Crystal Lake Park Projects & Planning Feedback
On Sunday, October 3, 2021 the Urbana Park District held an Open Road Day event in Crystal Lake Park. The event celebrated the recent updates within the park, provided a safe space for bicyclists and pedestrians to recreate in a socially-distanced manner, and gathered feedback on future planning initiatives within the park. The online comment form began prior to the October 3rd event, and will close on October 24th.
Click here to complete the online comment form.
The following planned improvements are included:
One-Way Road Transition
Dating back to the 2016 Urbana Park District Trails Master Plan, planning began to convert the Crystal Lake Park Road to one-way for vehicles. In November of 2018, the park district held a dedicated meeting for feedback on the one-way road system.
Half of the road will be dedicated to vehicle traffic, and the other lane will maintain use only for bicyclists and pedestrians. A large stripe down the middle of the road, with pavement marking and signage, will be used to separate users.
Click here for more information on the one-way road transition.
UPDAC Outdoor Learning Pavilion
In 2020, the Urbana Park District was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a pavilion adjacent to the Nature Center. It has been named to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Urbana Park District Advisory Committee (UPDAC) which is made up of Urbana community members who serve in an advisory and informative capacity to the park district.
The project includes a 30x40 foot pavilion with retractable sides for multi-season use, a fire place, and a single-user restroom. The project also includes grills, a drinking fountain, path connections to the Nature Center and Nature Playscape, and a parking lot expansion with solar powered streetlights and rain gardens. It will serve as the new home base of the Nature Day Camp, and will also be available for rental.
Click here for more information on the UPDAC Learning Pavilion.
Broadway Avenue Greenspace
This open space is the site of the former park district Planning & Operations Facility at 901 N Broadway Ave. After the demolition of the building in 2017, the site was restored with grass and tree plantings. It is a zone of opportunity for future planning and development.
Click here for more information on the Broadway Avenue Greenspace.
North Woods Redesign
The current North Woods pavilion is located in the center of the park, north of Crystal Lake and south of the Family Aquatic Center. Due to the old age of the pavilion and its location within the flood plain of the Saline Branch, a new pavilion and volleyball in this location is not proposed for the future.
Future possibilities include a transition to multiple small picnic zones with a soft mowed trail through a naturalized edge planted with taller grasses and wildflowers along the Saline Branch. Access to barbecue pits and space for outdoor recreational gatherings would be maintained. This pavilion had been home base for Nature Day Camp, which will be moving to the new pavilion near the Nature Center.
Click here for more information on the North Woods redesign.
Crystal Lake Park Master Plan Update
The previous Crystal Lake Park Master Plan was completed in 2007. This 2021 version is a progress update on which projects have been completed, are in progress, have been awarded grant funding, or have been completed. These projects range from the completed construction of the Nature Playscape and Family Aquatic Center, to projects in planning such as the road resurfacing and Broadway Avenue multiuse path, to future zones of development. In addition to detailing completed and in-process projects, some additional areas of improvements are proposed.
Click here for more information on the Crystal Lake Park Master Plan Update.