Centennial Park Natural Area
Orland Park, Illinois
Village of Orland Park Parks and Recreation Department
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. provided master planning, conceptual design, schematic design, design development, cost estimating, construction documentation, bidding, and construction administration services for the 55-acre Natural Area in Centennial Park. The first phase of the work consisted of preparing an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant application and a Boat Access grant application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The IDNR awarded the Village a $200,000 OSLAD grant for development funding and a $50,000 dollar grant for the boat access area. In the second phase of work the landscape architect provided design development and construction phase services for the facilities proposed in the master plan. These included hiking and biking trails, which integrate the site into the overall 600-acre Centennial Park, and park amenities such as a marina, fishing docks, concessions, multi-purpose outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater, festival grounds with a stage, a pergola, picnic areas, a conservation education day camp, playground facilities, and parking. Landscaping of the site included extensive “natural areas” with native plantings and enhanced wetlands.
Construction was completed in 2000. The project received an Outstanding Facility and Parks Award from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association in 2000.