Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A splash pad and band shell are among the features slated for Gordon Park's redevelopment. But one trustee asked that the park district look to pedestrian safety as well as fun when it comes to redesigning the park.
Improvement plans for Gordon Park—five years in the making—got a unanimous seal of approval at Monday’s La Grange Village Board meeting. The board’s vote opens the door for a band shell, butterfly garden, soccer fields and other amenities to sprout from the park—as well as for more visitors to make use of those features. Trustee Jeff Nowak said he hopes that conversations continue about how to improve pedestrian safety around the park. The park district, he said, has indicated that it doesn’t expect an increase in traffic, but he believes the area will become busier. “I’d ask you to be proactive in identifying various ways we can keep people safe and communicate those things to our residents when they are visiting a new Gordon Park,” he …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Plans for the improvements advanced after the park district and the village reached an agreement last week in a land dispute, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Park District of La Grange agreed last week to transfer a small tract of land to the village, resolving a land dispute that held in a deadlock proposed improvements to Gordon Park, the Chicago Tribune reports. With what park District Dean Bissias described as a “pencil tip” of land at Ogden and Locust changing hands, the Plan Commission approved a new skating area and sewer upgrades for Gordon Park. "There really wasn't a lot of emotion or anything about it; it was just a matter of (clarifying) what was needed," Bissias told the Tribune. "…We kind of negotiated back and forth whether they really needed it." The Village Board will vote on whether to give the project the official go-ahead at an upcoming meeting. Read the rest of the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The schematic removes the two western softball fields in favor of a dedicated football/socer field, a play area, a splash pad, a skateboarding area and a performance shell.
The Park District of La Grange has released a site plan for the redevelopment of Gordon Park, as seen above, including the replacement of the two western softball fields with several new features. Most prominently, the western half of the park would gain a dedicated football/soccer field, a new shelter and a play complex with a playground, splash pad, butterfly area, skateboarding area and performance area. To create the space, two western softball fields, the two outdoor basketball courts and two of the park's northwest tennis courts would be sacrifced. Much of the current softball-field lighting would remain. To the east side of the park, the plan would also add 28 parking spaces along Hazel Avenue. Long in development and bargaining, …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The continuing fight over Gordon Park has again been tabled after a plan commission meeting on Feb. 12 failed to resolve a key dispute.
Thought the Park District of La Grange Board has worked through its concerns and approved $2.1 million in improvements to Gordon Park, any breaking of ground remains stalled after a Feb. 12 plan-commission meeting left a land dispute unresolved, The Doings La Grange reports. According to the Chicago Tribune, the District is seeking special-use permits for improvements like a band shell and skating area in the park, which the Village refuses to grant unless the District cedes a small strip of land north of Ogden Avenue; the District calls that “inappropriate.” The District’s main concern, reports The Doings, is the uncertainty of the mess left when Atlantic Realty Partners abandoned plans to rebuild on the former YMCA west of the park, …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The ongoing discussion over the park in northeast La Grange will continue for another month as the Park District Board shot down a $2.2 million improvement plan.
The Park District of La Grange Board has placed a hold on approving bids for renovating Gordon Park due to the objections of two members, one of whom cited the lack of recent community hearings on the plan, The Doings La Grange reports. "I believe in fixing up the park, but let people know about it," read a quote from Lynn Lacey, who voted nay to the $2.2 million in improvements along with Robert Ashby. "Eight years ago, people were talking about these plans, and some have moved." According to the paper, a $400,000 grant is in jeopardy if improvements to the park are not completed by the end of 2013; the Village Board has authorized up to $2.6 million in funds to renovate the park. Read the full story at The Doings La Grange website. Get …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Nearly 1,800 people were reported to have attended the annual festival in Gordon Park on Saturday; $88,000 was raised for the Community Nurse Health Center.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
The following is a press release from the Community Nurse Health Association: The 4th Annual Rocktoberfest, held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 and presented by the Women’s Auxiliary of Community Nurse Health Center, broke record numbers on a magnificent evening in Gordon Park in La Grange. “The night was just great,” said Rebecca Schiltz, co-chair of the event with Jill Reich, both La Grange residents. “The weather was perfect! More than 1,700 people came out to support Community Nurse, meet up with friends and neighbors and enjoy a fun night out of music, food and beer.” Far-Sighted, a band of students from Lyons Township High School began the night, followed by The Bad Dads, a west suburban band that rocked classic covers. The popular …
Monday, September 17, 2012
A night of family fun in Gordon Park draws attendees from all over the area for Rocktoberfest 2012.
Families from all over our area came out to Gordon Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 for a fun filled night of food and music. A bags tournament kept some busy, while other preferred to grab a beer from a celebrity bartender and watch The Bad Dads and other local acts perform on the stage. Everyone seemed to be enjoying food provided by DeVries Market and La Cabanita, among others. Even the police department was out raising funds and selling pretzels and pizza. Rocktoberest is an annual end of summer fundraiser put on each year by the Community Nurse Health Association. Funds raised go to support their mission to provide quality healthcare services to our community. Take a look at the pictures I snapped and feel free to upload your own. It's easy…
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Don't miss Rocktoberfest this weekend. Get the details here on the bags, the beers, the brats and the bartenders.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Local celebrities—aka your neighbors—from La Grange and Western Springs will be playing the part of Tom Cruise in 'Cocktail' at this year's Rocktoberfest celebration at Gordon Park in La Grange on Sept. 15.
The list is in! The Community Nurse Health Center has announced their line up of celebrity bartenders for this year's Rocktoberfest at Gordon Park in La Grange on Sept. 15. See our article on all the events at Rocktoberfest here. Will TMZ be there? Probably not, but I will as Patch's official celebrity reporter. I'll covering the event and putting a best and worst dressed list together. Just kidding, but maybe that's not a bad idea. These local luminaries will be competing for the coveted title of Celebrity Bartender of the Year. To win that title, they'll have to raise the most tips (for charity). Tips can be donated to the bartender of your choice online at the official Rocktoberfest website: www.therocktoberfest.com. Take a look at the …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Rocktoberfest comes to Gordon Park in La Grange on Sept. 15 with food, music, a bags tournament, raffle prizes and more.
Gordon Park. Beers. Rock and roll. Could it be any better? Rocktoberfest returns to Gordon Park in La Grange this September and features cold beers, a bags tournament and plenty of rock and roll. Presented by the Women's Auxiliary of the Community Nurse Health Center, this fun-filled annual event will be the talk of town. Things kick off on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. and keep on kicking until 10 p.m. at Gordon Park, located at the corner of Ogden Avenue and La Grange Road. A general admission ticket costs $15 if you buy it online, or $20 if you purchase it at the door. Musical acts performing this year include Far Sighted—a band comprised of Lyons Township High School students who know how to start the night off right. Far Sighted will …