Park District News
A Park District’s Positive Impact:
Park Districts provide a vast number of positive effects for the citizens of a given community. Did you know that:
- Properties abutting parks can have as much as a 20% increase in tax valuation over an identical house that is in excess of 600 ft. from the park.
- On average, a park district receives only 4.86% of your annual tax dollars. (Medinah Park District has the lowest park district tax rate (0.3684) in the area compared to Bloomingdale (0.4225), Addison (0.4720), Wood Dale (0.4957), Itasca (0.5581), Roselle (0.5897), Hanover Park (0.6099) and Carol Stream (0.6562) Park Districts.
- The Medinah Park District conducts over 84 playground safety inspections annually to keep playground equipment in good repair and safe for park users.
- Regular exercise combats chronic disease. The Connolly Recreation Center Fitness Center hosted over 3,780 visitors in 2015, providing a place for citizens to improve their health and fitness.
- The national recommended average for park acreage per 1,000 population presently stands at 9.5 acres. The Medinah Park District, with 105 acres of park land and providing service to 9,500 people, is above the average at 11.05 acres.
Park District Master Plan Projects / Highlights
The Medinah Park Districts' Capital Projects Master Plan calendar will dip slightly into the early part of 2017 in order to finalize the last two projects at Riha Park and Thorndale Park. Late fall and early winter cold temperatures at the conclusion of 2016 required a shutdown of certain aspects of the projects before they could be completed (seeding/blanketing and tennis court painting/striping at Thorndale Park and asphalt trail work and playground installation at Riha).
Highlights of work completed to date include:
- Over 1.5 miles of new walking/biking trails at Goodenough, Manary and Thorndale Parks with additional trail work (.6 miles) to come at Riha Park.
- Ballfield upgrades to 5 total fields at Manary, Riha and Thorndale Parks.
- Complete rehabilitation of tennis courts at Goodenough and Thorndale Parks.
- Transformation of the Connolly Recreation Center.
- Complete transformation and build out of Springhill Park.
- New parking options at Nordic and Springhill Parks.
- New fishing pier at Manary Park.
Once all is complete, the District will have invested just over $1,400,000.00 in facility and park improvements since early 2014.