Parks Approve New Sign At Lange


By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter

The Rosemont Park District is sprucing itself up.

Expect to see in the near future a brighter, easier to read message center sign for Lange Park at the corner of Scott and Granville streets and new signage on the front of the park district’s headquarters also on Scott Street.

Rosemont Park District commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8 approved a request for $13,720 for a new message board to replace the existing one at Scott and Granville at the northeast corner of Lange Park. Park officials said the new sign is easier to see from a distance due to its high resolution and is taller than the existing sign.

Parks Director Karen Stephens said the existing sign was installed in 1994. The new sign should be up later this year, she said.

Additionally, commissioners approved spending $3,715 to purchase and install new aluminum letters to read “Rosemont Park District” on the outside of the district office at Lange Park. This will give the building an updated look, one official noted.

Commissioners noted they were pleased with the new sports mural painted by local students on walls along the new athletic field at the park district recreation center on Barry Street.

“The students again did an excellent job. The mural is fabulous,” park board President Richard Drehobl said. The park district sponsored the new mural which was completed Aug. 22. It is located across the street from the first Rosemont mural off Barry Street and spans three outdoor walls on existing buildings. Local students were hired by the park district to work with Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik to design and paint the two new “It’s Art Here” village murals. These are the first murals in Rosemont.

In addition, parks Program Director Ralph Stephens said Rosemont is taking registrations for its new fall programs and events including floor hockey, crafts, family bingo night, basketball, karate, ceramics, wrestling, tot classes and more. Classes are for all ages.

Additional after school programs are also available for residents of all ages at the recreation center including volleyball, soccer and basketball along with GED and computer programs.

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