The Park District of Highland Park has been awarded a $528,500 grant to fund repairs and enhancements to Lincoln Park. The cash shall be used to exchange and enhance the park’s existing amenities, including recent playgrounds and a basketball court.
The district also plans to make improvements to the park’s soccer field, walking paths, and furniture.
As a part of the project, the community will have the opportunity to assist shape the design of the park, in keeping with a release from the district. Public meetings shall be held on the subject starting this summer. Construction on the project is anticipated to start in the summertime of 2025.
The funds are coming from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program. This system provides as much as 50 percent of the fee of public park and recreation projects which might be approved by the state.
The renovations are partly due to resident concerns about losing the recreational amenities that were provided by the Lincoln School property, the discharge says.
Wilmette parks leader collects USTA honor
Jason Stanislaw, the overall manager of Wilmette’s Centennial Recreation Complex, recently received the USTA Midwest Stanley Malless District Diamond Service Award on the association’s annual meeting on Jan. 26 in Cincinnati.
The award was presented to Stanislaw for his distinguished service in developing tennis programs on the grassroots level for greater than five years. Stanislaw has been involved in promoting and developing tennis programs for greater than 30 years.
As a former skilled player, Stanislaw achieved notable success within the junior and highschool tennis competitions in the US and abroad. He played Federation Tennis in France within the early 2000s and has served as a board member for the U.S. Tennis Association Chicago District since 2014, including a term as president.
Stanislaw is a graduate of Michigan State University and has displayed a passion for tennis since swinging a racquet on the age of six.
“Jason employs a growth mindset to managing and promoting the game by making a welcoming culture with a belief that engagement in sports — at any skill level — is an activity price celebrating,” USTA Chicago Executive Director Jill Siegel said in a press release. “His mantra, ‘All Play is Good Play,’ reinforces this concept.”
In 2020, Stanislaw joined the Wilmette Park District as racket sports manager and have become the overall manager of the Centennial Recreation Complex in 2020.
Local teen wins Evans Scholarship
A Recent Trier High School student is certainly one of 74 from the Chicago area who’ve been awarded full college scholarships through the Evans Scholars program.
Logan Dubansky, of Wilmette, a caddy at Westmoreland Country Club, was chosen from a pool of candidates through a competitive process that included interviews at Midlothian and Oak Park country clubs.
The Evans Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program that gives students the chance to pursue a level in golf while also receiving financial assistance. This system is open to students from across the country, and the 2023-24 selection meeting process is anticipated to complete in March, and an estimated 340 caddies shall be awarded the Evans Scholarship.
The scholars who’ve been awarded the Evans Scholarship are coming from a wide range of backgrounds but all reflect the 4 listed criteria: a robust caddying record, strong academic record, financial need, and high character.
The Evans Scholarship Program is supported by contributions from greater than 36,000 supporters across the country. In 2024, the BMW Championship, the penultimate PGA TOUR Playoff event within the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, shall be held at Castle Pines Golf Club in Colorado. The proceeds from the championship shall be donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which supports students from across the nation.
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