Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Great Lakes Region. (Regional Reports)

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Great Lakes Region. (Regional Reports)

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What a good friend! Arthur Nielsen delivered his irrevocable pledge to the Winnetka (Ill.) Park District in 1961 to donate the entire cost of the design, engineering, financing and construction of an indoor tennis court building in an amount not to exceed $360,000. A year later, the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center was officially dedicated with an exhibition match played between Nielsen and his son and grandsons. In 1963, Nielsen provided the funding for an additional two indoor tennis courts; in 1972, the Nielsen family agreed to contribute funds for the construction of four more courts. Nielsen stated that the motive for this gift was the "appreciation of the privilege of living in beautiful Winnetka for 40 years." Recently the Winnetka Park District recognized the wonderful efforts of the Nielsen family and their love of tennis as a lifetime sport.

The Illinois Association of Park Districts will celebrate 75 years of serving park districts, forest preserve districts, conservation and recreation agencies in Illinois in 2003. The year-long celebration, "Celebrating the Power of Citizen Advocacy," will feature many special events throughout the state of Illinois. For more information, go to www. ilparks.org.

The Heritage YMCA Group has installed a Poseidon, the computer-aided drowning-detection systems, in its 95th Street Family Center in Naperville, Ill. NRPA Corporate Member Poseidon serves as a lifeguard's "third eye" to help prevent drowning tragedies in public, lifeguarded swimming pools. The 95th Street Family Center is the first recreational facility in Illinois to install the system.

The Cincinnati Park Board recently announced the reappointment of Marian Lindberg to the Board of Park Commissioners for a six-year term. The Cincinnati Park Board maintains and operates Cincinnati's parklands. With her reappointment, Lindberg will continue her efforts as board president to remain focused on the board's mission.

Learn about new challenges and changing opportunities at the 2003 Spring Conference of the Iowa Park and Recreation Association, to be held April 6-9 in Davenport. Not only does the program include off-site park and recreation institutes and educational sessions, there will also be special aquatic centers tours and aquatic CEU workshops. …

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