Park board: Shelter purchase approved

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg Rochelle Community Park District Board of Directors unanimously approved a $28,650 purchase of a new shelter for Cooper Park.

Marina decking work completed

ROCHELLE — At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg Rochelle Community Park District Board of Directors unanimously approved a $28,650 purchase of a new shelter for Cooper Park.

The previous shelter in the southeast portion of the park was recently removed. The new shelter will be 20 feet by 40 feet. The bid approved Monday was from Coverworks. The board rejected a $40,250 from Superior.

Maintenance staff will work throughout the winter to assemble the shelter and in the spring, the concrete slab will be poured underneath.

Director comments

During her director comments portion of the meeting, Park District Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger detailed various recent maintenance projects in the district.

The marina decking project was recently completed under budget and in a timely manner by staff, she said. Materials for the project totaled $29,872 and it included the complete replacement of the decking at the marina to match recent work at Spring Lake Pool.

A contractor also recently completed its work on drainage at Tilton Park. The park district’s staff will finish that work with removal of extra soil and seeding. A portion of the bike path will be replaced after part of it needed to be cut out for tiling. 

Several memorial trees and benches have been placed throughout parks recently, Ohlinger said. 

The park district’s annual Turkey Trot will take place Thanksgiving morning and will start at
The REC Center.

Ohlinger introduced the park district’s new superintendent of recreation, Andrew Murray.

"I'm very excited to be here,” Murray said. “It's impressive, the foundation that's been laid. I'm excited to get to work. Thank you everyone."

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