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YOUR PARKS. YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR DECISION.

RESIDENTS APPROVE PARK DISTRICT BOND REQUEST

March 20, 2024

Referendum Approved

Residents have approved the Roselle Park District referendum request for $7 million to raise revenue to improve, equip and maintain the Kemmerling Park and Pool, including adding a splashpad, the Clauss Recreation Center facility, and other parks and park facilities, including tree reforestation, wetland restoration, and pathway improvements.

We are so grateful, and would like to thank every member of the Roselle Park District community for your continued engagement and support. From the survey responses to the ballots cast in yesterday’s vote, your voices have been heard and we are honored to deliver what matters most to you to build upon the progress that has already been made.

We look forward to the completion of these projects so that Kemmerling Pool will continue to serve generations of families; Clauss Fitness Center will provide more space for those working out; and individuals and families will have enhanced trails and places to enjoy our natural environment, have picnics and play.

Next Steps

We will begin the designing, permitting and bidding process this summer, with work beginning in Fall 2024 and running through 2027. Path improvements, tree reforestation, and natural restoration projects will begin in Fall 2024, and work on Clauss Recreation Center and Kemmerling Park and Pool is expected to start in 2025. Project-specific timelines will be updated as more details are confirmed.

Stay Updated!

We urge all residents to visit this webpage regularly and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) to stay up-to-date on our progress. Again, we are grateful for your continued support.

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What Will Funds Support?

The Roselle Park District Board of Commissioners voted to put to the community a bond request to raise revenue to improve, equip and maintain the Kemmerling Park and Pool, remodel the Clauss Recreation Center facility and other parks and park facilities, and improve green spaces and pathways throughout the District.

With approval from the voters, Roselle Park District will issue bonds in the amount of $7 million for these specific purposes:

  • Improve, equip and maintain Kemmerling Park and Pool, including adding a splashpad
  • Improve, equip and maintain Clauss Recreation Center
  • Tree reforestation
  • Natural area and wetland restoration
  • Pathway improvements 

Projects

Kemmerling Pool:

Kemmerling Pool has given families years of summer fun, swim and dive teams a home pool and provided first jobs for many Roselle teens. Roselle families have missed the Turner Park splashpad that was removed due to disrepair and increased operating costs.

Upgrades to Kemmerling Pool will include a splashpad, improved infrastructure and safety features to increase the pool’s lifespan, and new lounge furniture and shaded spaces. Adding the splashpad to Kemmerling Pool with trained aquatic personnel already onsite minimizes additional operating expenses.

Project Updates:

April 2024

The District has begun working with FGM Architects on initial design and development of the site.


Kemmerling Park:

Kemmerling Park has something for everyone– playground, tennis courts, a ballfield, trails to and from Roselle Middle School and green space to enjoy.

Upgrades include installation of new playground equipment suitable for children of all ages and abilities, adding more native landscaping and restoring the retaining wall.

Project Updates:

April 2024

The District has begun working with Hitchcock Design Group on initial design and development of the site.


Clauss Recreation Center:

Clauss Recreation Center is the hub of the Park District’s activities with sports fields, open green space, a playground and a variety of educational, enrichment and recreational classes.

The fitness center is busy with residents using the walking track, equipment and a small area for stretching. Benefits would include a reconfigured layout to use space more efficiently and updated equipment.

Project Updates

April 2024

The District has begun working with FGM Architects on initial design and development of the facility.

Survey was deployed to fitness center members and general community for input on equipment upgrades.

Click Here to Take the Survey


Roselle Reforestation:

As the importance of parks and other green spaces has risen in the last decade, so has the importance of green and suburban/urban canopies. Tall, lush trees signal vibrancy and long-standing communities. Roselle is just that.

But the Emerald Ash Borer has infected hundreds of ash trees in Roselle, and they are dying. The reforestation program will remove up to 200 diseased trees and plant diverse, healthy trees suitable for the Midwest climate and Village of Roselle aesthetic in Goose Lake, Engel, Kidtowne, Odlum, Chatburg, Newcastle and Kemmerling parks.

Project Updates:

May 2024

Volunteer Tree Planting Day Scheduled for May 10th. Interested in volunteering? Sign up here!

View Information on tree selection

June 2024

Join us for a Community Input Session!
We will discuss our ambitious naturalization and reforestation projects.

Thursday, June 20, 2024 5:30pm
10 North Roselle Rd.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 6:00pm
10 North Roselle Rd.


Natural Area Restoration & Flood Control Improvements:

The health and diversity of plants throughout our greenspaces improves our environment, supports local flora and fauna and adds to the beauty of our Village.

In order to restore the areas in Goose Lake, Engel, and Chatburg parks, the Park District will remove invasive plants and trees to balance the natural ecosystem and install native trees and plantings. These efforts will also mitigate erosion and reduce flooding in the areas

For more detailed updates on naturalization projects please visit our Green Initiatives page.

Project Updates:

May 2024

Goose Lake South - Shoreline stabilization work set to begin first week of May.

Engel Park - Clearing of invasive phragmites to begin first week of May.

June 2024

Join us for a Community Input Session!
We will discuss our ambitious naturalization and reforestation projects.

Thursday, June 20, 2024 5:30pm
10 North Roselle Rd.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 6:00pm
10 North Roselle Rd.


Trail Improvements:

Improvement to include level, widen, and repave trails at Engel, Goose Lake, and Kemmerling parks, aligning them with current ADA guidelines and making them usable to more residents.

Project Updates:


Map of Project Locations:

Here is a map showing project locations. Check out what is closest to you!


Draft Budget Plan

If approved by voters, Roselle Park District will issue bonds in the amount of $7 million. Here is the proposed breakdown of investment based on best available information:


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How did the Board of Commissioners come to this decision?
Q: Doesn’t the Park District already have a capital fund?
Q: How are property taxes used?
Q: What are the planned improvements for Kemmerling Pool and Park?
Q: Where will the splash pad go in Kemmerling Pool? Will we need to remove any features?
Q: Can you reinstall the splashpad at Turner Park?
Q: What types of updates are you planning for Clauss Recreation Center?
Q: Are you planning any green initiatives or flood-control measures?
Q: Will we see any improvements of walking/biking trails?
Q: What is the expected timeline of the proposed projects?

Questions or Comments?

If you have questions or want to share your comment, please feel free to contact us.

Email: info@rparks.org

Phone: (630)894-4200