Park District Breaks Ground on Rec Center - Minus Permit

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Byline: Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah Daily Herald Staff Writer

Although it still is waiting for the green light from the city to begin construction, the Wood Dale Park District Monday held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new $4.5 million recreation facility.

The district hopes to complete the 36,000-square-foot building by next November. The rec center will include a full-service fitness facility, teen and senior rooms and a regulation-sized basketball gymnasium with wooden floors.

The recreation center will be built on land right behind the administration offices of Wood Dale Elementary District 7 and the park district's existing facility at 533 N. Wood Dale Road.

But while the park district has razed a vacant home on the site and has removed the house's foundation, it can't begin excavation and construction for the new facility just yet.

It's still awaiting building permits from the city.

"The park district has had some confusion about what's required by the city," said park district Executive Director Mike Brottman. "We hope to get that all hammered out so we can start work this week."

Wood Dale's Building Director Roger Nowick said the city is waiting for its engineering consultant to approve the park district's engineering plans.

The consultant asked the park district to make some changes and submit a second set of plans, and now the firm is making sure that stormwater management on the site is sufficient, he said.

"Often times when you submit engineering for a project, it's seldom approved the first time," Nowick said. "There's always a few glitches in it."

He added that the city hopes to give the project its final approval in the next day or two, and "certainly by the end of the week."

And that will come as good news for park district officials.

They've been looking forward to building a new recreation center since 1995.

The current park district building, which was once part of the school district, was built in the 1960s and is too small to house many modern fitness facilities, park officials said. …