April 2023: Park Board Meeting Briefs

May 18, 2023

Updates from the April Park Board Meetings

April 12: Facility and Recreation Committee Meeting

Staff reviewed the financial and operational assessment conducted by consultants, BerryDunn, to identify priority spaces at West Ridge Center and proposed scheduling an open house so Architects, Holabird and Root, and staff could share their analysis findings, site plan, and recommendation with the community where the new community center would be constructed at West Ridge Park.

Staff also gave an update of the Danny Cunniff Park Pickleball project reporting that ten tennis courts will be temporarily converted into pickleball courts and available for use this summer.

April 12: Workshop Meeting of the Park Board

Staff proposed making changes to Park District Policy #5.01 – Fees and Charges so that anyone living within the geographic boundaries of the Park District of Highland Park is considered a resident. Outside of the Park District of Highland Park geographic boundaries, this privilege is also extended to Kindergarten through Grade 8 students living in the geographic boundaries of North Shore School District 112.

Staff also provided construction updates for the Fink Park Athletic Field Development project, Deer Creek Racquet Club Locker Room Improvements project, Centennial Ice Arena Facility and Site Renovations project, and the Moraine Park Art Competition project.

April 18: Finance Committee Meeting

Staff provided an update of a proposed donation from the Fontana-Pasquasi family to rename Cloverdale Park.

Staff provided a five-year Financial Analysis Report on Hidden Creek AquaPark. Likewise, staff provided a five-year Financial Analysis Report and reviewed quarterly reports for the Recreation Center of Highland Park.

The Park District is soliciting bids for the 2023 Larry Fink Memorial Park Baseball Filed Improvements project and presented the most recent Engineer’s Opinion of Probable Costs in preparation of the bid meeting. Lastly, staff reviewed the bid opening for the 2023 Hidden Creek AquaPark Deck Replacement project.

April 26: Regular Meeting of the Park Board

The Park Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance #2023-04: Authorizing and Providing for the Conveyance or Sale of Surplus Personal Property, the Changes to Policy #5.01 Fees and Charges, the 2023 Hidden Creek AquaPark Deck Replacement Project, the Changes to the Full-Time Employee Personnel Policy Manual, and the Changes to the Part-Time Employee Personnel Policy Manual.

Executive Director Romes reported that the Park District of Highland Park will be forming an Efficiency Committee to comply with Public Act 102-1088 and reviewed the committee’s purpose.

Executive Director Romes reported that the Park District of Highland Park, the Art Impact Project, and the Art Center of Highland Park developed a community collaboration “Knitting Communities Together” which is an all-ages, multi-town art project aimed at bringing joy, comfort, and camaraderie to the residents of Highland Park and its neighboring communities. Over the course of six weeks, residents and neighboring communities will knit colorful yarn creations which will be installed around trees at Sunset Woods Park.