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Maple Park Civic Center gym open after renovations

Facility closed in December after safety hazard discovered

MAPLE PARK – As the weather begins to change in late fall and then into winter, the interest in having an indoor gym gains momentum.

So it should be good news to Maple Park residents to learn that the Maple Park Civic Center Gym has been repaired and is now open for rentals again.

Closed abruptly late last December because of a safety hazard, the roof’s trusses needed to repaired and reinforced causing the closure of the gym through July of this year.

Cheryl Aldridge, village accountant for the village of Maple Park, said the hard cost of the actual repairs to the gym were $133,740 along with the loss of revenue for the time it was closed. She explained that there was a significant amount of village staff time that was taken up with the repair. Aldridge did confirm that the cost was covered by insurance.

Those interested in walking in the gym over the winter can begin utilizing the facilities on Nov. 1 as the gym will be made available for walkers from 7 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, through Apr. 30.

For more information on gym usage, as well as park and kitchen rentals, contact Liz Peerboom, village clerk for the village of Maple Park, at 815-827-3309. Rental forms and additional info can be found at www.villageofmaplepark.com or at the village office at 302 Willow St.

Open gym use rates, which are most commonly used for basketball groups, remain unchanged at $20 per hour for residents and $30 per hour for non-residents.

At the village’s monthly meeting on Oct. 1, the Board approved a resolution submitting to the electors by advisory referendum on the March 2020 ballot, a question of whether or not the village of Maple Park should allow the operation of recreational cannabis businesses within the village limits.

The question shall be presented to the electorate as, “Shall the corporate authorities of the village of Maple Park permit the operation of Recreational Cannabis Businesses within the limits of the corporate boundaries of Maple Park, subject statutorily permissible zoning restrictions and taxation?”

A resolution adopting the emergency/disaster preparedness plan for the village of Maple Park was also approved at the meeting.

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