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
Current Construction Status: Construction is currently 80% complete. The next step of construction is paving the asphalt paths and courts. Crews continue to work on landscaping and site furnishings.
Photos taken January 2019
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
Disc Golf Course - Coming Summer 2019!
Future Phases of Heritage Park
In January 2019, the Village Board approved the schematic design of future phases of Heritage Park. The schematic designs will reflect the original Heritage Park Concept Plan and provide cost estimates to the Village Board. The Board will then decide on how to proceed with future construction.
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
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.
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.