The Park Ridge Park District has accepted set up of a group backyard space in 2021.
Though a location at Woodland Park had been advised a number of years in the past, plans there had shifted when that park’s tennis courts have been accepted to be transformed into pickleball courts, and the present tennis courts to be swapped to Northeast Park. The following plan earned the district a grant for Woodland work.
Park Board President Matt Coyne made some extent to specifically congratulate Commissioner Cindy Grau. Grau, now the senior member of the park board has been an advocate for group backyard areas the general public can hire since she joined the board.
When Superintendent of Constructing and Grounds Terry Wolf introduced employees capital enchancment solutions for 2021 to the board in November, there was a venture at Hinkley which employees thought may profit a proposal for an additional grant utility. The grant course of takes a number of years, which might imply suspending the gardens once more.
Board Treasurer Concord Harrington urged the employees and board to do it subsequent 12 months (2021) whether or not or not there can be grant funds. Hinkley Park falls inside the Uptown TIF District space the place the park district can apply to town for TIF reimbursement. The park is giant sufficient so another amenity could be added.
Wolf did some pricing and a few checking, and returned to report the group gardens wouldn’t qualify as a contributing venture for a brand new grant. Nevertheless, there may very well be some financial savings by planning bids and work early and mixing a number of tasks to have water traces and paving prepared to begin in spring for Hinkley’s gardens. Paving work at Jaycee Park and Northeast Park (which can inherit upgraded tennis courts from Woodland) will have the ability to be mixed in a bigger bid for economic system of scale, he predicted.
Having approval now they will set up a group committee to supply enter for the Hinkley gardens.
In passing the 2020 property tax levy and a primary funds on Dec. 17, Coyne and different board members thanked Govt Director Gayle Mountcastle, Superintendent of Finance Sandra DeAngelis, Superintendent of Recreation April Armer and employees leaders for efforts via the 12 months to control prices, discover program choices that would work, and trim employees until subsequent summer time when exterior areas and potential reductions in COVID-19 infections might reopen actions.
A remaining funds will likely be accepted after a public listening to on Jan. 21, 2021.