Project Updates

As updates are provided we will post a description of each project with pictures

If you have questions about any of the projects listed on this page, please contact Ann Viger, Director of Planning and Development, at (815) 459-0680, ext. 1205 or via email.

Main Beach Renovations

Fetzner Park Riparian Restoration

A water quality and habitat improvement project will be starting soon at Fetzner Park. The existing stream is overgrown with invasive trees and shrubs that do little to stabilize the shoreline or provide habitat for wildlife. Many of the invasive trees, particularly those that are damaged or diseased, will be removed. Native grasses, shrubs and trees will be planted to replace the removed plant material. Inside the stream itself, four stone "riffles" will be built to provide fish habitat and improve oxygen content of the water.

The park currently contains two turf-bottomed detention basins that serve to hold water during heavy storms. Both detention basins will be naturalized with native grasses and wildflowers. The roots of native plants will filter storm water before it leaves the detention basins. The water from these basins flows into nearby streams and bodies of water, so improving the quality of the water leaving the detention basins ultimately improves the quality of water downstream. Every drop of water in Fetzner Park eventually makes its way into the Fox River.

The park district participated in a multi-agency study of the Woods Creek Watershed in 2013. These projects at Fetzner Park were recommended as high priority water quality improvements. The project is funded through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant program.

2017-2018 Projects

main beach renovations - phase i

Main Beach is the oldest, most iconic park in the community of Crystal Lake, dating back to 1921 when the park district was formed by residents wishing to insure permanent public access to the lake. Our 2009 resident survey confirmed that Main Beach is the center for year round recreation for all ages. Summer camp, swim lessons, beach goers, picnickers, fishermen and boaters use the park on a daily basis throughout the beach season. Additionally, many large special events are held year round at the park including Blast on the Beach, Fourth of July Fireworks, the Cardboard cup Boat Regatta, Truck or Treat and summer concert series.

The park board of commissioners adopted a phased master renovation plan for the entire park with the goal of completion by the park's 100th birthday in 2021. Construction of Phase I will begin in September and is partially funded by an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant through the State of Illinois. The major components of the project include:

  • Replacing a 23 year old wooden playground that has outlasted its useful life.
  • Replacing and relocating a 50 year old boat rental facility and marina piers.
  • Enlarging the sand beach to include a shaded children's sand play area. This will be a new feature at the park and will complement the more active playground with toddler oriented features.
  • Adding a sheltered picnic area comprised of a shade sail system centrally located between the playground and the beach. There are currently no covered areas or shelters.
  • Adding a permanent baggo court.
  • New sidewalks and lighted pathways.
  • New landscaping to complement our current tree replacement plan for the entire park
  • Handicap accessibility throughout the park.

Crystal Lake is our park district's namesake. Public access to the water is the reason our park district was established. Main Beach has symbolized the quality of life in our community for over 90 years. Construction of the Phase I renovations will be the first step toward revitalizing and updating historic Main Beach to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the park district when we can celebrate a rejuvenated community landmark.

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questions?

Why is the playground being replaced?

The playground is more than 20 years old and has outlived its useful life. Because it was custom built, there are no replacement parts available. Safety and handicap accessibility standards have changed since the playground was constructed, also, making its replacement inevitable.

Can't it be built by volunteers like it was in 1994?

Over 700 volunteers built the existing playground over a five day period. There is not a volunteer group interested in that type of undertaking today. Hiring a contracting firm to rebuild the playground would cost significantly more than replacing the old playground in its entirety.

What will happen to the engraved brick I donated in 1994?

The engraved bricks are being removed and set aside. You will be able to retrieve your brick once construction starts. Bricks that are unclaimed will be disposed of. Watch for more information.

What will the new playground look like?

The new playground will be a variety of climbing, sliding, swinging, spinning, and balancing equipment designed for children of all ages. There will be separate areas for tots and older children. The playground will be "lake" themed and will be handicap accessible with an open and airy feel.

Will I still be able to rent a paddle boat?

Yes! The old boat rental shed will be torn down and completely rebuilt into a modern boat house and marina. You will be able to rent all of the same boats and boards. The new dock system will feature a kayak launch and will be handicap accessible.

What else is new?

When completed, the park will have lighting along the walkway, a shaded toddler play area in the sand, a shaded picnic area near the playground, a baggo court, new benches and landscaping.

What is the schedule?

Construction will begin on September 6, shortly after the beach closes for the season. Construction will continue through fall and winter, as weather permits. The park will be completed in time for a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend in 2018.

Can I visit the park during construction?

The construction zone will be clearly marked and will be off limits. The building, north end of the park and boat launch will remain open.

Fetzner park riparian restoration

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A water quality and habitat improvement project will be starting soon at Fetzner Park. The existing stream is overgrown with invasive trees and shrubs that do little to stabilize the shoreline or provide habitat for wildlife. Many of the invasive trees, particularly those that are damaged or diseased, will be removed. Native grasses, shrubs and trees will be planted to replace the removed plant material. Inside the stream itself, four stone "riffles" will be built to provide fish habitat and improve oxygen content of the water.

The park currently contains two turf-bottomed detention basins that serve to hold water during heavy storms. Both detention basins will be naturalized with native grasses and wildflowers. The roots of native plants will filter storm water before it leaves the detention basins. The water from these basins flows into nearby streams and bodies of water, so improving the quality of the water leaving the detention basins ultimately improves the quality of water downstream. Every drop of water in Fetzner Park eventually makes its way into the Fox River.

The park district participated in a multi-agency study of the Woods Creek Watershed in 2013. These projects at Fetzner Park were recommended as high priority water quality improvements. The project is funded through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 grant program.

monthly schedule

April

Boncosky Concession Remodeling


May

Color Coat Stamped Asphalt at Main Beach

Administration Building HVAC Renovation

Ken Bird Basketball and Tennis Court Color Coat


June

Administration Building Office Upper Level Remodeling


July

Sterling Meadows Playground Replacement (with grant)

Barlina House Pavement and Awning


August

Lippold Handicapped Parking Paving

Colonel Palmer Tuckpointing and Drainage Improvement


September

Main Beach Boat House and Playground Renovations


October


November

Racket Club Handicapped Access Projects

Fetzner Stream Restoration (with grant)