2018 Bond Proposal Information

Next Steps

The Citizen Task Force made a recommendation to the Park District Board of Commissioners regarding the proposed projects on November 15.

The Finance Committee will be meeting in early December to discuss the recommendation and develop a formal motion for next steps.  The motion would be whether or not the board intends to include a bond proposal on the March 20, 2018 ballot, and if so, what the bond proposal would contain.

At the December 21 meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear a formal motion from the Finance Committee and vote. 

If the Board of Commissioners votes in favor of presenting a bond proposal to the public, residents will then vote on whether or not they wish to support these projects at the March 20, 2018 election.

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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).

Planning Update

The Park District recently conducted a mail survey, phone poll and community outreach meetings to gather community feedback on the bond proposal.

The results of the mail survey and phone poll, as well as other public input received by the Park District, were shared with a Citizen Task Force responsible for vetting the proposal and developing recommendations for the Glenview Park District Board of Commissioners.

On November 15, 2017, 72% of the 25 Citizen Task Force members present at the meeting voted in favor of a downsized proposal of $17 million to address improvements to The Grove, renovate the existing Glenview Ice Center, create a fund to strategically purchase lands that expand recreation spaces (such as The Grove or parks) and to forego Sleepy Hollow Park improvements, but consider installing flushable toilets accessible to the publicat that location.

To get the $24 million bond proposal down to $17 million—which would lower the tax impact from an estimated $49.80 to $35.69 per year for a $500,000 home—the Task Force recommended renovating, rather than replacing, the existing Ice Center, eliminating the proposed walk/jog track and children’s adventure play area from the Ice Center proposal, and removal of improvements at Sleepy Hollow Park to address flooding. The Citizen Task Force kept The Grove and the open space/land acquisition fund proposal intact. Click here for common questions and answers about the projects.

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.

Proposal Calls for Multiple Sources of Funding to be Used

Both the original proposal, as well as the downsized proposal recommended by the Citizen Task Force, would rely on multiple sources of funding.

ORIGINAL PROPOSAL

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
Improvements to The Grove Interpretive Center and Entryway $2,650,000
New Glenview Community Ice Center $34,930,578
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
 
$24,000,000

 

DOWNSIZED CITIZEN TASK FORCE PROPOSAL

The total estimated cost of the downsized proposal recommended by the Citizen Task Force is $17 million. Similar to the original proposal, the District would use accumulated fund balances and other existing revenue streams as well as postpone a scheduled tax reduction by 15 years. 

Total Project Estimates
Improvements to The Grove Interpretive Center and Entryway $2,650,000
Renovation of Existing Glenview Community Ice Center $29,450,000
Funding for Open Space Purchases $1,000,000
 
Current Park District Funding Can Fund 50% of Project Costs
Alternate Revenue $10,000,000
Accumulated Fund Balance $6,100,000
 
Proposed Bond to Fund 50% of Project Costs
 
$17,000,000

 


Proposed Project Details

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.

After reviewing the results of the public opinion research and other community input, the Citizen Task Force did not recommend making any changes to this part of the proposal.

Entryway Site Plan
Interpretive Center Plan


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. Expanding existing programs and/or adding new programs is not possible.

After evaluating a new Ice Center proposal, versus a renovated Ice Center proposal, the Citizen Task Force recommended that the new Ice Center option be tested in a mail survey and phone poll. After evaluating the public opinion research and other public input, a super majority of the Citizen Task Force recommended that a renovated Ice Center option be pursued rather than a new Ice Center. Following is a summary of the two options and documentation of the planning and assessments.

Final Feasibility Study Presentation and Report
Glenview Community Ice Center Proforma – Updated

NEW ICE CENTER PROPOSAL

The original proposal recommended called for replacing the existing Ice Center at a total cost of $34,930,578. The new 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, 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

RENOVATED ICE CENTER PROPOSAL

After reviewing the results of the public opinion research and other community input, a super majority of the Citizen Task Force voted in favor of renovating the existing Ice Center—rather than replacing it—and eliminating the proposed walk/jog track and children’s adventure play area. This approach would reduce the Ice Center project by an estimated $5 million. The project would still include two-and-a-half sheets of ice, 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.

Flythrough of Renovated Facility Concept
Renovated Site and Floor Plans


Open Space Proposal

The District is considering establishing a $1 million fund to leverage available grants and purchase open space in strategic locations that would allow the park district to expand recreation opportunities, expand green infrastructure or enhance stormwater management. 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.

After reviewing the results of the public opinion research and other community input, the Citizen Task Force did not recommend making any changes to this part of the proposal.


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 original 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.

After reviewing the results of the public opinion research and other community input, the Citizen Task Force is recommending that the board consider installing flushable toilets, but the proposal of improvements for the park be removed from the bond proposal.

Site Plan


Citizen Task Force Information

The District recruited a 28-member Citizen Task Force comprised of business and civic leaders, parents of past and present users of the facilities, 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 developed final recommendations that were presented to the Board of Park Commissioners on November 28, 2017. Below are links to presentations and other information the task force has reviewed.

Citizen Task Force Meeting #1

Presentation
Terminology
Task Force Meeting 1 Minutes
Meeting 1 FAQ Document

Citizen Task Force Meeting #2

Presentation
Task Force Meeting 2 Minutes
Meeting 2 FAQ Document
Meeting 2 Small Group Questions

Citizen Task Force Meeting #3

Presentation