OP parks draft $10M capital plan

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With its referendum message already set on "renewal," the Park District of Oak Park has begun drafting a plan to invest $10.3 million in improvements to the village's parks and recreation buildings over five years.

The proposed investments, weighted heavily toward improvements to the recreation centers and creating "master plans" for parks, assume this April's referendum will be successful. The plan also assumes the village will provide the district $2.46 million through 2007.

The village board has also not yet determined how much money it will continue to provide the park district over the coming years. It currently provides the parks with roughly $1.6 million annually.

According to the draft plan, which will be reviewed by the park board at a meeting tomorrow night, the district would invest $550,000 in master planning and $3.25 million in the rec centers.

?#34;Katharine Grayson

The following is a summary of expenditures included in a draft of the park district's 5-year

Capital improvement program:
? Andersen Center: $575,500
? Austin Gardens: $350,000
? Barrie Center: $236,000
? Carroll Center: $522,000
? Cheney Mansion: $282,000?#34;mostly for repairs.
? Dole Center: $90,000, for leasehold improvements
? Euclid Square: $335,000, mostly for master plan improvements.
? Field Center: $546,400
? Fox Center: $652,5000
? Park District Headquarters: $133,000, mostly for roof repairs and lighting replacement
? Longfellow: $720,500
? Maple Park: $482,000
? Mills Park: $414,250, over half will go toward repair of the wrought iron fence surrounding the park
? Conservatory: $560,000, much of which will go toward lead abatement
? Rehm Park: $583,000
? Ridgeland Common: $752,000
? Scoville Park: $338,000
? Stevenson Park and Center:$455,000
? Taylor Park: $318,000
? Wenonah Tot Lot: $160,000
? Randolph Tot Lot: $170,000

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