INQUIRING MINDS – VILLAGE PONDS
INQUIRING MINDS – VILLAGE FIELDS
The Village of Orland Park maintains 46 baseball fields
throughout Orland Park. Generally, about 35-40 fields are
reserved and in use daily by local youth organizations.
Regular maintenance practices as well as individual,
specialized projects are performed by village staff.
All fields scheduled for use will be assessed and prepared
by village crews on the day reserved. Daily maintenance
consists of setting bases and preparing mounds according
to the request of guests, as well as machine raking of the
infield in order to maintain a desirable playing surface.
Fresh chalk lines are laid out for the baselines along with
batters’ boxes. During the summer season, daily duties
expand to include regular edging of the infields and
warning tracks as well as
weed management practices.
Maintenance includes irrigating turf and clay, rolling turf
and infields and adding clay or other materials as needed
to provide the most desirable playing surface possible.
In an effort to improve water drainage and dispersion
at the John Humphrey Complex, fields 1-4 have been
regraded. The regrading will assist in keeping the field dry
and playable to avoid cancellations.
Both Centennial Park Baseball fields and John Humphrey
Complex fields received an application of an infield
conditioner to the clay surface. Regular application will
improve the playing surface and improve water management.
Many of the baseball fields will require additional grading
drainage and other restorative procedures. Future plans for
John Humphrey Complex baseball fields 3 and 4 include
installation of new drainage pipes to improve the outfield
Questions about Village of Orland Park
ballfields can be directed to the
Village of Orland Park
Parks Department at
There are over 180 village-maintained ponds within the
Village of Orland Park. The village’s Parks and Grounds
Department is responsible for aesthetics and shoreline
stabilization of all ponds. The Village Board has requested
that a natural approach be taken to sustain and/or restore
pond shorelines. This approach includes the planting of
native, deep rooting plants to enhance shoreline stability
while also enhancing the aesthetics of the pond itself. The
plant life helps to filter any chemical run off that may occur
from surrounding properties.
The village works with ecological contractors to help
evaluate and maintain many pond sites through a
stewardship process. Stewardship is a multi-year program
is which invasive species of plants surrounding the pond
site are removed and monitored. Plant plug or seeds may
be installed to promote the growth of native plantings.
During the process there is typically a controlled burn
which uses fire as a tool to help promote the growth of
plantings. Over time, the invasive plants are removed and
native plantings surround the ponds. This method maintains
a hydrological and ecological balance by using methods
that are structurally sound, as well as economically
feasible, while being ecologically sustainable.
Certain ponds are treated and monitored through the use
of an algaecide contractor. High profile ponds are treated
and tested for algae on a bi-monthly basis.
Some ponds are also monitored by our
algaecide contractor but only treated
For more information, call the
village Parks and Grounds
Department at (708)403-6219.