Crystal Lake Park District

Fall 2015

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5 www.crystallakeparks.org 2015 Debbie Gallagher President DGallagher@crystallakeparks.org Larry Wheeler Treasurer LWheeler@crystallakeparks.org WHAT DOES THE CRYSTAL LAKE PARK DISTRICT MEAN TO THE COMMUNITY? The Crystal Lake Park District is the premiere provider of park, recreation and leisure services for the community. Parks and Recreation have three values that make them essential services to communities*: 1. Economic Value 2. Health and Environmental Benefits 3. Social Importance Parks and Recreation opportunities have become an essential public service just as sewer, water and public safety are to a community * •9 out of 10 Illinoisans agree that Park Districts and open spaces help improve property values in their community** •7 out of 10 Illinoisans believe the portion of their property taxes going to their Park District represents an excellent or good value given the level of service provided in return** •4 out of 5 Illinois households report using a local Park District park, program or facility in the past year** •Parks, open space recreation programs contribute to health and wellness of the residents •Parks and Recreation programs serve as economic drivers and contributors for the community •The Crystal Lake Park District portion of a resident's property tax bill is approximately 5%. This low percentage of the tax bill contributes to the maintenance of over 1,400 acres of parks and open space, a 230 acre lake, numerous facilities and many programs. •According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, creating, improving and promoting places to be physically active can improve individual and community health and result in a 25% increase of residents who exercise at least three times per week* •Parks and protected public lands are proven to improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide vegetative buffers to development, produce habitat for wildlife, and provide a place for children and families to connect with nature and recreate outdoors together* •Access to parks and recreation opportunities have been strongly linked to reductions in crime and to reduce juvenile delinquency* •The Crystal Lake Park District is one of the largest, if not the largest, employers of those entering the work force for the first time. Sources: *Wisconsin Recreation and Park Association, **Illinois Association of Park Districts Thomas Aquilina Commissioner TAquilina@crystallakeparks.org Caroline Bachour-Chemaly Commissioner CBachour-Chemaly@crystallakeparks.org Angel Collins Vice President ACollins@crystallakeparks.org Michele Hartwig Assistant Treasurer MHartwig@crystallakeparks.org Our Mission To enhance the lives of our residents by providing programs, services, facilities and open spaces that safely promote health, recreation and community in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner. Park Board Meetings Regular meetings of the Crystal Lake Park District Board of Commissioners are held at 7:00 PM, on the third Thursday of each month. These meetings are open to the public and are held at the Park District's Administrative Office, One East Crystal Lake Avenue, at the corner of Walkup Avenue and Crystal Lake Avenue. Board of Commissioners

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