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Park District gives update on Legacy Campus dog park, sled hill

September 27, 2018

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Park District Legacy Campus development plan is down to a couple more punch list items and might be open to the public sooner than it thought, according to the district’s executive director.

Dan Gibble, executive director of the Park District, said with this summer in DeKalb County being so wet, the dog park being developed on the south end of the Legacy Campus near Airport Road may open in May because the turf is almost ready for dogs and their owners to walk on.

“It sure did a nice job on helping us on the seeding that we did,” Gibble said.

The district board of commissioners talked about the updates during its meeting Tuesday night at the Sports Complex Maintenance Building on Airport Road.

Gibble said the sled hill, which will be located on the northwest corner of the new community center property, 480 Airport Road, was originally set to be open in December 2019 but an earlier opening date might be in the works. He said an official opening date can’t be released yet because there are a few other details the district has to arrange with the contractor.

“We just feel better about those pieces being together before making anything official,” Gibble said.

Gibble said the district’s splash fountain, which opened in May, on the Legacy Campus will close for the season Sunday.

Gibble said a story came up during the Tuesday meeting about a commissioner seeing what looked like a grandmother and her five grandchildren at the splash fountain during a recent chilly weekend. Although the adult may not have been thrilled to be at the fountain in that kind of weather, he said, the kids were apparently dying to get in and splash around.

“Even on some of those chillier days, we have people making use of the splash pad,” Gibble said.

Gibble said many people of all ages have already made use of the community center since it officially opened in April. He said there are 615 members registered for the center’s fitness facility and the Sycamore powder puff football game hosted practices in open gym spaces during recent area storms.

“That’s what we hoped for,” Gibble said. “That’s why it’s called the community center; it’s for everybody.”

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