State of the project

APRIL 2022


At the April 11 Park Board meeting, the Board of Park Commissioners discussed details regarding the proposed enhancements to West Park, which received a negative recommendation by the Wilmette Zoning Board of Appeals on April 6.

Commissioners examined all aspects in depth: sound, light, parking, green space, and the community's response. At the end of the discussion, the Board voted 6-0 (with Allison Frazier absent) to modify the conceptual plan.

The existing concept will be scaled back to reduce the proposed number of platform tennis courts from four to two, (to be located south of the current courts) and completely eliminate the proposed pickleball courts and associated lighting. The currently-proposed expanded paddle hut, associated decking, and parking reconstruction remains in place.

West Park's playground will remain in its current location. Plans to update playground equipment have been put on hold pending further analysis.

Board Members and staff will present the modified conceptual plan to the Wilmette Village Board for consideration of a special-use permit on April 26.

Notable items discussed:

  • Lighting - assuring appropriate shields, functional timers, minimally acceptable brightness levels
  • Potential for additional discussion with sound, light consultants
  • The importance of tree replacement, landscaping and additional plantings
  • Reasons for expanded hut size related to capacity limits
  • 10 p.m. vs. 11 p.m. "lights out" at paddle: 11 p.m. is industry standard, and negatively impactful to adjust, given league parameters
  • Acknowledgement of West Park neighbor concerns, and the need to balance them with the recreational interests of the community

MARCH 2022
The Park District has engaged sound and photometric output specialists to evaluate the potential sound and light impact from the proposed platform tennis and pickleball courts. Concurrently, our staff is evaluating sound mitigation material, as well as landscaping around the area, to create a barrier between the courts and nearby homes.