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Community Aquatic Center
Referendum Information


On Tuesday, March 18 election, voters will decide on two referendum questions to benefit the communities and school district.  Both ballot questions must pass to enable the district to proceed with the community aqautic center.  The following two propositions will appear on the ballot:

Pool Construction Cost:
Shall the Board of Education of Lake Park Community High School District Number 108, DuPage County, Illinois, improve the site of and build and equip an indoor swimming pool addition to the Lake Park East Campus High School Building and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $8,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?

Pool Operational Cost:
Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for Lake Park Community High School District Number 108, DuPage County, Illinois, be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year, to 2.6% for the 2014 levy year?

Click here to view an informational presentation about the scope of the project - including the involvement of the Bloomingdale, Itasca, Medinah and Roselle Park Districts - as well as the financial cost to taxpayers and the benefits for the community.

    
Click the image for additional renderings of the community aquatic center.

Voting Information

The polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, March 18 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to learn more about the proposed Community Aquatic Center and make an informed decision on March 18. 

Click here to visit the DuPage County Election Commission website to check your voter registration status and learn more information about voting in the March 18 General Primary Election.

Project Summary

Lake Park High School, in collaboration with the Bloomingdale, Itasca, Medinah and Roselle Park Districts, has designed an aquatic center to benefit community residents and students in physical education classes, as well as Lake  Park athletic and activity programs.  The proposed aquatic center will add approximately 23,500 square feet at the Lake Park East Campus and will include an eight-lane, 25-yard by 59-foot pool with a diving well, an activity/warming pool and seating capacity for 330 spectators.  Other amenities including family changing rooms with showers, a four-foot deep warming pool with ramp entrance and a toddler shelf, and a tot slide have been added to accommodate community use for activities such as swim lessons and water aerobics.

Click the image above for more information about the proposed community aquatic center.

Our Vision: Why?

  • The community aquatic center can benefit students during physical education classes, swim/dive teams outside of school hours and families and residents year round.
  • Improving athletics facilities creates more opportunities for students to compete in extra-curricular activities and sports, and for residents to engage in physical activity.
  • Partnering with our residents represents a joint investment in education and the community.

     
    Click the image to view proposed aquatic center schedules.

Community: Opportunities for access and programming      

  • Construction of a pool, diving well and activity/warming pool for small children, youth and active adults would provide the only publicly funded indoor aquatic center in the area.
  • Lake Park will contract with the Bloomingdale, Itasca, Medinah and Roselle Park Districts to coordinate year-round shared used of the aquatic center.
  • The mission of this intergovernmental cooperation is to make aquatic recreation opportunities, such as lap swim, swim lessons, open swim, water aerobics and physical therapy, available to residents in the communities Lake Park serves. 

 Teaching & Learning: Benefitting students' physical health

  • The Physical Education (PE) curriculum will develop pool-related units that teach students water-safety skills before graduation.
  • Elective courses can be offered to provide options such as life guarding-career readiness and CPR/AED, water aerobics, snorkeling and water polo.
  • Swimming provides low-impact exercise that can benefit students' overall health and help athletes with conditioning and physical therapy.

Space Enhancements: The needs and the solutions

  • Additional facilities provide new opportunities for student engagement in an expanded PE curriculum, school sports like water polo, and clubs for kayaking, scuba diving and fishing.
  • Compared to other schools in our region, LPHS is one of only a few schools without a swimming pool.  The current lack of facilities hampers practice and competition schedules. Student athletes on swimming and diving teams must be transported to and from off-campus locations often late into the evening.
  • Construction of the only publicly funded indoor aquatic center in the area can increase community use of school resources.

Finances: The cost for taxpayers to support the project

Click the image to view 
a Financial Fact Sheet.
 

  • The Board of Education will allocate $600,000 in fund balances toward the construction of the community aquatic center, which has an estimated construction cost of $9.1 million.
  • The most effective funding option for the remaining $8.5 million construction cost and $390,000 annual operational cost requires two referendum questions in the March 18 election.  The Board has determined that both ballot questions must pass in order for the project to be financially viable.
  • The estimated financial impact to the owner of a $200,000 home equals $26 annually or roughly $2 per month; and $38 annually or just over $3 per month for the owner of a $300,000 home.
  • NEW! Click here to launch a referendum calculator for taxpayers to estimate the annual cost based on their home market values.

 

  Estimated Impact
for Taxpayers
  $200,000 market value home  $300,000 market value home
 Construction Cost  $11.60 $17.40 
 Operational Cost  $13.44 $20.16
  Total Tax Increase:   $25.04 annually  $37.56 annually
 

Attend upcoming forums to learn more info:  

Residents are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming community forums, scheduled in conjunction with the local park districts, to ask questions and learn more information about the proposed Community Aquatic Center.  Mark your calendar for:

Saturday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.
Roselle Park District
Clauss Recreation Center, Mulberry Room
555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale Park District
Johnston Recreation Center, Community Room
172 S. Circle Ave., Bloomingdale

Thursday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Medinah Park District
Thorndale Recreation Center, Heritage Room
22W130 Thorndale Ave., Medinah

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.
Itasca Park District
Itasca Recreation and Fitness Center, Iris A&B Room
350 E. Irving Park Rd., Itasca 

Voting Information

With less than a week until Election Day on Tuesday, March 18, residents are reminded to learn more about the proposed Community Aquatic Center.  Understand the facts and make an informed decision on March 18. 

Although voter registration has closed, residents can still apply to register during a "grace period" offered by the DuPage Election Commission until Saturday, March 15.  Registration may only occur in person at the Election Commission Office, located at 421 N. County Farm Rd. in Wheaton.  Office hours through election day: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
Early voting for the General Primary Election is available from March 3 through March 15 in the Stratford Square Mall, Upper Level, Entrance #4 (next to Macy's) from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Click here for a list of all Early Voting locations that are available from March 3-March 15.