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It’s time we build a proper Rec Center

Dear Editor: Palos Heights residents,

I just finished reading Karen Wright’s letter to the editor. Bravo Karen. I could not have said this better myself. My name is Brian Callahan and I have been a resident since 2000. I am raising my four children in our community. My wife was a pre-school teacher at the Rec Center for many years. I coach sports at the Rec center.

I am also one of the citizens asked by the Mayor to be a vocal advocate for the building of the Rec center. The proposal of the new Rec center is truly for everyone in our community. Many of you older residents have instantly jumped on the “NO” bandwagon. Please, pause and research this great plan before jumping the gun.

In order for a community to grow and attract new members you have to offer amenities that interest them. Fair housing prices, good school, safe neighborhood are always on top of the list. But so are facilities for children, adults, and seniors. This plan answers all those categories!

Get in your car and travel to Crestwood, Tinley, and Orland. Look at their Rec centers. They are like Disneyland compared to ours. That is a big draw to folks looking for a home. We need to compete with those areas if we want to continue and grow and be prosperous. We need new families to move to Palos Heights to assist in our growth.

The cost of this project has also been spelled out in the survey. It will have little impact on our property taxes but reap great benefits for all. This is a Community project. We all should bare the costs of improving our area and what it offers.

Seniors! This will give you a place to meet friends, stay healthy, join endless activities, and give your grandchildren a place to enjoy. A Win/Win.

Let’s not be shortsighted. We have modern police and fire stations, a new library, and beautiful parks. It is time we build a proper Recreation Center.

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