Splash pad, elevator, coming to Fox Lake Lakefront Park

  • The Fox Lake Lakefront Park building, where a water play area and an elevator will be added next year.

    The Fox Lake Lakefront Park building, where a water play area and an elevator will be added next year. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/23/2016 10:04 AM

A "splash pad" and an elevator will be among the new amenities at the Lakefront Park in Fox Lake, officials said.

Mayor Donny Schmit said a special meeting will be held at village hall Tuesday, Dec. 27, for the village board to approve $200,000 in revenue for upgrades at the Lakefront Park building on Nippersink Drive. The meeting will take place at 3 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Schmit said the money approved by the village will be combined with an $800,000 state grant to fund the improvements.

"It was an 80/20 grant, so we have to approve the $200,000 before the end of the year in order to get the grant," he said. "It's been delayed for two years, but it's finally moving forward."

The construction materials also need to be purchased now in order to finish the project by the summer deadline, Schmit said.

The most noticeable attraction will be a children's splash pad water play area to be constructed next to the building, he said. Benches will surround the area for parents to sit on while watching their children.

"It's a nice little amenity to have there," Schmit said. "Kids will be able to play in the water and stay cool on hot summer days."

He said an elevator will be built inside the building to make it compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The rest of the money will be spent on various other infrastructure improvements.

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