Park Board Officials to Tackle Towering Wish List Indoor Swimming, Teen Center, Skating Rink Top List
Kutz, Karen, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Karen Kutz Daily Herald Staff Writer
Glen Ellyn parks wish list
Former Forest Preserve District headquarters
Spring Avenue and Route 53
Total cost: $7.7 million
- Renovate existing buildings into office headquarters, food courts, performing arts center, parent's lounge, preschool program rooms, multipurpose rooms and an indoor playground.
- Add three buildings in phases for family recreation, including a fitness center, indoor pool, oversized gymnasium to fit two basketball courts and a quarter-mile indoor track with stands.
- Add another parking lot along Route 53 and nature trails.
Maryknoll seminary site
Route 53 and Pershing Avenue
Total cost: $7.4 million
- Demolish all but one building, and construct a 24,000-square-foot sports facility to house an indoor ice skating rink and a soccer field, mostly for league play, a pro shop, community room for banquets.
- Outdoor fields, including two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts, a gazebo and picnic area.
- One existing building could house offices for Community Consolidated School District 89.
Main Street Recreation Center
501 Hill Ave
Total cost: $2.58 million
- Renovate the building, now the headquarters, into preschool and other program rooms, a parent's lounge. The third floor would serve as a senior center.
Memorial Park Building
Crescent Boulevard, across from Glenbard West High School
Total cost: $778,000
- Expand building for teen center, with open lounge, arts and crafts, study areas and photo darkroom. If Park View become a teen center, Memorial Park could be leased.
Park View Community Church at Ackerman Park
764 St. Charles Road
Total cost: $996,000
- If the park district could acquire the building, which is not for sale, it would make a better site for a teen center, with an outdoor playground and a footbridge to athletic fields. Inside, the church could be turned into a large party room and multipurpose area.
Charting what Glen Ellyn wants from its park district took about two years.
It will take much longer to raise the money to pay for the wish list.
Results of a community survey - with a whopping 70 percent response rate - revealed residents want indoor swimming and a place for teens to hang out.
Better ice skating facilities also topped the list, followed by a community fitness center.
"We tapped the minds, hearts and passions of a lot of people," said Kathleen Gartland, superintendent of recreation.
She said Glen Ellyn's "Vision 2,000" program, a long-range plan residents plotted for the village, played in as well.
Now, Environ Inc. has mapped what programs should be included in specific park district facilities based on the surveys, focus groups and round-table discussions.
In a two-hour presentation this week, Environ's Bob Robicsek told commissioners the cost of providing everything on the list could add up to $19 million.
"People look at that number and think the whole thing will be spent right away," said Cory Atwell, executive director of the park district. …