Safety, Activity & Community
The Norridge Park District Community Pool referendum
Vote on April 6, 2021
The Norridge Park District (NPD) Community Pool is failing and in need of a replacement in order to continue to meet the needs of its residents. Built in 1962 and last renovated in 2008, repairs were estimated to cost $2.4M and would only provide temporary solutions.
In January 2020, the Norridge Park District held a community meeting to discuss whether to repair or replace the pool; the majority of attendees agreed to replace. Following that, a community-wide survey conducted in December 2020 revealed that 67% of residents said they would support adding the pool replacement referendum to the ballot.
This referendum exists to support the residents of Norridge.
With over 59.5% of residents who participated in the survey reporting that they visit the pool, this project's goal is to ensure the residents of Norridge have a safe, efficient, and accessible pool facility to use. If this referendum does not pass, there is a strong possibility the pool may need to close due to its condition and age.
Growing up in Norridge, some of my favorite memories revolve around spending my summer vacation at the Norridge Pool with my friends. The pool is a very important part of Norridge where residents can bring their families, meet new friends, and enjoy the summer days.Chris O’Leary, Norridge Resident
The pool is the heart of our community’s summer. For 60 years the sights and sounds of enjoyment has resonated from the pool. We look forward to providing our community with what they want, a safe, fun summer at their pool.Dorothy Ellsworth, Board Member, Norridge Park District
Raising our three children in Norridge, we spent most of our free time at the Park. From the Pre School/Day Care Program to the many athletic programs. The one area our family has enjoyed every summer is the pool. Norridge Park is Truly the hub of our community!Bill Larson, Norridge Resident
The selected pool replacement concept improves upon the existing pool structure in many ways, and would generate energy savings that advance the Park District’s sustainability efforts. One of the key features of a new community pool would be an updated water filtration system that brings the 40-year-old system up to current standards. This, most importantly, includes an upgraded water filtration system that minimizes water-borne bacteria and greatly improves water circulation.
An important safety feature of the new pool is switching the location of the shallow and deepest water to provide the safest environment. This change allows persons to be passing the shallowest of waters when entering and exiting the pool deck, seeking first aid and visiting concessions. The upgraded, safety-compliant structure and equipment will meet Illinois Department of Public Health Compliance and Model Aquatic Health Code standards, as well as allow access for people to enter and exit the water safely, fully meeting ADA Accessibility standards as well as the Illinois Accessibility Code.
Amount Needed – The referendum is for $3.5M of the $6.5M replacement; the remainder would be supplemented with current Park District funds, grants and non-referendum bonds, which would not affect the tax rate.
Community Interest – In a recent survey of Norridge residents, 59.5% of respondents said they visit the pool at least once a month, and 67% of residents indicated they would support placing a pool replacement referendum question on the April 6, 2021 ballot.
Homeowner Impact – If the referendum passes, the average Norridge household (based on a $300,000 home price) taxes would increase $30 a year for 20 years.
Timeline – If the referendum passes, the project is anticipated to be complete by June 2023.
The Vote – The vote for this referendum will be on the April 6, 2021 ballot.
Features – In addition to the safety and accessibility features mentioned above, the new pool will include a larger wading pool, a lap pool with regulation lanes, a plunge pool, and additional amenities like improved concessions, access points and shaded areas.
Activities – The new pool would allow the Park District to make programming available that wasn’t previously offered, such as regulation competitive swim meets, lap swim for all ages, additional safe swim lessons, expanded water fitness activities, new Special Needs programming, special events and increased rental opportunities.
Community Pool Information Meeting – Due to Illinois size gathering limitations related to COVID-19, please register below to reserve your place or call 708-457-1244.
Session 1 Date: Saturday, March 13 @ 2pm
Session 2 Date: Thursday, March 18 @ 7pm
Community Pool Info Booth – If you are attending one of our Spring Celebration activities, stop by our Pool Info Booth for information and to ask questions with the Norridge Park District Staff.
Date: Saturday, March 27 from 9am-1pm
Open House @ The Pool – Stop in, view the current pool, learn about the project, pick up information and ask questions.
Date: Thursday, April 1 from 4pm-7pm
Please note that due to guidance provided by State of Illinois, IDPH and Cook County all events will follow social distancing guidelines, masks will be required of attendees, hand sanitizer available onsite and areas disinfected prior to start.
Current Pool Architecuture
New Pool Concept