2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan. - Chicago Park District


2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan. - Chicago Park District


Capital Improvement Plan

Chicago Park District

What is the Capital Improvement Plan?

• Each year, the Chicago Park District develops a 5-Year plan of capital projects and District-Wide


• Throughout the year, the local community, other City agencies, legislators, and internal District staff

make requests for capital projects.

• Community input and a thorough internal evaluation determine what projects are in the Plan.

• Projects included in the Plan have funds appropriated in the years 2012-2016. A planned project

becomes a reality when all funding is in place.

• Funding sources include Park District G.O. Bond and Alternative Bond Sources, Special Recreation

Assessment (SRA), Federal, State, City, and Private Grants, and Corporate and Community Donations.


Bloomingdale Park and Trail Acquisition and

Park Development

Historic Gold Dome Restoration

63 rd Street Dune Habitat

Goals of the Capital Improvement Plan

• Maintain financial integrity and keep the Plan within the capital budget available

• Lend stability to capital investment planning

• Ensure our capital projects and investments fit within our long term goals and objectives

• Provide a clear understanding to the public of our future investment intentions

• Establish meaningful budgets and timelines for projects

The Park District acquired 515 acres of the Millennium Reserve in

2011 and expects to acquire another 160 acres in 2012.

Development of these Calumet area properties is part of the 2012-

2016 Plan.

Partnering with the City of Chicago, four new Boat Houses will be

opened in 2012 along the Chicago River. These amenities support

our long-term goal to enliven recreation in the Chicago River.

Capital Strategy - PLAY

P – PARTNERSHIPS. Continue to partner with public and private entities to realize capital projects.

Nearly half of the total capital budget comes from outside funding sources.

L – LEADERSHIP. Be a leader in park development, including advancing the ways people use parks,

ensuring parks are accessible for all users, and providing the best in green technologies.

A – ASSETS. Be a good steward of our existing assets to ensure they can be enjoyed by future

generations. Two-thirds of the District’s capital investment goes to renovation of existing assets.

Y – YOU. Ensure capital projects are responding to Chicago’s changing populations and programming


The Plan includes $2.5 Million to renovate existing basketball

courts District-Wide.

New programming opportunities include an all season skating

ribbon and rock climbing wall in Grant Park. This project is

also a national leader in sustainable park development.

2011 Snapshot

Capital Accomplishments

Over 400 capital projects completed

Major Park Developments for 170,000 local residents

170,000 Chicagoans live within a 10 minute walk of the 7 major park

developments completed in 2011.

Take The Field LaFollette Park New Artificial Turf Field

New Soccer/Football Turf Fields for 35,000 local youth

Six (6) Take the Field Artificial Turf Fields were completed in 2011. These fields

enhance year-round programming opportunities for Chicagoans, including over

35,000 youth living near these parks.

$10 Million in ADA Transition Plan Projects

Seventeen (17) park locations were completed in 2011 alone.

$25 Million in HVAC Energy Management Projects

Thirty-seven (37) park locations were completed in 2011, providing

$2.5 Million in annual operational, energy, and capital savings.

Haas Park New Field House

Other Project Highlights

• Millennium Reserve Acquisition

• Garfield Gold Dome Restoration

• Haas Park New Field House

• Theater on the Lake - Lakefront Terrace Wall Reconstruction

• Ping Tom Expansion and Park Development

• 63 rd Street Beach Dune Restoration

Ping Tom Park Expansion and Riverfront Development

2012-2016 Snapshot

Capital Expectations

Over 800 identified capital projects and

75 District-Wide programs

A New 1,000 Slip Lakefront Boat Harbor

Opening in Spring 2012, the new harbor provides 1,000 new boat slips.

Major Park Developments for 800,000 Chicagoans

800,000 Chicago residents live within a 10 minute walk of the 30 major

park developments planned for 2012-2016.

New Playgrounds for 100,000 Youth in 2012

Twenty (20) new playgrounds are planned in 2012. 100,000 children

under age 14 live within a 10 minute walk of these playgrounds.

New Basketball Courts for 150,000 Teens in 2012

$2.5 Million will be invested to rehab basketball courts District-Wide to

encourage an active lifestyle.

$1 Million Facility Rehabs at Twelve (12) Parks

Over 1,500 programs and 14,000 program attendees will benefit from

improvements at these 12 parks.

Additional $1 Million Annual Savings from HVAC

Energy Management

Thirteen (13) park locations will be completed in 2012, providing an

additional $1 Million in operational, energy, and capital savings


Capital projects are located throughout the City and in all 50 Chicago

wards. As part of the 2012-2016 Plan, nearly every Chicago resident will

see a capital improvement within a 10 minute walk from their house.

2012-2016 Funding Strategy

How will we pay for it all?


Funding Strategy

• The total 5-Year program is $290 Million

• $155 Million is Park District G.O. Bond – roughly $30 Million will be issued annually

• Nearly half of the capital plan, $135 Million, is funded with outside partners

• Federal, State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and private grants and donations are essential to the success

of many capital projects

Park District G.O. Bond

$155 Million

Outside Grants and Donations

$135 Million













2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Federal Grant, $9.3 Million

City Funding, $86 Million

State Grant, $21.4 Million

Private Grant, $18.3 Million

Funding Strategy by Project Type

Funding by Program

Park District Bond




Outside Funding

13% 0%


Total Funding - $290 Million


Acquisition and


Facility Rehabilitation






Site Improvement

Technology, Vehicles and


New and Existing Assets

Park District Funding



Outside Funding

Total Funding - $290 Million





• 43% of funds are used to upgrade and replace our existing assets including

our inventory of 77 pools, 26 miles of lakefront, and over 520 playgrounds.

• 57% of funds are used for new amenities including new field houses, park

acquisitions, and skate parks. 83% of outside funding goes to new amenities.

2012-2016 Project Highlights

What are we going to do?

Program Highlights: Acquisition and Development

31 st Street Harbor

Opening in Spring 2012, this new harbor will

have 1,000 slips ranging from 35 to 70 feet.

The project also includes a new green roof

onsite parking garage, a new fully-accessible

playground and park expansion, a new

underpass to separate vehicular traffic from

the bicycle and pedestrian users of the

Lakefront Trail, and a new public fishing pier

and boat launch.

Here under construction, the new harbor is scheduled to

open in Spring 2012.

Soldier Field LEED-EB Award

In December 2011, Soldier Field was awarded

the status of LEED-EB from the United States

Green Building Council (USGBC). Soldier Field

is the first existing North American stadium to

receive the award of LEED-EB

Certification. LEED-EB stands for Leadership in

Energy and Environmental Design – Existing


Green elements of the newly accredited LEED-EB Soldier Field

include energy conservation, recycling programs, dual-flow toilets,

a green roof, and parking for alternative fuel vehicles.

Program Highlights: Acquisition and Development

Chicago River Boat Houses

Funded through public and private investment,

four new boat houses are planned along the

Chicago River at River Park, Clark Park, Ping Tom

Park, and Park #571 (28 th Street and Eleanor

Street). The new boat houses will increase

recreational opportunities in the Chicago River by

providing community rooms, restrooms, and


A concept design for the Clark Park Boat House includes a fitness

center and direct river access.

Bloomingdale Park and Trail

Consistent with the Logan Square Open Space

Plan, the Chicago Park District will receive 13 acres

of new parkland along the 2.65 mile Bloomingdale

Park and Trail that provide new open space and

future access to the elevated multi-use trail.

Access parks will be located at Albany and

Whipple Streets, Milwaukee and Leavitt Streets,

and 1800 North Ashland Street.

The Bloomingdale Park and Trail will have multiple access points

for pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons with disabilities.

Program Highlights: Acquisition and Development

North Grant Park








The new park development in Grant Park will be a national leader

in sustainable park development.

A new innovative and environmentally sustainable

park is planned for Daley Bicentennial Plaza, the

sixteen acres of rooftop park located above the

East Monroe Parking Garage. Extensive

renovations are underway on the garage structure,

requiring removal of the park and providing the

rare opportunity to redesign this park space.

Within a natural and boundless setting, the new

park will provide varied opportunities for passive

and active recreation. Construction on the park is

scheduled to start in Fall 2012.

New Field Houses

Chicago Park District field houses are community

anchors, catalyzing a multitude of recreational and

programming opportunities within a community.

Activities in a field house range from pick-up

basketball games to academic lectures to birthday

parties. In 2012-2013, new LEED accredited field

houses are planned to open in Park #560 and Ping

Tom Park.

The new field house in Ping Tom Park will have club rooms, a

gymnasium, and an indoor pool.

Program Highlights: Facility Rehab

Garfield Park Conservatory





In July of 2011, the Garfield Park Conservatory was

struck by a severe hail storm causing significant

damage to the glass roof in the Fern Room, the Show

Room, the Desert Room, and all nine growing houses.

Though improvements to the building have already

been made to ensure the plants have protection

during the Winter, substantial improvements are still

needed to ensure the Conservatory and its plant life

are around for many generations to come. In

conjunction with roof replacement, the building

structure will be modernized to today’s technology.

Extensive storm damage occurred in the nine growing houses.

Winter protection is in place in the Fern Room, Desert Room, and Show Room to protect plant life and maintain the habitat climate until

permanent improvements are complete.

Program Highlights: Facility Rehab





The historic South Shore Cultural Center improvements include

promenade restoration, interior rehab, and electrical upgrades.

Partnerships – PARC Grants

Funded in partnership with $7.7M in Illinois Park

and Recreational Construction (PARC) Grants, nine

existing park district facilities will undergo major

renovations in 2012 to upgrade operational

systems, maintain the buildings’ structural

integrity, and ensure the buildings can

accommodate varied programming opportunities

for the community.

Major Facility Renovations

Humboldt Park, Independence Park Bungalow,

South Shore Cultural Center, and Stanton Park*

will undergo major interior and exterior site and

building envelope renovations. Three locations,

Independence Park, Moore Park, and Shabbona

Park will be updated to ensure accessibility for all


Improvements to the historic Humboldt Park Field House will

include masonry, tuck pointing, and renovations to windows,

doors, and the roof.

* Project did not receive PARC grant funds.

Program Highlights: Facility Rehab

HVAC and Energy Management





HVAC systems will be upgraded at Calumet Park,

Lincoln Park Conservatory, Mann Park, and the

McFetridge Sports Center in California Park*.

These dynamic new systems will be integrated

with web-based monitoring. The systems will

make the buildings more energy efficient and

reduce operating costs. Total energy, operational,

and capital cost savings of this program (37

locations in 2011 and 13 locations in 2012) is

expected to be over $3.5 Million dollars annually

by 2013.

Web-based monitoring is integrated into the new energy efficient

HVAC systems.


The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one location to be updated with

a new energy efficient HVAC system in 2012.

The McFetridge Sports Center in California Park* will undergo

major facility renovations in 2012, including HVAC energy


* Project did not receive PARC grant funds.

Program Highlights: Site Improvements

Take the Field Initiative,

Artificial Turf Athletic Fields



The Take the Field Initiative, led by the Pritzker

Traubert Family Foundation, leverages $12 Million

dollars of public and private resources to build ten

new artificial turf athletic fields in under-served

and geographically diverse areas of Chicago. Six

fields were opened in 2011, another four fields are

planned to open in 2012.



Artificial turf fields provide more programming opportunities

for the community and reduce annual field maintenance costs.

Basketball “Slam Dunk” Initiative

The Park District will invest $2.5 Million in 2012 to

rehabilitate basketball courts in parks city-wide.

Basketball courts encourage team building and an

active lifestyle, especially for Chicago’s teen

community. An estimated 150,000 teenagers will

have a new court within a half-mile of their home.

Basketball courts encourage healthy exercise for Chicago’s teens.

Program Highlights: Site Improvements

Playgrounds and Spray Pools





The 2012-2016 Plan includes $2 Million of Park

District funding per year for playground and spray

pool renovations. By incorporating innovative play

equipment, Chicago’s new playgrounds and spray

pools challenge kids to be active, reach out of

their comfort zone, think creatively, and work

cooperatively. All of these playgrounds are

accessible to persons with disabilities.

Kids are active and challenged at the new playground in Park

#554 (Albany and Whipple).

Nat King Cole Park opened in 2011 with innovative play equipment

encouraging kids to have fun and reach outside their comfort


The new Portage Park playground incorporates local art to

encourage creative play.

Program Highlights: Technology, Vehicles and Equipment




Key technology goals in the 2012-2016 Plan are to

automate business processes, employ digital

marketing and citizen engagement opportunities,

and upgrade network communication and financial

systems. Investment in technology keeps the Park

District competitive, efficient, and responsive to

park patrons.

In 2011 the Park District launched a new website to improve

communication and interaction with the public.

Vehicles and Equipment





The 2012-2016 Plan includes $1.5 Million per year

for upgrades and replacement of the District’s

vehicles and equipment. The District works to

reduce energy consumption by incorporating

green technologies including biodiesel fuel, hybrid

vehicles, and solar powered trash compactors.

The District’s fleet of light-duty diesel vehicles and all lawn mowers

use environmentally friendly and cost-saving biodiesel fuel.

City of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor

Chicago Park District

Board of Commissioners

Bryan Traubert, President

Benjamin R. Armstrong

Dr. Scott Hanlon, D.O.

Martin Laird Koldyke

Avis LaVelle

Juan Salgado

Rouhy J. Shalabi

Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent & CEO

Patrick Levar, Chief Operating Officer

Rob Rejman, Director of Planning, Construction, and Facilities

Beth Tomlins, Capital Projects Manager

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