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Park District Begins Public Discussion of Five Seasons Purchase

Open houses at the sports club May 20 and 21 will kick off the process.

The public is invited to tour the Five Seasons Sports Club May 20 and 21 and offer feedback on specific amenities as the kick-off to the public input process on the Northbrook Park District’s proposed purchase of the facility, according to an article in the Northbook Star.

The Northbrook Park District hopes to buy the Five Seasons Family Sports Club in order to turn it into a community recreation center. The board is expected to vote to put the process in motion at its meeting Thursday night.

The purchase of the club and a 99-year-lease on an 18-acre parcel of land it sits on on Techny Road would cost $20.3 million and would be contingent on voters approving the purchase in a referendum in November.

The $5 million cost of the land lease would be paid for by park district reserves. Voters would need to weigh in on the $15.3 building purchase price tag plus any extra funds needed to renovate the space.

The park district’s open houses will be May 20 from 7-9 p.m. and May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the Northbrook Star article. There will be about 10 stations in the club. Visitors will be asked their thoughts on those stations. There will be another open house in June, though the date has not yet been set.

You can read the full Northbrook Star article here.

A better northbrook May 10, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I am not so sure we would want to follow the path of what carol stream is doing. Just because they made the mistake of building a SECOND fitness center that is over priced, doesn't mean we should too. What a waste of tax payer $$$.
A better northbrook May 10, 2014 at 09:14 AM
If there are any tax payer advocate groups out there that are making signs stating " vote no for the five seasons purchase" please let us know so we can put signs in our yards come the fall
BJ May 11, 2014 at 01:01 AM
Jesus Christ! I can't stand these naysayers who never want any progress in Northbrook. We're one of the most affluent communities in the country and I have to drive to the Glen and pay non-resident rates because we don't have a rec center in our own town. I applaud the efforts to buy Five Seasons!
Catherine Caporusso May 11, 2014 at 06:36 AM
I absolutely want a rec center with a pool. It is ridiculous that we don't have one. I just don't know if buying an old bldg is a better choice than building a new one from scratch. The indoor pool at the Five Seasons is very small, nothing compared to the Glen's, so is the kiddie pool, and all of them need such massive updating to even come close to the Glen's that I wonder if building new ones on the land that NB has already paid for would be better.
Sandy May 15, 2014 at 05:04 PM
A track!! We have nowhere to walk/run in the winter without going to the Glen or a mall. The GBN Field House used to be available but not anymore, also not practical as it can't be used during school hours. Let's be open to suggestions and decide if it's practical AFTER Open House and meetings.

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