Referendum Update

Winter/Spring 2018-19

Johnston Recreation Center
Renovating the Johnston Recreation Center to include committed space for active older adult programming, improved early childhood/preschool space, and enhanced security throughout began May 2018 with a targeted completion date of Fall 2019. The enhancements to the building include:

  • Secure preschool wing on upper level
  • Programing space for seniors/active adults
  • Improved registration/front desk access
  • Interactive play addition for preschool, rental use and birthday parties
  • Fitness room and fitness equipment
  • Multi-purpose/arts and crafts/kindergarten room(s)
  • Multi-purpose room for 125+ people with adjacent covered patio
  • Updated teaching/concessions kitchen
  • Gymnastic Junior Gym improvements
  • Gymnastics ventilation improvements
  • Improved gymnastics lobby/viewing area
  • Restroom in gymnastics area
  • Gymnasium: motorized divider curtain and basketball hoops
  • Gymnasium lobby/waiting area
  • Additional viewing opportunities from upper level into gymnasium
  • Infrastructure improvements including plumbing, mechanical, electrical (with added efficiencies) and fire sprinkler system
  • Family toilet rooms
  • Toilet room in every preschool room
  • Improved, modernized finishes
  • Additional natural light and skylights
  • Exterior façade improvements
  • And much, much more! 

The Oasis Water Park
Updating and/or improving some recreation features at The Oasis Water Park and creation of more deck shade and deck space to begin Fall of 2018 with a targeted completion date of Summer 2019. The updates/improvements to The Oasis include:

  • Renovated play structure in Otter Island
    • New slide with run out
    • New play structure roof
    • New pools and falls
    • New watergun
    • New pipe falls
    • New spinning tray
    • Incorporation of theme elements
  • Interior fence rope and netting replacement
  • New soft play animals play features
  • Refinish paint on existing leisure pool play features
  • New and/or additional cantilever shade structures
  • New and/or additional seating area shade structures
  • New Trash and recycling bins
  • New bike rack
  • Aquatic-themed concrete stamps at bathhouse entry
  • New public benches and picnic tables

Springfield Park Ballfield Complex
The fields were re-engineered to help prevent widespread flooding of fields and nearby paths in addition to the installation of new batting cages, fencing and backstops, concrete walkways, shaded dugouts with windscreens, updated lighting, entrance gate and new basketball court and standards. The project was completed and celebrated May, 6, 2018 with a ribbon-cutting held on Bloomingdale Baseball & Softball Association’s Opening Day. 

Springfield Park Wetlands 
Restoring the shorelines of the wetlands to address non-native, invasive species and improve stormwater management continues to progress according to plan. The project includes the chemical and mechanical removal of invasive, non-native species such as cat tails, Phragmites, etc., followed by the establishment of native wetlands and upland species.  These processes will be repeated for two to three years until the wetlands are properly restored and the ongoing stewardship begins. 

Summary
As responsible stewards of your tax dollars, we look forward to the completion of these projects so that ball games can be played with minimal interruption, invasive species can be removed from the wetlands, The Oasis Water Park will receive upgrades on outdated equipment, and children and adults alike who attend classes at the recreation center can have adequate space for their education and enjoyment.