Sunday, March 11, 2012
Lack of Tot Pool hurts Park District coffers.
With start times of 5:30 a.m. and some nights stretching to 9 p.m. during the week, Lake Bluff Park District’s pool receives a workout ranging from day camps to swim clubs to swim lessons. This summer the nearly 40-year tradition continues with the pool slated to open June 2 through Labor Day. After hearing from a pair of consultants on the future of the aquatic facility late last year, Lake Bluff Park District officials and its board were told that for the present, the main pool can continue to be used. “We expect to get several more years with the current condition of the pool,” said Dave Peterson, director of facilities and recreation services for the Lake Bluff Park District. Both consultants indicated the pool itself is structurally…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Price tag varies depending on short- or long-term solutions; brand-new facility would cost more than $6 million.
Among the many scenarios offered by two architectural firms over the future of the Lake Bluff Park District aquatic facility, the one they both indicated to the board of commissioners was not to sit idle and do nothing. “That’s not recommended,” said Ron Lee, of SRBL Architects of Chicago. “We’re not sure the facility would last five years. The deterioration would accelerate.” Lee, who spoke first before the board Monday night, based the recommendation on the 40 percent drop in attendance from a year ago or a loss of $60,000 in revenue. One of the primary reasons was the absence of a wading pool, which was not open last summer because it was leaking 12,000 gallons of water a day, according to Lee from discussions that SRBL Architects had …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Data will provide Park District a start to formulating Lake Bluff master plan.
In a 2009 survey gauging community interest, residents indicated Sunrise Beach and Park was the village’s No. 1 asset. The park and beach also were chosen as the No. 1 place for improvements. “We didn’t ask what improvements at that time,” said Ron Salski, executive director of Lake Bluff Park District. Now they are. In a survey posted on the park district’s website, residents are asked a series of questions outlining possible additions to Sunrise Beach and Park, ranging from a food/beverage concession area, a shelter to a central beach house facility with bathrooms and activity room. Residents also are queried on: The survey will remain posted until Oct. 23, Salski said. Once the data is gathered, it will be used as part of the Lake …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Effort part of Alliance for the Great Lakes along shorelines of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.
Sunrise Beach didn’t require the power of Pine-Sol with the 26 volunteers combing its coast for trash last Saturday. Mr. Clean had nothing on these cleaning agents, who converged upon the annual event, coordinated by the Alliance for the Great Lakes, to haul away more than 250 pounds of garbage from Lake Bluff’s nearly mile-long shoreline. This year brought in a mess of wayward tennis balls, cigarette butts, and empty beer bottles. The strangest piece of wreckage was a semitrailer frame with attached mud flap. The cleanup helps Lake Bluff Park District staff conclude the summer season, which officially ended on Labor Day. For more photos, visit our Facebook page and be sure to "Like" us.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Park District program offers challenging game, opportunity to meet new people.
Considering my best tennis games have happened in my living room, playing imaginary opponents on Wii Sports, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Sept. 10 kickoff open house held by the Lake Bluff Park District’s Platform Tennis Program. Would they be casual or more competitive? What I found was a welcoming, friendly group that accepts members of all ages and experience levels. “We have competitive leagues and social play,” said Lake Bluff resident Martha Pedersen, club coordinator, noting the age range is 7 to 77. Members new and old met at the park district for an afternoon party to meet the club, play some tennis, learn through clinics and snack at the BBQ. Inside, members chatted and enjoyed refreshments as they browsed new paddles …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Park district officials attribute the decline to the loss of the toddler pool, which was closed last season.
Lake Bluff Park District officials are confident that needed repairs to the Lake Bluff Pool, and Aquatic Facility will increase its use, which has seen a significant decline over the past several years. In 2010, 13,390 swimmers used the pool during its swimming season from June through August – a 30 percent decrease from two years prior in 2008, when the pool had an overall attendance of 18,838. The most significant decrease came in 2010, coinciding with the absence of the tot pool, which was closed that summer due to maintenance issues. “We have a lot of young families that used the tot pool,” explained Dave Peterson, director of facilities and recreational services for the Lake Bluff Park District. “People wanted to give it (the pool) a …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Lake Bluff, Lake Forest skateboarders air their tricks to raise funds for CROYA, Lake Bluff Skate Park.
Lake Bluff's Mason Betts knows exactly what his priorities are. The 16-year-old was one of more than 20 Lake Bluff and Lake Forest skateboarders who aired it out at the fourth annual Battle of the Boards, a fundraising competition and jam sponsored by Committee Representing Our Young Adults (CROYA) and Activator Cycles on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Lake Bluff Skate Park. Betts was the overall winner and took home a new skateboard from Lake Bluff’s Activator Cycles shop. He tries to skateboard every day. “It’s what I live for,” said Betts, noting “the crowd, the hype, skating good vibes” helped him win, as did his signature “boneless” trick, “where you hold your board and jump off of it, and scoop your foot on the ground and scoop your board. It’s…
Friday, August 5, 2011
Finds new appreciation for facility.
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Friday, August 5, 2011
Dear Editor: During the recent power outages, we all had to endure some inconveniences, and in my neighborhood we were luckier than most, only losing power for 19 hours the first time and 8 hours in a subsequent outage. But my work is dependent on my computer and access to the Internet, so being without power is totally paralyzing. Like a lot of other people, during the first power failure I was scrambling to find somewhere to get connected. After trying two public places that offer wireless Internet but finding them so crowded I couldn't plug in, my daughter remembered that the Lake Bluff Health & Fitness Center has wireless. We headed over and found, to our delight, that the facility had power and was uncrowded, quiet, and more than …
Sunday, July 24, 2011
High rain volume creates unsafe bacteria levels in lake water.
Lake Bluff's Sunrise Beach remains closed to swimmers for the second straight day, according to Dave Peterson, director of Facilities and Recreation Services for the Lake Bluff Park District. According to the Chicago Park District website, "Due to heavy rains, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District opened locks on the Chicago River downtown and at Wilmette on July 23. When this occurs, a swim ban is in effect at all beaches until test results show low levels of bacteria in the water." Residents can still use the beach, but are prohibited from going into the water. The Lake County Health Department will contact the Lake Bluff Park District Monday (July 24) morning to determine if that ban will be lifted or not, according to Dave …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Lake County Health Department gives OK after Monday water test.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Lake Bluff's Sunrise Beach has been officially reopened to swimmers Tuesday morning (July 12) after Lake County Department of Health officials gave the OK following results of a test to measure the level of bacteria in the water on Monday, according to Dave Peterson, director of Facilities and Recreation Services for the Lake Bluff Park District. Lake Bluff Park District officials were notified July 8 that the bacteria count had reached 1203 by the Lake County Department of Health, which necessitated closing the beach to swimmers. The normal bacteria range is 235 or more, according to Peterson. Peterson communicated by e-mail Tuesday that the count was 5, according to Lake County Department of Health. Over the same weekend, the beach at …