Join Lisle Park District on June 20 to imagine the future of parks and recreation
The District of Lisle Park is embarking on a journey to create a new strategic master plan to shape future parks, recreation and open space needs. Park District residents are invited to participate in this process to help the Park District envision what future parks, programs, special events and recreation facilities might look like.
The Park District has hired PROS Consulting Inc., a leader in national parks and recreation consulting and their director, Neelay Bhatt, will lead this project with ETC Institute, a statistically valid survey company from Kansas. City.
“The Lisle Park District‘s wide array of offerings, from the award-winning Sea Lion Water Park to the River Bend Community Park and Golf Club, to fitness and recreation centers, provides a rewarding experience for all This strategic master plan is a living document that will be shaped by the community and help shape the community now and for years to come,” said Neelay Bhatt, National Parks System Planning Leader and Principal of PROS Consulting , based in Indianapolis. “The best plans are those where the community is involved from the start, and through this process, we will work with the district to ensure that everyone who wishes to participate in the plan will have the opportunity to do so. “
The Park District will host a hybrid public meeting to gather feedback from residents. This meeting will be open to all and will allow individuals to attend in person or virtually and learn about future demographic and recreational trends in the Lisle Park District while participating through live polls, Q&As and public comments.
The meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, with participation in person at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., and online via Zoom webinar.
“During this meeting, we will provide an overview of the project and facilitate discussion with attendees to help prioritize park district services. These services include parks and park amenities, recreational programming and events, and facilities including Sea Lion Water Park, Community Park Fitness, Senior Center, The Museums at Lisle Station Park, and more,” says Parks and Recreation Director Dan Garvy. “With limited funding and given the current economic and workforce challenges, we need the help of the community to determine where to allocate resources to ensure we remain a true reflection of the recreational values of those we serve.”
The consulting team has also developed an ADA-accessible multilingual crowdsourcing website to guide this project at www.PlanLisleParks.com.
“This site will serve as a one-stop-shop to provide all plan updates, list meeting dates, host online surveys and ensure people can share their feedback at any time during the planning process. , those who cannot attend the public meeting can also view the recording of the meeting and share their comments later,” Bhatt said.
Meetings with key community leaders, staff and user groups will also take place in June and this meeting will be followed by a statistically valid survey mailed to a random sample of Lisle Park District residents.
The Lisle Park neighborhood offers a variety of recreational activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park District facilities include Lisle Community Park, home to the all-inclusive Discovery Playground and Community Park public boat launch; the Recreation Center, which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multi-purpose rooms; the Community Center, which contains Community Park Fitness and studios for group dance and fitness classes; Sea Lion Water Park; The Museums of Lisle Station Park; The River Bend Golf Course and numerous playgrounds and neighborhood park facilities, such as tennis courts, pickleball courts, ball diamonds, football fields, walking paths and picnic areas. area totaling nearly 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing meaningful and creative recreation opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, visit lisleparkdistrict.org or call 630-964-3410.