PRINCETON — The Princeton Park District has been recognized as an Exemplary IPARKS Member.
The Princeton Park District also qualified and received an IPARKS Power Grant in the amount of $1,860 for training and education, playground safety and risk control board president Andy Marti said.
The Park District was presented with a plaque from IPARKS this month in recognition of the honor. The Exemplary Program was started by the IPARKS board in 2018. Each member of the IPARKs program that qualified based on the member performance in the program was provided a 10% rate credit or discount on their 2018 renewal, with that rate holding firm through 2021, or three years. The IPARKS board voted to continue this program, extending it from 2021 to 2024. d
During the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, Park District Director Tammy Lange reviewed the fund balances with the board.
“Thanks to the management team in place, despite the challenges of 2020, we ended the year okay,” she said “Mike (Anderson, maintenance coordinator), Matt (Wright, director of parks) and Nick (Davis, assistant director and superintendent of recreation) have done an excellent job working with last year’s budget and being fiscally responsible in their respective areas. I tip my hat to them”.
The board then approved the tentative budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year which started July 1. Budget figures call for annual expenditures of $3,573.351.
“This budget serves as a tool so that each month (we), the management team can review and adjust as necessary to stay on track. Due to the mandated shutdown of facilities, programs, etc., projected 2020 membership fees and program revenues were significantly impacted. We are rebuilding, but don’t expect to be back to 2019 revenue levels for a few years.” Lange said.
The tentative budget will be posted for public review in the lobby of the Bureau County Metro Center. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled on Monday, Sept. 20 with the budget to be considered for final approval by the board at the regular board meeting later that evening.
In other action, board members discussed and approved a plan to close the Bureau County Metro Center at noon on Saturday, Sept. 11 for the Homestead Festival, rather than the regular Saturday closing time of 5 p.m. The Park District staff will be hosting the typical Homestead Festival events of the 5K Run and the Blues Festival.