Annual Report 2018 - Page 2

A Message From the President The Glen Ellyn Park District is turning 100 years old in 2019! The Park District has been an integral part of this community since its establishment in 1919. It all started with the simple purchase of thirteen acres of land around Lake Ellyn. It has since grown to encompass 29 park sites, multiple facilities, and hundreds of events and programs each year. That type of growth occurred because of the hard work of the Park District staff and the incredible support of the Glen Ellyn community. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Glen Ellyn community for many years of incredible support and all the staff for their hard work over the years. Over the next 12 months the Park District will celebrate this important anniversary with many events and programs, and I invite you to join in the fun throughout 2019. Reflecting on this past year, the 2018 Annual Report finds the Glen Ellyn Park District in excellent financial condition while also providing opportunities and activities for people of all ages. The Glen Ellyn Park District continues to achieve important goals including providing high-quality recreation while lowering property taxes. The average homeowner experienced an estimated 30% savings on the park district portion of their property tax bill over the prior few years. Following are some highlights of major projects that were implemented in 2018: • Lake Ellyn Park paths were improved and expanded with continuous paths throughout the park. Thanks to the Village of Glen Ellyn for partnering on these improvements. • New picnic shelter at Spaulding Park. This is part of our continuing effort to improve all our community parks. • Energy-efficient L.E.D. lights were installed on Platform Tennis courts 1, 2, 3 and 4. All courts have now been converted to L.E.D. lighting. • Two additional platform tennis courts are now at Maryknoll Park for the general public, funded partially through a generous contribution by the Glen Ellyn Platform Tennis Club and members. • Sunset Pool’s main pool received a new coat of paint. • New playgrounds were installed at Main Street Recreation Center and President’s Park. • New landmark, informational, and interpretative signage was installed throughout Lake Ellyn Park. This project was funded through a grant and an anonymous donation. • The 25th Anniversary of the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta was celebrated in 2018 with 59 boats entering the event. • Long awaited improvements to the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center parking lot were completed. We appreciate your understanding, your patience, and your continued patronage during the improvement project. • Extensive and collaborative planning took place in anticipation of implementing major elements of the Ackerman Park masterplan beginning late spring 2019. These improvements will include renovation of the softball hub and improvements to the athletic fields. • Acquired property contiguous to Manor Park to increase open space in Glen Ellyn parks. Adding open space is an important part of our mission. I look forward to witnessing the future growth of the Glen Ellyn Park District, and I am confident that our strong foundation and plans will allow the Park District to thrive for years to come. I hope to see you at our parks, Rob Weber Rob Weber, President Board of Commissioners Glen Ellyn Park District MISSION STATEMENT: The Park District’s mission is driven to foster diverse, community-based leisure opportunities, through a harmonious blend of quality recreation programs, facilities and open space which will enhance the quality of life into the future.