VISION 20/20 Evolves Into ACTION 2020 for Sycamore Parks

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The Dog Park Committee and the Splashpad Committees will meet first

sycamoreparkdistrict15“So many people have asked me when we are going to get started on the projects proposed by the park district in its long-range plan: Vision 20/20”, says Sycamore Park District Board Vice President, Michelle Schulz.

Such is the dilemma after a successful November 4, 2014 referendum in which the community of Sycamore voted in favor of a tax rate referendum to carry out Vision 20/20. Ted Strack, Board President, reminds citizens that the referendum passed last year, but we won’t see the first of the new revenue until later in 2015. “In addition, there are a number of steps we must take before we will have enough funds available to issue the bonds we will need to complete the projects.”

The Sycamore Park District has not been wasting time, however. In the meantime, they have begun reviewing budget, creating timelines, and, most importantly, preparing for what it feels is the most important aspect of the planning for the future: Citizen Involvement.

“As we presented our plans in Vision 20/20 to the community—we had over 70 meetings about it—we emphasized that if the referendum were successful we would involve the community in the final planning for the projects found in our long-range plan”, says Bill Kroeger, Park District Commissioner. “Now we have “ACTION 2020”. The key aspects of this plan were finalized at a Study Session this evening.

ACTION 2020 is:

  • A timeline for when projects will be done.
  • A timeline for how we will involve the public in planning the final details.
  • Six Citizen Committees that will help us achieve this, AND
  • Goals for those Committees, and Timelines for their work.

Board Members Daryl Graves and Ann Tucker will begin the recruiting process for the first two committees next week. The Dog Park Committee and the Splashpad Committees will meet first because the “homework” they need to do has to take place this summer in order to assist architects and engineers in their final design planning that will begin late in 2015 and early 2016.  Click here to apply now.

“Citizens should watch the newspaper and listen to radio stations. Or they can follow us on our website or Facebook page for more information on how they can be involved”, says Park District Commissioner Ann Tucker.

The Committee names below are linked to pdf files with much more information about each committee.
The timelines for the various committees is as follows:

CITIZEN COMMITTEES

Apply

Service

Report

By

Time

To Board

Trails Committee

May 31, 2015

July ’15 to Dec ’16

Dec ’16

Community Center Committee

May 31, 2015

July ’15 to Fall ’16

Feb ’16

Splashpad Committee

March 15, 2015

May ’15 to April ’16

Mar ’16

DogPark Committee

March 15, 2015

May ’15 to April ’16

Mar ’16

SledHill Committee

Sept 15, 2015

Oct ’15 to April ’16

Mar ’16

Irrigation Committee

Sept 15, 2017

Oct ’17 to Aug ’18

Aug ’18

“If all moves without unforeseeable delays”, says Daniel Gibble, Executive Director of the Sycamore Park District, “we hope our projects will take place in the following timeline:”

“We can’t get there without community involvement”, says Commissioner Graves. “We hope a lot of people will apply for the Citizen Committees!”

PROJECT TIMELINE SUMMARY

Citizen

Committees

Construction

GRAND

Report to Board

Begins

OPENING

TRAIL: Old Mill to Brickville

n/a

Summer 2016

Spring 2017

SPORTS COMPLEX: South

Continue w/Affiliates

Spring 2017

Fall 2018

SPORTS COMPLEX: North

Continue w/Affiliates

Fall 2018

Spring 2020

COMMUNITY CENTER:

Feb-16

Summer 2017

Winter 2018-19

@ Splashpad

Mar-16

 

Summer 2019

@ Dog Park

Mar-16

 

Fall 2019

@ Sled Hill

Mar-16

 

Winter 2019-20

TRAIL: Sycamore Park-Old Mill

Dec-16

Summer 2018

Spring 2019

GOLF IRRIGATION

Aug-18

Fall 2019

Summer 2020

 

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  1. Syc. Park District Executive Director Daniel Gibble answers some of your questions here: Sometime on Wednesday of this week, we will go “live” on our website homepage: http://www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com
    with the committee information and an application that can all be downloaded. The instructions are on those items. We will focus on selecting Sycamore Residents. Currently the plan is to site the Splashpad and Dog Park at our new “Campus”—which is the property we purchased on Airport Road across from our Sports Complex.
    Thanks, Daniel Gibble, Executive Director