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YOUR PARKS. YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR DECISION.

VOTE MARCH 19.

ROSELLE PARK DISTRICT SENDS BOND REQUEST TO VOTERS

Proposed projects include green spaces, aquatics, and fitness and benefit all of Roselle.

The Roselle Park District announced it is requesting a $7 million bond referendum 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. The referendum question will be on the March 19, 2024, general primary election ballot.

The Park District Board of Commissioners voted to put the referendum to a public vote. “We surveyed all Park District residents in 2022 and 2023, and while our residents are happy with our programs, they did identify priorities they want addressed sooner rather than later,” said Laura Ellison, president of the Roselle Park District Board of Commissioners. “The community sees the work that has been done to elevate experiences at our parks and facilities in the last decade, and they want to see that work continue.”  

The proposed projects will positively impact all of Roselle, increasing accessibility and adding to the enjoyment of Park District spaces, programs and facilities:

Kemmerling Pool: add a splashpad, update pool infrastructure and safety features to extend life expectancy and, add new lounge furniture and shaded spaces. In addition to the zero-depth entrance at the pool, the splash pad will provide water-enjoyment opportunities for individuals of all abilities.

Kemmerling Park: install new playground equipment suitable for children of all ages and abilities, add more native landscaping and restore the retaining wall.

Clauss Recreation Center: reconfigure the fitness center to use space more efficiently and update equipment.

Roselle Reforestation: remove up to 200 diseased ash 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.

Natural Area Restoration and Flood Control Improvements: remove invasive plants and trees to balance the natural ecosystem and install native trees and plantings to mitigate erosion and reduce flooding in Goose Lake, Engel, and Chatburg parks.

Trail Improvements: level, widen, and repave trails at Engel, Goose Lake, and Kemmerling parks, aligning them with current ADA guidelines. 

Although the Roselle Park District maintains a long-standing conservative approach to fiscal management while undertaking improvements, available funds will not cover the total cost needed for these identified projects.

“We make noticeable improvements across the Park District every year – such as the Clauss Ballfield improvements and Turner Park renovation – but those that our residents have identified in the surveys require significantly more funding to provide the impact and a strong return on our taxpayers’ investment,” said Lynn McAteer, Roselle Park District executive director. “In discussions with residents, we’ve heard that they are willing to make an additional investment to protect the progress we’ve made in order to continue accessing quality green spaces, aquatics and fitness programs.” Residents can expect a tax increase of $6 a month on an average home valued at $332,000.

Without funding from the proposed referendum, improvements to Kemmerling Park and Pool, the Clauss Recreation Center and the natural area restoration and reforestation efforts will be deferred to later years or not addressed at all. 

The Park District will hold a series of open houses and other educational opportunities for residents to learn more about the proposed updates that would be possible if voters approve the referendum. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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What Would 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.

If approved by 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 

The Roselle Park District referendum question will be on the March 19, 2024, primary election ballot.

The first day of mailing or delivery of Vote by Mail ballot is Thursday, February 8. Early in-person voting begins Monday, March 4.

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On March 19, 2024, you will be asked to vote on the following:

“Shall the Roselle Park District, DuPage County, Illinois, improve, equip and maintain (i) the Kemmerling Park and Pool, including adding a splashpad, (ii) the Clauss Recreation Center facility, and (iii) other parks and park facilities, including tree reforestation, wetland restoration, and pathway improvements, and issue its bonds to the amount of $7,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”


Upcoming Open Houses & Information Opportunities

Residents who would like to learn more about the Roselle Park District referendum are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Open Houses or other information sessions. Please stop by and ask questions so you can make an informed decision when you vote on Tuesday, March 19.

Saturday, January 20

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Location: Clauss Recreation Center

Wednesday, January 31

Time: 8:30-10:30am

Location: Clauss Recreation Center

Saturday, February 3

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Clauss Recreation Center

Saturday, February 17

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Location: Clauss Recreation Center

Wednesday, February 21

Time: 4:00-7:00pm

Location: 10 North Roselle Rd

Saturday, March 2

Time: 8:00-10:00am

Location: Clauss Recreation Center

Tuesday, March 5

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

Location: Clauss Recreation Center

Thursday, March 14

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Scout Lodge


Why are Bond Funds Needed?

The Roselle Park District undertakes major replacements and updates annually; however, the priorities identified by the community in surveys will require significantly more funding. The Roselle Park District operates and manages more than 158 acres of land, 16 parks, 6 facilities, and some 276 recreational programs and events for residents and visitors.

These park resources – especially the most popular ones like our Kemmerling Pool, Clauss Recreation Center and trails – periodically require replacement and repair due to their ages, wear and tear from daily use and constant exposure to hot summers and freezing winters. Green spaces throughout the Midwest, including those in Roselle, are being overrun by invasive species upsetting the biodiversity that supports local wildlife and prevents erosion. Our parks are gathering places for families and neighbors and it’s important that we restore and maintain them to ensure enjoyment now and for generations to come. Priority projects identified by residents will have a positive impact on quality of life and contribute to a vibrant, thriving Roselle community.

The Park District undertakes major replacements and updates annually; however, the priorities identified through the surveys will require significantly more funding to provide the impact and strong return on taxpayers’ investment. Should residents approve the bond request, they will protect the progress made in the past decade.


Projects:

If the bond request is approved, it will raise the necessary revenue to fund the projects highlighted below. Planning and contractor interviews will start as early as Summer 2024, with work beginning in Fall 2024 and running through 2027. Residents will be included in the process as final designs are determined.

sample concept design

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.

sample concept design

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.

Clauss Recreation Center:

Clauss Recreation Center is the hub of the Park District’s activities with sports fields, open green space, a rose garden, 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.

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.

sample plantings

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

Trail Improvements:

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.

Map of Project Locations:

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


Draft Budget Plan for Proposed Improvements

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:


Do I live within the Roselle Park District Boundaries?

The Village of Roselle supports four park districts, including the Roselle Park District. You can check your property tax bill to determine what park district serves you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Roselle Park District requesting on the March 19, 2024 ballot?
Q: What would funds support?
Q: Why are bond funds needed?
Q: How did the Board of Commissioners come to this decision?
Q: Doesn’t the Park District already have a capital fund?
Q: What happens if the referendum doesn’t pass?
Q: Will my taxes increase if the referendum passes?
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?
Q: I live in Roselle. Why am I not considered a Park District resident?
Q: Where can I get more information about the referendum and proposed projects?
Q: When can we vote on the referendum?
Q: What is the official question we will see on the ballot?

Questions or Comments?

We want to make sure you have all the information you need to be an informed voter on March 19. If you have questions or want to share your comment, please feel free to contact us.

Email: futureparks@rparks.org

Phone: (630)894-4200