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Crystal Lake Park District closer to $625,000 land purchase

CRYSTAL LAKE – Lake in the Hills trustees will meet Tuesday to discuss annexing the old Crystal Highlands Golf Course to make way for Crystal Lake Park District to potentially develop an aquatic center.

Ann Viger, director of planning and development for the park district, said Lake in the Hills’ acquisition of the 27-acre property at 8917 Ackman Road would allow it be rezoned for the park district’s purposes and finalize a $625,000 purchase with the property owner that was agreed on in July.

Viger said the park district is excited to take the next step in the process and lock in a price that is significantly lower than the $1.9 million it was originally valued at. She said no tax increase would be needed to fund the purchase.

The sale would be finalized in February.

“We got the property at such a great price we couldn’t let the opportunity pass us by,” Viger said. “But we’re a long ways off from putting a shovel in the ground.”

The agreement with Lake in the Hills was a natural fit for both sides and has been done before, Viger said. The village does not have a park district but is already maintaining sanitary and sewer functions on the property.

Viger said similar agreements have been made in the past with playgrounds and parks in Lake in the Hills.

Should the village agree to the annexation as expected, Viger said the park district would revisit community feedback on the services most in demand. A 2009-10 community survey showed residents most wanted an outdoor swimming pool or recreation center.

Viger said another survey would be issued to see what is still in demand and what features residents expect.

“The community has been telling us for many years now that they want an outdoor pool, but we want to update that information,” Viger said. “In the best-case scenario, we’re a couple years from anything being built.”

Funding sources for the proposed building still need to be identified.

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