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West Ridge Park Building and Site Planning
Address
636 Ridge Road

About West Ridge Center

West Ridge Center, a former Highland Park elementary school site, is an aging building that needs extensive renovation, and its configuration no longer meets the needs of the Park District. Due to the building’s age, condition, functionality, and aging infrastructure, the Park District’s Master Plan,  GreenPrint2024, recommended replacement of the building.

Project Background

In 2019 the Park District conducted a GreenPrint 2024 Review and Amendment, which expressed the need for a multi-purpose facility as well as the need to address West Ridge Center to provide flexible programming space to better serve the community with youth and adult programming, and an opportunity for a gymnastics studio.   

The Park District started the design process for a new community center at West Ridge Park to replace the existing West Ridge Center in 2022. The plan to build new on the southeast section of West Ridge Park is supported by a preliminary planning assessment completed in 2023.

This year, the Park District of Highland Park was awarded $1.4 million through the Park and Recreational Facilities Construction (PARC) grant program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to support elements this project including a gymnastics gym, multi-functional dance room, and youth enrichment space. The PARC grant program provides funding for park and recreation facility construction projects.

Schematic Design Plans

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Join the Conversation!

There will be various opportunities throughout the project to get involved.

Process
Preliminary Planning
complete
Schematic Design
complete
Design/Engineering
in progress
Bid/Award
Construction

PROJECT UPDATES

STAY UP TO DATE ON THE LATEST RENOVATIONS

June 5, 2024

On Thursday, May 30, the Park District hosted a community open house to share schematic design plans for the new recreation facility and site improvements project at West Ridge Park.

We want to extend our thanks to the 20 community members who joined us and provided valuable feedback that will help in the continued development of the design.

If you have any questions and/or comments, please contact [email protected].

There will be a public hearing at City Hall at the June 18th City of Highland Park Plan and Design Commission meeting.
Click here to view the plans shared at the May meetings.

June 5, 2024
May 29, 2024

On Thursday, May 23, the Park District hosted a meeting with the direct neighbors of West Ridge Park to discuss the new recreation facility and site improvements project, and to review schematic designs.

We want to extend our thanks to the 20+ neighbors who joined us and provided valuable feedback that will help in the continued development of the design.

If you were unable to attend, there will be another community meeting this Thursday, May 30, between 5-7pm. The plans shared at the May meetings will be posted on the website on May 31.

May 29, 2024
May 16, 2024

This week, the Park Board of Commissioners reached consensus on a refined schematic design for a new recreation facility and site improvements at West Ridge Park. The schematic design plans are within the District’s budget and prioritize recreation programs that support community needs and interest. The schematic design for the new recreation facility and site improvements at West Ridge Park will be shared with the community at two upcoming meetings. See above for up-to-date meeting information.

May 16, 2024
April 11, 2024

Park District staff shared a progress update at the April Facility and Recreation Committee meeting on April 10, 2024.

Park Board Commissioners provided feedback and requested additional information from the design consultants. They also asked to postpone the project’s community meetings until this information is provided.

April 11, 2024
March 18, 2024

In March 2024, the Park District of Highland Park began hosting internal stakeholder meetings to collect feedback to influence the schematic designs.

March 18, 2024
January 11, 2024

In January 2024, the Park District of Highland Park was awarded $1.4 million in PARC grant funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

January 11, 2024
June 15, 2023

The Park District of Highland Park submitted a grant application requesting $2.8 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Park and Recreational Facilities Construction (PARC) grant program to help fund the New Community Center at West Ridge Park.

June 15, 2023
May 7, 2023

On May 6, 2023, the Park District of Highland Park held a Community Open House to share preliminary concept plans with the community to collect cares and concerns about the proposed project.

May 7, 2023
June 14, 2022

In early 2022, Holabird and Root was hired by the Park District to study options (renovate or build new) for West Ridge Center.

In June, a Preliminary Planning Study was completed for West Ridge, recommending building a new facility on the southeast portion of West Ridge Park, and demolishing the existing building once construction is complete. See the results here.

June 14, 2022