Downsized Park District Bond Measure to Appear on March 20, 2018 Ballot

Just the Facts

  • Original proposal was downsized from $24 million to $17 million
  • Tax impact lowered to $2.97 per month for a $500,000 home
  • Proposed improvements to The Grove remain the same
  • Existing ice center to be renovated rather than replaced
  • An additional sheet of ice is part of the proposed ice center renovation
  • The walk/jog track and adventure play area were eliminated from the ice center project
  • An open space fund remains part of the proposal
  • Sleepy Hollow Park improvements were eliminated from the proposal
  • Multiple sources of funding to be used
  • The park district is committed to providing ongoing project updates
  • Election Day is March 20, 2018
  • Traditional early voting takes place March 5-19, 2018

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Update – March 21, 2018

Glenview Park District voters approved a $17 million bond measure Tuesday that will fund improvements to Glenview’s historic landmark The Grove, the renovation of the 44-year-old Glenview Ice Center, and purchase of open space for park purposes.

The park district would like to thank the thousands of district residents who participated in our community opinion survey and outreach meetings, especially the Citizen Task Force members who volunteered their time over several months to define a proposal that taxpayers would support.

“We are grateful to our taxpayers for their support of this important funding measure. The end result will be recreation facilities that are safer and more secure, energy efficient, more accessible for persons with disabilities, and positioned to better meet the needs of our district residents for generations to come,” said Glenview Park District Executive Director, Mike McCarty.

As the park district moves forward with construction, all spending from the voter-approved bond issue will be publicly disclosed on the district’s website.

 

Election Notice for Glenview Park District Public Question on the March 20, 2018 Ballot

The Glenview Park District is placing a $17 million referendum on the March 20, 2018 ballot to address improvements to The Grove, renovate the 44-year-old Glenview Ice Center, and create an open space fund. Following are additional project details:

Improvements to The Grove

Safety & Security Upgrades:
  • Addition of right turn lane at Milwaukee Avenue entrance
  • Widening the entrance and driveway
  • New security gate and lighting
  • Resurfacing parking lot
Renovation of the Interpretive Center:
  • Replace outdated HVAC, alarm and filtration systems
  • Improve accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • Update exhibit space

Ice Center Renovation

  • Replace outdated electrical, plumbing, sewer lines and HVAC system
  • Improve accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • Update fire suppression system
  • Improve building envelope to address leaking and energy inefficiencies
  • Add new sheet of ice
  • Address other space and parking needs

Open Space

  • Create $1 million fund to leverage available grants and purchase open space in strategic locations

Bond Proposal and Estimated Tax Impact Reduced by 30 Percent

After reviewing public opinion research, public feedback from community outreach meetings, and the recommendations of a Citizen Task Force, the Board of Park Commissioners chose to place a downsized proposal on the March 20, 2018 ballot. To get from the original $24 million bond proposal to $17 million—which would lower the tax impact from an estimated $49.80 to $35.69 per year (or about $2.97 per month)—the proposal includes 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 removing improvements to Sleepy Hollow Park. Improvements to The Grove and the open space/land acquisition fund have remained intact.

Multiple Sources of Funding Remain Part of Proposal

As illustrated below, the total estimated cost of the two projects and the establishment of an open space fund is $33.1 million. However, to reduce the total bond ballot request to $17 million—and mitigate the tax impact above current levels—the District would use accumulated fund balances and other existing revenue streams to pay for 48.6% 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 $35.69 tax increase (per year) for a $500,000 home by continuing your taxes beyond the end of a previous bond issue.

See the tax impact chart. Not sure what you pay in taxes? Look up your bill with the Cook County Assessor property search. 

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
 
Total Project Estimates
 
$33,100,000
 

Current Park District Funding Can Fund 48.6% of Project Costs

Alternate Revenue Bonds $10,000,000
Accumulated Fund Balance $6,100,000
 
Total Current Park District Funding
 
$16,100,000
 
Proposed Bond to Fund 51.4% of Project Costs
 
$17,000,000

Oversight & Accountability

  • All spending from the bond will be publicly disclosed on the District’s website
  • Project updates will be presented at community information meetings and on the District’s website

Details of 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 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.

Before

After

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.

Details of the Glenview Ice Center Renovation Proposal

More 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. The Task Force also recommended the walk/jog track and children’s adventure play area be removed from the project to further reduce the total project cost.

The Park Board of Commissioners agreed with the Citizen Task Force with regard to renovating the existing Ice Center, rather than replacing the facility, as well as eliminating the walk/jog track and adventure play area to reduce the total size of the request.

Details of 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. The Park Board of Commissioners agreed with this recommendation.

The Ballot Question

The question that will appear on the March 20, 2018 ballot will read: 

“Shall the Glenview Park District, Cook County, Illinois, construct safety and security improvements at The Grove, improve the Interpretive Center at The Grove, renovate, equip, and expand the Glenview Ice Center, purchase land for park purposes and issue its bonds to the amount of $17,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”

Election Information

Election Day is March 20, 2018

Traditional early voting takes place March 5-19, 2018

Find your polling place
Voter registration information
Information on ways to vote (early, vote by mail, Election Day voting)

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 at a Finance Committee Meeting on November 28, 2017. Below are links to presentations and other information.

Citizen Task Force Meeting #1

Presentation
Terminology
Meeting Minutes
Meeting 1 FAQ Document

Citizen Task Force Meeting #2

Presentation
Small Group Questions
Meeting Minutes
Meeting 2 FAQ Document

Citizen Task Force Meeting #3

Presentation
Meeting Minutes
Final FAQ

November 28 Finance Committee Meeting

Agenda
Presentation
Meeting Minutes