Clark Island OSLAD Grant

Clark Island OSLAD Grant

The Batavia Park District

Location: Batavia, Illinois
Area: 17 Acres
Budget: $1,200,000
Status: Completed 2007
Services Provided:
Schematic Master Plan Design
OSLAD Grant Application Documents
Construction Documents
Contract Administration

In 2005, the Batavia Park District was awarded a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition & Development Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the renovation and restoration of Clark Island Recreation Area, a unique recreation amenity comprised of a series of islands in the Fox River connected by pedestrian bridges. The project included the addition of a BMX action park with street obstacles, a playground and connecting paths on the east bank of the Fox River. Lighting for the existing baseball field and an accessible canoe launch were also installed on the largest of the islands in the complex. A major component of the development was the installation of two pedestrian bridges connecting the center island with the westernmost island and the westernmost island to the west bank of the Fox River. Shoreline stabilization incorporating stone and planting deters erosion and saves the islands, which showed evidence of severe shoreline scour. Wetland enhancements and the rehabilitation of the historic limestone bridge and limestone shelter constructed in the 1930âs as part of the Civilian Conservation Corp program enhanced the aesthetic character of the islands.

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