Improvements coming to Spring Lake facilities

Pool, marina to see upgrades before next season


ROCHELLE — The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners held their monthly meeting Monday evening, with executive director Jackee Ohlinger presenting an outline for upcoming improvements to the Spring Lake Pool and Spring Lake Marina facilities.

The $610,000 project will include $310,000 worth of funding from the OSLAD Grant the park district received from the state in 2019. Wide-scale renovations include the addition of a splash pad, which Ohlinger said will be available for free admission. Additional pool improvements include a new 1-meter diving board, a new drop slide that will replace the 3-meter diving board and a new zip line on the shallow end. The rock wall will be moved to the northwest end.

“We’ll be adding amenities to the baby pool and shade stretchers, as well as beautification and basic repairs to the pool,” Ohlinger said. “We’ll be adding lower-level parking and we’ll be painting and adding new lighting to the bathhouses. We’ll be painting and improving the concession stand and there will be landscaping work. There are a lot of aspects to this improvement plan. We took a survey to find out what was most important to the community.”

Landscaping work will be done to remove timber on the north side of the Spring Lake Pool facility as well as small planted areas inside the facility. Removal work will also be completed on the west side near the waterfall. The park district plans to add 15 lower-level parking stalls, and Spring Lake Marina will have its current decking and fishing piers removed in favor of an ADA accessible sidewalk and fishing pier, as well as a new deck to match Spring Lake Pool. Ohlinger said the target date for completion is June 4, 2021, which will also be opening day for the pool.

The board meeting closed with the approval of a resolution not to exceed $35,000 for a new sign for the recreation center at Helms South, as well as the approval of a new five-year union contract for three workers in the park district.