2018 Bond Proposal Information

Upcoming Community Information Meetings to Discuss Bond Proposal

October 7, 10 a.m.

Glenview Ice Center
Multipurpose Room
1851 Landwehr Road
Glenview, IL 60026

October 11, 6:30 p.m.

Historic Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Road
Glenview, IL 60025

October 23, 6:30 pm

Park Center
Lakeview Room
2400 Chestnut Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026

Glenview Park District is considering placing a $24 million bond measure on the March 20, 2018 ballot to replace or improve some of its oldest and most used facilities. The proposal includes replacing the 44-year-old Glenview Ice Center, upgrading The Grove and addressing improvements at Sleepy Hollow Park. The District is also considering creating a fund to purchase open space. The estimated tax impact of the proposed bond measure is $49.80 per year for a $500,000 home (about $4.16 per month).

Proposal Calls for Multiple Sources of Funding to be Used

The total estimated cost of the three projects and the establishment of an open space fund is $40.38 million. However, to reduce the total bond ballot request to $24 million—and to mitigate the tax impact above current levels—the District would use accumulated fund balances and other existing revenue streams to pay for 40% of the total cost. A scheduled tax reduction, due to a previous bond issue, would be postponed for an additional 15 years to help fund this new bond issue. Essentially, the District would keep your current rate of taxes along with a $49.80 tax increase (per year) for a $500,000 home by continuing your taxes beyond the end of a previous bond issue. 

Total Project Estimates
New Glenview Community Ice Center $34,930,578
Improvements to The Grove Interpretive Center and Entryway $2,650,000
Sleepy Hollow Park Improvements $1,569,432
Funding for Open Space Purchases $1,000,000
Current Park District Funding Can Fund 40% of Project Costs
Alternate Revenue $10,000,000
Accumulated Fund Balance $6,150,010
Proposed Bond to Fund 60% of Project Costs

Proposed Project Details

Glenview Ice Center Proposal

Olaf at Winter Carnival 2015More than 164,000 people walk through the doors of the 44-year-old Ice Center each year, including residents participating in hockey programs, figure skating, public skate times, broomball, birthday parties, annual ice shows, tournaments and other events. The Ice Center is the second most frequented facility in the District, second only to the Park Center.

The electrical system, plumbing, sewer lines, HVAC system, bleachers and fire suppression system at the Ice Center are outdated. The facility has many ADA accessibility issues and the interior is undersized and poorly configured, including the lobby, concessions area, pro shop, locker rooms, office space and storage. The envelope of the building is highly energy inefficient and leaks during rain events. Flooding also occurs at the front entrance. There are also many challenges outside the Ice Center, including deteriorated sidewalks and curbs, a lack of security lighting and the need for parking lot improvements. The current Ice Center is also at capacity when it comes to the availability of prime time ice time. Expanding existing programs and/or adding new programs is not possible.

The Citizen Task Force is seeking the community’s input on a proposal to replace the Ice Center at its current location. The proposal for replacing the existing Ice Center would have a total cost of $34,930,578. While this option is approximately $2.8 million more than renovating the existing facility, a majority of the committee felt this was the right decision given the modest added tax impact and the potential for cost overruns if a renovation project were pursued.

The new Community Ice Center would feature an additional sheet of ice, for a total of two-and-a-half sheets. The added sheet of ice would address current and future capacity issues and provide additional revenues to address general administration and capital replacement. The new facility would also include an indoor walk/jog track, children’s adventure play area, dry land fitness and training area, pro shop, café area, concessions, party room, skate rental room, multipurpose rooms, team and changing rooms, public restrooms, office space and added parking. 

Floor Plans for New Building Concept
Site Plan for New Building Concept
Flythrough of Renovated Facility Concept
Final Feasibility Study Presentation and Report
Glenview Community Ice Center Proforma May 2017

The Grove Proposal

More than 100,000 people—including more than 900 student groups—visit The Grove each year. A National Historic Landmark and Illinois Nature Preserve, the 145-acre site includes natural areas, historic buildings, the Interpretive Center and rental facility. The proposal calls for a total of $2,650,000 of improvements to the entrance of the site and to the 29-year-old Interpretive Center.

Proposed improvements to the entrance of The Grove, which would address safety and security issues, include separate pedestrian walkways, a wider entrance and driveway, right turning lane off Milwaukee Avenue, improved lighting and signage, a security gate and parking lot resurfacing. Appropriate sustainable best management practices would be employed, including the use of pervious pavement and related strategies. At the Interpretive Center, proposed improvements include replacing the outdated HVAC, alarm and filtration systems, ADA improvements, updating of exhibits to better meet new curricula, and the addition of more exhibit space.

Entryway Site Plan
Interpretive Center Plan

Sleepy Hollow Park ProposalIMG_8312

The second oldest park in the District, Sleepy Hollow Park, is prone to flooding. This is due to its adjacency to the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River. The proposal calls for allocating $1,569,432 toward relocating the park’s fieldhouse and playground to higher ground, helping to prevent damage to District assets, as well as re-configuring the parking lot to provide better access to the fieldhouse. Flushable toilets that could be accessed by all park users are also part of the proposal.

Site Plan

Open Space Proposal

The District is considering establishing a $1 million fund to leverage available grants and purchase open space in strategic locations when properties become available. Acquisition policies are in place to guide appropriate land acquisition decisions. These are rare instances when key properties adjacent to The Grove and other park locations become available. 

Citizen Task Force Information

The District has recruited a 28-member Citizen Task Force comprised of parents of past and present users of the facilities, business leaders, civic leaders and other stakeholders to evaluate the District’s proposed projects and funding options. After reviewing public feedback gathered through community opinion research, community information meetings and other outreach efforts, the Task Force will be developing final recommendations that will be presented to the Board of Park Commissioners. The Board of Park Commissioners will consider all input and information from the Task Force and the general public in making its decision this December about whether to place such a proposed bond measure on the ballot in March 2018 and what form that proposal should take. Below are links to presentations and other information the task force has reviewed.

Citizen Task Force Meeting #1

FAQ Document

Citizen Task Force Meeting #2