Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Northbrook, MWRD unveil unique park facility to prevent flooding

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Special to suffredin.org
by Forest Preserve District

For immediate release

November 15, 2016

Northbrook, MWRD unveil unique park facility to prevent flooding

The new Wescott Park in Northbrook was formally opened Tuesday with a beautifully maintained ball field, bike path, landscaping and nearly 70 new trees and 50 shrubs, but it's the upgrades below the surface that will really improve the park and surrounding community.

The Village of Northbrook, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and Northbrook Park District officials announced the completion of the Wescott Park Stormwater Storage Facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the southwest corner of Farnsworth Lane and Western Avenue in Northbrook. Designed to alleviate flooding for the community, the $9.65 million Wescott Park Stormwater Facility will improve park grounds while also shielding homes in the Sunset Fields subdivision in Northbrook from future stormwater and flooding issues.

"One of my first priorities upon being elected village president was to improve the conditions of those who were affected by flooding in Northbrook. This project has truly advanced that goal. It has been a pleasure to work with MWRD, the Northbrook Park District and School District 30, from inception to completion," said Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum. "The Wescott Park Stormwater Facility is a prime example of what can be accomplished when governmental agencies work together for the benefit of a community. Northbrook is in a better place because this detention facility has been built. I look forward to a drier tomorrow."

This new Wescott Park Stormwater Facility will provide 7.5 million gallons of much needed storage capacity, equivalent to more than 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The project consists of a new storm sewer along Farnsworth to supplement the existing sewer, as well as construction of a stormwater chamber underneath the north half of the park. Along with the associated storm sewer improvement, the project will help reduce the frequency and severity of flooding which currently impacts up to 36 single-family residences in the neighborhood in a 25-year storm event. This project also features an electronically controlled rain harvesting system that will reuse the temporarily stored stormwater for irrigation. MWRD is funding this stormwater reuse component at the cost of $475,000.

"This project is a major victory for Northbrook. Not only can they better improve their quality of life in building protection from flooding, but they are also recovering and conserving vital water resources that can be harvested and reused to maintain park grounds," said MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos. "We thank Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District for allowing us to partner with them on this important project that speaks to our mission of recovering resources and transforming water."

The subdivision was platted in the 1950's, prior to modern-day stormwater drainage and detention requirements, where storm sewers were undersized, suitable overland flow paths were lacking and stormwater detention was not provided. The new stormwater chamber, one of the largest of its kinds in Illinois, will enable both the village and the park district to reuse water captured during rain storms to irrigate the ballfields, new parkway trees or cleaning streets and sewers. The project will attenuate the stormwater flow to the North Branch of the Chicago River.

"This project addresses the joint Sustainability Plan between the Park District and the Village that we established in 2013 and aligns with the Park District's Mission of environmental stewardship," said Michael Schyman, President, Northbrook Park District Board of Commissioners. "Projects of this scale take a lot of time, coordination, and expertise. We're proud of another successful collaboration with the Village of Northbrook and we also look forward to partnering with MWRD again."

"We are happy to assist Northbrook in delivering these needed upgrades to Wescott Park and surrounding homes and streets," said MWRD Commissioner Frank Avila. "We thank the many engineers and contractors who poured their time and effort into protecting the community from future storms. We can now enjoy this beautiful park with the peace of mind that flooding concerns have been addressed."

In addition to the stormwater reuse and detention components, the project includes several park improvements. The north ball field and the bike path along the west side of the park were completely reconstructed, and minor improvements were made to the landscaping around the perimeter of the park. Although several trees were removed as part of the construction to install the storage chamber, restoration of the park involved the planting of nearly 70 trees and 50 shrubs.

Some more interesting facts about this project:

--71,420 cubic yards of earth excavation

--4730 sq. yd. of concrete street pavement (about 1500 feet of street reconstructed)

--Over the length of the estimated 50-year service life, the project will reduce the flood damage from $25 mil to $ 11 mil (56% reduction) for 10-year storm events; and from $22 mil to $12 mil (45% reduction) for 25-year storm events.

Wescott Northbrook

A ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the Wescott Park Stormwater Storage Facility in Northbrook featured Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum, Northbrook Park District Board of Commissioners President Michael Schyman and Ting Pong "Jack" Chan, MWRD Assistant Civil Engineer.

Northbrook Wescott 1

Beneath the park are modular prefabricated concrete pieces that cast an optical illusion that work to protect the community and promote water reuse.

Northbrook Wescott 2

Now covered, the skeletal composition of the new stormwater storage facility under Wescott Park will be the key to keeping the community dry, while conserving water to be reused.

Northbrook Wescott 3

A final stormwater structure receives its top slab below Wescott Park.

# # #



Recent Headlines

ARCHIVES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

Gun ranges in Chicago could be allowed in more areas under proposal
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Stop Congress from trashing Illinois’ concealed gun protections
Monday, April 17, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County CEO Jay Shannon: ACA repeal a threat to public health—and the public system's financial health
Monday, April 17, 2017
Fierce Healthcare

New direct access health care program begins enrolling Cook County residents
Monday, April 17, 2017
Daily Northwestern

Stakes are high for workers, businesses as Illinois considers minimum wage hike
Monday, April 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

4 officers injured in Cook County Jail after inmates attempt to light jumpsuits on fire
Sunday, April 16, 2017
WLS ABC Eyewitness News

Sneed exclusive: Social media factors into crime-fighting plan
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Former Doctor For Cook County Misspent Public Funds On Piano, Travel: Inspector General
Friday, April 14, 2017
CBS Chicago

Commissioners who took Cubs' ticket offer violated rules, county watchdog says
Friday, April 14, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Highly acclaimed Cook County judge indicted by Feds
Thursday, April 13, 2017
WLS Chicago

Alleged getaway driver Joshua Smith charged in Judge Myles murder
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County shells out $1.6 million to cover mistakes in federal grant applications
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Clerk’s office: David Orr lauds legislation making birth records free of charge for homeless, domestic violence victims, formerly incarcerated
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Dorothy Brown's case-management plan advances after earlier trust questions
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Police say they have 'promising leads' in fatal shooting of Cook County judge
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County judge shot to death outside his home in Chicago
Monday, April 10, 2017
St. Louis Dispatch

Cook County Sheriff: ICE Agents Shouldn’t Identify as Police
Saturday, April 08, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Residents raising stink over proposed compost facility near Des Plaines
Friday, April 07, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Why one of the biggest Medicaid insurers in Illinois is on life support
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP