I am writing to express my support of the River Forest Park District’s referendum on a new recreation center.

In recent years, the park district has worked to bring River Forest forward when it comes to outdoor recreation space and programming , including the acquisition and programming at Priory Park and the lighting at Keystone Park. I am grateful that the park district, over time, has had the opportunity to develop its amenities. These are the “norm” in most, if not all, of the communities with which we are most often compared, at least by real estate prices and school district performance standards. The current park board’s desire to acquire and develop the Oilily property is, in my view, a natural and necessary extension of the Priory and Keystone projects. The fact that there is a community center located in River Forest does not mean that the needs of River Forest residents, current and future, are met by that center (or by schools and churches within the village).

I urge voters to support the efforts of the current park board to acquire and develop the property at 103 Forest (Oilily building). Then, we can boast not merely top schools, but also recreational facilities and programming that will be attractive to current and future River Forest residents.

Holly Hirst
River Forest


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