As McFarland trustees finalized the annual budget Monday, Nov. 25, the village is expected to see upcoming improvements to parks and park facilities.
“From a planning and design perspective, we have a few studies we want to encounter and work on next year,” Village Administrator Matt Schuenke said.
The village completed the aquatics feasibility study earlier this year. Now, trustees and parks, recreation and natural resources committee members will determine how to develop the outdoor aquatic features.
“That gave us a menu of options to consider,” he said. “Now, we want to look at that menu and think about and talk about what we want to do.”
The village also plans to design a park for individuals with special needs as a way to help and provide a fun activity for those with special needs.
“There are some very creative minds out there in the park world that come up with a lot of different things for kids to run and jump and play and use their imagination,” he said.
Similarly, the park would have greater accessibility and sensory perception for those with physical and mental disabilities.
Village trustees will work with a consultant to determine the best amenities. The village does not yet have a location or overall budget for the park, but will study and create a plan for the project next year.
The village also plans the installation of a community park called McFarland Park.
As new facilities are planned and created, other McFarland parks will get a makeover.
McDaniel Park will receive an expansion of its bathroom facility to provide more indoor space for storage. A second shelter will be put in on the northwest side of the bathroom facility where the old kayak rack used to be, and it will receive new gateway signage.
The much-awaited Orchard Hill Park Frisbee golf course is scheduled to be completed next year.
The woodland area at the park will be cleared and restored with the removal of invasive species and fallen trees to make the area more usable.
Trustees have included funds to construct a shelter at Orchard Hill Park.
Nearby, a shelter and parking lot will be constructed at the dog park, along with indoor and outdoor washing stations.
As use at the centralized Arnold Larson Park increases, trustees are budgeting for the edition of a green space and hardscape for better use of the area.
“What we’ve been seeing obviously in that park is it’s getting used more for food carts, performances and other special events,” Schuenke said.
Pickle ball courts will be installed at Siggelkow Road Park, along with off-street parking.
Staff is working to design the courts and begin construction in April or May.
Each year, village trustees and staff identify a park to receive updated equipment. In 2018, Egner Park and the Discovery Garden received new equipment. No park was chosen in 2019, but trustees are budgeting funds to replace equipment at a park that will be selected at a later date.