Residents passing through Wilder Park will notice a lot of activity surrounding the conservatory. The construction crews have prepared the work site by removing the retaining walls in front of the conservatory and building a temporary access road from the driveway along the north side of the conservatory. The stone road will allow for dump trucks and heavy machinery to access the greenhouses and conservatory. Great care was taken to protect the surrounding trees and shrubs and the old administrative offices to the north and east of the construction site.
Patrons visiting Wilder Park and its facilities should exercise caution around the construction site as heavy machinery and trucks will be moving in and out of the site Monday through Friday.
The site is full of activity as construction crews break down the greenhouse and propagating house. Earlier this week the propagating house located at the rear of the building was completely removed, and functional portions of the structure were donated to Lewis University in Romeoville. By Thursday demolition of the greenhouses was underway. As the demolition wraps up, restoration and new construction on the greenhouses and conservatory will commence. For more information or questions, please contact Angela Ferrentino at (630)993-8915.
Please continue to visit this site regularly for updates on the Wilder Park Conservatory and Greenhouse Restoration project.