The southwest corner of Keslinger and Peck Roads is important to Geneva for two main reasons. First, it sits directly over the St. Charles aquifer, making it an excellent location for the drinking water treatment facility. Second, it connects two key pieces of open space, the Prairie Green project to the north, and North Peck Farm Park to the south. The City directed that the site use as many stormwater BMPs as could be designed into the 40-acre site.
The site includes both active recreation, in the form of bike trails and a sledding hill, and passive recreation with grass trails and stepping stones across a stream. An agricultural theme was maintained in the design, with the use of native plantings, wooden pedestrian bridges, and a crab apple orchard to meet planning standards for the urban-rural transition. In addition, the City wanted the project to be a demonstration of Best Management Practices (BMP’s).
The final design includes permeable pavement, bio-swales, level spreaders, riffles/pools, and created wetlands. Overall, it is a model of modern stormwater management practices