The Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners approved two bids at its meeting on Thursday, August 10, that will pave the way for improvements at Hammel Woods in Shorewood and asphalt repairs to preserve parking lots and trails.
Also, the Board's operations committee voted on August 2 to seek bids for an improvement project at Veterans Woods in Romeoville.
Hammel Woods Dog Park to expand
The Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access work will include the construction of an additional 2.3-acre dog play area for dogs that weigh 35 pounds or less. The new dog enclosure will be adjacent to the existing 8.5-acre dog park, which allows both small and large dogs. The new dog park area also will include a shade structure.
Also planned is the addition of a drinking fountain that can serve campground and trail users as well as dog park visitors and their pups.
The $206,518 contract was awarded to Frank Burla & Sons Builders Inc. of Channahon. Friends of the Forest Preserve District, the District's nonprofit fundraising foundation, is seeking donations to offset the cost of some of the work. Part of the fundraising effort will include a "Yappy Hour" from 4-7 p.m. on September 8 at Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access.
Work is scheduled to begin in September and conclude in July 2018, but as is the case with any project, the timeline could be affected by weather and contract management issues. Access to the preserve and the existing dog park will not be affected during the project.
Asphalt replacement and repairs
A $363,399 contract also was awarded to D Construction Inc. of Coal City for asphalt repairs and replacement to the DuPage River Trail, Lake Renwick Bikeway and parking lots at Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve and Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access.
The work is part of an Infrastructure Maintenance and Replacement Program initiated by the Board in 2013. The program outlines a systematic approach and a regular interval schedule for preventative maintenance and pavement replacement.
The project includes the replacement of DuPage River Trail pavement in Hammel Woods from Grinton Grove (Route 59 Access) north to the DuPage River Access on Black Road. Work on the other trails and parking lots will involve pavement patching and overlay.
Work is scheduled to begin in September and end in late October. Temporary trail and parking lot closures will occur and notice of those closures will be posted on the News & Events section of the District's website.
Veterans Woods bid
Bids are being sought for Veterans Woods preserve improvements that include the refurbishing and reconstructing of the parking lots at the preserve's two access areas – Roy F. Hassert Grove and Traders Corner – and work to improve sidewalks and the small trail connection between the two access areas.
The work is scheduled to begin in October and completion could come in July 2018. Picnic permitting has been suspended at this preserve in anticipation of the work beginning, and the site will be closed when construction is taking place. Preserve closure alerts will be posted on the District's website.