In the 22 years I’ve been a member of the Board of Park Commissioners I can safely say there is seldom a dull moment at the Wilmette Park District, but the Summer of 2013 has been extraordinarily busy.
The Park District undertook planned upgrades at Centennial Ice Rinks in April, broke ground for construction of a new platform tennis facility in June and is prepared to begin implementation of a master plan at the Wilmette Golf Club in July. In addition, emergency repairs at the Wilmette Tennis Club forced a regrouping of operations at the Centennial Family Aquatic Center—testing the customer service skills of our pool and tennis staffs along with the stamina of the Department of Parks and Planning. At its Annual Meeting the Board created a new Lakefront Committee to regroup efforts aimed at formulating a lakefront master plan and to focus on the operations of what many residents consider to be our most treasured resource.
I am happy to report that progress is being made on all fronts. Centennial Ice Rinks will reopen with all new ice and refurbished lobby in time to begin classes on Sept. 16. Check our website later this summer for details on a Grand Re-Opening event at the Ice Rinks. The Wilmette Tennis Club expects to be fully operational for lessons and the Indoor Tennis season beginning Sept. 28.
Mark your calendars for a Grand Opening of the new Wilmette Platform Tennis Club in October. This exciting new addition to our recreational facilities includes four courts and a paddle hut and will be available for league and recreational play, lessons and parties.
The Wilmette Golf Club will reopen in the Spring of 2014 with improvements made to course drainage and the reconfiguration of fairways, bunkers, tees and greens. In the meantime, the Pro Shop, clubhouse restaurant, driving range and golf lessons all remain open and available.
I encourage you to provide the Board with feedback on any Park District concerns you might have. Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James P. Crowley
Board of Park Commissioners