(C) (N) (H) (34.50 acres)
701 E. Moreland Blvd.
This linear park site lies along both banks of the Fox River between Barstow Street and Moreland Boulevard. Portions of the park are located within the 100-year floodplain for the City. A small portion of the park is also located on the north side of Moreland Boulevard.
The Schuetze Recreation Center and Rotary Building are both located within the park and are used for recreational programs and community rentals. Additional park facilities include a fenced baseball diamond with lights, playground equipment areas (2), picnic shelter, formal garden area, separate paths for walking and biking, restrooms (3), park lights, and parking lots. In addition, a boat ramp on the south end of the park provides limited access to the Fox River.
A multitude of improvements have been added to the park over the last several years. This includes both hardscape and landscape features.
A pair of paved pathways winds in a 1.7-mile serpentine loop throughout the park. These paths are separate and accommodate both walkers and bikers. Frame Park has been extensively landscaped. The Fox River divides the park's landscapes into two distinct areas. The east side of the park is very formal with intensively planted perennial and shrub beds. Individual specimen trees can also be found here. The west side of the park emphasizes a more natural river edge landscape, which also utilizes beds and individual trees.
Large open areas suitable for community festivals have been created. Facilities on the festival grounds include vendor areas. An outdoor performance amphitheater has been constructed near the festival grounds. The amphitheater is suitable for music groups, theatrical presentations, as well as festival events. Floating piers accommodate fishing, canoeing, paddleboat and ski show activities. A large playground area has been constructed near Moreland Boulevard. Sand volleyball courts (3) are located near the picnic shelter. A storage/concession building compliments park related activities.
The Barstow Plaza is located adjacent to the Lee Sherman Dreyfus State Office Building. The key feature is a large lagoon area with tiered concrete seating. There is a small information kiosk, a paved area for small gatherings. The dam has been redesigned and lighted to enhance the aesthetics of the waterfall. The Plaza provides ample seating areas for informal use.
|Potential improvements include: |
1. Construction of a conservatory.
2. Acquisition of 2 lots between White Rock School and existing City lot for parking purposes.
3. Evaluation of existing baseball diamond use and facilities.
4. Potentially redevelop lawn game area.
5. Consider reconstructing playground area adjacent to Schuetze Recreation Center into a splash pad or new playground structure.
6. Renovate/upgrade Moreland playground area (i.e. surfacing).
7. Replacement of floating piers.