Enriching lives everyday
William Yates, center
—July 4, 2019—
March 5, 2021
All of us at the Des Plaines Park District are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Park Board Commissioner Bill Yates. Bill’s influence on the growth and success of the district over the past 20 years is immeasurable, and can be seen every day in the beauty of our parks, and in how well our facilities serve the needs of the community he loved. Bill was a quiet, steadfast advocate for the park district’s mission, and always an outspoken supporter of the administration and staff. During his tenure on the Park Board, he held the positions of Commissioner, Treasurer, Vice-president and President, working to guide the development of North Lake Park, the construction of a new Chippewa Pool, and the renovation and expansion of more than two dozen neighborhood parks. Among his many other important projects, he was instrumental in promoting the acquisition of vacant property that is now Centennial Park. Most recently, Bill was an integral part of the planning, design, construction, and opening of the long-awaited Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center. We are all better for having known and worked with Bill. His influence has helped shape the park district, and for that the community will be forever grateful.
The Des Plaines Park District is governed by a five-member volunteer Board of Commissioners who are elected at-large for six-year terms. Terms are staggered to provide continuity. The board is responsible for the development of park district policies, long range planning, and monthly review of district’s Financial and Operations Reports. In addition, they hire and maintain oversight of the Executive Director. The day-to-day operations of the park district are the responsibility of the staff.
James F. Grady
President May 19, 2020–May 18, 2021
Donald J. Rosedale
Vice-President May 19, 2020–May 18, 2021
Treasurer, 2020–2021 May 19, 2020–May 18, 2021
Park Board of Commissioners
James F. Grady, President, May 19, 2020–May 18, 2021
Donald J. Rosedale, Vice-President, May 19, 2020–May 18, 2021
Erin Doerr, Treasurer, May 19, 2020–May 18, 2021
Jana Haas, Commissioner
Regular Park Board Meetings
Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, in the David L. Markworth Board Room
at the Administrative and Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines. Map and directions
Meetings begin at 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.
If a special accommodation is needed to attend or participate in a Park Board meeting, please contact the
Board Secretary, Donald Miletic: 847-391-5700. dm@DPParks.org.
If you have comments for the community you can send them via email to Jeanette.Berard@dpparks.org.
2021 Regular Park Board Meeting Dates
SPECIAL MEETING: Monday, March 1, 3:00p.
This meeting will also be available via Zoom.