The worn out paths in and around the park will be rebuilt this fall as the Park District of Forest Park speeds a plan for bidding and then remaking the Harrison Street path between Circle Avenue and Des Plaines Avenue, as well as all the connecting paths with the park.

The district put out an invitation to bid notice this week looking for a contractor to undertake the project this fall. 

Jackie Iovinelli, park district executive director, said this project was already about three months underway when she took over her position in May 2018. The park district had applied for and was awarded a grant from Cook County to have the main path redone. Local park officials decided to also fix the interconnecting paths that connect to Harrison Street.

Since the park is so heavily used in the summer, the project will begin and be completed this fall. Bids will be accepted until 10 a.m. on Sept. 6, and at a September park board meeting the contract will be awarded to the “lowest and most qualified bidder,” said Iovinelli. At that time, there will be more details available. But she is excited to “be moving forward” on this project. It’s something that’s “needed to be done for a long time, and it lays out the foundation of the park. Once it’s done, it won’t need to be redone for another 30 years.” Iovinelli is looking forward to “putting out all the details to the community” later this month.