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Joliet Park District plans West Park improvements

JOLIET – The Joliet Park District will do renovations at West Park this year.

Plans include new trails, bridges and playground equipment in the park at Wheeler and Belleview avenues.

One feature that will be left alone is the sled hill, Larry Burich, director of planning and parks, told the park board this week.

Burich said park staff met with West Park neighbors several times and got a clear message to keep the sled hill intact.

“It’s really one of the few places we have [to sled],” Burich said. “The elevations in Joliet are not really great. To find a place to sled is tough.”

The Frisbee golf course remains, although Burich said a new trail winding through the park will require a redesign on a couple of the 27 holes on the course. There also will be a second loop trail.

A splash pad also will be added to the park. Park facilities, including a pavilion, will be renovated.

The park district plans to seek bids on the work in April, Burich said.

West Park is among the projects being done by the park district with the $19.5 million in bond money approved by voters in a 2014 referendum.

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