Work Under Way to Mitigate Flooding in Miller Park Area
This winter, you may have noticed significant construction occurring in the area of the former Miller Park near the South Commuter Lot. Crews are hard at work creating a storm water control basin, which aims to reduce flooding in this low-lying and flood-prone area near Lincoln Avenue and Summit Street.
Last fall, the Village of Barrington and the Barrington Park District entered into a no-cost land-swap agreement whereby the Village took ownership of Miller Park in order to create the storm water control basin, and in return the Park District received Meinhard Park at the corner of Concord Lane and Bristol Drive. The Barrington Park District will remain the owner of the land at the site of Roy Wilmering Scout Cabin, which sits at a high enough elevation to be out of the rain water backup.
The new basin in the former Miller Park will not only reduce storm water flooding, but also improve water quality and natural habitat. The basin will be planted with native plantings, which have water quality benefits and serve as an oasis for local birds. The Village is also discussing opportunities with the Barrington Area Conservation Trust to potentially use the new basin as an educational site to reinforce the benefits that native plants have on local flora and fauna.
We realize that this construction has caused temporary inconvenience to commuter lot parking as well as street and sidewalk closures. It’s important to note that these facilities were already due for repair and would have seen closures regardless of this project. The Village coordinated this work with the Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project to avoid multiple inconveniences to the public and to avoid one project damaging the other’s newly completed work.We believe the end result will be positive for everyone in the area, and for the Village as a whole. By July, this work will be complete, leaving behind a new native planted flood reduction facility, along with new underground infrastructure, new roads and new sidewalks – both improving our infrastructure and the appearance of this important site in the Village.