Comprehensive Master Plan 2022-2027

Upcoming Planning Events:

Please note that we may add additional events and information as needed. Please check back frequently!

Public Workshop 3 (NEW DATE!) - Draft Plan Presented for Community Input (May 16, 2022)

Date: Monday, May 16
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Recreation Center

JSD will review what we have learned from our residents and community and present draft concepts of potential park renovations, as well as revised facility renovation concepts. Residents and the community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the amenities and costs associated with the improvements. To rsvp - please email

Special Board Meeting - Draft Plan Presented (May 25, 2022)

The Draft Plan will be presented at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm. 

Background Information 

On Monday, November 8 the Community Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved a contract with JSD to enter into Strategic Master Plan process to address each of the Community Park District parks, facilities, programs, policies and operations. This process will help the Community Park District board and staff best meet the needs of your families and our community as a whole. 

We need your input! The Park District and JSD will be providing a wide range of opportunities to engage the community in helping us create a better future for parks and recreation. Please visit regularly for updates on this exciting process. 

Financing for new projects became available in December 2021!
To take advantage of historically low interest rates, the Community Park District refinanced existing debt that was issued in 2011. On November 8, 2021 the Community Park District approved a $3 million bond parameter ordinance, which is a parameter the park district could not exceed. Ghe new non-referendum general obligation bond issuance was approximately $2.3 million in aggregate. Half the issuance is dedicated to refinancing existing debt, and approximately $1.3 million is dedicated to finance projects and park improvements for our community. 

Because of the significant refinancing savings, the new debt issuance will have a nearly $0 impact on residents' tax bills. Last year, the park district's bond payment was approximately $286,000. New debt payments are estimated to be $288,000 and the payment structure will only extend out one additional year from the existing schedule. 

Past Planning Events:

Residential Park Preplanning Surveys (Closed December 5, 2021)

Residential preplanning surveys were available from November 15 - December 4. The preliminary surveys touched on residential parks only (Beach Oak, Yena, Robinhood, and Stone Monroe) and helped us gather important preliminary information. 

Public Workshop 1 - January 13 from 6-8pm at the Recreation Center, 1501 Barnsdale Road. 

We want your input! Stop by the Recreation Center and help us determine an innovative strategy to develop community projects, policies, and programs that will best serve the community over the next 5 years. This event will be moderated by JSD, our Master Planning consultant. All residents, business owners, and stakeholders are welcome!

Community-Wide Survey (January 24-February 18) Survey now closed

We had more than 475 responses! Thank you for answering questions cover existing park spaces, program offerings, to help us determine the current and future needs of our community.

Public Workshop 2 - Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30pm
Indoor Recreational Space 

Join our Master Planning Team as we review input from the Community Wide Survey and discuss the future of indoor recreational space in La Grange Park. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input on space needs, future projects, as well as conceptual designs. This will be a hybrid event, with attendance welcome both in person and virtually. Please check back soon for the virtual access link. Questions? Please email Jessica Cannaday, Executive Director. 

Previous Plans

The Community Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff have developed this four-year master plan in order to improve our parks over time in an orderly and prudent manner. The plan will be reviewed annually in preparation for each new capital spending budget. The plan is also a great communication tool for residents who are curious to know how their Park District officials are thinking in terms of park improvements.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND the following while reading through the material:

  • The recommendations utilize the facts and public opinion as we understand them now. New facts and opinion will likely modify plan detail over time to some degree.
  • Those with question or comment are encouraged to either contact Executive Director Jessica Cannaday or attend a Park Board meeting held on the 2nd Monday of each month.

  • Community History
  • Existing Strategic Plan
  • Executive Summary

  • Park Land Categories
  • Park Classifications

  • Village Demographics
  • Financial Conditions
  • Park Acreage Standards
  • Spatial Analysis & Maps
  • Community Input and Meetings

  • Park Facility Matrix
  • Park Surveys & Enhancement Recommendations
  • Park Master Plans

  • Park Development
  • Guidelines for Land Acquisition
  • Maintenance & Infrastructure

  • Implementation Plan – Priorities
  • Four-Year Funding Plan
  • Funding Opportunities