Lytle Park Master Plan + Phase l Implementation, Mattoon, IL
The Mattoon Township Park District owns and operates the 24-acre Lytle Park, a popular community asset in the City of Mattoon. As part of its centennial celebration, the district launched a master planning process for Lytle Park to set a vision for the park’s next 100 years. The district’s goal is to become an area leader of green and sustainable practices.
- Develop a master plan that enables the park to serve a wider variety of users with more diverse activities and make the park more sustainable
- Identify and apply for grants
- Develop plans and specifications for the first-phase implementation of the master plan
- Collaborate with the Park Board and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to connect with the community, create sustainable landscapes beyond the park's borders and develop nature-based activities
- A user- and sustainability-focused master plan that was adopted by the Park Board
- A park layout that ultimately creates five “rooms”: Natural Cleansing, which alleviates on-site flooding; an Art Walk; New Active Green Environment (NewAGE), which targets older adults; Children's Playscape; and Sustainable Operations
- $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Detailed designs for three zones within the park -- Nature-Based Playground, NewAGE and a picnic pavilion with new restrooms -- developed in collaboration with the Park Board, Mattoon YMCA, residents and other stakeholders
- Bid documents for the first phase of construction, including the NewAGE, Children's Playscape and Natural Cleansing room
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