Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility
Following several years of review and community input, and the considering of various options to address the main issues surrounding the Barn and Central Maintenance Facility at Knoch Park, including ADA accessibility and work-life safety, the Park Board of Commissioners and staff determined that building a new Central Maintenance Facility at Knoch Park (including demolition of the Barn) is the best option for the community and District operations.
In February of 2013, after years of study and conversation with the community, the Park Board of Commissioners approved a contract for architectural and engineering services to design a facility to replace the Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility. Demolition of the existing Barn (built in 1965) and Maintenance Shed (built in the late 70's) and construction of a new replacement Central Maintenance Facility at Knoch Park was the original recommendation of the 2009 Facility Study and 2010 Review Team Assessment.
Iin light of the programming and operational opportunities created by the Fort Hill Activity Center, regulatory changes concerning ADA compliance and stormwater management, and additional feedback from the community on capital and program priorities, the Park Board chose in March of 2014, to conduct an additional space needs analysis with respect to maintenance and operational services to confirm the project scope, associated construction costs, and examine possible alternatives with respect to use of Knoch Park and provision of a centrally located maintenance facility. With the results of that additional study in hand, the Park Board and staff considered several alternative scenarios and concluded that a new facility replacing the old facility at Knoch Park (including demolition of the Barn) was still the best option and that this new facility should also include the Park Police operations. This Knoch Park Central Maintenance/Park Police Facility plan aligns with the community feedback received throughout the various studies and ensures operational efficiency and flexibility, resulting in cost savings for the Park District.Background
Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility Study
In 2009, the Naperville Park District conducted a study of the Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility to review current conditions of the facilities and provide recommendations for future improvements. The study identified deficiencies with program and operations areas, including the inability to easily modify indoor space to accommodate additional needs, compliance with applicable building codes and ADA accessibility guidelines. The study also identified that both facilities are near the end of their useful lifecycles. Therefore, the project team prepared concept plans in an attempt to address the issues for both facilities including 1.) minor renovations, 2.) additions and renovations and 3.) new construction.
The Naperville Park District presented the concept plans at a Public Open House on October 13, 2009 in order to gather comments from community stakeholders. In addition, the project team provided the Park Board of Commissioners with a project presentation at the November 19, 2009 workshop.
Park District staff recommended the assembling of a Barn Recreation Center and Central Maintenance Facility Review Team in order to further analyze the improvement options associated with the two facilities and gather additional community and stakeholder input. The District formed the Barn/Shop Review Team with members representing community organizations, program participants and interested residents. The review team developed goals around the concept plans. The goals include:
The Naperville Park District presented the updated concept plans at a Public Open House on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Barn Recreation Center at 421 W. Martin Avenue. In preparation for this Public Open House, the project team developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Several years of Community Interest and Opinion Survey results, in addition to resident feedback from open houses and focus groups was utilized to develop the major recreational amenities included in the facility. The Fort Hill Activity Center will be 79,575 square feet in size and includes a fitness area, multipurpose rooms, café, indoor playground, childcare room, gymnastics room, walk/jog track, wood floor studios, locker rooms and a gymnasium with up to 4 youth basketball courts, 4 volleyball courts and 6 courts that can be used for pickleball or badminton. The Fort Hill Activity Center is anticipated to be complete and ready for public use in August 2016. View more information on the Fort Hill Activity Center webpage.
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