We made it. The calendar shows that winter is officially behind us. We've suffered through worse winters. Other than a few below zero nights in January and a cluster of snow days in February, the winter season didn't get the best of us.
While the temperatures dipped, our gyms were filled to capacity. The youth basketball program enjoyed another great year, with over 2,000 boys and girls developing and enhancing their skills. Dodgeball saw a record number of participants, with over 1,000 kids zigging and zagging in their quest to avoid elimination. The winter dances helped our young ladies and gentlemen enjoy some quality time with the special people in their lives. Our skating programs continued to be wildly popular as the next potential Olympians sharpened their skills. Our indoor soccer programs helped even the youngest of kids to learn the skills necessary to succeed. We took exercise classes and yoga, and maybe even a golf or tennis lesson, just to get us through the long nights.
With the days getting longer and the leaves about to burst onto the scene, our spring and summer sports will be starting and you won't want to be left out. Pioneer Park will be open as of April 7th to work off the winter rust in the batting cages, or to enjoy a round of miniature golf. Better yet, why not enjoy both with our Friday Family Fun Nights. Softball and soccer leagues are forming and will be starting before you know it. If sports aren't what you desire, there is a dance class, cooking class, art class or music lesson waiting just for you!
I've mentioned it before, and I will say it again. It takes a lot of effort to run these programs so efficiently and our small army of dedicated staff needs to be commended for their work. From the planning and marketing, to the execution and clean up, there are people involved who want to make your experience the most enjoyable that it can be. Not to be forgotten are the staff that answer the phones, greet you as you enter our buildings or help get the bills paid. On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, thank you, to all of our staff for making our programs, our buildings and our grounds some of the best things available in this part of Illinois.
I look forward to seeing you in your parks this summer season. Please take the time to come out and see what they have to offer.
President, Board of Commissioners