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Carpentersville close to approving park's master plan

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Carpentersville officials have finally received a blueprint filled with ideas on how to make Carpenter Park a better place to recreate.

The question is how to pay for the proposed disc golf course, sand volleyball court and other improvements because the village is looking at a $400,000 price tag.

"It is a guide and a direction but it can always be modified in the future as long it doesn't deviate completely from the comprehensive overarching theme," Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said. "Dollars will drive the priorities of what gets done."

The village hired Upland Design in April to develop a three-year master plan for Carpenter Park and smaller plans for Carpentersville's four other parks.

Officials got a first look Tuesday at the recommendations for Carpenter Park.

The suggestions, based on feedback from the community and village officials, included: Installing nine holes for disc golf, adding a sand volleyball court, making improvements to the softball field and band shell, creating a path that connects to the regional bike trail and building a gazebo, which would be perfect for wedding photos, said Michelle Kelly, a principal at Upland Design.

When it came to other amenities, some village trustees wanted another bathroom added to the park, but haven't decided where it should be constructed.

Other than that, the plan received positive marks.

"I love this plan. It's great," Trustee Don Burroway said.

Besides grant funding, the village would work to secure money from Carpenter Park's trust fund, cut costs by using its own employees to build some of the projects, look for business sponsorships and set money aside in future budgets, Rooney said.

The board is scheduled to take a vote on the master plan, on seeking state grant funding for its improvements and on authorizing plans for the other parks at its June 4 meeting, Rooney said.

The public will have one more opportunity to view and comment on the master plan during a parks commission meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the public works facility, 1075 Tamarac Drive.

For more information, contact Sean McGovern, the staff liaison for the parks commission, at smcgovern@vil.carpentersville.il.us.

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