Above / Knoch Park Central Maintenance Facility, west side. The facility’s address is 427 Martin Avenue, where The Barn used to be.
Surrounded by the green fields of Knoch Park, the Naperville Park District’s new Central Maintenance Facility is taking shape, with a June opening in sight.
Designed with a barn motif, the building is being constructed on the site of the former Barn Recreation Center and the Park District maintenance shed, which was located behind the Barn.
The new maintenance facility will enable Park District staff to take care of hundreds of acres of ball fields and open space, trails and other favorite park amenities more efficiently for the community. Space in the facility also will be available for use by residents and park visitors, including a public lobby and vestibule with restrooms, a meeting room and an outdoor picnic patio. Additionally, the parking lot will be open to park visitors during evenings and on weekends.
The facility includes vehicle bays for the District’s fleet department, repair shops for the trades department, maintenance shops for the central parks department, and space for Park District police. The maintenance yard located on the east side of the building will include storage bins for materials, vehicle parking and two fueling stations.
Sustainable design practices guided the design and construction of the facility, which includes LED lighting throughout, an efficient heating and cooling system, drought-tolerant landscaping, and permeable pavers in part of the parking lot. Additionally, one of the fueling stations will dispense propane fuel, supporting the District’s energy-efficient fleet.
According to the project schedule, Park District maintenance staff will begin moving into the building in May, and the public spaces will be open by mid-June.
Ribbon Cutting is set for June 17, 2017
The public is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday morning, June 17. The event will include brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, facility tours and refreshments. Guests will be able to view the interpretive sign that will be installed in the lobby, telling the story of The Barn and its role in Naperville’s history.
Story and photos submitted by Sue Omanson for the Naperville Park District.