The playground is full of color with the installation of the pour in place rubber surfacing currently underway. Construction crews continue wrapping up the playground equipment installation. The equipment is nearly 100% complete with a few minor pieces remaining for the rocket ship and the wavy net climber. Also this week, crews will be pouring concrete at the playground entry points and installing site furniture and landscaping. Inspections are scheduled and the team expects the playground to be open by July 13.
Sunset Woods Park serves as Highland Park’s central park, offering active and passive recreation, gathering areas, and connections to the downtown. On July 28, 2020, the Park District Board of Commissioners approved design services to renovate the Sunset Woods Park’s iconic Rocket Ship playground and Titanic Tides tot lot located on the western edge of the park. The Park District is committed to taking care of park properties, and construction of the new playground and tot lot will begin on August 16, 2021.
The Park Board also approved development of a master plan for the entire park, ensuring that the playground renovation fits into a modern vision of Sunset Woods and the City Downtown District. This site master plan was a recommendation in the Park District’s GreenPrint 2024 Comprehensive Plan and will be considered for future years.
In keeping with our community engagement tradition, an essential aspect of the Sunset Woods project planning process included collaboration with residents. Throughout the past year, community members had a variety of opportunities to provide input on the playground design and master plan. The Park Board of Commissioners approved the plan on December 16, 2021.