By: Todd Wessell
Journal & Topics Editor
Construction of a new, full-sized gymnasium at Dunne Park in Rosemont will likely begin within the next two or three weeks following anticipated approval of a resolution by Village board members today (Wednesday) that sets the maximum price for the work.
Trustees are expected to approve setting the top price for the gym project at $3,451,083. That allocation will pay for the construction of the shell of the new gym. Other work, that will cost another $1.1 million includes building a water detention basin and parking lot and relocating playground equipment.
The park is located west of River Road behind the Westin Hotel. Its formal name is Community Park that includes the Dunne Park Fieldhouse and Evenhouse Park, the site of the playground. Dunne Fieldhouse is named after former Cook County Board President George Dunne who helped secure the former Cook County Forest Preserve property for the Village.
Richard Evenhouse is the individual who donated some of the land in the immediate area of the park for public use.
Rosemont officials want to improve the park to better serve residents, especially children, who live in the immediate area. There are approximately 160 residential units in the neighborhood.
Mayor Brad Stephens said this week that plans call for the playground equipment to be ready for use in late spring. It’s hoped that eventually the property will be transferred to the Rosemont Park District.
Community Park was originally a gathering place for local residents who ice-skated on the pond and who warmed up in a small warming house. The new gym will be connected to a smaller structure through a new enclosed hallway.