Peoria Park District proposing a number of cuts to 2018 budget

PEORIA, Ill - Major cuts could be coming to the Peoria Park District.

The park board met tonight and discussed a number of proposed cuts to its 2018 budget.

Cuts included the closure of 7 Glenn Oak tennis courts, the Detweiller Golf Course and the Lakeview Family Aquatic Center.

The board stated by closing the aquatic center their goal would be to attract more swimmers to the Riverplex, which would save them $85 thousand dollars.

Additionally a cut to the annual July 3rd fireworks is being proposed. Members said it would save the park district $14 thousands, a special event in Glenn Oak Park would take place instead of the fireworks.

“Ultimately we have to understand as a park district that we don’t have to be and we shouldn't be everything to everybody,” said executive director Emily Cahill. She adds, “It is very appropriate for us to reply on community partners to provide services and that really we should be complimenting each other instead of competing with each other.”

This 2018 budget wouldn't’t solve the park district's deficit. The board says the district would still be in debt over $200 thousand dollars but members plan to look more closely at their budget in 2018 to resolve the issue.


No votes were taken tonight but the park board plans to have the budget finalized and voted on during their December 13th meeting.


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