The acquisition fits into the park expansion outlined in the village’s 2013 Park and Open Space Plan.
“We’re really excited,” Thiel said. “It was part of our plan to expand Pleasant Prairie Park, so we’re excited to see this expansion. It will be a great asset.
“It will make a better connection to the surrounding neighborhoods. Currently, there’s an access that the private landowner was allowing people to traverse across the property. But by us acquiring this land, we’ll be able to make a true connection that the public can access.”
Funds for the purchase were not included the village’s 2020 budget, the release states. The expense was added to a resolution also approved Monday for the issuance and sale of $6,120,000 in general promissory notes.
Reserves from the park impact fee will be used for future improvements.
With the expansion, the park will now be 26.4 acres and connect to 104th Avenue. The site currently has a youth soccer field, restrooms, two playground areas, open green space for passive recreational activities and two parking areas.
Future proposed additions to the park could be more parking, a dog park and a disc golf course.
Thiel said the closing on the purchase could potentially still happen in 2020. Improvements to the land will follow shortly after the sale is official.