The Community that Plays Together, Stays Together:
As 2017 came to a close, so did the Sycamore Park District’s $1 million fundraising campaign, Leaf a Legacy. The District went into the holiday season with $11,000 to go when generous gifts from ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip, several individuals and a Sycamore Charities grant helped kick off the new year with a truly remarkable community achievement!
Michelle Schulz, Park Board Vice President, on behalf of the entire Board of Commissioners says, “we have the deepest gratitude for each and every contribution to Leaf a Legacy. It was a very ambitious campaign and we knew it would take a community-wide effort to make it successful. We could not be prouder to serve and be a part of this community that understands and is committed to sustaining parks, recreational opportunities and wellness services for all.”
Leaf a Legacy helps support the Park District’s seven-project long-range plan, ACTION 2020. Over the last two years, the campaign has received gifts from individuals, businesses and organizations who saw Leaf a Legacy as a way to contribute to maintaining the quality of life Sycamore residents enjoy. Like many other community legacies have done before, 2018 marks another new era for recreational opportunities in Sycamore. With construction well underway at the Legacy Campus and funding on track, the Sycamore Park District is preparing for a very exciting year of bringing MORE to Sycamore in 2018.
ACTION 2020 projects include:
– The Legacy Campus which features the
- Sycamore Park District Community Center and Pathway Fitness (opening spring 2018)
- Splash Fountain (opening summer 2018)
- Brian Bemis Family Dog Park (opening spring 2019)
- Northwestern Medicine Sled Hill (opening winter 2020)
– Two trail connections:
- Brickville Road to the Sycamore Middle School (Construction beginning summer 2018)
- Old Mill Park to Sycamore Forest Preserve (Construction beginning as early as 2019)
- Golf Course Irrigation System (Construction Beginning 2019)
- Sport Complex Expansion (Construction dates pending due to budget impasse in Springfield that has frozen grant funds)
- New Soccer Complex south of existing Sports Complex on Airport Road
- Expansion of existing Sports Complex parking and conversion of soccer fields into six
additional ball diamonds.
In addition to Leaf a Legacy, these projects are supported by a $9 million referendum and $3 million expected in grants. The fundraising campaign was a way to make ACTION 2020 a community initiative and legacy while not depending solely on a property tax increase so support the ambitious plan. For more information about ACTION 2020, visit sycamoreparkdistrict.com.
Image caption: Sycamore Park District Executive Director Dan Gibble came through on his promise to lose his locks when the District’s $1,000,000 fundraising campaign, Leaf a Legacy, reached its goal. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this amazing community effort! And a special thank you Don at Spartan Style for Dan’s new do!