Construction at Heritage Park in LaSalle Expected to Take 4-5 Months
Construction at Heritage Park (on Heritage Drive) in LaSalle started on July 5. Road and sewer construction within the Heritage Estates subdivision, along with playground and landscape renovations to the park should take approximately 4-5 months to complete.
The work includes constructing underground and above ground storm water storage in Heritage Park. This will help alleviate flooding that occurred in the area in 2015 and 2016. It will also include the replacement and alteration of select existing storm and sanitary sewers on some streets within the subdivision, renovations to Heritage Park, along with the installation of a new walkway along the outer perimeter of the park.
The Town was successful in receiving a $1.5 million grant from the National Disaster Mitigation Program, and the Town will be matching that funding 50/50, providing a total of $3.0 million for the project. Given the extent of funding available, the Town will be proceeding with the first phase of the flood mitigation measures, that being the work within the Heritage Estates area.
The existing play equipment along the north side of Heritage Park will remain open until Labour Day weekend. After Labour Day weekend, the entire park will be closed to facilitate the construction of new equipment, a new parking lot, a shade structure with accessible picnic tables, a basketball court, two pickleball courts and a soccer pitch. Once complete, the playground will be designated a Playcore National Demonstration Site for meeting best practices for design.
The new playground will be a fully accessible and inclusive 5,000 square-foot structure geared for children between the ages of 1 ½ years to 12 years old. The play structure will incorporate interactive panes and ramps to allow users to easily get from one level to the next. The swings will include a Mom-and-Me swing, an accessible swing and a Tri-Runner swing making the design unique to this area. The whole playground will sit atop a rubberized surface.
Residents adjacent to the park may experience intermittent disruptions of access to driveways through the construction. Please keep in mind that construction areas can be dangerous, especially to individuals who are not trained to work in this environment. We ask that residents avoid the active work sites and keep a safe distance from equipment and workers engaged in their daily activities.