River Trails Park District received confirmation from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a $400,000 OSLAD grant (Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development) for Burning Bush Trails Park. It is currently one of the heaviest used parks in the district and the third largest park with a total of 10 acres. There will be two phases of construction, the first phase will begin autumn 2019 and is expected to finish in spring of 2020. The total cost of the project is 1.8 million dollars, with the OSLAD grant being dedicated to phase one.
Construction for phase one of the park will include new innovative and highly interactive park equipment for all ages with an important key component of increasing ADA accessibility. Phase one of the project will include: new playground equipment for two to twelve year olds, two pickleball courts, shoot-around basketball court, ping pong, sand play, micro soccer field, redeveloped futsal and roller hockey courts, fitness stations, passive gardens with pollinator education area, open play space, hammocks bollards, shelters, and walking paths that will facilitate access throughout the site.
Phase two of the park will include a new water detention space by lowering the baseball and soccer fields by four feet to hold excessive storm water. The River Trails Park District and the Village of Mount Prospect are working together on both phases of the park project.