Schaumburg considering hammock grove, signs for new 12-acre park

Schaumburg trustees Tuesday will consider adding $963,258 worth of work to the first phase of the 12-acre 90 North Park expected to open to the public this summer.

The park lies in the heart of the Veridian development just north of the tollway at the southwest corner of Algonquin and Meacham roads.

The extra money is divided between amenities and necessary site work, but the included monument signs bearing the "90^" logo - the caret symbol represents North - confirm the park's official name.

Schaumburg Landscape & Design Planner Todd Wenger said the village has been considering offering naming rights to the park one day, but that would be after the addition of several more amenities including possibly an outdoor performance venue.

For the time being, "90 North" is the district name the village is using to tie together the Veridian development on the west side of Meacham Road and an entertainment district proposed to join the Schaumburg Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel on the east side, Wenger said.

The monument signs for the park would include enough space for an additional name to be added in the future, he said.

Also included among the requested $879,234 of additional amenities are further landscaping plantings and a hammock grove where nine hammocks will be provided, as well as poles for visitors to bring up to eight more.

An increase of $84,024 is being requested by the village's engineering and public works department for a 6-foot-diameter manhole, an 18-inch concrete pipe, a 12-inch plastic pipe and utility locating.

The original $1.1 million contract with Martam Construction Inc. of Elgin was sufficiently under budget that the village has made some additions since to enhance the first phase of the park. Wenger said it's unclear how much time may elapse between each construction phase.

Last August, trustees added $248,259 for more seating along the main walkways, a bike path and such related amenities as bike racks, benches, drinking fountains and trash receptacles.

During the next budget year beginning in May, the village expects to design a shared street immediately west of the park that could be occasionally closed down to host special events. Construction of that street could then occur during the 2023-24 budget year, Wenger said.

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