River Forest’s park district has become more visible. Between controversies surrounding construction of the gym and two platform tennis, residents are no longer sitting idly by. That needs to continue; they need to continue to be engaged.
The community has been surveyed over what they would like to see happen, but surveys aside, residents may want more space for basketball or more choices for adults and seniors or more outdoor options for their kids.
River Forest voters can choose from four good candidates for two seats, but we enthusiastically endorse Cheryl Cargie and Lynn Libera to help set a new direction and tone for the park district.
Both see long-term strategic planning as a priority. Cargie has enthusiasm and good ideas; Libera focuses more on collaboration and consolidation, especially to make better use of the Civic Center Authority building. We believe they will be collaborative at the board table but be open to new approaches.
Calvin Davis would bring diversity to the park board and wants to expand programs so that parents can send their kids to offerings locally rather than elsewhere. One issue we see with Davis is that he also is running for village clerk. The village board meets on the same night as the park board.
Gerald Dombrowski is also running for a seat on the park board. He’s a fine candidate all things considered and has some interesting ideas such as installing artificial turf at one of the parks in order to maximize usage, but we believe the park district would be better served by Cargie and Libera.