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Input Sought on Future Activity Center

Source: Naperville Park District website
Source: Naperville Park District website

The Naperville Park District will host a series of public open houses this month to seek community input on the design of a future activity center at 1760 Quincy Ave.

Key community needs driving the planning of an activity center include the need for accessible year-round recreation for health and wellness, the lack of indoor space for seniors and the special needs community, and the need for active recreation opportunities for families, teens and the increasingly diverse cultures within Naperville, according to a Naperville Park District press release. 

Although some needs already have been cited as high priority through previous community surveys, such as gymnasium space, indoor fitness space and an indoor walking and running track, the Park District plans to gather ideas from residents about other types of amenities to include in the building.

The 80,000-square-foot building is expected to cost $20 million, according to the Daily Herald. 

The public is invited to provide input at any of the following open house events:

For more information about the future activity center and about the Naperville Park District can be found online. 

Resurrected January 15, 2014 at 03:15 PM
I know a few people from Naperville that go to the water park in Lisle to use their facility, since Naperville doesn't provide this for their residents! By people going to Lisle that's less money generated for the Naperville Park District! Also an indoor swimming pool with laps for the winter time!
Gerard Schilling January 15, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Why would the Naperville Park District a city taxing agency try to compete with actual tax paying businesses like the various gyms, the YMCA etc. to the tune of 20 million which will have to be borrowed? Is it yet again to grow the bureaucracy and increase our taxes? Of course it is! There is nothing government does (save defense) which can't be done better by free market capitalism. Vote no on this needless expansion of waste and extravagate spending which we all will end up paying for. All the programs and facilities described to justify this expenditure already exist in our schools, libraries, park district facilities and the private business community.
Michael Hunt January 16, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Silly old Jerry. Like unicorns, the "free market" doesn't actually exist. Governments make markets & capitalism possible. ... Now get out of the way. Your 6-year-old neighbor from across the street wants to get on the water slide.
Bob Fischer January 16, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Gerald - Last I looked the YMCA was a not-for-profit organization, not a tax paying business. You also state that all of the facilities already exist in the park district - while they may exist, it does not mean there are enough of them to support a growing and changing population. Naperville was a much smaller town when the Barn was built in the 60's, so maybe it is time to look at replacing or updating it. I wholly agree that this should not be in competition with private business, so maybe the best thing to do, rather than vent uninformed and wrong statements, is to go to one of the meetings, find out what is being planned, and offer some constructive suggestions and informed criticism.
Gerard Schilling January 16, 2014 at 09:50 AM
As is always the case follow the money. For starters why did the city buy the property for 2.3 million when it was assessed at 1.6 million? What current/past city councilmen/administrators or their relatives are players in this questionable and needless investment while the city has outstanding liabilities of over a half a billion? Golf courses and water parks are not the purpose for government and the only people that get rich out of these deals are politicians and their cronies.
Michael Hunt January 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM
The sale price is higher than the assessed price? Seriously? Is that all you got, Teabagger? ... Hilariously, it's the ultra-conservative wingnut windbags who typically have no realistic understanding of things such as community, capitalism, and the Constitution ...
Bob Fischer January 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Gerald - City did not buy this and has no involvement - except that maybe at some point there may be a sharing of parking lot facilities with the proximity to the Public works garage. Park District is a separately elected governing body with their own budget and taxing authority. Of course, this is merely another actual fact that gets lost in your uninformed knee jerk rants.
Gerard Schilling January 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM
For the benefit of others any taxing institution is government! These entities who at the point of a metaphorical or actual gun steal money from tax payers to pad their groups/agencies and in most cases are directly connected with the power structure (city/state/county etc.). What is it about you people who refuse to allow ordinary citizen to have a free choice on how their resources are to be spent? It is always about choice and weather citizens want to live as free men or subjects/serfs. A project of this size should have had ample publication and comment before not after the fact instead of slipping it through while no one was looking.
Bob Fischer January 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM
While any taxing institution may be government - you specifically called out the city council and administrators, so quit trying to cover your failure to deal in facts with more rhetoric. Last election - the candidates for Park Board, an organization responsible for around 5% of our property tax bil, ran without opposition. That might have been a really good opportunity for citizen choice and input if people were upset or worried about the direction of the organization. This project was not slipped through when no one was looking. There was ample notice and news coverage prior to the Park Board decision making in November and December that preceded the upcoming public discussions around design. I have no idea who "you people" are, other than perhaps anyone with the free will and time to disagree with you. You have choices on how to spend your money - go to a meeting and offer constructive input and quit making unfounded and flat out wrong statements and accusations.
Gerard Schilling January 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Who are you kidding Bobby? These people are all joined at the hip you know it and everybody else does. You're right about lack of involvement because in most cases citizens are frozen out of legitimate imputes at these meeting or have you forgotten the deplorable way in which the smart grid program was handled. Don't lecture to me about citizen rights of free speech and questioning of government activities. Who died and made you king of our first amendment rights?
Bob Fischer January 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM
I guess I have been put in my place - no, I am not the king of anything nor have I professed to be. Thank you for pointing that out, Gerald. You are correct, you do have the right to your opinion and I do not think anything I have said contradicts that. What you do not have is the right to spread falsehoods via unsupported innuendo. I believe it was Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who pointed something like that that out in regard to first amendment rights.
Michael Hunt January 16, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Thank you Bob for your measured responses. ... And thank you Gerald for your typical miserable, querulous behavior.
Gerard Schilling January 17, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Hunt if your trying to aggravate me with you snarky, snide and almost stalker type comments on my postings you are succeeding. Pathetic imbeciles like you have never had an original thought in their lives and get their jollies off criticizing those that do. Go back to your shelter-in-place haunt or wherever you hang out at and grow a set so you can question what your government and its representatives are doing for and to you.

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