The intergovernmental agreement for the proposed Armstrong Park storm water reservoir was on the agenda at June 20 Village of CS board meeting. It was approved by the village trustees. The park board will vote on it at their June 27 meeting, then county has it on their June 28 agenda. Once IGA is approved, then design work will begin in earnest.
There is a display at the Village Hall showing shows a draft design of what the project might look like. The plan shops a 15 acre-foot retention area that will hold overflow water from the creek. During a rain, when the retention area fills, the water will be pumped into a new, 100 acre-foot reservoir surrounded by a 16 foot berm. Once floodwaters recede the reserved water will be slowly released out the southwest corner of the park into the existing storm water system. The storm water portion of the Armstrong Park redesign will cover about 20 acres in the south portion of the park currently occupied by Lake George and the Aldrin Community Center.
In addition to the county’s storm water reservoir, the park district is planning several other improvements to the park. The existing hub of 3 baseball fields will be reconfigured and raised a foot or two higher to create a hub of 4 fields. The paths around the park will be redirected and repaved.
Related news articles: Daily Herald 6-21-11; Examiner 6-15-11