Heritage Park Updates

Welcome to the official Heritage Park update page! Heritage Park is a 103 acre park located behind Village Hall at 14240 W. 151st Street. Heritage Park will host a variety of recreational opportunities, act as a central gathering space for the community, and provide interactive access to a beautiful natural environment.

Construction is being completed in phases. The park is currently open to the public, although portions of the park are closed due to active construction. The page will provide information on construction status, future plans, relevant meetings, and park events.

Active Core Construction - Ongoing

Image result for construction cone clipart Current Construction Status: Mass Earthwork and Site Preparation are underway.

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The Active Core will contain a selection of active and passive features in the center of Heritage Park. A groundbreaking was held on August 22, 2018 to celebrate the start of construction. The Active Core will include:

  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts- What is pickleball?
  • Nature Based Play Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Challenge Course
  • Sensory Garden 

Phase I: Heritage Circle - Completed

The first phase of construction for Heritage Park is completed, and a majority of the park is open to the public. The first phase of construction included:

  • Heritage Circle roadway
  • Multipurpose walking and biking trail
  • Expanded parking lots - the future site of Homer Fest!
  • Stormwater management
  • Smart lighting and landscaping
  • 136 new trees

Planning Process

Concept Plan Report

Click here to view the Heritage Park Concept Plan. (NOTE: Due to the size of the file, download may take take several minutes.) Many of the features included in the plan have yet to be approved by the Board and are subject to further discussion. Planning Resources Inc. provided the design services for the plan.

Naming Process

To ensure that public input was considered in the park naming, the Village's Parks and Recreation Committee coordinated a naming contest with Homer Junior High and Oak Prairie Junior High. Students were asked to submit a name suggestion along with a brief explanation of the name. Name suggestions were also solicited from residents through the Village's website and from members of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Ultimately, on June 8, 2016 the Village Board unanimously chose the name, "Heritage Park", which was submitted anonymously. Click here to view that was submitted for Heritage Park. 

Stakeholder Meetings & Public Open Houses

Stakeholder meetings were held in August 2016 to gather input on the project. Click here to view summaries of the stakeholder group meetings. 

The first public open house was held on September 20, 2016. Click here to view the presentation shown at the first public Open House.

A second public Open House was held on November 12, 2016. Click here to view the presentation shown at the second Open House.

A special Village Board meeting was held on December 19, 2016 for a workshop discussion regarding the final conceptual plans. Click here to view the presentation shown at the special Village Board meeting.