Thanks for putting our parks on the road to renewal

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The Renew Our Parks Steering Committee wishes to thank everyone who supported the Park District referendum by voting yes last Tuesday. The referendum insures long-term capital funding for the park district that will make our parks better for years to come.

By passing the referendum, we have shown that we are a community that values our parks. Oak Parkers have also proven again that they are willing to invest their time, talent, and even their money, when they think something is good for the community.

We are grateful to the members of the Infrastructure Committee who got it all started, the Citizen Committee members who labored over the parks master plan, and the scores of volunteers who urged their friends and neighbors to support the referendum.

We appreciate the support of all the park user groups who saw beyond current deficiencies to an improved future. We appreciate all of our donors whose contributions allowed us to tell our story. We are indebted to all the candidates, organizations and neighbors who lent their front yards and names as endorsement.

All of these individuals and organizations demonstrated that Oak Park is at its best when folks buy into something larger than themselves. Egos and agendas fade into the background and the best interests of the entire community take the lead. Once unleashed, the boundless energy of Oak Parkers on a mission is a thing to behold with wonder and humility.

Most of all, we are grateful to all our neighbors who took the time to consider this issue and vote. To those who heard our case and voted yes, we are grateful for your confidence. To those who voted no, we understand that rising taxes are becoming a burden for some of our neighbors. We pledge to everyone that we'll do all we can to make sure that the park district makes the most of the resources entrusted to its care.

Thank you Oak Park.

Renew Our Parks Steering Committee:
Bob Haisman, Jackie Barlow,
Dave Stannard, Mark Gartland,
John Hedges, Bruce Callahan,
Gary Balling, Christine Graves,
Marty Bracco, Patience Nelson,
Tom Philion, Rick Kuner, Tim Kelly,
David Kindler, Jacques Conway, Doug Varn

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