A Naperville landscape design firm has been hired to help plan the future of Richmond Hill Park.

A Naperville landscape design firm has been hired to help plan the future of Richmond Hill Park.

At the Tuesday, Aug. 8 city council meeting, aldermen unanimously approved spending $18,000 to hire Hitchcock Design Group for the preliminary design phase of the park. The school district is expected to contribute $2,500 toward the cost.

City administrator Lisa Kotter said an overall plan for the park was needed to balance the community’s “wants and needs” for the area.

She said the goal was to create a feasible design for the 50-year old park.

“Our job is to get smart about the site,” said landscape designer Steve Konters with Hitchcock Design Group.

Before creating a plan, the company would first research the land’s topography, land usage requirements and all codes and requirements pertaining to the area.

Hitchcock Design Group would then reach out to members of the community.

“We want to ask them what’s important and what they want to see in their park,” said Konters.

“There is no one right design, but information builds a strong foundation for us to start from,” he said.

Community meetings as well as an online community survey will be used to gain insight.

Once a design is created, Konters will work with city officials to help them understand the plan’s cost and vision.

In prior park designs, Konter said grant funding and phased approaches have been used.

“Richmond Hill is a great asset to our community and one we probably under utilize,” said Kotter.

A long-term overall plan for the park “isn’t something (the city) can do ourselves,” she said.

The park is used for soccer, baseball, church softball, tennis, disc golf and pickleball as well as offering sledding hills, a playground, picnic shelters and the Richmond Hill Barn Theatre.