Project Overview

In a joint project with the Village of Wilmette, the Wilmette Park District is taking part in a three-phase project to manage stormwater and address flooding issues for residents living west of Ridge Rd. This project involves the installation of underground storage tanks in three Park District parks: Community Playfields (Phase I), Hibbard Park (Phase II) and Thornwood Park (Phase III).

Phase I - Community Playfields

Construction at Community Playfields began in the spring of 2020, and the retention vault installation was completed ahead of schedule in the fall of 2020. Continued work at the site includes improvements to the park and new amenities provided for in an intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Wilmette the use of Community Playfields in the stormwater project.

Proposed Amenities:

  • Public Restrooms
  • Fitness Path
  • Path Lighting

Phase II - Hibbard Park

The Construction at Hibbard Park began in early 2021 following approval of plans in November 2020.

View the live camera feed on the Village of Wilmette's website.

Phase III - Thornwood Park

Thornwood Park construction is slated to begin in 2022 and planning discussions are under way. The Village of Wilmette kicked off the start of Phase III on March 24 with a virtual public meeting to discuss the project and obtain community feedback for Thornwood Park.

Check back soon for opportunities to share feedback, learn more about Phase III and participate.

For more information about the Village Stormwater Project, go to