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Minutes - Park Services Committee Meeting - September 5, 2012

The Parks Committee Meeting of Wednesday, September 5, 2012, was called to order by Commissioner Aberman at 6:10 p.m. In attendance were President Reid, Vice-President Yanes, Commissioners Aberman and Alter. Park District staff in attendance was Director John Ohrlund, Superintendent of Recreation and Facilities Michelle Tuft and Senior Adult and Teen Supervisor Lisa Boldt. Present from School District 69 was Superintendent of School District 69 Quintin Shepherd, President of the Skokie 69 Board of Education Terri Lefler, and Member of the District 69 Board of Education Lisa Kaihara. Approximately 40 members of the public were in attendance.  

Presentation of Proposed Skate Park Design

Commissioner Aberman opened the meeting with an introduction of the proposed skate park project and explained to the audience that the agenda of the meeting was to allow input and recommendation on the design of the skate park amenities. She informed those present that comments regarding any other aspect of the skate park other than skate amenities would be addressed at the public hearing on October 3, 7 p.m. at Lincoln Junior High. Comments would be allowed at the end of the meeting but would be responded to at the October 3 meeting, not at this meeting. Commissioner Aberman then introduced Nathan Bemo from Hardcore Designs, the designer of the proposed skate park.

Input and Recommendation on Design of the Skate Park

Nathan gave a presentation of the design of the skate park and explained the various elements. Nathan then opened the floor for any comments. Many skaters offered recommendations for changes. Nathan recorded the requested changes and at times had the skaters present indicate a consensus for the change. The discussion was lengthy and lively with many skaters involved. Parents of skaters also asked questions. Nathan told the audience that he would attempt to incorporate as many of their suggestions as possible, keeping the $400,000 budget in mind.

After listening to all recommendations Nathan turned the meeting over to Director Ohrlund who asked for any other comments from the audience. Several comments or questions were made regarding the following topics: lighting, notification of the skate park and public meeting to local residents and business owners, graffiti, hours of operation, insurance concerns and location of the skate park on school grounds. Director Ohrlund informed the audience that these questions and concerns would be addressed at the public hearing.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.