Wilmette, IL

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Sun, 2017-02-26 12:51

President's Message

Winter 2017

Explore with us this winter! With the change in seasons come many great opportunities in our community, from holiday festivities to winter camps and programs. The last thing you want to do this time of year is hibernate!

Gather the family together for some outdoor fun—reserve a court and enjoy a brisk match of Paddle Tennis. Adult and junior programming is offered, as well as private lessons if you want to improve your game over the winter. You can even rent the entire faciliity for a neighborhood party! Visit one of our 3 outdoor lighted ice rinks at Gillson Park, Thornwood Park and Mallinckrodt Community Center. Play some hockey or just enjoy a leisurely skate. Take on our Cross Country Skiing course at the Wilmette Golf Club with over 2 miles of groomed trails to warm your blood.

After a beautiful snowfall, build a masterpiece to enter our Snowman Building Contest. It may even get posted on the Wilmette Park District Instagram account (@wilmetteparks). Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It’s a great time of year, so embrace the winter season with the Wilmette Park District and enjoy the months ahead.

Even though we are heading into the chilly winter, we are always planning for the warm weather fun here in Wilmette. The Lakefront Committee of our Board will soon be making a selection of a design team for a new beach house and parking lot at Gillson Park. Based on our survey of the community, it’s one of your top priorities and our Board would like to make your dreams a reality. Can you imagine a clean, modern facillity on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan? Please help us with your participation in the public process. All of us want to design a facility that meets the expectations of our residents.  

I would like to congratulate the community for its participation in creating a new Bird Habitat in Gillson Park. Over 300 volunteers helped make our park more beautiful and inviting to migrating birds with their hard work on a beautiful September weekend. All this work was completed solely with private donations of time and money along with a federal grant. It’s a small first step in the effort to upgrade our most spectacular park—Gillson Park—in a fiscally prudent manner.

The Board of Park Commissioners is dedicated to serving our community, and we welcome your feedback on any concerns you may have regarding the operations of the Park District. Please feel free to contact me at jolvany@wilpark.org.

John J. Olvany
Board of Park Commissioners
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