Park District introduces grandparent rate
(Sept. 22, 2014)
In today's day and age, with many families consisting of two working parents, it is commonplace for grandparents to assist in caring for grandchildren. The Bloomingdale Park District regularly receives requests from older residents to register their grandchildren in programs at the resident rate, despite the fact the grandchildren are not residents.
The Park District recognized this challenge and changed its residency policy to accommodate resident grandparents and their non-resident grandchildren. The Park Board of Commissioners officially approved this immediate policy change at the September 15, 2014 board meeting.
"As our community continues to age and grandparents regularly provide care for their grandchildren, the Board of Commissioners felt it appropriate and in the best interests of our customers to accommodate our adult population by extending the resident rate to their grandchildren," said BPD Executive Director Carrie Fullerton, CPRE. "This allows grandparents to share the vast array of quality programs, events, facilities and services offered by the Bloomingdale Park District with some of the most special people in their lives."
Resident benefits include first priority when registering for a program, and in most cases, a lower program/pass fee than those residing outside the established district boundaries. To receive the resident rate, participants must come to the Johnston Recreation Center and show proof of residency. Items to prove residency include tax bill and/or utility bill and a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, passport, military ID).
(updated Oct. 31, 2014)
Below is a list of current projects at the District's parks and facilities.
Circle Park - Arena Fence Co. has replaced the split-rail fence along the creek.
Erie Park - No news to report.
Indian Lakes Park - The tennis court is being restored as part of the Park District's 2014-15 Capital Budget and Capital Asset Replacement Plan. Evans and Son Blacktop, Inc. Visit www.facebook.com/BloomingdaleParkDistrict for photos and videos of the project.
Lakeview Park -The tennis courts are being restored as part of the Park District's 2014-15 Capital Budget and Capital Asset Replacement Plan. Evans and Son Blacktop, Inc. Visit www.facebook.com/BloomingdaleParkDistrict for photos and videos of the project.
Leslie Park - No news to report.
Old Town Park - No news to report.
|Seasons Four Park Playground Replacement|
Seasons Four Park -On July 29, 2014, residents near Seasons Four Park were invited to help select color schemes and activity panels for a planned replacement of the playground structures at Seasons Four Park. The winners were the lime green (Custom A) color scheme and Gear panel (option C). View photos here. The replacement is part of the Park District’s 2014-15 Capital Budget and Capital Asset Replacement Plan. The replacement began in late October. Follow the construction online.
Springfield Park - Pizzo & Associates continue stewardship of the wetlands with periodic visits. Pizzo & Associates has applied herbicide to the phragmites and other invasive species. Make A Difference Day was held October 25.
Stratford Park - The parking lot was sealcoated and ADA signage and striping has been brought up to current ADA standards. Shade strucures were put up over the Stratford West ballpark with help from the BBSA.
Sunnyside Park -Pizzo & Associates has applied herbicide to the phragmites and other invasive species. They have also begun to mechanically remove these plants.
Tompkins Park - No news to report.
Tuttle Park - No news to report.
Westlake Park - Arena Fence Co. submitted the lowest proposal and will begin repairing/replacing the split-rail fence along the creek.
The Oasis Water Park - The Oasis Water Park is closed for the season. Postseason hours are at Kemmerling Pool in Roselle.
|New path to Marklund Children's home|
Johnston Recreation Center -An accessible path (photo to right) from Marklund Children's home to the Johnston Recreation Center was recently completed.
Westfield Gymnasium - No news to report.
For questions or concerns on any of the above, contact Director Parks & Planning Joe Potts at (630) 529-3650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.