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Sycamore Park District to discuss three long-term plans

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Park District is ready to move forward.

After eight months of discussion, the district’s Community Wide Strategic Planning Team will present park commissioners with three plans for funding and prioritizing long-term goals today. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Sycamore Park District Maintenance Building, 435 Airport Road.

The team of Sycamore leaders, students and residents has been brainstorming ideas to carry out the district’s five-year “Vision 2020” plan, which would begin in 2015.

The top priorities for the district include improving existing parks, connecting and developing walking and biking trails, building a new community center and rebuilding the pool, said Dan Gibble, executive director of the Sycamore Park District.

“We found that a lot of people felt the park district, besides the golf course, really lacks a focused or central identity,” he said.

The committee was broken into three different groups, each coming up with its own scenarios on implementing and prioritizing the goals, as well as how to pay for them.

“We want some of that separate thinking to go on so not everybody is trying to see the same way,” Gibble said.

The committee’s input has helped park district staff and the board, Gibble said.

“I think a lot of people don’t know everything they have available to them, and that was eye-opening,” he said.

The park board and the strategic planning team will discuss the scenarios at tonight’s meeting, during which Gibble said they could reach a consensus on the appropriate course of action. He said ideally the district would have a long-term plan in place by December.

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