Maywood Park District Quick News: New Appointees, Quarterly Newsletter (Winter Edition 2014), 90/10 Campaign

By Michael Romain

Thursday, MAYWOOD — The Maywood Park District released the Winter 2014 Edition of its quarterly newsletter recently. Click here to see what the Park District has been up to.

In other Park District news, retired Maywood police lieutenant and District 89 Security Coordinator Jesse F X Ingram was appointed police chief for the Park District at a January 14, commission meeting. The position is part-time. The Park District is still in the process of hiring park police officers.

About a month ago, Enoch Clarke-Bey was elevated from interim to permanent executive director of the Park District. Mr. Bey, who has his master’s and a law degree, was a senior executive at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) during the Harold Washington administration, the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Chicago Park District and the Director of Taxpayer and Consumer Affairs with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office.

Mr. Bey was also the park district’s executive director in 1993, when he spearheaded efforts to rehabilitate the 809 Building by securing approximately $250,000 in grants. He expects to finish where he started.

“My vision is to get that building completed so we can have more programming going forward,” he said.

“If we get that 809 Building completed, we can almost double or triple our programming.”

Mr. Bey said that the Park District’s staff and commissioners envision a universal weight room on the 3rd floor of the building, in addition to a recording studio that young people with musical aspirations can utilize.

In order to fulfill those aspirations, the Park District has launched the 90/10 fundraising campaign, which entails the District raising $100,000 to be matched nine times by the state, for a total grant amount of $1,000,000.

The District plans on soliciting the ideas and resources of various residents. On January 22, 2014, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, the District will host a 90/10 kickoff meeting for the public to be informed of the campaign.

The state money was made possible by Senate Bill 1341, a piece of legislation spearheaded by State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-4th) and State Representative Chris Welch (D-7th) which allocates money specifically for financially distressed park districts.

In the near-term, Mr. Bey anticipates that the Park District’s website will be operational within the next 20 days. VFP

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