I want to congratulate the Park District of Forest Park and the citizens of the community for successfully passing the Roos property referendum.
I grew up across the street from the park and it was always such a huge part of my family’s life; from preschool to “Miss Carol’s” tap class to my high school and college years as a lifeguard at the pool. I come back as often as I can to volunteer at the No-Gloves Tournament or to enjoy the spectacular the 4th of July celebration. The park is always there so I can “come home.”
I hope those who opposed the property purchase (and even those who approved it) truly appreciate what they have. I moved out of Forest Park when I got married seven years ago and I can honestly say that nothing compares to the park. In fact, the community where I live now does not have a park district so I have few options but to drive my children to another community and pay non-resident rates. And while those communities have an organized park district, their facilities are scattered.
The residents of Forest Park have wonderful opportunities available to them in a beautiful, centralized location. There is something for everyone. The Roos property will only award more of these wonderful opportunities to create lasting memories. Forest Park is truly blessed.
Irene McDermott Sandner