GARDEN HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENTS

Improvements to lighting, drainage, pedestrian safety and more are coming to Garden Hills!  Many of these improvements are funded through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds provided by the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through public meetings and surveys, the community voiced strong support for allocating these funds to planned improvements in Garden Hills to complete them more quickly.

The City is collaborating with the neighborhood to complete a Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan to coordinate these efforts and maximize the impact of these improvements.  Scroll down to learn more about these efforts and how to become involved!

NEWS – GARDEN HILLS VIRTUAL MEETING

NEW! View the the Garden Hills Winter Informational Meeting here: Garden Hills Spring Informational Meeting (May 10, 2022)

Contact the meeting presenters with any questions or comments:

Lt. Aaron Lack – [email protected] – 217.351.4554 | Neighborhood Relations Manager John Ruffin – [email protected] – 217.403.7070 | Neighborhood Programs Manager Jennifer Carlson – [email protected] – 217.403.7070 | Neighborhood Ambassador Supervisor Jacqueline Kalipeni – [email protected] – 217-403-7070 | Assistant City Engineer for Environmental Alex Nagy – [email protected] – 217.403.4700 | Senior Planner Lacey Rains – [email protected]  – 217-403-8800| Assistant Planning and Development Director Rob Kowalski – [email protected] | 217-403-8800

View the the Garden Hills Winter Informational Meeting here: Garden Hills Winter Informational Meeting (February 17, 2022)

Contact the meeting presenters with any questions or comments:

Lt. Aaron Lack – [email protected] – 217.351.4554 | Neighborhood Relations Manager John Ruffin – [email protected] – 217.403.7070 | Neighborhood Programs Manager Jennifer Carlson – [email protected] – 217.403.7070 | Assistant City Engineer for Environmental Alex Nagy – [email protected] – 217.403.4700 | Senior Planner Lacey Rains – [email protected]

STAY INFORMED! Register below to receive future updates on meetings, programs, and events for the Garden Hills neighborhood.

Garden Hills SNAP Registry

Join the registry to receive future updates on programs and events in the Garden Hills Neighborhood .

NEW! Garden Hills SNAP May Newsletter

Garden Hills SNAP Newsletter – February

MODIFIED SLEEP PROGRAM– FREE YARD LIGHTING, ENTRYWAY LIGHTING & VIDEO DOORBELLS

Listen to Neighborhood Programs Manager Jennifer Carlson’s March 16, 2022 interview on WILL Radio Podcast 217 Today:  Modified SLEEP Program Highlight

Every home in Garden Hills is eligible to have a FREE yard pole light, entryway lighting and video doorbell installed by a qualified technician.  Interested?

NEW! Sign up online to be added to the Modified SLEEP program interest list here

All the details can be found online here

Call 217-403-7070 for more information.

GARDEN HILLS STRATEGIC NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION PLAN (GH-SNAP)

Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act has allowed many long-desired investments in Garden Hills to move forward.  A Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP) initiative provides the opportunity to coordinate these efforts and engage residents to maximize positive impact.

Over the coming months, many input opportunities will be available.  Together, City staff and community members will work to identify short-term and longer-term actions for Garden Hills.  These actions can improve pedestrian safety, increase recreation opportunities, shape the design of Hedge Road and Paula Drive and much more.

DRAINAGE, STREET LIGHTING AND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

Street lights will be added throughout the neighborhood.  Design is underway and installation will begin in Spring 2023.

Garden Hills Street Lighting Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The property on the north side of Hedge Road will be home to a new detention basin surrounded by walking and biking paths, a water feature, pavilion, lighting and landscaping for birds and butterflies.  This improvement will help alleviate flooding issues in the neighborhood, including at Garden Hills Park.  Hedge Road will also be completely reconstructed with traffic-calming features to slow speeding, new sidewalks and street lighting.  Design is underway and construction on the basin will begin in Summer 2023 with construction of Hedge Road to follow in 2024.

Garden Hills Boneyard Rendering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional drainage improvements including full reconstruction of Paula Drive will follow.

Learn more:

City Council Study Session 8/31/21

Study Session Report on Garden Hills Infrastructure Initiative