Homewood-Flossmoor Park District

Ecological work at Coyote Run Golf Course wins award for H-F Park District

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will be honored Friday, Oct. 7, with the 2016 Sustainable Landscaping and Bio-solids Beneficial Re-use Award from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD).

Dave Ward, superintendent of golf, will be accepting the award for work done at the park district’s Coyote Run Golf Course. The presentation will be made at the 2016 Sustainability Summit in Chicago hosted by MWRD.

Park District hosts celebration of Irwin Center 30th anniversary

Homewood-Flossmoor Park District hosted a birthday party Thursday, Sept. 15, to celebrate Marie Irwin Community Center's first 30 years. 

Guests were able to enter a raffle, partake in some birthday cake and learn about the history of the center. 

Golf and brews event canceled

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District has canceled its Fore & Pour event set for Saturday, Sept. 10.

Although staff worked hard to put everything in place, the decision was made Tuesday to cancel.

“We just didn’t get the response we needed,” Debbie Kopas, parks executive director, told commissioners at the Committee of the Whole session Tuesday.

Improvements at racquet club will keep building cool and dry

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is making certain the H-F Racquet  & Fitness Club will be cool and dry for guests.

Park commissioners approved two contracts for major improvements at the 44-year-old racquet club, 2920 W. 183rd St. in Homewood, that will improve the heating and air conditioning system and the roof over the tennis courts.

H-F Park District loses nearly 15 percent of tax revenue over five years

A dramatic 43 percent decline in property assessments over the past five years has resulted in a nearly 15 percent drop in tax revenues for the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District.

Park board commissioners say the red ink is startling, and they are grateful to staff for helping meet the challenges faced by losing more than  $2.3 million over that period. The past year, the district lost $828,000 from its tax levy.

Hobo Jungle a fun way to teach safety

They get an idea, measure the wood, pick up a hammer and start nailing.  It’s the annual summer tradition of Hobo Jungle. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District offers the program to teach safety to 7- to 13-year-olds when working with tools. The day starts with a safety demonstration on what to do/not to do, explained Alie Van Heel, camp supervisor.

Designs lay out wetlands, native prairie at Irons Oaks

A stagnant pond at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center will one day be a wetland space surrounded by a host of plants that will help restore the surroundings to a beautiful space. Cheryl Vargo, manager of Irons Oaks, said Upland Design of Plainfield has laid out plans for the restoration. The plan was paid for with a grant from ComEd and Openlands.

Beer tasting party at Coyote Run planned for Sept. 10

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is putting a new twist on the game of golf with its “Fore & Pour” event Sept. 10.

Fees increase, lease agreement adjusted for The Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake

The view from Dolphin Lake Clubhouse. 
(October 2015 Chronicle file photo)

94-year-old line dancer not letting age stand in her way

Homewood resident Dorothy Roberson has been participating in the line dancing classes at the Marie Irwin Community Center for nearly six years. ​Line dance instructor Ginny Coppess said Roberson "inspires everyone.”


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