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At the end of the day... did you play?                   LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

         Dear Friends of the Pleasant Dale Park District,

         Greetings and a happy springtime to you and your family. With a snowstorm last Halloween and a green
         holiday season with no snow, who knows what kind of weather we can expect this spring. I am hoping
         for weather that will be conducive for continuing work on our various construction projects. The Walker
         Park Improvement Project construction started last fall and we anticipate finishing later in 2020. This

         project includes many new features that will enhance the park: playground equipment, challenge course,
         backstop on Spina Field, picnic shelter, outdoor restroom, redesigned pathways, and a naturalized
         pollinator area.

         Weather dependent, we are targeting April for the start of improvements at Soehrman Park.
         Improvements at this park include an outdoor restroom, shade structure for the outdoor fitness area,
         as well as landscape beautification. Plans are also underway for environmental improvements at Lake
         Carriage Way Park. The goals are to continue improving water quality and appearance of the lake in

         conjunction with shoreline stabilization and landscape improvements. Monthly construction updates are
         available at I’d also encourage everyone to connect with us via Facebook
         and Instagram (@PleasantdalePD) make sure we have your email address so you’re receiving our email
         communications. We appreciate your patience as we improve your parks!

         I’m excited to announce that, in coordination with the Board of Commissioners, we have established
         the Pleasant Dale Parks Foundation. This 501(c)(3) organization will work cooperatively with the Board
         and serve as a fundraising arm of the park district. This positive partnership will allow for additional

         developments to improve our park system and your community. I am also excited to introduce three new
         staff members that have recently joined our team: Laurie Murray (Recreation), Bill Kikos (Maintenance),
         and Bernadette Panik (Athletics). All three bring a fresh perspective to our district and are eager to work
         on your behalf.

         We appreciate your understanding as we all work through these uncertain times due to COVID-19. We
         hope you’re staying healthy, safe and practicing social distancing. We hope to return to normal district
         operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support.

         Matt Russian
         Executive Director

         Pleasant Dale Park District

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