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Park board OKs Jaycee Park renovation contract : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Park board OKs Jaycee Park renovation contract
Plainfield firm to complete work this summer

by Lyle R. Rolfe


The Oswegoland Park District's 7.3 acre Jaycee Park will undergo a total renovation this summer.

The park is located south of Saugatuck Road, along the west side of Douglas Road in Oswego.

Park board members approved a bid last Thursday from Fuertes Systems Landscaping of Plainfield to complete the renovations as recommended by Grant Casleton, planning and development director for the district.

Casleton said the 38-year old picnic shelter and the 20-year-old Jaycee Park playground will be replaced as the next project on the district's capital improvements list for 2014.

Members of the Jaycees Club built the shelter in 1976 and the playground in 1994. When the shelter was built in 1976, Douglas Road was only two lanes and the park property was bordered by farm fields.

Casleton said Fuertes Systems bid of $176,761 was the lowest of five firms with the highest at $213,532.

The renovations include a new picnic shelter, which will be moved away from the parking lot and closer to the playground, according to Casleton.

Improvements also include a tot play structure and a play structure for children ages 5 to 12, swings, a poured-in-place rubberized playground surface for handicapped accessibility, a new shelter with cooking grills, benches, trash receptacles, a concrete walk for access to the facilities, and a conduit for electric service in the shelter.

The park also has facilities for baseball, softball, soccer and football as well as access to the Waubonsie Trail and other trails.

Casleton said they had budgeted $209,000 for the work, $139,000 of which was to come from the 2014 Capital Development Budget and $70,000 from the Fox Valley Special Recreation fund.

Board members noted the park is a busy and well-used facility.

Part of the funds also will be used for providing electricity in the shelter, turf restoration around the construction area, and for future water service when the Village of Montgomery improves the water main on Saugatuck Road, Casleton noted.

"We have worked with Fuertes Systems many times and we are always pleased with their work. They installed the new playgrounds at Civic Center and Tuscany Trail Park and recently built a new shelter at Waa Kee Sha," Casleton said.

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