H-F parks to spruce up Dolphin Lake
By Casey Toner firstname.lastname@example.org May 3, 2013 9:50PM
The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is going to make improvements to Dolphin Lake park located at 183rd Street and Governors HIghway in Homewood. | Casey Toner Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 6, 2013 7:08AM
The Homewood-Flosmoor Park District soon may take a plunge into sprucing up Dolphin Lake.
Plans for the park located at Governors Highway and 183rd Street in Homewood include restoring the lake’s shoreline, installing a fishing pier or dock and building a gazebo or open air pavilion, according to H-F Park District executive director Debbie Kopas.
The district has allocated up to $1 million to spruce up the park. Work could begin yet this spring, Kopas said.
About three years ago the district was forced to close the park’s 50-year-old swimming pool with high dive due to the prohibitive cost to repair it and shrinking attendance.
The site was filled with dirt and covered with grass seed in 2010 and has remained unchanged since.
“It’s on the corner and its pretty unattractive,” Kopas said. “We’d like it to be beautiful and put a smile on the face of the community.”
Earlier this year, the park district hired Chicago-based Hitchcock Design Group for about $43,000 to develop a master plan for the property. A town hall meeting was held in April where residents could submit ideas for the property.
Sprucing up Dolphin Lake has been on the park district’s radar for years, Kopas said.
“But with the economy and all we’ve been going through, all of our capital has been going toward, ‘let’s maintain what we are doing,’ ” Kopas said. “We’re excited to do something that’s more fun than infrastructure.”
One day, Kopas said, the park district wants to host yoga classes or physical education classes at the park.
The district also wants to renovate the two-story clubhouse at Dolphin Lake.