Ask Your Park District
The Oswegoland Park District Board of Commissioners and staff welcome the opportunity to address residents' questions. Below is a list of inquiries received through email, phone calls, letters to the editor, or conversations on the street.
Will I be able to reserve the new picnic shelter at Prairie Point Community Park?
Yes, residents will be able to reserve the shelter for a small reservation fee. Contact email@example.com or call 630.554.1010. View the list of other picnic shelters and facilities to reserve within the district.
Is the Park District building a new pool at Winrock?
YES! The Park Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to invest in improvements at Winrock Pool located on Winrock Drive in Boulder Hill. The project includes extensive remodeling of the building and construction of a new competitive size swimming pool for the district's swim lesson program, swim team competitions, and Kids Connection. The project also includes renovation of the building, a complete renovation of the layout and site plan of the existing pool, and enlarging and rebuilding the parking lot.
The Park District opened Winrock in 1975 and these improvements will turn the current facility into an aquatic learning and competition center. Construction will begin immediately following the summer 2012 swim season.
Has the Oswegoland Park District considered building a dog park?
The Park District has received several such inquiries, and we know that there is a need for a leash-free dog park in our community. The staff is currently researching the feasibility in regard to maintenance, cost, liability, and location. Location is our main concern. At this time, the Park District simply does not have a park to exclusively designate for this use, but we are continuing to search and explore possibilities. In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy the parks and trails currently available to all our resident dogs and their owners.
Why is the Park District purchasing riverfront property and how did the sales come about?
It has always been the policy of the Oswegoland Park District to listen to and respond to the needs and requests of our residents. The 2006 Needs Assessment Survey and the 2008 phone survey, both conducted by independent research firms, indicated the following:
- 89% agree that our land, water, and wildlife are our natural heritage and that we have a stewardship responsibility to protect and preserve them.
- 76% indicated that with land and property prices stabilized or falling, this is an ideal time to purchase natural areas and parkland.
- 71% approved the Park District purchasing land along the Fox River.
The Park Board is listening. Since 2002, six properties along the river, including the site of Hudson Crossing Park, have been purchased. In each case, the property owner approached the Park District to sell, never the reverse, and each land negotiation was individualized based on timing, perceived needs, and fair market value.
We thank you, our residents, for your input, and invite you to visit Hudson Crossing Park in the heart of our downtown any day of the week to witness first hand how your recommendation has resulted in the enjoyment of our beautiful natural resource which is the Fox River.