Park Expansion

Haas Park Community Site Plan

During our community meetings to collect the concerns of our neighborhood, the Advisory Council, with the help of Trisha Girdwood (Thank you!!!) presented a basic site plan to the Park District and the Public Building commission.

Here is the plan we submitted. (plan)

Haas Expansion

Haas Park, the itty-bitty park that could is in the midst of doubling in size and getting a new state of the art fieldhouse. The expansion is taking place in two stages: First, new land was added to the park and sodded to accompany the newer playground area. Secondly, a new sustainable fieldhouse will replace the existing small building which was originally a picnic shelter.

Here is a snapshot of the project activities:

Phase I: Land Acquisition & Greening (COMPLETE)

  • Acquire World Wide Distributors building (COMPLETE)
  • Build new soft surface tot lot and water feature (COMPLETE)
  • Close & depave Fairfield Ave. (COMPLETE)
  • Replace topsoil and resod ground innew park area (COMPLETE)

Phase II: New 'Green' Fieldhouse

  • Secure $7 million in funding (COMPLETE)
  • Project bid and awarded by Public Building Commission  (Design contract bid expected in November 2009)
  • Demolition of existing fieldhouse (Winter 2009-2010)
  • Construction of new fieldhouse (2010 to 2011)

Rendering of New Fieldhouse (courtesy of Chicago Park District):

On October 5th, the Park District and Public Building Commission presented a revised preliminary plan for the fieldhouse. 

The Proposed 10,244 sq. ft. Field-house design includes a large half court gymnasium, fitness and club rooms, locker rooms, pantry, gym storage, reception and an administrative office. The building will be constructed using a structural steel framing and masonry brick veneer exterior. The fenestration will include fixed windows with operable awnings at masonry openings and a glazed curtainwall system at the main entrance area. The new building will replace the existing Fieldhouse located at the corner of W. Fullerton and N. Washtenaw. It will be located on the site of the existing Tee-ball field. New landscaped areas will flank three sides of the building to provide a buffer zone from the surrounding vehicle traffic noises as well as site drainage support. This project will achieve the PBC goal of LEED "Silver" Certification.

Download a PDF of the Park District's October 5th presentation here.