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A Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Joliet Park District Residents,
The Joliet Park District continues to strive to meet the needs of and improve the quality of life for our patrons by o ering excep- tional facilities and programs. The number of events and programs, as well as the participation, continues to increase. Usage of the facilities and parks remains strong.
The 2017 Taste of Joliet had great food, awesome bands and ideal weather which, in turn, led to fantastic attendance. This year’s Taste of Joliet (June 22 – 24) features Huey Lewis and the News on Friday and Brothers Osborne, Chase Rice, and Chris Lane on Saturday. For the full line up of bands, see page 8. We are anticipating another great Taste!
The 2014 voter-approved referendum projects are nearing completion. Note the following updates:
• The Pilcher Park Roads and Trail Improvements project was completed this past fall. The trails, roads, and security gates are signi cant and long overdue improvements to the park. If you have not already done so, make sure you plan some time to visit Pilcher Park and enjoy the leisure opportunities it has to o er.
• The Nowell Park Recreation Center (Mills Road and Chicago Street) is under construction and is scheduled to open this October. The facility will include a  eldhouse with two high school-sized basketball courts, volleyball and soccer courts, and an indoor track. The building will also house a  tness area, as well as preschool and multi-purpose rooms.
• 20 playgrounds and parks were renovated in 2017. West Park, the  nal park in this renovation, will be completed this spring. The equipment at these parks and playgrounds is of excellent quality, and the amenities are being enjoyed by many.
• The Kathy Green Multi–Purpose Center renovations will be completed in the summer of 2019.
• Many of our facilities have had security (camera) systems installed.
There are several additional parks, playgrounds, and facilities in need of upgrades. Commissioners and sta  are developing a strategy to address these areas.
The Board of Commissioners and sta  thank you for your continued support. The Joliet Park District is committed to providing responsive, friendly, courteous, and excellent service to our patrons. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 815-741-7275.
Tom Carstens Executive Director
Board of Commissioners
Commissioners are elected by Joliet Park District residents to serve staggered terms without compensation. They have the respon- sibility to develop policies which provide direction for the operation of the parks, facilities and recreation programs. The Board also hires the Executive Director, who in turn hires the sta  which manages the various departments of the Joliet Park District. The Board of Commissioners meets on the fourth Monday of each month at Inwood Athletic Club, 3000 W. Je erson Street, at 5 pm. The public is invited to attend.
Pictured left to right:
Sue Gulas, President; Joe Mutz, Vice President; Matt McGuire, Commissioner; Bill Tatro, Commissioner; Joe Clement, Commissioner

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