by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove Park District Board member Eleanor Rzeminiski decided not to run again this year, after a life of service in recreation.
Rzeminiski said she plans to spend more time with her husband of 50 years, walking on the trails around the village.
Rzeminiski, who has lived in Sugar Grove for 11 years and served on the Park District Board since 2001, began teaching fitness classes more than 30 years ago at a Chicago south-side YMCA. She took classes in therapeutic recreation to prepare for her work in special recreation with the Evergreen Park District, where she became involved in the Special Olympics.
When she moved to Sugar Grove, she pursued her love for special recreation through volunteering for the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association before joining the Sugar Grove Park Board.
The district hired Executive Director Greg Repede, took over the maintenance of the parks from the village and added programs not available to residents before.
The agreement Repede negotiated with the Fox Valley Park District gave Sugar Grove the availability of programs and facilities they couldn’t offer at the time. Through the agreement, Sugar Grove residents are able to access Fox Valley Park District programs and facilities at the resident rate.
â€œA big plus were the tennis programs,â€ she said. â€œIt was a win-win situation.â€