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Woodridge Park District History

2009 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Woodridge Park District. The Woodridge Park District is pleased to celebrate our history with you, for it is in serving the residents of the community of Woodridge with recreation and open space that we have been privileged to contrbute to the success of making the village of Woodridge such a wonderful place to live.


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1960s

On October 18, 1969 the Village of Woodridge and surrounding unincorporated Lisle Township voted in favor 953 to 356 of establishing the Woodridge Park District.

1969
The Woodridge Park District was formed. The first five commissioners elected were John Cates, John Kujawa, Royal Dean, Donald Rossman, and Nancy Noyes.

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1970s

1970

The first recreation program, a five week day camp, was offered at a fee of $2.00/per week. A girls’ softball league was sponsored by the district.

The first tax was levied in 1970.

1971
63rd Street, Boundary Hill, Triangle, Crabtree park, and Larchwood Lot sites were transferred in title from the Village of Woodridge to the Woodridge Park District.

Obtained a lease agreement with District 99 property.

Pool complex (including tennis courts) purchased from Winston Muss at Hobson Road and Woodridge Drive with funds from a General Obligation Bond.

Office purchased at 2909 Forest Glen Parkway from the Village of Woodridge.

Commissioner Dan McMahon began work on offering programs for handicapped children. His efforts would later come to be known as SEASPAR(South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation) in 1976.

Adopted a Master Plan for the district.

The Woodridge Park District and the Special Events Committee cooperatively offered Halloween and Christmas programs.

1972
Hired first full-time Director of Parks and Recreation, Keith Frankland.

Obtained 75th Street, 83rd Street and Janes Avenue sites. Began construction on pool at 75th Street site.

1973

Castaldo Park and Boundary Hill Park purchased from the Village of Woodridge.

Pool completed at 75th Street Park.

1974
Park District Board hired A.R.C. Associates of Glenview to complete a comprehensive park planning study, a community center study and a land acquisition study.

Resident survey completed to determine the need for future development of the Park District and to determine what type of park development the residents wanted.

Policy Manual adopted for the district.

Park/school agreement signed allowing use of Jefferson Jr. High School, Meadowview and Sipley school for park district programming during the week.

Conducted referendum for development of existing park sites, community and teen center and land acquisition.

Construction of a baseball field at Jefferson Junior High School began.

1975

Referendum passed asking for $650,000 for improvement and maintenance of the existing park sites. Money was used to construct 10 tennis courts, resurfacing of 2 tennis courts, volleyball courts, and the installation of lights at the twelve tennis courts and two baseball fields.

Proposal to annex Woodridge Golf Course was approved.

Start of “swim cinemas” began at the 75th Street pool.

Woodridge Library and the Park District entered into an agreement for a combined investment fund program.

1976

SEASPAR, the South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation was formed. Through SEASPAR, the park districts of Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge would provide recreational programs for the handicapped.

Park District Board approved joining the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Program (IMRF)

1977

Park District Maintenance Building built at 83rd Street.

The District Master Plan was revised and updated.

1978

Referendum passes to improve and reconstruct the Hobson Road Pool.

NIGAS right-of-way property was annexed.

1979

1st annual Winter Festival held at Village Greens including cross-country skiing, broom hockey, snowball fights, snow sculptures, and children’s races.

Addition to the Administrative building on Forest Glen Parkway began.

Held Woodridge Center dedication.

Hobson Pool renovations began.

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1980s

1980

Echo Point Park was dedicated.

Tenth Anniversary of the Park District

First 16” Snowball Tournament was held.

1981

Awarded CTEA youth grant.

Obtained lease agreement with COMED for property next to Castaldo Park.

Volleyball won IAPD State contest.

Swim & Dive team (red division) took first place.

First annual Haunted Forest Walk was held at Boundary Hill Park.

1982

Adopted concession agreement with WAA.

Held Founder’s Day celebration.

1983

Obtained a topographic survey of the Woodridge Center site for proposed program building.

Entered into an intergovernmental Agreement with the Village of Bolingbrook and School District 68 regarding Falconridge site.

Playground renovations for Sipley, Edgewood and Woodridge schools and Castaldo Park.

Became involved with DuPage County Probation Program.

1984  

Referendum approved to obtain Hawthorne Hills property.

15th Anniversary Celebration.

1985

Construction of Community Center at 2600 Center Drive.

Purchased show wagon in conjunction with Lisle and Naperville Park Districts.

75th Street pool repair began.

Hobson pool renovation began.

Lisle Township funding provided water onto the Echo Point Park site.

1986

Falconridge Park received a playground.

Energy audit for the Community Center was performed.

Volunteer Recognition program was initiated.

1987

Approved the Easement Agreement with the Village of Woodridge for storm water improvement program as respects their various properties.

Bylaws for the Woodridge I Search unit was approved.

Woodridge Park District became involved with the DARE programs with the schools.

1988

Janes Avenue Park renovations began.

Bridges at Lake Harriet were replaced.

Rewarded with excellence in the loss prevention program through PDRMA.

1989

Rewarded with excellence in the loss prevention program through PDRMA second year in a row.

Annexation of Zarn property.

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1990s

1990

Development of a master bikeway plan.

Illinois Clean Indoor Act became active.

Chipping program in conjunction with the Village began.

Annexation of Santa Fe parcel.

Mending Wall Park was conveyed to the park district from the village.

Annexation of Lesmeister property.

New logo was created for the park district.

1991

Landscape Achievement Award program was conceived.

63rd Street playground renovation began.

Received 3rd award for loss prevention program through PDRMA.

Hobson pool resurfacing project.

Purchased Mannina property.

Began Summerhill Park conception.

Approved construction of a garage at Hobson pool for WAA.

PDRMA introduced Employee Assistance Program for employees

1992

Discontinued Concerts in the Park program.

Sand volleyball development at Summerhill Park.

Awarded grant for tree purchase from IDOC.

63rd Street basketball courts resurfaced.

1993

Began Mending Wall Park and Summerhill Park development.

Environmental Preservation Policy was adopted.

Commissioner and President, Fred Hohnke was appointed to the IAPD Board of Directors.

TCM/STEA Bikeway Grant was initiated.

Ide’s Grove Park and Peters Drive turf was restored.

1994  

Castaldo Park shelter was rebuilt.

Computer network was upgraded.

Woodridge Park District received the Distinguished Agency Award.

Caddie Corner Park received OSLAD funding program.

Sunnydale, Ides’ Grove East and Seven Bridges parks development.

Illinois Department of Conservation SBA Tree Plant Initiative grant was approved.

1995  

Community Development Block Grant project application was filed, money will go for Janes Avenue Park site supervision and Echo Point Park redevelopment.

Bikeway Development II Engineering Intergovernmental Agreement was approved.

Approved the Operating Agreement with the Village of Woodridge to manage the Village Greens Golf Course for a two-year operating period.

1996

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park construction began.

Hobson infield and complex developed.

75th Street Pool closed.


1997

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park’s first season.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park receives IPRA Outstanding Facility Award.

Hobson Pool plaster repair.

Long-term agreement with the Village regarding operations of Village Greens Golf Course.

Ide’s Grove East park dedicated.

1998  

Echo Point Park re-development project.

WAA signed a license agreement with the park district for use of Hobson Baseball/Softball Practice Infield Complex.

Water slide additions to Cypress Cove.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park receives Daniel L. Flaherty Award.

Intergovernmental agreement with the park district and Woodridge School District 68 to exchange property and reciprocal use of parking spaces and soccer field.

1999  

Agreement with Commonwealth Edison for bikeway construction.

Gift ban ordinance was passed.

Cypress Cove received the NRPA Excellence in Aquatics award.

Woodridge Park District received the PDRMA Safety award.

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2000s

2000

Ide’s Grove West Park development began.

Community needs assessment survey sent out to residents.


2001

Village Greens of Woodridge was chosen “Course of the Year” by National Golf Course Owners Association.

Three current agreements with WAA dealing with Hobson storage building, practice infields, and batting cages were incorporated into one license agreement.

Development of Orchard Hill Park began.

Developed Master Plan for new water playground area at Cypress Cove.

Creation of Equipment Sharing Agreement between the park district, Village and School District.

2002

Village Greens Golf Course won the 2002 Business Ledger’s “Excellence in Business Achievement” award.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park receives World Waterpark Association Wave Review Award - Best Brochure.

Orchard Hill Park Sports Complex developed.

Hobson pool advisory committee was formed.

Annexation of International Estates subdivision..

Began Westminster Park development.

2003

Westminster Park and Ide’s Grove West had park dedications.

Western Illinois University administered a residential survey for the park district.

Keith Frankland (Director of Parks & Recreation) received the William F. Murphy Chamber of Commerce award.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park was voted Chicagoland’s Favorite Waterpark Hot Spot by viewers of “190 North”.

Cypress Cove topped the list as Best Water Park in Chicago by Chicago Magazine.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park received World Waterpark Association Wave Review Award - Best Print Media.

New Maintenance Building constructed at Orchard Hill Park.

2004

Developed a cricket field at Orchard Hill Park.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park received World Waterpark Association Wave Review Award - Best Brochure.

Windy Point Park site planning began.

School District 99 Outdoor Field Study was conducted.

Woodridge School received a new playground.

Woodridge Park District earned the Illinois Distinguished Agency Award for exemplary effort in providing leisure services for the third time.

2005

Lifeguard staff at Cypress Cove and Hobson pools earned the 5 Star award, the highest honor for aquatic safety from Starfish Aquatics’ Star Guard.

Park district introduced a new logo.

Windy Point Park development began.

Kid’s Dialogue was introduced to classrooms in Woodridge.

Mike Adams was appointed new Director with the upcoming retirement of Keith Frankland.

Community Center construction is completed, almost doubling the size.  New playground equipment and landscaping installed at the Community Center.

Keith Frankland retired after 33 years of service as director of the Woodridge Park District.

Mike Adams named director of the Woodridge Park District.


2006

Received PDRMA Excellent Level ‘A’ award.

Lifeguard staff at Cypress Cove and Hobson pools earned the 5 Star award, the highest honor for aquatic safety from Starfish Aquatics’ Star Guard.

Triangle Park erosion control project began.

Windy Point Park was dedicated.

Castaldo, Sunnydale, and Ide’s Grove East parks and Edgewood, Goodrich and Meadowview schools received new playgrounds.

2007

Castaldo Park pathway lights replaced.

63rd Street and Summerhill Park received new playgrounds.

2008

Hobson Pool closed at the end of summer.

Purchased District #99 site with the Village of Woodridge .

Community Center Recognition Seating Garden dedication.

Internationale Estates Park dedication.

Forest Glen Park (formerly 75th Street Park) designed as a universally-accessible park.

Mending Wall Park received new playground equipment.

Disc Golf Course installed at Castaldo Park.

2009

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park expanded to include Water Spray Playground, Program Pool, and other facility improvements.

Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park received Aquatics International Best of Aquatics Award.

Woodridge Sea Lions Swim Team gets a new home at Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park program pool.

Plans underway for Skate Park at Janes Avenue Park.

2010

Hobson Corner Park dedicated on June 5.

 

Fence and landscaping were installed at Falconridge Park.

 

Janes Avenue Skate Park dedicated on September 16.

 

Somerset Park, located at 1267 S. Somerset Lane was dedicated on October 16.

Two tennis Courts were added to Westminster Park.

Staff worked with a consultant to bid and manage construction for the drainage and irrigation of the baseball and soccer fields at Orchard Hill Park.

An ADA Transition Plan for all park district properties was completed by an outside consultant and was adopted by staff. Each change will be implemented based on priority and as funding becomes available.

Roofs were replaced on park shelters at Sunnydale Park, Seven Bridges Park, and Ide's Grove East Park.

Two of the three backstops were replaced at Jefferson Jr. High School baseball fields. Dugouts were paved with new benches installed.

On October 12, 2010 the Woodridge Park District was presented the Earth Flag award in recognition of the district’s commitment to environmental stewardship. The Glen Ellyn- based conservation group SCARCE (Schools and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) created the Earth Flag award to recognize public entities that show a commitment to making eco-friendly choices and to educating employees and the public about reducing waste, recycling, and conserving resources.The Green Guides are presented with the Earth.

 

2011

ADA Park Improvements were completed at Falconridge Park including carriage walk, recessed curb, ramps into the playground, additional ground level playground features, benches and picnic tables, and a seating area closer to soccer fields.

Gate and fence added to Hobson Corner Park.

Village Greens #10 Tee Redesign to celebrate Men's Club 50th Anniversary Dedication.

Orchard Hill Park irrigation and drainage project completed.

Soybean polymer sealcoating at Windy Point Park, Sunnydale Park, Castaldo Park, and Community Center Parking Lot. Less impact on the environment using "Green Practice".

Jefferson Basketball Court was resurfaced and new inground basketball hoops were installed.


Seven Bridges Park tennis court and basketball court were painted with new color coatings.

New playground equipment was installed at Caddie Corner Park.


Swings were added to Sipley School playground along with a new playground border.

2012

Inflatable movie screen was purchased for outdoor recreation opportunities.

Lights were installed at Orchard Hill Athletic Fields.A storage building and drinking fountain were also added to the park.

A digital marquee was installed at the Community Center.

Design and layout of Disc Golf Tee and Basket Improvements – Compacted stabilized granite encircled by metal edge.

Seven Bridges Park received new playground equipment.

Sunnydale Park playground border replacement.

Echo Point Park received new playground equipment. Demolition and removal of old equipment coordinated by Kids Around the World who then shipped and reassembled the playground in Botswana.

ADA Accessibility improvements at Orchard Hill Park including amendments to baseball plaza with new accessible port-o-john and amended walkways with truncated dome replacements. A walk extension and ramp additions were added to Sipley School Playground. New ramps were added into the Sunnydale Park Playground.

After completing a 5-year Strategic Plan, the Woodridge Park District and the Village of Woodridge are finalized a long-term lease agreement for Village Greens of Woodridge.

2013

Park trailer was purchased to transport supplies for special events and programs throughout the district.

 

A new recreation activity bus was purchased to replace the 1994 Ford Bus per the Capital Replacement Policy. The bus will be used for active adult trips and youth camp participant local transportation.

ADA Accesibility Improvements were completed at Castaldo Park.

Town Centre Planning committee formed with representatives from the Village Board,
Park District Board, Plan Commission, School District #68, Library, Keep Green Space Green, Resident at-large, Park District, and Village.

Westminster Park added additional lighting

Willow Creek School received new playground equipment over the summer. The old playground equipment was removed by the volunteer organization Kids Around the World.


Cypress Cove facility improvements were completed, including replacement tot slide and new sand play equipment.

The Rainout Line was officially launched on Friday, April 11th. Residents can access the Rainout Line through the WPD website and connect directly to the Rainout Line status dashboard, call the Rainout Line phone number, download the iPhone or Android app, subscribe to email/text alerts or become a Woodridge Park District Facebook fan.

Planning began regarding the development of an Athletic Recreational Complex (ARC). The district considered two sites including the Janes Avenue Plaza at 83rd Street and Janes and Orchard Hill Park adjacent to Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park.

Janes Avenue Park Inline Court resurfaced.

Backboards and new basketball court surface at 63rd Street Park.

Adventure Camp receives new logo.

New Maintenance Building was constructed to provide additional storage and workspace for park vehicles and equipment.


2014

Cypress Cove Parking Lot was expanded to provide additional parking spaces for the facility and adjacent sports fields.


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