and
recreation facilities:
• Areas west of Fox River (North Central District) that is currently a flood plain / open space can be
    potentially used for soccer and/or passive recreation. Currently this space is used for volleyball and
    softball.

New Parks & Facilities
The participants suggested the following as potential locations for new parks and recreation facilities:
• Explore infill opportunities for park space in the dense northeast district.
• Reuse of Sherman Property. 17 single family homes were proposed but now it’s a huge parking lot.
   Parking lots adjacent to Center Street offer opportunity for park space and/or community gardens. Explore
   partnership opportunities with Sherman property. If the city takes care of maintenance, they might be
   interested in partnering for active park space.
• Corley Drive Park (southeast district) offers great area for play area and picnic tables.
• Explore mini park and/or neighborhood park opportunities near Oak Ridge subdivision (southeast district).
   This area is under served with not much land left for parks. Generally residents drive more than a mile for
   park space where kids can play.

Access & Connections
The participants suggested the following as potential improvements and new connections/linkages:
• Improve wayfinding / signage. Explore opportunities for signage in northeast district (welcome to Northeast
   District).
• Improve connectivity to Judson University (north central district). Currently lacks access to university.
   Explore opportunities for a bike path link.




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                       City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                 March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                            north east district: Feb 25, 2010
General Comments
• Allow for a senior discount at the recreation center (age 55 and above). Affordable facility would increase
  membership.
• Explore opportunities for a Master Plan for large parks, such as, Lords Park.
• Parks don’t provide taxable income but enhance quality of life. Adding park spaces to northeast district
  would attract more families to live in this neighborhood and in return facilitate economic growth.
• Desire for a City landscape ordinance. This would assist in defining the type, location etc of trees and
  plant.
• Slade Avenue Park along Fox River offers great opportunity for boat launch, active usage but is currently
  underutilized.




             Updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan                                                      City of Elgin   .   Parks & Recreation Department
                                                                                                                March 2010
Public Input Summary                                                                                                                                                                                                north east district: Feb 25, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Existing Parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Esmeralda Park              24        0.46
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Princeton West Park         45        3.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   St. Francis Park            48        2.42
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Slade Avenue Park           50        4.29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Trout Park                  54       44.10


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    March 2010

								
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