Waukegan Park District
 
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Waukegan Park District Profile

 

Chartered

Established by local referendum on December 26, 1916 as a special purpose unit of government as provided by the Illinois Park District Code.

 

Governance

An elected Board of Park Commissioners consisting of five members constitutes the governing board of the Park District. Commissioners are elected to serve 6-year terms. Commissioners serve without receiving any compensation.

 

Officers

Commissioners elect from among themselves a President, Vice President and a Treasurer. These officers each serve a one year term.

 

Appointed Officials

Commissioners appoint an Executive Director and an Attorney/Secretary. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer for the Park District and carries out the policies of the Board.

 

Boundaries

Park District is approximately coterminous with the City of Waukegan north of Tenth Street. The Park District also includes most of the Waukegan Township and portions of Benton, Warren, Newport, and Libertyville Townships, and portions of Beach Park and Gurnee Villages. The Park District boundaries encompass approximately 21 square miles.

 

Population

Park District population is approximately 90,100 (2010).

 

Real Estate

Equalized assessed value of real estate for 2012 is $1,263,992,541 (Estimated).

 

Tax Rate

Levy year 2012 - $0.842 per $100 of assessed value (Estimated).

 

Fiscal Year Budget

Proposed operating and capital budget for FY 2013-14 is $21,095,918. The fiscal year begins on May 1 and concludes on April 30.


Bond Rating

Moody’s Rating Service rates the 2004 Bond Issue, 2005 Bond Issue, 2008B Bond Issue and 2009 bond Issue as A1. Standard & Poor’s Rating Service rates the 2009 Bond Issue as AA.


Park Resources

The District has 47 properties and control of 721 acres of land, which includes the 18-hole Bonnie Brook Golf Course and the 9-hole Greenshire Golf Course which are managed by GolfVisions Management, Inc. Other park resources include a bird sanctuary, nature preserve, wild flower and wetlands areas. The District operates 4 recreation centers: Belvidere Recreation Center, Bevier Center, the Community Recreation Center (leased by The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County) and the Field House Sports and Fitness Center at Hinkston Park, as well as the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, an outdoor swimming pool (Howard E. Ganster), the Waukegan History Museum, the Waukegan SportsPark, 1 rental hall (Jane Addams Center), 19 ball diamonds, 19 soccer fields, 13 tennis courts, 12 picnic areas, 7 picnic shelters, 32 playgrounds, 14 basketball courts, 1 skate park, 1 BMX track, 1 disc golf course, 3 spray parks, 1 dog exercise area, 1 pickleball court, 1 formal garden and 15 jogging/hiking trails.


Programs and Services

Provides a full range of activities and services year round. Major recreation programs include athletics, music, visual arts, dance, drama, day camps, fitness, preschools, outdoor recreation, trips, and special events. Programs and services are provided for special populations such as senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The District sponsors the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus. The District also sponsors the Bowen Park Theatre Company.


Staffing

Fifty six authorized full-time staff and over 220 part-time, year round, seasonal and temporary employees.

 

Affiliations

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), and Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA).


Accreditations

The Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Agency from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA); Excellence in operations and service accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

 

Target Market Profile

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Waukegan Lifestyles and Behavioral Patterns

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Waukegan Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) Information

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