It may have taken some gentle prodding, but consultants from Images, Inc. added content to the Village of Forest Park Comprehensive Plan website this week to reflect February meetings with a group of seniors, business owners and two Fenwick High School students.

Images also on Saturday contacted by e-mail the 33 members of the stakeholder steering committee to invite them to a follow-up meeting March 27. The steering committee last met in July. 

“We’re ready to share what we’ve learned,” said the Images e-mail. “Please join us to learn about the progress of the Plan and to talk about what’s next.” Direction of the plan has passed to consultant Janet Henderson, after lead researcher Carrie Hansen left the firm. Henderson was to meet individually with village commissioners to get their final input into the plan.

According to the website, consultants met Feb. 6 with two Fenwick High School students to ask them for input into future land uses for the Village of Forest Park. 

“The Proviso School [sic] was issued an invitation and declined to participate,” the Images report says. The pair of students complained about a lack of basketball courts and said they hoped the park district’s Roos development would be a new recreation center with a large teen type center. A mall similar to North Riverside, but smaller was on their wish list, as well as an overhaul of the Blue Line CTA station. The students expressed disappointment in the cancellation of SummerFest and the 4th of July Fireworks and “indicated that not much to do in Forest Park when you are between the ages of 10-20.”

Images met with seniors at the Community Center Feb. 11, to assist with filling out the community survey. The website didn’t mention how many members of the Senior Club filled out the survey. They attended a Chamber of Commerce luncheon the same day to encourage business owners to fill out the survey. A total of 12 business owners filled out the survey by the time it was closed Feb. 23.

Images also uploaded a report from the Nov. 20 “Visioning Workshops” held at the park district. 

Still missing from the website is an analysis of the citizen survey, including what ideas were proposed and how Forest Parkers voted on village-owned land at the Altenheim. Gathering citizen input into purposes for the Altenheim land was one of the main reasons for the citizen survey, which Commissioner Chris Harris requested in 2012. 

Village Administrator Tim Gillian said Monday the steering committee meeting March 27 was open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Forest Park Community Center. 

Jean Lotus

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