2023-2024 Capital Projects
Tomahawk Aquatic Center 2023-2024
A new resort style spray feature and additional slide highlight the improvements coming to Tomahawk Aquatic Center! Besides all of the fun amenities being added, the Aquatic Center is also in need of improvements to its infrastructure and mechanics as it marks 30 years of service to the community in 2023. Construction begins after it closes for the season in 2023 and will open in 2024 ready for you to come out and enjoy!
Project Cost: $2.5M
Expected Completion: Spring 2024
OSLAD grant: $400,000
Sale of Skateland Recreation Center: $550,000
Park District Capital Fund: $1,550,000
Henneberry Park 2024
The project includes a new playground, park shelter, picnic tables with solar charging stations, parking lot, soccer goals, pathway renovation and more. Construction will begin in 2024. Henneberry Park is one of the largest and most used neighborhood parks in the District.
Project Cost: $600,000
Expected Completion: Fall 2024
OSLAD grant: $300,000
Park District Capital Fund: $300,000
Arroyo Trails Permanent Restrooms 2023
The Channahon Park District has been selected as a recipient of a $185,000 ReBuild Illinois Grant by State Senator Connor and former State Senator McGuire to build permanent restrooms at Arroyo Trails.
Project Cost: $230,000
Expected Completion: Fall 2023
DCEO grant – $185,000
Park District Capital Fund – $45,000
Bluff Park 2023
Of all the District’s neighborhood parks, Bluff Park was determined to have the highest need in being replaced. The public input meeting for Bluff Park will be held April 12, 6:00 pm at Bluff Park’s playground.
Project Cost: $250,000
Expected Completion: Fall 2023
Funding: Park District Capital Fund: $250,000.
Recently Completed Capital Projects
Sengo Adventure Garden 2019
The first inclusive playground in the area, Sengo Adventure Garden is a joint adventure between the Channahon Township and Channahon Park District. Sengo is located in Central Park next to Arrowhead Community Center.
Project Cost: $401,000
Funding: Channahon Township: $250,000
Park District Capital Fund: $151,000
Arroyo Trails 2020
Arroyo Trails, A Discovery Woodlands, is a nature park development managed by the Channahon Park District, planned and funded by the People for Channahon Parks Foundation. No local tax dollars were used in the development of this park.
Project Cost: $2M
Funding: People for Channahon Parks
Community Input for Potential Referendum on April 4, 2023 Ballot
In 2022 the Channahon Park District sought the community’s input on a $14.9 million bond referendum to address playground, shelter and parking lot improvement, as well as upgrades to Heritage Crossing Field House and Arrowhead Community Center.
A variety of public engagement tools and strategies were implemented, including:
- Facilitation of multiple Citizen Task Force meetings, with an end goal of defining a proposal to share and test with the community and subsequently developing final recommendations.
- Two informational mailers sent to all registered voter households.
- Community outreach presentations focused on informing taxpayers about the proposed improvements and addressing the community’s questions.
- Mail and online survey sent to all registered voter households.
The results of the public opinion survey that went out in October 2022 indicated that is was not the right time to pursue a bond referendum, especially given cost-of-living increases and other economic concerns.
After reviewing the results of the mail survey, carefully listening to the recommendations of a Citizen Task Force, and analyzing other public input, the Board has decided not to pursue a referendum in April 2023.
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Your Tax Dollars at Work
If you’re a Channahon Park District resident, 4% of your local real estate tax bill is allocated to making it possible for us to provide outdoor parks, facilities, programs, events, and other offerings that enhance quality of life in the community.
These are just some of the ways we all benefit from investing in parks and recreation:
Access to parks and recreation facilities leads to healthy lifestyles for people of all ages. Recreation can build self-esteem, reduce stress and improve overall wellness.
Parks give communities a vital identity. Well-maintained, accessible parks and recreation facilities are key elements of strong, safe, family-friendly communities.
Parks enhance property values, contribute to healthy and productive workforces and help attract and retain businesses.
Parks play a key role in preserving water and air quality, reducing congestion and protecting wildlife. People learn about the environment firsthand in parks and take those lessons home with them.
2020-2025 Strategic Master Plan
The proposed park and facility upgrades are part of the District’s Five-Year Strategic Master Plan.
Click here to view the Plan, click here to view the Appendix.