Last Tuesday, the illness of three commissioners caused the district to cancel its board meeting.
They'll regroup Wednesday evening for the meeting, and plan to honor Joe LoVerde, executive director, on his 15th anniversary with the district, said Ray Czarnik, a commissioner.
Czarnik has written a speech marking the event, which includes, "Joe, with your vast knowledge and experience in planning and construction you have allowed this district to grow to levels faster than any one of us could have imagined. You personally dedicate yourself to every project that we take on."
He also gave LoVerde, who is also a Village of Niles trustee, credit for taking over a park district with a low credit rating and making its finances stable.
LoVerde said time has flown by since his appointment on May 21, 1997.
"I have enjoyed every day," he said. "It’s a fun and rewarding service providing the recreational needs for the community. People get to spend quality family time in a fun environment and it spans people of all ages."
He and his wife also recently became grandparents with the birth of their daughter and son-in-law's child, Lilly Anne, born on May 1.