Letter: Sycamore Park District is forward-thinking

To the Editor:

Although I am not originally from Sycamore, I have spent the last seven years living here and am very proud to call it my home. I know many residents have called this town home for their entire lives here and have seen it grow and change with time and know more about its history than I can ever begin to imagine. 

There are many reasons to love Sycamore, from its nostalgic historic district, to its vibrant sense of community. With every Pumpkin Fest, round of golf, and concert in the park, I feel a larger place in my heart for Sycamore and will always remember the great experiences I have had here.

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first park district sponsored Daddy Daughter Dance with my little girl who will be turning two this summer.  I think it is a great tradition to begin with her and I look forward to taking her every year ... as long as she lets me, that is!  

My wife takes my daughter every week to music class at the community center where they clap, sing, and laugh, spending time together and making memories. As the weather starts to warm up, I am looking forward to picnics in the park and teaching my daughter to fish, one of these years we may even give everyone a run in the fishing derby.

I recently learned of the Sycamore Park District’s 2020 Vision plan, and the process that has been unfolding, geared toward giving the community more amenities and giving our residents some of the functions that we would normally have to go elsewhere to enjoy. 

I just wanted to say kudos to the Park District for not only reaching out to the residents to find out what it truly is that we desire, but actually taking the next step in implementing our collective vision and purchasing the new “flood-free” piece of property off of Airport Road. 

I for one, as a resident starting out his family here, appreciate that the park district is looking toward the future and responding to the needs of the community.

Thank you for making so many contributions to our community with physical places and coordinated activities, and thank you for continuing to show your dedication to maintaining Sycamore’s sense of community.

Jeffrey Keppler

Sycamore