On Sunday, October 3, 2021 (with a rain date of October 10), the Urbana Park District is holding an Open Road Day event in Crystal Lake Park. The event seeks to celebrate the recent updates within the park, provide a safe space for bicyclists and pedestrians to recreate in a socially-distanced manner, and gather feedback on future planning initiatives within the park. Those attending the event can fill out the survey in person, but the online survey begins before the October 3rd event, and will close three weeks later on October 24th.
One-Way Road Transition Background
Dating back to the 2016 Urbana Park District Trails Master Plan, staff began receiving encouragement to consider converting the Crystal Lake Park Road to one-way for vehicles with the other lane providing for two-way bicycle and pedestrian use. In November of 2018, the park district held a dedicated meeting for feedback on the one-way road system. Staff would like to continue to receive feedback and increase awareness of this proposed conversion.

Half of the road would be dedicated to vehicle traffic, and the other lane would create a space, with 10 feet minimum width, for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. A large stripe down the middle of the road will denote separate lanes, and pavement markers will be used to separate users. With a recently awarded $852,625 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation for a mulituse path and pedestrian bridge along Broadway Avenue that would connect the park road with other existing multiuse paths, the one-way road transition would be the final step in creating an approximately one mile loop trail system within the park. (Click here for more information on the one-way road transition)

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* 1. What positives do you think can come from a one-way road and loop trail system in Crystal Lake Park?

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* 2. What concerns or questions do you have regarding a one-way road and loop trail system in Crystal Lake Park?

UPDAC Outdoor Learning Pavilion Background
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. This pavilion was identified as a need in the 2007 Crystal Lake Park Master Plan. 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 popular Nature Day Camp each summer, and will also be available for rentals.

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* 3. What uses or programming opportunities would you like to see at the UPDAC Outdoor Learning Pavilion?

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* 4. What concerns or questions do you have regarding the UPDAC Outdoor Learning Pavilion?

Broadway Avenue Greenspace Background
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.

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* 5. What development or amenities would you like to see in the Broadway Avenue Greenspace? (choose all that apply)

North Woods Redesign Background
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 floodplain 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.

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* 6. What uses, activities, or programming opportunities would you like to see in the North Woods Redesign area?

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* 7. What concerns or questions do you have regarding the North Woods Redesign area?

Crystal Lake Park Master Plan Update Background
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 improvement are proposed. (Click here to view the Crystal Lake Park Master Plan Update)

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* 8. If you viewed the Crystal Lake Park Master Plan Update, do you have comments on any of the completed, in process, or proposed projects? Are there additional changes or improvements you would suggest?

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* 9. Would you like to be contacted if any future Crystal Lake Park input opportunities arise? Please provide your email address below.

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* 10. How did you find out about this survey?

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