LITH conducting aquatic features survey

LAKE IN THE HILLS – To get an understanding of residents’ desires for future aquatic projects in town, the village is conducting an online survey to gather feedback from residents about the current water play features.

The survey, which was posted Friday on the village website, is planned to be up through the end of the month, Director of Parks and Recreation Trudy Wakeman said.

Earlier this year, the village updated its parks master plan, which included expanding the splash pad at Sunset Park.

As part of the plan, the Parks and Recreation Department decided to add in a survey to determine whether there is a demand for an aquatic feature on the east side of town. There are beaches on the east side of town, known as the original section of town.

When the Village Board considered the plan, there was concern about a need for an aquatic feature on the east side of town. Wakeman estimated that installing a new splash pad would cost between $50,000 and $100,000.

The survey asks residents what they think of the quality of the beach facilities in the village, whether the residents have used the Sunset Park splash pad, and whether residents would use a splash pad if one was on the east end of town.

In the survey, the village asks which park on the east side would be best suited for a splash pad or spray feature, and whether the residents have concerns about having a splash pad in their neighborhood.

Wakeman said she is hoping for at least 100 responses.

“We’re hoping that we get some feedback, [to see] if there is a need right now,” Wakeman said. “A lot of people use the beach, and a lot that use the splash pad.”

The village does have to compete with aquatic features in Huntley, Algonquin and Three Oaks, among others, Wakeman said.

“We got a lot of competition,” Wakeman said. “We’re hoping to find out if people want something in their area.”

The current splash pad at Sunset Park can fit about 30 children ages 3 to 8 years old, Wakeman said.

The village plans to buy spray features for the splash pad this year and have installation done next year in time for Memorial Day, Wakeman said.

The interactive features would be geared toward 8- to 11-year-old children, Wakeman said.