The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District took another step on improvements at Homewood Estates Park, and accepted a bid for repair work on the Merchants Park garage.
At its July 20 meeting, park commissioners agreed to spend $22,722 for three six-foot picnic tables, two Americans with Disabilities Act picnic tables and four six-foot benches for the new Homewood Estates Park shelter. Commissioners also approved the purchase of four aluminum 15-foot players benches for the ballfields area for $5,572.
The expenses were totaled into the $224,700 district share of the cost to renovate the park at 18200 California Ave. The park district also received a $70,000 gift from the Rotary Foundation, in addition to a $292,700 Open Space Land and Development (OSLAD) grant from the state.
The park will get new walking paths around the park, an upgraded youth soccer field, a new shelter that would replace the portable tent, new playground equipment and a redesign making three baseball fields into two.
The board also approved a $12,080 bid from Bruno Tuck Pointing of East Hazel Crest for repair work on the Merchants Park garage. Doug Boehm, superintendent of parks and planning, reported that a vehicle backed into the garage causing significant damage to the doors and walls.
Boehm’s report states two overhead doors need to be taken down, have the framework realigned and the doors re-hung. Bruno’s will be repairing bricks and cinderblocks between the doors. The work will be covered by the parks’ insurance after a $1,000 deductible is met.