A contract has been approved for work on improvements at Foli Park in Plano.
The $269,557.28 contract for the Foli Park project was awarded to GLI (George’s Landscaping Inc.) of Joliet by the Plano City Council.
The city has been working with Robinson Engineering of Itasca on plans for recreational improvements at Foli Park, which is on the south side of Plano just off Hale Street across from Plano Middle School.
Funds for the project came from the $202,000 state grant the city received in 2015, along with other funding from the city.
The development of the park will include:
• A paved half-mile walking/hiking/jogging trail.
• Installation of three exercise stations along the walking trail.
• Water fountain along a connecting path.
• A fishing pier.
• An open-air shelter with picnic benches, refuse receptacles and lighting.
• A sand volleyball court.
• Rehabilitation of existing restrooms with handicapped accessible accommodations.
• Expansion of parking lot to double capacity.
• Resurfacing of Larson Street access road to the park.
Mayor Bob Hausler said the project will begin soon, and the city has already begun some preliminary stormwater-related work in preparation for the project.
He said that it may be necessary to close the park during at least some of the construction phase. He said it might be possible to complete the project this year.
“I am excited about this project,” Hausler said. “Foli Park is one of Plano’s hidden gems.”
Susan Thanepohn is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News