Park District Considers Potential Cuts

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(WEEK)- Peoria’s Park District may cut golf at Detweiler and eliminate a popular holiday fireworks show in order to balance the budget.

They are looking at a potential deficit of $9.5 million dollars by 2022.

So district leaders Wednesday evening looked at a detailed budget plan before the vote next week.

It would eliminate the clay tennis courts and the July 3 fireworks display at Glen Oak park.

The 2018 budget closes the Lakeview Aquatic Center, along with the 9 hole golf course at Detweiler.

“This is not an opportunity to for us to take a deep breath and say, ‘Whew. Another one gone. Let’s just go back to the way we were going’. We know that we can’t do that. We don’t have that luxury. So, as soon as they pass this budget, hopefully next week, we’re going to keep moving,” said Emily Cahill, Executive Director for the Peoria Park District.

The budget vote is next Wednesday.

Cahill says they’re also looking at making golfing fees equal for both Peoria residents and non-residents.

But board president Tim Cassidy disagrees on that point, saying Peoria residents already pay taxes to support the golf courses and should get some benefits.

Park district staff estimates only 8-percent of Peorians use the golf courses now.

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