2 years ago on 01/26/2017 at 2:23 PM

EMAIL FROM THE PARK RIDGE PARK DISTRICT: Lately you may have noticed an increased amount of activity at Maine Park Leisure Center as we prepare for the upcoming renovation. Bids for the project were received earlier this month, and are going to the Board of Commissioners for approval at this Thursday's Board meeting. The project is largely funded by a Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant awarded to the Park Ridge Park District for this renovation project in the amount of $1. 6 million. Plans include renovations to the front customer service area and staff offices, as well as converting areas previously held by staff that have relocated to Prospect Park to classrooms. Current restrooms will be remodeled, and new restrooms will be added to the east wing of the building. Construction may start as early as the week of February 6 and continue through the end of May. In anticipation of construction, administrative staff in the building will be relocated beginning January 30. All staff can be reached at their current phone numbers during construction. However, please be aware there may be disruptions in service while lines are being transferred, and you may prefer to send email instead. We will keep the Registration Desk open as long as we can, but will eventually need to temporarily suspend registration at Maine Park while the area is under construction. You may register in person at Oakton Ice Arena, Centennial Activity Center, and Centennial Fitness Center or online at prparks. org. Additionally, upgrading the wifi in the building is part of the project, and beginning January 30 the current wifi will not be available. Priority will be given to getting the new system implemented. Please visit prparks. org to stay informed as more information, including a construction timeline, becomes available. Thank you in advance for your patience as we make improvements to Maine Park!


2 years ago on 01/26/2017 at 2:29 PM

1. When was this grant applied for? Is this the grant that was gifted by Quinn and then rescinded by Rauner and then recently just now released again? I thought that grant was meant for Prospect Park. 2. Why is the PRPD spending $1. 2 Million on renovating a building that had been renovated not 3 years ago? 3. Wouldn't that money be better spent on the bathrooms at Hinkley? Or paying off the pool? Or paying off the debt for Prospect Park? 4. If the cost of programs are high to maintain the park district properties β€” as was explained to meβ€” and our taxes maintain the park district properties yet the district has received a large grant to off-set the costs then why don't the other fees and taxes go down? 5. People are being priced out of the Park District. People have left the Park Ridge Park District for programs in neighboring park districts. What is the point of renovating a building that no one can afford to step into?

2 years ago on 01/26/2017 at 2:54 PM
2 years ago on 01/27/2017 at 8:11 AM

Yes this is 75% funded by grant money. The renovations will allow us to convert office space to programming space to generate more revenue, among other things. Only 44% of our revenue last year came from taxes.

2 years ago on 01/27/2017 at 8:12 AM

Thanks for noticing and asking questions. No one stayed for that part of the meeting last night.