New LED lights and 400-amp electric service will be installed at Litzenberg Memorial Woods after the Hancock Park District commissioners approved $12,350 for the expense, according to information from Gary Pruitt, park district director.
The action came during the board’s regular meeting this week in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
The board also agreed to seek a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, and other grants if necessary, to fund development of park district-owned property at Oakwoods Nature Preserve into a conservation area. The property was previously rented to area farmers.
The proposed development at Oakwoods was announced in March. It will include 2.3 miles of walking paths, grassland (35.4 acres), wetland (42.1 acres), woodland (14.5 acres) and tree buffer/windbreak (15.9 acres).
The park board previously approved a motion of support for the nature preserve conservation area concept.
Restoration of the area around the recently constructed Shelter 2 at Riverbend Recreation Area has not been completed by the contractor due to wet conditions, Pruitt said. A serving table has been ordered, which will complete furnishings in the structure.
Reservations will be accepted soon and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to mark the completion.
Also, a new brochure is finished for the Heritage Trail, while the park district’s Summer Program and Event Guide is now available at various locations.
Separately, the board tabled employee health insurance renewal for further discussion at the July 9 board meeting.