Category: Park District of Forest Park

Cathleen McDermott – Candidate for Commissioner of Park District of Forest Park

Cathleen McDermott is campaigning  for one of two seats on the Park District of Forest Park Board against two other candidates.  Here are her answers to a variety of questions.

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Roy Sansone – Candidate for Commissioner of Park District of Forest Park

Roy Sansone is campaigning  for one of two seats on the Park District of Forest Park Board against two other candidates.  Below I’ve compiled our correspondence into one document and attempted to block quote all of his replies.

What is your platform (aka the reply to the Forest Park Review)?

I’m a life long resident of Forest Park. I attended Garfield Elementary and Field Stevenson Middle schools. I am an alumni of Proviso East High School, where I was a member of the 1980 State Track and Field Championship Team . I received my Associate of Arts degree from the College of DuPage.    I served 4 Years as a Forest Park Auxiliary Police Officer, was a member of the Forest Park High School Task Force, am a current member of the Village’s Recreation Board , have Coached Forest Park Kiwanis Football, Park District Boys and Girls Basketball and Flag Football . This year will be my 22nd year coaching in the Forest Park Little League.    I’ve been a Park District Commissioner for over 13 years. Since that time I’m proud to have served on proactive boards . We’ve produced the best possible recreational opportunities for our residents which include : installation of the artificial Soccer Field and the resurfacing of the field in 2015, voted to start the relationship with the 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame to open the world’s only 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, Developed the Skatepark with the help of Forest Park local skateboarders and the Park was built with a generous donation from Mohr Concrete, in 2007 renovated the Main Administration Building making it Handicap accessible, adding office space , a modern kitchen, an elevator and handicap accessible restrooms, 2007 Renovated Building #4 making it Handicap accessible, installing a kitchen , Handicap accessible restrooms and opened it up for more use for the West Suburban Recreation Association, Resurfaced the Park’s Tennis Courts and In Line Skate Rink, 2013 Built new Playground with Residents input, 2015 developed a Five Year Master Plan for the Park District which was helped with Community wide input through a Survey,Supported the development of the Park District Foundation which supports residents with programming needs,  2013 Purchased the Roos Property expanding Park District property from DesPlaines Ave. to Circle Ave. The Roos property project has been a 10 year project with many Community input meetings and Park Board meetings. As a Board we instructed Park District staff to seek out funding through State Grants for the development of the Roos property, resulting in The Park District receiving 3.9 Million dollars in grant funding for the project. As for the future, as a Board continue to seek out resident input to find out what their recreational interests are, continue updating our Aquatic Center and this Fall the Introduction of On-Line Registration. I’m seeking Re-Election to see the completion of the Roos Property Project, On-Line Registration and to make sure our Park District continues to offer our residents the best recreational facilities and opportunities we currently offer and more.
What motivated you to run originally?
In my case the call to Public Service is inherited from my parents, Lillian and Jim Sansone. My father was a 3 time Elected Village Commissioner , Member of the VFW and former President of the Kiwanis Club. My Mother was involved in many activities within the Village, PTA, Girl Scout Leader, Meals on Wheels and Past President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW. So my involvement is an extension of theirs and hopefully setting an example for my own children and Grandchildren .
What have you personally accomplished while on the board?

There are no personal accomplishments when you are a part of a Board. We work as a team and all take the credit for the accomplishments that take place. As we all take the blame when something doesn’t go right. But I do believe that we have one of the best Park Districts in the Western Suburbs.

What does the park district need to improve on?

I’m sure there are areas we can improve on, but overall I’m pleased with how things are going. We will have On Line registration available soon, which will help our programming. Plus the addition of the new facility on the former Roos property will be a big bonus for everybody in town and enhance our programs.

Why does the village maintain separate parks and would you support having PDoFP take over that role?

(Note I, Jordan Kuehn, am currently serving on the Village Recreation Board that monitors and advises regarding the village owned parks)

As you know, being on the Villages Rec. Board. The small Parks in town have always been under the Village. If the Park District were to take them over , we wouldn’t get the funding to maintain them that Village currently has.

Is there anything else you would like to discuss or elaborate on?
Have volunteered for the following Park District Events: 16″ Softball No Gloves National Tournament, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Celebrations, Park District Annual Campout at The Park and Breakfast with Santa.
Our Park District is the Gem of our town and I along with my other Board Members will make sure it continues to stay that way.

Andrew Johnson Letter to the Editor – Candidate for Commissioner of Park District of Forest Park

Andrew Johnson is one of three candidates running for two open seats on the Park District of Forest Park Board of Commissioners this April 4th.  The FPAC covered his campaign kickoff event here:

He has submitted the following post outlining his campaign platform in detail.

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Meet and Greet with Andrew Johnson (AJ) – Candidate for PDOFP Commissioner 1/26/17

The FPAC had a chance to meet one of the three candidates for the Park District of Forest Park tonight.  Andrew Johnson is a young man who has tossed his hat into the ring for the upcoming election on April 4.  The meet and greet was hosted at Exit Strategy Brewing Company in Forest Park and they provided some excellent hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Here is the live streamed video from the brief speech portion of the evening.

The FPAC was the first to arrive and talked to Andrew for about 30 minutes throughout the night. He is a Forest Park resident for close to a decade and now a recent home owner with his husband Jason. His welcoming demeanor was well received and he proceeded to discuss how he is motivated to improve the park district, how his experience in business is an asset, and his goals for increased transparency to the public. One theme that echoed throughout the conversation was his focus on publicity for the park district and driving programming for not just small kids and their parents, but teens and adults themselves.

In general Andrew is very friendly, intelligent, and well poised. During this first meet and greet he spoke broadly about what he hopes to add to the board. Andrew has agreed to provide a write-up about himself and his platform on this blog. We look forward to seeing more details about his specific ideas/proposals and what he will bring to the board. Certainly the park district is doing well, but what can be done to make it better?

In short, Andrew is full of potential and could help shake things up a little with new ideas, but we want to get a taste of what they are first.