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Oak Lawn Park Dist. approves 2013 budget

  • Written by Jessie Molloy

Several facilities to be improved

  The Oak Lawn Park District board of commissioners voted unanimously earlier this month to approve its 2013 budget.

  The budget shows $20.07 million in expenditures and $17.23 million in revenues, compared to last year’s $20.65 million in expenditures and $19.37 million in revenues. The district will use funds form a bond issue to cover the anticipated $2.84 million deficit, according to park district finance director Les Swintek
  Last year’s infusion of bond money accounts for the $2 million difference in revenues from 2012 to 2013.
  The park district will this year embark on a number of capital improvement projects at district facilities.
  The $4 million expansion of the Community Pavilion, 94th Street and Oak Park Avenue, and the $1.18 million improvement of adjacent Centennial Park have both received state grant funds that will pay for portions of those projects. The park district will use $1.8 million of a $6.1 million bond to cover some of the cost. The projects are expected to be completed this fall.
  The Pavilion expansion will increase the gymnasium’s size to include two new basketball courts and four volleyball courts, add a café and offices, and renovate the rest rooms. The Centennial Park work includes the addition of a picnic pavilion, playground, basketball courts, and a children’s splash pool.
  The Memorial Park renovation approved in April has been budgeted at $1.53 million, which will be funded with bond money. The project is a complete renovation of the park’s facilities including improvements to the fishing pond, a new pier, new walking paths with outdoor fitness equipment as well as the reintroduction of the park’s classic rocket ship slide and the addition of a space themed spray pad.
  In other park district news, a “rec mobile” will visit parks and bring traveling activities every Monday and Wednesday through the end of the month. The park district is also using July — which is Parks and Recreation Month — as an opportunity to bring the community into a promotion plan. Residents are through July invited to submit their own videos explaining why they love the Oak Lawn Park District. The videos can be submitted at the park district administrative building to public relations superintendent Vince Clark, who will use some of the submissions in upcoming promotional materials.