Monday, March 18, 2013
At an afternoon and an evening meeting Wednesday, the Park Ridge Park District will tell you what it would cost if you bring the tax bill you paid in summer 2012.
The Park Ridge Park District, which includes a portion of Niles, is sponsoring two meetings Wednesday, March 20, to explain the referendum voters will encounter on the April 9 ballot. The public information meetings will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Park Ridge Senior Center, 100 S. Western, Park Ridge. The referendum asks voters whether they want the district to acquire the Park Ridge Youth Campus for use as a park. Earlier: Park Ridge Parks develops plan for Youth Campus See the attached poster for instructions on how to bring a property tax bill to have the district calculate what approving the referendum would cost you.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The park district board voted Thursday to place on the April 9 ballot a question asking voters if it should purchase 11.35 acres being vacated by the Youth Campus and develop it into a usable park. It would cause a tax increase.
Park Ridge and some Niles voters will face a choice on the April 9 ballot: spend $13.2 million in a one-time-only chance to acquire valuable historical open space and turn it into a park, or heed the advice of those who feel the spend is too great and turn it down to avoid a tax increase. The Park Ridge Park District board voted 5-1, with one absence, at its regular monthly meeting Thursday to place a referendum question on the ballot. Both supporters and critics of the measure have emerged. Supporters say district needs more open space to meet standards A group which favors a "yes" vote for the referendum has assembled a website, OurParksLegacy.com, to advocate for the idea. They suggest it would enable the park district to have more …
Friday, January 18, 2013
A Letter to the Editor. We're behind national averages. Please vote yes on the April 9 referendum for the park district to buy the Youth Campus land.
The opinions expressed in this Letter to the Editor are those of the writer. Patch merely serves as a platform for authors to convey their views. For anyone who knows me, they know I am passionate about our local parks and the tremendous benefit they offer to the entire community. I am a longtime resident with 40 years invested in Park Ridge. I was a Park District employee through high school and college. Later, I was elected to the Park Board where I served for 14 years. I am a director of youth baseball and football. So, I have seen firsthand how important a nice park can mean to a kid and his family. Parks are magical places where kids of all ages can experience the joys of just being alive. The parks are places where dreams are …