Lacy Park, located at 735 Stowel Ave. in Streamwood, has a new owner.
At a meeting Tuesday night, the Hanover Township board of trustees voted to accept transfer of the park from the Streamwood Park District.
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The 2.6-acre park is comprised of a playground, walking and bike paths, and an activity field.
"The addition of this property will be beneficial for the township's youth activities while still serving the neighborhood," said Howard K. Krick, a Hanover Township trustee. "Given its location and size, we will be able to provide a wide array of services for residents of all ages, with a focus on prevention programs for youth."
The cost of removing deteriorated basketball and tennis courts and of performing other park maintenance contributed to the park district's decision to approach the township.
Informal conversations regarding the park's condition and the best uses for it were held over several months between park and township officials. In recent months, the conversations intensified as the boards evaluated the benefits of an ownership change.
"This really is a win-win for our two organizations," said Bill Wright, president of the Streamwood Park District. "The township has a strong reputation for engaging youth and offering top-notch services. At the same, this allows us to focus our resources on our high traffic parks and facilities."
The township will study what services to offer at the park and what improvements are needed.
"On the surface, there are opportunities for the Youth and Family Services Department to offer our after school or summer programs at the park and have youth work with Senior Center volunteers to grow a community garden to benefit the Township Food Pantry," said James Barr, Hanover Township administrator.
An open house will be held later this month where members of the community will be invited to provide input on programs and improvements they would like to see.