State Grant to Help Fund Repairs to Popular St. James Farm Picnic Pavilion

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District Awarded Grant to Help Fund Repairs to Popular St. James Farm Picnic Pavilion

Picnic pavilion is one of the District’s most often reserved shelters

(Feb. 27, 2019) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County was awarded a $150,000 state grant to help cover repairs to the popular picnic pavilion at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville.
The project received the matching grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program. It was one of 89 outdoor recreation projects that were awarded funding under the program, out of 108 that applied.

District landscape architect supervisor Karen Gray said recent assessments and maintenance of the pavilion structure revealed deterioration that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

“With the necessary repairs, staff will also consider ways to improve the traffic flow and use of the structure and to modify adjacent paving and planting, all to improve and enhance the user experience,” Gray said.

Gray said the District plans to replace the cedar shake roof with an asphalt shingle roof; repair posts and foundations to stabilize the structure; connect both sides of the pavilion with a covered roof to protect from weather; add a permanent grill patio to the south shelter; and provide benches and a level lawn area to support recreational games such as horseshoes, bean bags and bocce ball. In addition, the entire floor of the shelter will be replaced to meet accessibility guidelines and increase capacity of the shelter to accommodate up to 200 people.

The District’s Planning department will work with a consultant in 2019 to put together complete construction drawings and will obtain permits over the winter, Gray said. Construction is expected to start in spring 2020 and be complete by the end of 2020. The District has allocated $155,000 toward this project.

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