Carroll Center Addition
Carroll Center is currently used for preschool-aged classes, the Clubhouse afterschool program and various general interest programs. The Park District of Oak Park is planning to build an addition to Carroll Center on the south side of the building which will include two, 1,200 sq. ft. classrooms to accommodate the growing need for afterschool childcare and to address the Park District’s overall need for more program space. The current tot lot located in this area will be replaced with a new tot lot to the east of the center.
The Park District went out for bid on this project in spring 2019 with construction slated to begin in July. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2019. During construction the Clubhouse afterschool program will be held inside Lincoln School and the Carroll Center preschool will be relocated to Fox Center.
The estimated total cost of the project is $1.7 million. The project will be funded through the Park District’s Capital Improvement Plan and through a $577,800 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. These grant funds will allow the Park District to achieve Passive House Certification and Source Zero Energy Certification for the entire facility. View the Presentation.
Previous Park Improvements
After a lengthy public site planning process in 2005, the Carroll Park playground was replaced between Carroll Center and Lincoln School, the cul-de-sac leading into the park was moved to provide more park space, a pathway was added between Carroll Park and Lincoln School along with trees and new lighting. This project was completed in 2007.
In 2014 the baseball field was renovated and new player and spectator areas were added with shade structures along with improvements to the northeast park entrance. Also, an outdoor classroom with mounds and boulders was added near the cul-de-sac for an additional play feature.