Hoffman Parks Officials Take Safe Budget Approach

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Byline: Christine Tatum Daily Herald Staff Writer

Because the Seascape Family Aquatic Center and Poplar Creek Golf Course failed to make as much money as the Hoffman Estates Park District projected for this year, the park board's finance committee doesn't want to overestimate how both will do next year.

The committee said it wants 1997 revenue projections tied to the water park and golf course to be conservative - especially because weather determines the success of both.

Last year's scorching summer and harsh winter damaged the course so badly it opened full-time 2 1/2 months late and was $125,000 behind on revenues. The greens and fairways have largely recovered. But while the full loss won't ever be recouped, Golf Superintendent Jim Karras said the course could come close to making up for lost time.

With the swimming season over, the water park won't be so lucky. This year's cool and soggy summer has left Seascape $154,100 shy of budget expectations.

"We had a terrible year," said Commissioner Tim Satkowski during a finance committee last week. …