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Clarendon Hills Park District's Lions Park Pool Begins Construction on New Diving Well and Bubbler Splash Pad
While the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Lions Park Pool closed for the 2012 season on Labor Day, recent weeks have brought a flurry of new activity to the aquatics center at 100 Byrd Court. Construction teams are now on site beginning work on the final two projects which comprise three new amenities at the Lions Park Pool. For the 2013 pool season, the existing baby pool will be replaced with a bubbler splash pad featuring pop jets, a fog jet, and an upstream jet. In addition, a new diving well will be added which will feature a one meter diving board, a three meter diving board and a drop slide. All of these amenities are anticipated to be fully operational when the Lions Park Pool officially opens for the 2013 season on Memorial Day weekend.
Phase I of the pool improvement project involved a colorful water play feature which opened during the 2012 aquatics season. This structure includes a short staircase leading to a platform and gazebo area which serves as the entrance to the pool’s child-sized water slide. Four spray stations shoot cool, refreshing water from the top and sides of the water play feature into the shallow end of the pool, providing a new source of summer fun to local youngsters who enjoy the Lions Park Pool each year.
“The Clarendon Hills Park District is eagerly anticipating the opening of our diving well and bubbler splash pad at Lions Park Pool next year. These amenities will provide new and exciting recreational experiences for visitors to the aquatics facility,” said Don Scheltens, Executive Director of the Clarendon Hills Park District.
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The following information was taken from the December 7, 2012 Suburban Life Newspaper:
The Clarendon Hills Park District is hard at work making its Lions Park Pool better than ever for next year. The existing baby pool will be replaced with a bubbler splash pad featuring pop jets, a fog jet and an upstream jet. A new diving well also will be added featuring a 1-meter diving board, a 3-meter diving board and a drop slide. All of the features are expected to be completed when the pool officially opens for the 2013 season on Memorial Day weekend.
Park District Hires Jessica Hart as New Recreation Supervisor
Jessica Hart’s very first job as a high school student was with the City of Elgin’s Parks and Recreation Department. Working in her hometown of Elgin, the then student at St. Edward High School found herself working part time at the city’s sports complex, ice rink and with several recreation programs. This early job led to an interest in a recreation career, and Hart graduated from Judson College in Elgin in 2007 receiving a degree in Sports Management. She even found time to play collegiate softball throughout her undergraduate career.
After launching her professional career during a four-year stint with the Salt Creek Rural Park District in Palatine, Hart joined the Clarendon Hills Park District staff on May 7 as a Recreation Supervisor. She will be involved with camp programs, special events, youth activities, brochure development and general supervisory activities at the Community Center.
During her first few weeks on board, Hart has been touring the Clarendon Hills Park District’s eight properties, meeting fellow staff members and residents of the community and gearing up for the opening of day camp programs on Monday, June 18. She’s also particularly excited about the Clarendon Hills Park District’s “Arts in the Parks” drop-in program which allows local families to explore four different parks on Friday mornings this summer, enjoying supervised games and crafts projects with energetic members of the Clarendon Hills Park District’s recreation staff.
'Arts in the Parks’ gives residents an opportunity to discover our smaller, neighborhood parks while realizing how much fun parents and their children can have in a relaxed, unstructured setting. I’m excited and proud that the Clarendon Hills Park District has been able to provide this program to the community,” Hart added.
Currently residing in northwest suburban Palatine, Hart’s interest in sports continues as a runner, softball and basketball player.
"Clarendon Hills is such a warm and friendly community, and I’m enjoying the
opportunity to work in a small town which has such wonderful facilities,” she
Clarendon Hills Park District Receives Grant for Kruml Park from The DuPage Community Foundation
The Clarendon Hills Park District was one of 31 not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County to receive a grant from the 2011 Fall Discretionary Grant Cycle of The DuPage Community Foundation based in Wheaton, Illinois. The grant, awarded at a special distribution open house on Wednesday, December 7 at the Foundation offices, will help underwrite the cost of plant materials and signage to enhance the wooded section of Kruml Park.
Kruml Park is the Clarendon Hills Park District’s newest park property in the Village of Clarendon Hills. Located at 5623 Western Avenue, the 2.4 acre multi-use park currently includes a playground area and soccer field. The park was developed on land once owned by the Kruml family, longtime residents of Clarendon Hills who expressed a desire that their property be used for the enjoyment of other families in the community.
The Clarendon Hills Park District is located at 315 Chicago Avenue in Clarendon Hills, IL. The mission of the Clarendon Hills Park District is to provide well-maintained, safe, active and passive recreational spaces through sound environment management, to provide programs in consideration of the needs of our diverse community which support the health and wellness of individuals as well as the community, increase awareness and respect for our environment and allow for athletic participation at all levels; and to work within the community’s financial limitations while fostering cooperative relationships wherever possible. The Clarendon Hills Park District has served the village since 1946. For additional information about the Clarendon Hills Park District, please contact Don Scheltens, Executive Director, at 630-323-2626.
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