Park district commissioners at a meeting Thursday said they would fully support working with Oak Park Township to create a new space for senior services on district property.
The board did not go into details as to what such a project may look like, but one idea put forward has been to expand in some way an existing park recreation center.
Commissioner Christine Graves said she thought the project was a "fabulous idea," with board Vice President Tom Philion noting that Oak Park "has to think this way."
"This is without question something we need," he said.
Both Township Supervisor David Boulanger and Park Board President David Kindler said they would be interested in having village government participate in some way. The village owns the district's recreation centers, though board members have said in the past they support turning over the property.
"It takes the village a long time to work through anything," said Kindler. "But it seems like the time is right."
Commissioners Marty Bracco and Mark Gartland were absent from the meeting.
Planning for Carroll, Andersen,
to begin in September
Park commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve bids from consultants who will begin work on drafting master plans for Carroll and Andersen Parks.
The district has contracted with the Wheaton firm Planning Resources for $19,524 to work on Carroll, and with the Chicago-based Altamanu for a fee of $29,950 for an Andersen plan
The process will include public forums and interviews with stakeholder groups, and will address a wide range of issues including design and use.
Planning will likely begin sometime in September.