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What Do You Think About the Plans for Five Seasons?

The Northbrook Park District is floating four proposals to buy and renovate the country club.

Five Seasons Country Club | Credit: File Photo
Five Seasons Country Club | Credit: File Photo
The Northbrook Park District has developed four proposals to remodel the Five Seasons Country Club into a community rec center if its decided to purchase the club through a referendum. 

So far, the idea is receiving very little public support. 

More than 200 residents came out June 26 as part of the public discussion to about what to do with the facility, and most of those in attendance were not fans of the plans or the process, according to a Sun-Times Media report.

READ: Check Out the Sun-Times Media Story for Full Details

The district unveiled its plans last week, which range in cost from about $35 to about $46 million to renovate the club. Those estimates include about $20 million to buy the land and pay for the 100-year land lease, Sun-Times Media reported

The plans all include eliminating the club's eight indoor tennis courts and installing an elevated running track, a three-court gym, fitness centers and senior facilities, the Sun-Times reported. The North Suburban Special Recreation Association also will have space allotted for it, the report added. 

Here are the four proposals on the table:
  • Proposal #1: An indoor turn playing field would be included. Cost: $36.7 million to $39.7 million.
  • Proposal #2: A four-lane, 25-yard lap pool and a 92-degree activity/therapy pool would be included, as well as an indoor turf playing feel. Cost: $39.7 million to $42.7 million.
  • Proposal #3: A new aquatic center with a six-lane, 25-year lap pool and activity/therapy pool would be included. Cost: $43.7 million to $46.7 million. 
  • Proposal #4: Remodels existing four-lap pool and spa. Cost: $35.7 million to $38.7 million. 
YOUR TURN: What do you think of the plans for the district to buy and remodel Five Seasons Country Club? Do you have a favorite proposal? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
District 30 Homeowner July 10, 2014 at 02:38 PM
It seems a clearer picture of the costs should be available -- not just the construction/remodel costs, but also the tax implications and the bottom-line cost to homeowners in Northbrook, particularly those in District 30. The articles I've read so far seem to gloss over this and paint the picture that it is going to cost less than it is. I am also wondering if a better investment for the park district is to update current facilities at Meadow Hill and SportsCenter, as well as consider developing the Anets property. More details please!
Carol Zorn July 10, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Why does our government think their residents are a "money tree"? If they tax us for this project, that is less money we have to use it or spend at other businesses? If all people want is an updated facility with indoor walking, pool and workout, renovate one of our existing facilities. Or arrange with one of the many fitness clubs to subsidze northbrook resident memberships. It would be a much cheaper and fair way to support the requested needs.
David Otis July 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I think there are to many facilities around the area that already provide what is being proposed. The lost revenue from the taxes probably doesn't enter into the equation because Five Seasons will probably not be around much longer. In my opinion the city would be much better off using our tax dollars to fix the areas of poor infrastructure that leads to many flooded basements. Here's an idea. start a skunk eradication program.
IgnorantA July 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM
@David, the Village and the Park District are two separate organizations.
joel kogen July 16, 2014 at 02:05 PM
If no one like the park dist plan Whey don't the sell to IMAX Or sell it to zines the comedy Club that used to be in Vernon hills Just an ideal to toss out their

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