But above all else, a new pathway planned for the popular park aims to make Perkins Township a safer community.
Local officials recently unveiled plans to construct a sidewalk through Schiller Park, connecting West Strub Road and Schiller Avenue near Briar Middle School.
Crews should begin building the pathway in March 2015, wrapping up work about a month later. Township trustees received $493,000 in state funds about two years ago for pathway projects.
Coined Safe Routes to Schools, the state-sponsored initiative helps create or enhance pathways for children and community members, providing them a safe place to walk or bike.
Schiller Park’s among one of many areas in Perkins slated to receive a pathway with these funds.
State-funded pathways are also planned along:
•West Strub Road from Columbus Avenue to Campbell Street. The project includes a crosswalk with signals and connections through Schiller Park to Schiller Avenue and south to Meadow Lane.
•Campbell Street from West Strub Road to Windamere Lane.
•South Avenue from Briar Middle School to Marshall Avenue.
•Marshall Avenue from Stonyridge Drive to the abandoned railroad bed near Rods Drive. The project includes crosswalks with signals on Marshall Avenue at South Avenue and the railroad bed.
•An old railroad bed to the existing walking trail on the school property between Perkins High School and Briar Middle School.
All these improvements should be completed by the end of 2015.
“These dedicated sidewalks will make walking safer for our students and pedestrians” said trustee Jeff Ferrell, who helped develop the township’s pathway plan. “We don’t want people walking to deal with vehicular traffic. We want them to be safe”
Township trustees recently applied for more Safe Routes money.
They asked for $518,000 to create sidewalks on:
•East Perkins Avenue from the Fairview Lanes neighborhood to East Strub Road.
•East Strub Road from Milan Road (U.S. 250) to East Perkins Avenue.