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PRINCETON — The Princeton Park District Board took a moment on Monday to review the district’s 2012 accomplishments.
At the end of each year, park district executive director Elaine Russell reviews the year’s reports and meeting minutes and puts together the metro center and parks’ highlights of the year.
“It never ceases to amaze me how much we do accomplish. I think we tend to forget...how much we get done in a 12-month period of time,” she said. “We met our goals and remained focused on our finances.”
Russell said the list, which included nearly 100 tasks, didn’t include every project the district had started or completed, but included a majority of the larger projects.
Park board attorney Bob Russell complimented the board on their work.
“It’s impressive how many different educational events the board members attended. I think that speaks well with the dedication and service of the board,” he said.
Below is a list of Elaine Russell’s chosen highlights.
January: The park district repaired tire marks left on the Zearing Park soccer fields when someone in a vehicle did “burnouts” and “doughnuts.” A leak in the Bureau County Metro Center pool was repaired. The ceiling in the jacuzzi room was repaired and the lighting was upgraded. Several items were purchased from the closed Peru pool to be used at the Alexander Park pool.
February: A new main breaker for the air conditioner unit at the Metro Center was installed for $1,300. The park district raised more than $6,000 at its annual fundraiser.
March: A building evaluation was completed with Paul Moore of ICRMT, which the district passed “with flying colors,” according to Russell. The process of repairing the overflow tube in the Metro Center pond began.
April: The Metro Center gym lighting was updated. The park district hosted its first half-marathon at Zearing Park.
May: Red oak trees were dug out from the nursery at City County Park and were planted around the 40 acres of land at Zearing Park. Also, 10 chestnut and 20 hickory trees were planted in a nursery area at Zearing Park for future use. Two new scoreboards were installed in the Metro Center gym.
June: The park district was recognized at the state fair for its 65 years of work. Park superintendent assistant Barry Glinski retired after 18 years of service. Matt Wright was moved into the position.
July: The park district provided Zearing Park as the location for the annual Princeton fireworks.
August: The spin room at the metro center was revamped and the district purchased 11 new spin bikes. The cardio room was repainted and all four televisions were replaced.
September: Princeton Park District Board chairman Gene Englehart was honored for his 15 years of commissioner service at the Best of the Best Awards Gala in Wheeling. Two windmills were installed at the Zearing Park pond, and debris was removed from the bottom of the Metro Center pond while it was drained.
October: The wooden parking lot posts at the Metro Center and City County and Alexander parks were replaced. The City County Park restroom was re-shingled. The back and front canopies at the metro center were replaced.
November: The district participated with the Optimist Club in the city’s first ever pumpkin races. Andy Marti replaced the vacant park board seat, which was left by Carl Pacunas. Fifty new trees were planted outside of the walking path at Zearing Park.
December: Sealing of cracks on the Zearing Park walking path and parking lot were completed. Dennis Nink and Andy Marti filed for the two seats up for grabs in the April election.
Goldie Currie can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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