Oates Associates developed a conceptual design for a new community park in Highland. Oates met with stakeholders to determine a vision for the park – passive recreation in a natural setting. Proposed elements include separate trails for walking / hiking and biking that are ADA accessible, an all-inclusive playground, exercise stations, a splash pad, a community garden, dog park, pavilions and restrooms.
Oates developed a preliminary budget level construction cost and finalized conceptual design and presentations to the stakeholder group. In February 2014, Oates Associates completed an Illinois Recreational Trails Grant Programs application to secure funding for the construction of a trailhead that is proposed for the park.