Palatine Park District invites the community to be a part of the decision-making process as staff members select the final amenities for the playground at Maple Park, 316 N. Winston Drive. The playground is scheduled for replacement later this fall pending weather conditions. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
Earlier this year, Palatine Park District was awarded a $400,000 grant designated for renovation of Maple Park. Located in the east region of Palatine, Maple Park is surrounded by a residential neighborhood and alongside Maple Park Preschool. Other improvements slotted for Maple Park include improved connections to Palatine Trail along with trailhead amenities, a new shelter, outdoor fitness amenities, and new pavement for the basketball courts and parking lot.
Palatine Park District is responsible for 735 acres of open land in Palatine, including 5 park and facility locations that are home to 30 playgrounds. The Parks Department inspects and maintains all of the playgrounds to ensure the District is offering safe places to play for the community. The District employs certified playground safety inspectors through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and certified playground inspectors through the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA). All of the playgrounds are part of an overall District-wide equipment replacement schedule. Based on inspection results and equipment condition, playgrounds are usually replaced every 14-16 years.
The existing playground equipment from Maple Park will be removed and re-purposed by Kids Around the World. This organization installs refurbished playground equipment in areas of the world that are often affected by war, poverty, disease, or natural disaster. In addition to providing these additional opportunities for play to children in need, the park district also receives the added benefit of cost savings for the equipment removal.
The Maple Park playground is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2020. Visit the Park District’s Construction Projects page for construction progress. For more information about these playground sites, contact Superintendent of Parks and Planning Jim Holder at 847.705.5131.