City of Countryside
Recreation Committee Meeting
Monday, June 20, 2011 5:30 P.M. Court Room
I. Call meeting to order.
II. Roll call.
Alderman John Von Drasek – Chairman
Alderman James Jasinski
Alderman Sean McDermott
III. OSLAD Grant – Triangle Area Park Development Discussion.
IV. Other Committee Business.
MINUTES OF THE RECREATION COMMITTEE
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE – CHAMBER ROOM
JUNE 20, 2011 5:30 PM
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Meeting was called to order at 5:32 pm. Upon roll call the following were present:
John Von Drasek, Chairman
Sean McDermott, Alderman
Jim Jasinski, Alderman
Also present: Mayor Ed Krzeminski – Ex-Officio, Wayne Straza, Alderman, Sharon Peterson, Assistant City Administrator, John Fitzgerald, City Engineer, Carl Reinberger, Triangle Area Resident, Kaitlyn Quagliano, Triangle Area Resident, Kathy Neal, Triangle Area Resident, Mark Benson, Triangle Area Resident, Faith Benson, Triangle Area Resident
2. OSLAD GRANT – TRIANGLE AREA PARK DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSION/PUBLIC INPUT.
Chairman Von Drasek explained that the application period for the OSLAD grant is from May 1 to July 1, 2011. Alderman McDermott has spoken with the residents who live in this area for their input on the design and layout of the park. A few of the residents and their children were present at the meeting to discuss park options.
Mayor Krzeminski thanked the residents for coming to the meeting and stated that this is a great opportunity for a park in this area; this area was identified in 1998 in the original Open Space Master Plan as being an area that is lacking a park.
The residents in the area are interested in the park having a small tot lot, a walking path, a rain garden, and a gazebo where picnic tables could be placed underneath.
Triangle resident Carl Reinberger asked if the play lot could be kept to children 11 years of age and younger. Mr. Reinberger’s daughter Katelyn stated that she would like a drinking fountain in the park.
After discussion, it was determined that the City Engineer would put together a site plan and cost estimates for the park that will include:
- A walking path (concrete)
- Play equipment
- Picnic tables
- Rain garden
- Water fountain
- Brick Pavers
It was noted that the site plan for the park will include more open space than equipment. Triangle Area resident Mark Benson asked if there was any way that this project could be a LEEDS project. Alderman Straza directed the Assistant City Administrator to discuss this possibility with the West Central Municipal Conference; the Planner there is very knowledgeable on LEEDS projects and what types of projects qualify.
3. OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS.
There being no further recreation business, the meeting adjourned at 6:16 pm.
Dated John Von Drasek, Chair