The Round Lake Area Park District has allocated capital funds for several park and facility improvement projects in 2020. Updates regarding the status of projects will be posted here as improvements progress.
New Skate Park at North Shore Park: The Round Lake Area Park District soon will begin a project to install a new Skate Park and BMX track at North Shore Park, 2041 N. Orchard Lane, Round Lake Beach. The project is expected to start in late April, 2021 and be finished by the end of May, 2021. The new Skate Park will replace the existing Skate Park. During removal and construction, the Skate Park area will be fenced off and closed. However, the two nearby basketball courts will remain open.
Huebner Shores Park - new garage: The Park District will be building a new 2-car garage at Huebner Shores Park in November 2020. The garage will be used for the district's kayak/canoe/fishing programs.
Recently Completed Projects
Viking Park - Playground Replacement: New playground equipment was installed at Viking Park, 764 W. Nippersink Road, Round Lake, in November/December 2020. This park was identified through the Park District's replacement program as needing all new equipment and safety surfacing. The District created an equipment replacement schedule to ensure all components meet today's safety and accessibility standards.
Gateway Park - new exercise equipment: The Park District installed four new pieces of exercise equipment at Gateway Park, 704 E. Clarendon Drive, Round Lake Beach, in November, 2020.
Robert W. Rolek Community Center - New Pavilions: The park district built two new pavilions by the Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake, in July 2020. One pavilion was built just north of the playground. The second pavilion was built south of the main parking lot and east of the walking path that goes from the parking lot to Hart Road.
Fox Chase Park - Equipment Repair: The circular slide on the 5-12 year old play structure had been damaged in June 2019. Since then, a replacement part was installed and the playground is functional again.
Chesapeake Park - Playground Expansion: While play equipment already existed for ages 5-12, a need was identified for younger children. As such, age-appropriate play equipment for 2- to 5-year-olds was installed and is open for public use.
Sports Center Renovations: Meeting Rooms A & B have been converted into new preschool classrooms which are ready for fall 2019.
Oak Tree Park - Equipment Repair: The 2- to 5-year-old play component had a damaged deck pad and was closed for repair. A new part was installed and the park has been reopened.
Greenview Park - Playground Renovation: As part of the District's playground replacement program, Greenview Park has recently received all new play equipment and the asphalt pathway has been resurfaced. This replacement program ensures all equipment meets today's standards in terms of active and imaginative play, safety, and accessibility. The original playground was built in 2004.
Robert W. Rolek Community Center Renovations: In June 2018, renovations were completed on the lobby and registration areas. Most recently, the Child Development Center received new paint, flooring and hallway lockers.
Kids Around the World: When possible, the Park District collaborates with Kids Around the World, an agency that removes existing playground parts and refurbishes them for use in other countries. Learn more at https://www.katw.net/.
- Parts from old Meadowview Park have been installed at a site in Ambato Ecuador
- Parts from old Jean Hain Park have been installed at a church that houses Syrian refugees
- Parts from old Orchard Park have been installed at a children's home in Chang Mai, Thailand
The Park District maintains approximately 1.3 million square feet of asphalt pavement throughout the District and budgets annually for replacement and seal coating. Each year pavement is assessed and a priority list is created for replacement projects. Seal coating is completed as per scheduled with main building parking lots on a 3 year rotation and other parking lots and trails on a 4 or 5 year rotation depending on usage.
In 2018 the parking lot at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center was replaced. Seal coating and striping took place over the 2019 Labor Day weekend. The Com-Ed bike trail located in Round Lake Beach has also been seal coated.
From Big Bluestem, Blackeyed Susan, Indian Grass, Switch Grass, and much more the Round Lake Area Park District continues to restore natural habitats. Prescribed burns can decrease competition from weeds, reduce the buildup of vegetative fuel, and increase plant vigor. We are planning burns from November 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020 (weather permitting) at these locations:
- North Shore Woods - From Hook Lake to the Teen Center, 2004 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach
- Hart's Woods - Behind the Robert W. Rolek Community Center at 814 Hart Road, Round Lake