The Park Board is composed of five non-paid individuals, selected by you, to serve elected terms. The Board is primarily a policy-making body that reflects the needs and interests of all taxpayers. The Board of Commissioners meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham. The public is welcome to attend.
Rob is the President of the Board of Commissioners and is currently serving his fifth elected term. During this time Rob has overseen the renovation of every playground in town along with the construction of Ball Fore Miniature Golf and Batting Cages and the Lily Pad Splash Pad. While improving and adding to our residents recreational needs, Rob has been able to help maintain an A+ rating from Standard and Poor's. This reflects a positive performance of very strong cash reserves and credit characteristics. Moving forward, Rob has been instrumental in the District's push to go solar. With Frontier and Freedom Activity Center complete, we look forward to adding Ball Fore and Lily Pad to our solar grid by the end of 2021. These projects have been done at no cost to the District, saving taxpayer dollars while helping the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. Some other things to look for in the near future will be the installation of cameras at some of our playgrounds. These cameras will not only help protect our playgrounds but also our patrons. Rob is married to Kathy and they have three sons. Rob is a member in good standing of the IBEW Local 134.
Mary is Vice President of the Board of Commissioners and is serving her fifth elected term. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of St. Francis, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Governor’s State University. Mary recently retired from the Oak Lawn Park District after a career that spanned 22 years in a variety of positions, most recently Safety Coordinator and Aquatic Supervisor. She is active in Illinois Association of Park Districts, serving on the Distinguished Agency Accreditation Review Committee. Mary and her family have lived in Chicago Ridge for 34 years. Mary is committed to maintaining the quality of the parks and facilities for all of the current and future residents of Chicago Ridge.
Dave and his wife Judy have been lifelong residents of Chicago Ridge. Dave is on his fourth term and is the chairman of maintenance. Dave holds a degree in criminal law and business. He feels the parks help keep the community together. Good parks are a must and Chicago Ridge has some of the best around.
Bob is a longtime resident of Chicago Ridge. He grew up enjoying the Chicago Ridge Park District fields, camps, and outdoor activities within the community. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Technology from Purdue University, and his many years of experience building athletic and recreation facilities throughout the Chicagoland area is an asset for our Park District. Bob feels the purpose of the Park District is to enrich our community with exceptional recreation, parks, and facilities that inspire memorable experiences and he is proud to be a part of that experience as a Park District Board Commissioner. He is married to Cindy and they have a daughter Heidi.
Jamie and her husband, Rich, have lived in Chicago Ridge for over twenty years. Their four children have enjoyed the many facets of what the Chicago Ridge Park District has offered throughout the years, from the classes to the playgrounds to the walking paths. Their fun-filled days in the parks positively impact them as they continue to grow into adults. Jamie has a Master's degree in Education and another in Reading. She has taught in a local school district for twenty-one years. Jamie is a former school board member who believes the needs of children come first. She feels parks provide an atmosphere for children and families to play and grow together. The parks are the center for learning, teamwork, developing an imagination, and an overall love for the outdoors. They brought their four children back to Rich’s hometown of Chicago Ridge to raise them in a strong, family-based community. Jamie has a Master’s degree in Education and another in reading. She has taught in a local school district for sixteen years. Jamie is a former school board member who believes the needs of children come first. She feels parks provide an atmosphere for children and families to play and grow together. The parks are the center for learning teamwork, developing an imagination, and an overall love for the outdoors.