Park board: Numbers at Spring Lake ‘pretty good’ so far this summer

At its Monday meeting, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners heard an update on how things have gone so far this summer at Spring Lake since it opened June 5.

Maintenance closures for The REC planned to begin week after July 4

ROCHELLE — At its Monday meeting, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners heard an update on how things have gone so far this summer at Spring Lake since it opened June 5.

Park District Superintendent of Administration & Finance Maureen Stevens and Superintendent of Recreation & Fitness TC Hager filled in at the meeting for Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger and told the board that about 200 people attended Spring Lake on opening weekend and numbers have been “pretty good” as far as daily visits with the recent warmer weather.

Hager said the park district opened its second set of swim lessons on Monday and people called right at the opening time to register. 

While season passes for Spring Lake are down this year, that was expected due to the park district’s all-inclusive membership including Spring Lake use. 

Stevens said sealcoating work has begun at some of the parks, and the park district’s maintenance shop recently got done. 

Last month the board unanimously approved a contract with Wyatt Pavement for sealcoating in the amount of $16,818 for this month's work. 

The work includes two basketball courts, the maintenance shop parking lot and driveway and Lake Sule. The “large amount” of sealcoating also includes filling cracks and striping.

Stevens also said that the driving range at Skare Park recently saw issues with its ball machine that hopefully have been remedied.

“We determined it was due to a low number of golf balls and they found more and we ordered more,” Stevens said. “We had 600 and ordered another 300 more, so hopefully that helps.” 

A meeting with members of the disc golf community in town was recently held and that group is working with the park district on “sprucing” up the course, Stevens said. 

“We've left it as is for a majority of its life because people like the challenge of a more wooded course,” Stevens said. “It's gotten overgrown, so we've met with a group that plays regularly to discuss what they'd like to see done out there. They'll be working on that in the coming months.”

Hager said The REC plans to be closed for maintenance the week after the 4th of July. According to the park district’s site, closures will be from July 5-14 as part of The REC’s annual maintenance program. The closure is figured into the membership fee schedule, therefore no adjustments will be made to memberships for closures less than the scheduled two weeks. 

The work will be done in zones. The fitness center is planned to reopen at 6 a.m. on July 8, the fieldhouse is planned to reopen at 6 a.m. July 11 and the aquatic center is planned to reopen at 6 a.m. on July 15. Dates are subject to change.

“The aquatic center will be closed for the longest period of time,” Stevens said. “They're going to drain the pool and do a lot of work cleaning that we can't do when there's water in it.”

Budget draft

The board unanimously approved a budget draft for 2022-2023. It will be posted to the park district website for 30 days and up for a public hearing and approval at the board's July meeting.

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