Parks & Recreation Updates
Come out to Lions Park this winter for some ice skating! Weather permitting, we will be setting up our ice rink again this season in the grass area near the Community Recreation building. We have also purchased a new liner for the rink to help prevent water loss and new protective foam covers for the top edges. As a reminder please check the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Facebook page for open skating updates!
The Fleet Department has been busy shifting gears from summer operations to getting the Village’s fleet of snow plows and salt spreaders prepared for winter. All snow plows are inspected and repaired as needed. This includes hydraulic cylinders being rebuilt, hoses and couplers replaced. Snow plow blades have been replaced and missing bolts and cracks in plow frames welded. All small pickup size trucks have hydraulic fluids changed out annually.
Salt spreaders have been installed on trucks and have been gone over to test operation. Spreader units are calibrated for salt output.
The Public Works fleet has six large plow trucks with salt spreaders installed for regular rotation, with two trucks in reserve that salt spreaders and plows may be installed on if needed. In addition there are five pickup trucks with plows, two large end loaders and a large snow blower used for clearing the center lane of St. Charles road. Parks’ fleet consists of four pickup trucks with plows and one small dump truck with a plow and salt spreader used to clear village parking lots.
Fleet staff are installing body cameras into police vehicles. These cameras tie into the existing camera systems that is currently in use in the police cars.
water fountain shut off
All public water fountains along the Prairie Path have been shut off for the season. As the weather changes and we begin to see significantly colder temperatures, it is necessary to shut off the fountains to avoid frozen and bursting pipes.
The Parks Department is installing 30 new bike racks throughout Villa Park. Bike racks were acquired as a result of a grant submitted by our Economic Development Department. Look for these new bike racks in some Village Parks, along Villa Ave near shops, on the Prairie Path and Great Western Trails and at the Metra station.