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espite the gridlock in Springfield that has prevented local entities like park districts from getting state grants for improvements to their facilities, the Grayslake Community Park District (GPD) has plowed ahead with its capital improvement plans by using the proceeds from a refinancing of debt that they completed in 2014. “During the past year we have made approximately $900,000 in capital improvements to our Grayslake Park District properties and facilities without getting any state or federal funds and I believe that is noteworthy,” said Jeff Nehila, executive director. “We hit our goals, despite the challenges. We replaced the playground, basketball court and tennis court at Meadowview Woods Park; resurfaced the paved trails at Lexington Woods and School Trail Park which residents use for biking, running and walking; added an irrigation system to the newest 20 acres at Alleghany Park on the south end of Grayslake so that we can water our turf; and added a storm sewer system to that same park,” he explained. “We will continue to do even more in the future to enhance our parks for our residents,” Nehila added. “For instance, we plan to replace the playground at Tooterville Park in the spring of 2017 and will irrigate the next 30 acres at Allegheny Park, too.” In addition to these capital improvements, GPD staff is working industriously to expand programming, particularly for youth and for senior citizens. “The popularity of our day trip program has just exploded. We take our active adults, many of whom are seniors, to shows, exhibits, festivals, meals and much more,” he said. “For instance, we have taken them to everything from cruises on Lake Geneva, to casinos, to Germanfest in Milwaukee, to Cubs games.” The park district also offers extended trips of up to a week, embarking for such destinations as San Antonio, Texas and Pennsylvania. GRAYSLAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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