Heritage Park Updates
Welcome to the official Heritage Park update page! Heritage Park is a 103 acre park located behind Village Hall at 14240 W. 151st Street. Heritage Park will host a variety of recreational opportunities, act as a central gathering space for the community, and provide interactive access to a beautiful natural environment.
Construction is being completed in phases. The park is currently open to the public, although portions of the park are closed due to active construction. The page will provide information on construction status, future plans, relevant meetings, and park events.
Future Phases of Heritage Park
On December 11, 2019 the Village Board reviewed schematic design drawings and cost estimates provided by TRIA Architecture. The presentation can be viewed here. As part of the discussion, Finance Director John Sawyers presented an overview of financial options for the Village Board to consider. Please note that the amounts provided are the potential maximum amounts available for park development and would require additional Board action. If you have any questions regarding the presentation or finance document please contact Assistant to the Village Manager Matt Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 301-0632.
On September 25th, the Village Board voted to proceed forward with schematic design for future phases of Heritage Park. Over the next few months, the Village will work with Tria (the Village’s consultant) on these schematic designs. Once these are completed, they will be reviewed by the Village Board. At that time, which is expected to be late 2019, the Village Board will decide which phase will be the next construction phase. At this time, these decisions have not been made; only the approval to proceed to schematic design. Additional questions can be directed to the Village at (708) 301-0632.
Open Play Area
Village Hall Area
Click the image to the left to view a presentation on the schematic design process, as well as Homer Fest and other issues facing Heritage Park! (Note: the costs shown do not reflect actual costs and no construction has yet been approved.)
The Active Core is now Open!
The Active Core contains a selection of active and passive features in the center of Heritage Park. The Active Core includes:
- Sand Volleyball Courts
- Tennis Courts
- Pickleball Courts- What is pickleball?
- Nature Based Play Area
- Fitness Area
- Challenge Course
- Sensory Garden
Disc Golf Course - Coming Soon!
Phase I: Heritage Circle - Completed
The first phase of construction for Heritage Park is completed, and a majority of the park is open to the public. The first phase of construction included:
- Heritage Circle roadway
- Multipurpose walking and biking trail
- Expanded parking lots - the future site of Homer Fest!
- Stormwater management
- Smart lighting and landscaping
- 136 new trees
Concept Plan Report
View the Heritage Park Concept Plan (PDF). (NOTE: Due to the size of the file, download may take take several minutes.) Many of the features included in the plan have yet to be approved by the Board and are subject to further discussion. Planning Resources Inc. provided the design services for the plan.
To ensure that public input was considered in the park naming, the Village's Parks and Recreation Committee coordinated a naming contest with Homer Junior High and Oak Prairie Junior High. Students were asked to submit a name suggestion along with a brief explanation of the name. Name suggestions were also solicited from residents through the Village's website and from members of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Ultimately, on June 8, 2016 the Village Board unanimously chose the name, "Heritage Park", which was submitted anonymously. View that was submitted for Heritage Park (PDF).
Stakeholder Meetings & Public Open Houses
Stakeholder meetings were held in August 2016 to gather input on the project. view summaries of the stakeholder group meetings (PDF).
The first public open house was held on September 20, 2016. View the presentation shown at the first public Open House (PDF).
A second public Open House was held on November 12, 2016. View the presentation shown at the second Open House (PDF).
A special Village Board meeting was held on December 19, 2016 for a workshop discussion regarding the final conceptual plans. View the presentation shown at the special Village Board meeting (PDF).