Public meeting Monday on Park District of Oak Park's plans for Ridgeland Common

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

An informational meeting will be held Monday about the Park District of Oak Park's plan to renovate Ridgeland Common.

The meeting, which will be open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Veterans Room of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

The park district board voted last month to accept the concept design for a $23.5 million renovation of the facility at 415 Lake St. Planned improvements include installation of new plumbing and electricity, new offices, lockers and activity rooms and an expansion of the ice rink.

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Hoopley Doo  

Posted: November 15th, 2011 2:38 PM

Instead of all these crazy things they are putting in now, we should bring in something that would make $$$. While many may not agree, I think a strip club would be the perfect fit. Put it on Lake St. and watch the money fly into the village's pockets. Think about it, maybe it will help your daughter get a job too!

oak park is confused  

Posted: November 14th, 2011 7:29 PM

continued..I find all this sad.There are doctors, lawyers, educators,people that are growing,trying to raise families while becoming "more."we don't get what other parts of OP has. I think it's time you stop giving to those you wanna get $ from, rise up & support those who are here and try to make this place better by doing more than handing over cash.Other than building the snob facade what do N. OP res do?God help you guys.You appease mid/north oak park because they buy into/support phoniness

oak park is confused  

Posted: November 14th, 2011 7:20 PM

It is interesting to me that a whole district (OPAD) is neglected.We serve the community as a whole. adults,kids,seniors, teenagers,artists, residents,etc. It strikes me as odd that this project & so many others are so much more important. I know OP doesn't re-prioritize because they do know wrong.someone needs to get in there that has sense. You have let a whole district go and many suspect it is a north/south thing. Fix this because if ya don't the more prominent homeowners will be pissed.

Aging Disgracefully from Oak Park  

Posted: November 13th, 2011 2:11 PM

I don't know that it would be cheaper, but I agree with your ideas.

Chris B from Oak Park  

Posted: November 11th, 2011 5:24 PM

There are too many projects the Park District wants to proceed with, including the old ALDI store. Why are we not looking at the bigger picture? OP needs an indoor pool and we should be integrating the gymnastics center and a proper exercise place to be used by ALL citizens(not just little kids) in one convenient location. Why not use the old ALDI for play fields, and raze the old skating building& pool and put up a state-of-the art exercise place at Ridgeland with parking? Cost will be less!

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