In this day and age, with many families consisting of two working parents, it is commonplace for grandparents to assist in caring for grandchildren. The Bloomingdale Park District regularly receives requests from older residents to register their grandchildren in programs at the resident rate, despite the fact the grandchildren are not residents.
The Park District recognized this challenge and changed its residency policy to accommodate resident grandparents and their non-resident grandchildren. The Park Board of Commissioners officially approved this immediate policy change at the September 15, 2014 board meeting.
"As our community continues to age and grandparents regularly provide care for their grandchildren, the Board of Commissioners felt it appropriate and in the best interests of our customers to accommodate our adult population by extending the resident rate to their grandchildren," said BPD Executive Director Carrie Fullerton, CPRE. "This allows grandparents to share the vast array of quality programs, events, facilities and services offered by the Bloomingdale Park District with some of the most special people in their lives."
Resident benefits include first priority when registering for a program, and in most cases, a lower program/pass fee than those residing outside the established district boundaries. To receive the resident rate, participants must come to the Johnston Recreation Center and show proof of residency. Items to prove residency include tax bill and/or utility bill and a picture ID (driver's license, state ID, passport, military ID).