Centennial Park Improvements
The project involved the complete renovation of the sports fields at Centennial Park. The existing softball fields faced one another, forcing games to hit into each other. They have been replaced with four new, irrigated fields with permanent 250’ foul lines in a more optimal cloverleaf formation creating a true softball complex. The addition of a concessions/equipment storage building at the center added to the functionality. The fields are lit with full cutoff LED sports lighting, only the third installation of its kind in the Chicago area. The project pursued a DCEO grant for this lighting. The fields include new backstops, dugout fencing, and built in base anchors for four levels of play.
The existing sand volleyball courts were replaced with new, properly drained, semi-enclosed courts with benches and LED lighting.
The entire site was re-graded to help alleviate local storm water issues. A major part of the work was the lowering of the soccer field to create a dual grass soccer field/dry bottom detention area for heavy storms.
A portion of the project was funded by an OSLAD grant. As part of the grant work, a frisbee golf range, permanent cornhole equipment, exercise stations, a nature walk, and bioswales are located throughout the site.
Electrical upgrades were made throughout the site with new transformers, upgraded LED pathway lighting, playground lighting and LED sports lighting at the in-line skate rink.
Additional work included replacement of all walking and vehicle paths throughout the park, upgraded drinking fountains and stubs for future data/wireless access and salvaging of removed equipment for use at nearby baseball fields.