Improved Parks and Services
I support developing a Frisbee golf course and expanding nature trails. I am also a strong advocate of building a signature park that would not only be popular among Warrenville residents, but also draw residents from throughout the metropolitan area. One idea I have suggested is an English Garden, which could be rented out periodically for wedding ceremonies, and would bring revenue to our park district and our local economy.
I also support adding more public bathrooms and drinking fountains to our parks.
Once again, as we consider these initiatives we must always assess the impact to our taxpayers.
While our park district has a number of sports and exercise programs available for all ages, I am always looking for new programming ideas from residents. If you have additional ideas/comments/suggestions or thoughts on my above proposals please send them my way via our Contact Us page.
I will continue to protect the quality of our parks as they currently exist, while making thoughtful, sustainable, well timed and sensibly financed improvements to facilities and programming.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, the Warrenville Park District has a relatively low amount of open space per capita, which was cited as a reason for the denial of a renovation grant for Kiwanis Park several years ago. As your commissioner I have strongly advocated for affordable opportunities to acquire more open space.
While our park district is surrounded by open spaces with some of the area’s most beautiful forest preserves, having open spaces within our district, especially within walking distance of residents’ homes, is important to both the quality of life for our community as well as our district’s fiscal health.
When the City of Warrenville proposed its most recent Tax Increment Financing (TIF) redevelopment project to the park board, I was the only park commissioner who voted against the TIF. I voted no because the proposal did not provide any usable open space, which is a main priority to our residents and our park district.
I look forward to our park district partnering with our city and forest preserve to expand our open space, and continuing to manage our park district in a fiscally sound, practical way that will improve the quality of life for our community.
As your commissioner I have provided direction and leadership in improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of the Warrenville Park District. As a result of my suggestion, a Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) audit of our park district was held, which identified several areas for improvement, such as replacing windows and LED lighting for our Recreation Center parking lot. The parking lot lighting replacement program is a multi-phase project spread over several years.
Since 100% renewable energy sourced electricity is now at the same or lower cost as primarily fossil fuel and nuclear sourced energy, I have requested that when the bids go out for our next multi-year park district electricity contract, that a 100% renewable energy source be considered.
I have also advocated for our park district to stop using highly carcinogenic coal tar sealant and instead switch to emulsion sealer.
If re-elected, I will remain vigilant in working with the board to provide direction to our park district to implement additional energy efficiency improvements because it saves taxpayers dollars and creates a healthier planet for our children.