Heritage Park is a 100+-acre nature area, recreation venue and community gathering place featuring a Sports Complex, Performance Pavilion, shelter, lake and walking paths. This valued natural resources and open space helps protect and enhance the environment. Natural habitats, recreation areas, outdoor learning program opportunities and important flood control and management add to the quality of life for those who live and work in Wheeling and nearby areas.
This summer, permanent signage will be installed at three locations – Wolf Road vehicular entrance, Jeffery Avenue pedestrian path and the Sports Complex entry. This enhancement will help guests more easily identify park access points as well as locate amenities.
After much planning and design, construction of the Heritage Park playground is scheduled to begin late this summer. Starting with design workshops conducted with the Summer Camp groups and following through with a location analysis and schematic design charette performed by Park District staff, the vision for a unique and creative playground addition to Heritage Park will become reality.
This highly desired feature of Heritage Park includes a five- to 12-year age group play structure focusing on connectivity with a variety of play elements including climbing, sliding, overhead features and balance. The two- to five-year age-group play structure included for younger children focuses on inclusive, imaginative and active play. An area dedicated to swings features belt swings, tot swings and a "friendship swing" that allows two individuals to face each other while swinging. An arc swing for multiple children is also part of the playground. A large "global motion" spinner is featured as well as an area of musical instruments for an impromptu musical performance.
Centrally located within the playground area is a play hill with a long roller slide, a two-rail slide and a wavy climber.The safety surface of the playground is constructed of completely accessible "artificial turf" in a whimsical design of green, blue and tan colors with a hill of green. An exciting, standout feature of the playground is a unique “cloud roof" on each play structure highlighting the Heritage Park logo as well as the "Wander, Play, Discover" theme of Heritage Park.
New benches, trash/recycling receptacles and a shelter structure are planned for the playground space. To provide lighting for the new playground and pathway, the existing light poles will be relocated.
In addition to the play and site elements, the playground area also will include new landscaping and a bio-retention rain garden highlighting the Park District's commitment to environmental stewardship.
The Heritage Park playground is expected to be completed by Spring of 2019.