Bid's OK clears path for Commissioners Park

Bid's OK clears path for Commissioners Park

CHAMPAIGN — A new park not far from the site of the new Judah Christian School could open by November or December.

Champaign Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce said the park board recently approved a $239,947 bid from Feutz Contractors of Champaign to develop Commissioners Park.

"Any time you can provide a new park for our citizens is great for the residents of Champaign," DeLuce said on Sunday afternoon.

He said construction should start within the next few weeks, and projections call for completion by November or December.

In 2011, the park district essentially traded 6.4 acres at Dodds to the developers of the Parkland Point Apartment complex in exchange for 20 acres on Champaign's far west side. That land is directly north of Abbey Fields and northwest of the future site of Judah Christian School.

"The location will be convenient for the young people who will be attending Judah Christian," DeLuce said.

The current plan calls for maintaining 15 of the 20 acres as a natural area and developing five acres for park amenities.

Features at Commissioners Park will include a soccer field with goals, a sand play area, a picnic shelter and playground equipment. Development will also include a concrete walk and curb, grass, trees and shrubs.

The recreational area is being named Commissioners Park to honor anybody who has spent time as a Champaign Park District commissioner over the years.

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