Friday, April 19, 2013
No one was injured at the Centennial Park and Recreation Center.
A tennis lesson was underway when the east wall at Wilmette’s Centennial Park and Recreation center started to crumble around 8 a.m. Thursday, Chicago Tribune reported. No one was injured and Wilmette Park District officials are blaming the downpour for causing the wall to buck and roof to bow, a first at the tennis building, according to Wilmette Park District Executive Director Steve Wilson, Chicago Tribune reported. As of 11 .am. Friday morning, trucks and supplies from Robinette Demolition Inc.'s Emergency Response Division were parked in front of the center and construction has appeared to have begun.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wilmette Park District is looking to address noise and light issues at Thornwood Park's ice rink and will review possible changes in the next two months, Chicago Tribune reports.
When Wilmette Park District approved building an ice rink in Wilmette’s Thornwood Park, the decision faced backlash from residents, especially Wilmettans who neighbor the park, but now some residents say the ice rink is a nice option for the community, Chicago Tribune reports. What do you think of Thornwood Ice Rink? Do you like having it in Wilmette? Tell us in the comment section below. Wilmette Park District Director Steve Wilson says he’s received compliments and complaints on the rink but overall he is pleased with the rink since it opened in January—the park district is looking to address complaints about noise, especially the sound of pucks hitting the hockey goals and the lights and will review possible changes for next winter in…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wilmette Park District will host two public hearings to share possible long-range renovations at Gillson and Langdon parks and beaches.
Wilmette residents will soon get to voice their opinions on long-range plans for the renovation of the Gillson and Langdon parks and beaches. Wilmette Park District plans to host two public hearings to share the three possibilities for the long-range Lakefront Master Plan. The hearings could begin the week of Sept. 17 and the week of Oct. 8, according to Steve Wilson, executive director of Wilmette Park District. “We look forward to bringing those to the public,” Wilson said. “We want to make ourselves as accessible as possible, to get as many people out to provide us with their thoughts on the three alternatives.” Smith Group JJR, a Chicago design firm, is helping the park district with surveying and gathering recommendations for the …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The district could bring back Ouilmette Foundation to help local families in need.
For Wilmette families that find the cost of the local Park District programming a little challenging, there may be help on the way — the Ouilmette Foundation could be making a comeback. The Ouilmette Foundation, last used in 1983 to fund a facelift for Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl but has been dormant ever since, could be resurrected as a vehicle for individuals or corporations to donate directly to Wilmette Park District. The district is starting to work on the process of getting the foundation back into place, first by filing paperwork to get current tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. “We are at the beginning of the red tape steps with the IRS. We have not even started writing the paperwork,” said Steve Wilson, …
Monday, August 8, 2011
The Park District is looking into potentially sharing a lease agreement with the Wilmette Harbor Association.
As renewal of the Wilmette Harbor lease continues to be debated, the Park District has admitted to looking into a potential management agreement with the Wilmette Harbor Association. Initially WPD thought sharing lease ownership would not be possible because "it was staff’s impression that if we sign a lease and turn over harbor management to them [WHA], then we wouldn't have any involvement, yet we're the ones who sign the lease and that made us uncomfortable," Park District Director Steve Wilson told Patch. The lease official expires July 2012, and the bidding process typically begins about a year in advance. WHA, a non-profit, has been in possession of the lease for the past 50 years. "Our board is looking for things that relate to …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A group of residents has asked the Wilmette Park District to consider purchasing the land.
An unowned property at the corner of Elmwood and Michigan avenues is raising concerns amongst residents and officials alike. The roughly half-acre property is one of the oldest parks in Wilmette, which has largely gone unnoticed. In light of the village's discussions of whether to sell the property, residents Patrick Duffy and Mike Boyer, who also serve in the village's Zoning Board of Appeals, have been raising public awareness on what to do with the land. Most recently, the duo presented their concerns during public discussion at the Wilmette Park District’s board meeting Monday night. "Our goal here is to keep this piece of property at the end of Elmwood Avenue for the benefit of Wilmette residents, " Duffy said. "Our vision is to keep …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Executive director, Steve Wilson, told Patch they hope to make the plan more aesthetically pleasing.
The proposed construction of an AT&T cell tower above the Centennial Ice Rink might be delayed, according to Village officials. Instead of being presented before the Wilmette board in February, the project may not be reviewed until March, following requests from the park district Tuesday. After receiving a negative recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 18, when residents-in-attendance also expressed "community character" concerns, the plan was assessed by the park district's financial planning committee Monday night. "We are requesting that the petitioner, on behalf of AT&T, retract their initial plan," said Steve Wilson, Wilmette Park District's executive director, "That will take it off of the Feb. 8 village board …