Crystal Lake Park District’s Acorn Alley at Veteran Acres Park was selected to receive the "Outstanding Facility and Parks Award" by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.
The award recognizes public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in design and development. Acorn Alley received the highest total points among the entries in its division and category from across the State of Illinois.
Designed by Hitchcock Design Group and installed by Clauss Brothers, Inc. the facility opened in 2011.
It features a nature themed playground, splash pad and picnic shelter overlooking the scenic pond at Veteran Acres Park. Upon completion of a county bike path currently under construction on the east side of Walkup Avenue, the park will be easily accessible by pedestrians and bicyclists from surrounding neighborhoods.
Other improvements planned for next year at the park include a new parking lot entrance, signage and landscaping.
IPRA indicated in a congratulatory letter to the Crystal Lake Park District:
“It is an honor to announce that your nomination scored the highest total points among those entries submitted in your division and category from across the State of Illinois.”
A plaque, which will be displayed at the Crystal Lake Park District, is forthcoming.
Acorn Alley will also be highlighted on large video screens during the annual conference Awards Luncheon in January 2013. The Conference, hosting thousands of attendees from across the state, is presented by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and IPRA.