Wilmette, IL

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Updated on:
Tue, 2016-09-27 06:51

President's Message

Fall 2016

Summer is drawing to a close. I hope that the kids had fun at camp this
year, and that you had a chance to relax at the beach and pool. Perhaps
you were able to catch a concert at either the Wallace Bowl at Gillson
Park or the gazebo at Mallinckrodt Park. Did you take advantage of the
new programs at the golf course for women and children? If not, check
them out along with the new turf fields out at West Park. Enjoy them as
it is a great result of intergovernmental cooperation between us and the
Village of Wilmette that delivered a win-win solution for the community.

There were certainly plenty of recreational options this summer, and the
fun never ends at the Wilmette Park District. Get out and enjoy what the
parks have to offer while the weather stays warm. Also, as we all turn
our attention back to the school year, don’t forget to read through this
Leisure Guide to see all there is to do from late August through the end of
the calendar year.

In my last president’s message, I thanked you for the over 1,700 responses
to the survey regarding the lakefront. Now that the board has been
able to reflect upon those results, it is clear that the direction we have
received from the community is to focus on the infrastructure needs of
Gillson Park and primarily on the roads, sewers, beach house and beach
parking lot.

To that end, as I write this message, the Lakefront Committee is working
on finalizing a Request for Qualifications for the design of the beach
house and related parking lot. We hope that during the fall months we
will be able to review the submissions, interview the professionals who
show interest and eventually contract with one firm to begin the design
process. I hope that you are able to take time out of your busy life to participate in the selection process of the architects and also in the design
process. Your participation can help inform the Board of Park Commissioners
of the preferences of the community and ultimately create a
solution that reflects the vision of the citizens of Wilmette.
As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of the mission
of the park district to provide wonderful recreational facilities and programs.
 
Your comments are always welcome: please feel free to contact
me at jolvany@wilpark.org.

See you in the parks!

John J. Olvany
President
Board of Park Commissioners
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