When did you last take time to observe, explore, unwind, connect and wonder at the world that exists right here in Lemont? This summer, we really hope we can inspire you to do this! We may not be at the seashore or in the mountains, but your park district offers a number of ways you can reconnect with nature, recharge and have some fun. Thanks to our incredibly talented staff for preparing a summertime line-up that has something spectacular to offer everyone. Not only is the District excited about all the programming in this brochure, several great projects have been in the works that are definitely worth mentioning.
Following our productive park replacement program we anticipate the completion of the highly anticipated NEW Northview Park this spring. Offering state-of-the-art amenities, this park will be like no other in the area! Brown Park is set for its comprehensive transformation with a completion date this summer. Thank you to local residents for helping “Make Your Park” by providing valuable feedback that will define some of the specific characteristics at Brown Park. The Lemont Park District is also pleased to announce a brand new park development in the Mayfair neighborhood. Mayfair Park will feature many elaborate amenities for all to enjoy.
The Lemont Park District and the Lemont Lions Club have been great partners for many years. Not only have the Lions provided the original funds for Lions Park, the group has also supported the members in our Special Recreation Program for many years. The organization is pleased to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International during 2017 and have chosen the park district as the site of the Lions Club Centennial Community Legacy Project. During this commemorative time, we are happy to work together in implementing a special tree replacement project to replace a significant number of trees that were destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer at Centennial Park. The District looks forward to celebrating with this great group of Memory Makers all year long.
In staying with the District’s green initiative, we have just upgraded the lighting at several locations on our main campus. This LED conversion has taken place in The CORE Gym, Centennial Walking Path and the Centennial Campus Parking Lots. The past system consumed excessive power, required new bulbs every three years and periodic equipment replacement. This new system has a reduced power draw, bulbs last 10-13 years and no more ballast/capacitors to replace. The original cost of this project was approximately $24,000. However, staff proactively secured a grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity for a minimum of $10,300 to assist with funding this project. We anticipate a 98% return on our investment within the first year! We will continue to research other opportunities for cost saving green initiatives for the future.
We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous contributions our local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops have made over the years. From Little Free Libraries to major landscaping projects that save taxpayer dollars as well as beautify the community, these groups have given so much to Lemont. When you have the opportunity to support them, please do so. Not only are they an inspiration to others, they are tomorrow’s leaders.
As you make your way through this edition of the Memory Maker we hope you’ll be extremely pleased at what you’ll find! Back by popular demand, the Sunset Soiree FREE Concert Series held in Downtown and brought to you in partnership with the Village of Lemont. Pack the Park movies will once again be available at dusk for families to enjoy throughout the season. It wouldn’t be a summer without our week-long Freedom Days celebration which leads up to the Independence Day Extravaganza. The spirit of cooperating between the Park District, the Village of Lemont and the Lemont Township, makes this great day possible. The District is pleased to also offer many NEW youth and sports programs for children from two years old to 14! Connect with your community, your parks and promote good health at the same time by participating in our new “Lemont Walks” program. Once again, seniors have a variety of fun outings to choose from such as “Chicago” at Drury Lane, Shipshewana Adventures and A Fruitful Day in South Haven.
This summer be sure to take time to explore, unwind, connect, and enjoy the environment and all the fun, exciting things that your park district has to offer you!
On Behalf of the Lemont Park District Board,
Brian Pepich, President