Fall 2017

As the warm breezes of summer begin to fade, we look forward to autumnal colors of changing leaves. And, while we start to plan for all that lies ahead in the fall, we fondly remember our busiest summer yet at the Park District.

The pool was afloat with people of all ages enjoying the cool water during the warmest of days. The slick Centennial Ice Rink was resurfaced with new ice and a fresh coat of paint. The tennis courts were buzzing with the whirl of fuzzy yellow balls. The balmy beach was filled with water enthusiasts and volleyball players alike. The bustling Community Rec Center developed a new hands-on nature garden. Playgrounds around town embraced the giggling of happy children. And, the golf course was in full swing with the introduction of new GPS-enabled carts.

Music filled the air this summer at the Mallinckrodt Park Gazebo and the spectacular Wallace Bowl, as we celebrated the 80th year of performances there. In addition to lively performances, the musical production of Damn Yankees graced the outdoor stage to the delight of all who attended.

This summer was also the busiest camp season on record, with the extension of summer due to the late start of the school year. Children were wowed with camps ranging from theater to art to biking to water sports to coding. It was never a dull moment for those who attended camp and those inspiring counselors who lead them through their activities.

But one of the biggest milestones this summer was the introduction of the proposed plan for the new Beach House and parking lot at Gillson Park. Architects have been hired and have held several meetings to gather critical input from residents, in addition to several online surveys. With all of this information, they are refining the building designs and will be presenting final plans to the Lakefront Committee in the near future. Our goal is to begin construction of the new Beach House and parking lot at the end of the 2018 beach season, with an opening date before the 2019 season.

As you head into fall, we invite you to experience one of the many diverse programs we offer. Maybe even try something new or revisit some of our community favorites, such as Halloween Happening or Spooky Skate. But no matter what you plan, enjoy these last few days of summer and embrace the colorful season that is to come.

And as always, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Park District's mission to provide exceptional recreational facilities and engaging programs for everyone in our community. Your comments are always welcome, so please feel free to contact me at awolfe@wilpark.org.

- Amy L Wolfe
Board of Park Commissioners