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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 given birth and some dreams are fulfilled.
There is one problem in our town. We don't have enough open spaces for families to recreate and enjoy the outdoors. Park Ridge is way behind the national averages in open space acres per thousand residents. We even come up short when compared to our neighboring communities.
On April 9, this community will have a real chance to step up to the plate to vote and support the parks legacy by allowing the Park District to purchase the Youth Campus property. I urge those who appreciate what a new 11+ acre park could mean to all of us to vote yes. Sure, no one wants their taxes raised but some things are simply worth it. This is one occasion that makes perfect sense.
Director, Park Ridge Baseball and Football
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