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I thought it was interesting that there was a full-page ad against a community center in Oak Park and River Forest for several reasons, including: 

1) It doesn't look like it is going to happen as the high school doesn't sound like it is going to help fund it. 

2) Of course it would be tax exempt as it is a community center, as are all the other park district houses in our community. 

But that allows it to be affordable to those in our community who can't afford to go to the private clubs. There is not a single place people in our community can go to play a pick-up game of basketball or swim or work out at all without belonging to a private club. That leaves many with no options as the private clubs are expensive. 

Then I went into the Tennis and Fitness Center and noticed the same advertising against the community center. Now I have to wonder if this so called Citizens for Responsible Activities and Parks is no more than a group of private club owners who don't want the competition. 

We live in an economically diverse community, which is an asset to our community, and we should have community activities that reflect that diversity. 

Susan Klinger 

Oak Park 

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: November 28th, 2017 4:23 PM

Tom: Fortunately both taxing bodies in RF (RF Park District) and Oak Park (D200) recognized the folly involved and voted down this inane proposal. So Ms. Klinger can cry and moan after the fact. One of the truly ludicrous and irresponsible aspects of the proposal, that Ms. Klinger chooses not to address, was the absolutely fiscally irresponsible idea that the OPRF HS would transform into the OPRF HS Bank! This little ludicrous gem of an idea was destined to hurt everyone in both villages.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: November 28th, 2017 10:18 AM

We have a nice year-round ice skating facility - - maybe everyone should take up ice skating and stop whining about our paucity of recreational facilities. The gymnastics center has lots of offerings too for those with weak ankles.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 28th, 2017 9:21 AM

It is not affordable to force the poorest members of our community to take a rent increase to pay for the luxury of a new health facility. Property tax increases increase rents and they hit everybody. Stop pretending your wonderful little ideas are free to people.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 28th, 2017 12:36 AM

"There is not a single place people in our community can go to play a pick up game of basketball, swim, work out without belonging to a private club All garage basketball back boards and single portable hoops have been removed in Oak Park. Maybe gone, the park at Jackson and Ridgeland had a court and hoops. Swim? Ridgeland Commons, Rehm,indoor at the Elmhurst and Oak Park Y,Gottlieb. It would be cheaper for the community to buy passes and pay for travel expenses. Work out? Check out Mayfair Park in Westchester. The District just installed outside work out machines,free day and night in the same park that has a public gym. Good luck with the issue.

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