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Shape the Future of Our Parks: CAC Membership Awaits You!

Are you passionate about parks and recreation in your community? Get ready for a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference!

An engaging wide-format image illustrating community participation in park enhancement. Picture a diverse group of individuals (of various genders, ages, and ethnic backgrounds) gathered in a local park, actively involved in a planning session. The park is lush with greenery, featuring children's playgrounds, walking trails, and benches. Some people are enthusiastically pointing at park designs and maps, others are engaged in lively discussion or taking notes. The atmosphere is full of life and energy, emphasizing the theme of community collaboration in making public parks more enjoyable and accessible for everyone.

You can join the Peoria Park District Ad Hoc Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and help shape the future of your local parks. Your ideas can come to life, making public spaces vibrant and joyful.

You can share your ideas and help improve how people in your community enjoy nature. No matter what you like, your opinion is essential. It doesn't matter if you enjoy nature, spending time with family, or visiting local places.

A heartwarming image depicting a diverse group of children engaged in various creative activities in a park. Imagine a scene with kids of different ages and backgrounds, some drawing with colorful chalk on a sidewalk, others building small structures with blocks or playing with toy boats in a small pond. The park is vibrant with trees, flowers, and a playground in the background. The atmosphere is peaceful and imaginative, highlighting the importance of outdoor play and creativity in childhood. This image should evoke a sense of wonder and the simple joys of being a child in a safe, nurturing park environment.

Join the team of volunteers and help the Peoria Park District thrive. Don't miss this opportunity. Exciting stories are waiting to be written on the paths and playgrounds you cherish. And you could be the one to write them.

Let's make our parks the best they can be together!

Peoria Park District Ad Hoc Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

PURPOSE:

  • The CAC helps the Park District communicate with the people it serves.

  • The CAC members give their personal opinions on community parks and recreation. They don't speak for their organizations.

  • The Park District can better understand community needs with help from the CAC. This helps them carry out their mission.

  • Fifteen members, who must be Peoria Park District residents, make up the CAC.

  • The President of the Peoria Park District Board appoints them for one-year terms.

  • Members may be re-appointed for two total terms of service.

  • To be fair, each part of the district should have a balanced membership.

    • The Southern District will have 2 members.

    • The Central District will have 6 members.

    • The Northern District will have 4 members.

    • There will be 3 members at large.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CAC:

A heartwarming image depicting a diverse group of children engaged in various creative activities in a park. Imagine a scene with kids of different ages and backgrounds, some drawing with colorful chalk on a sidewalk, others building small structures with blocks or playing with toy boats in a small pond. The park is vibrant with trees, flowers, and a playground in the background. The atmosphere is peaceful and imaginative, highlighting the importance of outdoor play and creativity in childhood. This image should evoke a sense of wonder and the simple joys of being a child in a safe, nurturing park environment.
  • Help the Peoria Park District by giving feedback and suggesting ways to improve and grow.

  • Assist in the solicitation of resident feedback.

  • Help the District understand citizen concerns and be responsive to community needs.

  • Serve as "secret shoppers" attending selected District events or activities and providing feedback.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

  • The CAC will meet four times per year in April, June, August, and October.

  • Agendas will be set by PPD staff with the input of the Board of Trustees and the CAC chair/membership.

DESIRED SKILLS AND INTERESTS:

A vibrant and lively image showcasing children of various ages and ethnicities enjoying different activities in a park. Picture a sunny day with clear skies, and the park filled with lush greenery, flowers, and trees. In one area, there are younger children joyfully playing on swings and slides, laughing and having fun. In another section, older kids are engaged in a game of frisbee or playing soccer, displaying teamwork and excitement. The scene should be full of energy and happiness, capturing the essence of childhood and the joy of playing outdoors in a safe, welcoming park environment.
  • The CAC members will come from different parts of the community and have various interests.

  • The CAC will not include a member representing a specific viewpoint or a specific user group.

  • Members are users of parks and recreation in our communities.

APPLICATION FOR CONSIDERATION:

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