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A new beginning for pool and park : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
A new beginning for pool and park

The Oswegoland Park District held a special community party at the agency's Winrock Park Pool in the Boulder Hill Subdivision this past weekend to mark the re-opening of the newly rebuilt pool complex.

Meanwhile, the agency is moving forward with plans for an extensive remodeling of Augusta Lake Park, a five acre neighborhood park that serves the unincorporated Shore Heights Subdivision just west of Ill. Route 31.

Both the pool and park projects represent significant re-investments by the park district in the community the agency serves.

First constructed in the mid-1970s, the Winrock Park pool has been the place where thousands of area children have learned to swim and families have come to cool off and have fun on hot summer days. The newly renovated pool, with its eight lanes for competitive swim meets and bleacher viewing area, will serve as the home for the district's swim team. But the pool isn't just for those who like to swim fast. The pool now offers a zero depth area with sprinklers and a slide for small children along with plenty of new shade structures and lounge chairs. The pool's operations building has been completely renovated and now includes new changing rooms and a pavilion with picnic tables.

All of the improvements should serve to keep the pool complex a vital part of Boulder Hill for generations to come.

Meanwhile, over in Shore Heights, park district staff recently unveiled plans for an extensive renovation of Augusta Lake Park. The agency is seeking a grant through the state to pay for half the cost of the proposed improvements. If all goes as planned, work on the improvements could begin next year.

Augusta Lake Park is due for improvements. The current playground equipment and other amenities were installed more than 20 years ago, shortly after the agency acquired the park property for less than $3,000 at a public auction. At that time, the park property was a neighborhood eyesore, filled with weeds and trash. Fortunately for Shore Heights homeowners, the park district saw the need for a park in their neighborhood and the potential the desolate property offered. Since its dedication, Augusta Lake Park has served to enhance the value of the neighborhood while also providing a much needed recreation and community gathering place.

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