Rhonda Ansier

Candidate Name: Rhonda Ansier

Office Seeking: Park District Board of Commissioners

Campaign Website: www.ansierfornaperparks.org

Subdivision/Neighborhood: Brush Hill

Closest Park: Brush Hill

Occupation and/or Professional Training: Nurse Practitioner

How long in years have you been a Naperville resident? 5 years (6 in April)

Community Service on Boards and Commissions with dates served: n/a

The following answers have only been edited for formatting purposes.

1. Why are you running to serve the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners?

I am seeking this seat on the Park Board because I want a way to serve the community that I have grown to love and to help represent all of the individuals and families the park district serves.

2. What is the park district’s most pressing need?

Accessibility through the pandemic and beyond, and maintaining safety measures.

3. What’s the best way to engage the community while planning Capital Projects?

Open access to board meetings through live streaming so everyone can see the decision making process and public comments can be made and addressed. There should also be an easy way for community members to submit park needs that they see in their neighborhoods to be addressed by the board.

4. Name three park district policies that need review or immediate attention.

The current policy on not having live stream meetings needs to be addressed

Safety measures as we progress through tier mitigations during the covid-19 pandemic should remain intact

5. How often are you in touch with members of the current park board? And do you attend/watch park board meetings live or after they’re saved in the archive?

I have attended some meetings virtually and others have seen after being archived.

6. What up-and-coming City of Naperville development will impact park district funding/planning the most? As a board member, where would you look to make budget adjustments?

There has been talk for a while with the board regarding Springbrook Golf Course and it’s profitability. I am very interested in looking into that further and seeing where adjustments can be made.

7. What’s the best way to communicate landscape changes such as the Park Meadow Plan to neighboring residents?

Individual mailings to homes as well as email to anyone on the mailing list for programs. The program guide can have a section about upcoming programs as well.

8. What new use, if any, do you imagine for the facility known as the Riverwalk Café?

If not being used otherwise for dining services, perhaps it could be used to hold park district offered cooking classes or for small events like for scout troops.

9. What’s your favorite Naperville Park District park or facility?

I really enjoy Fort Hill Fitness Center. It is a beautiful facility with multiple use areas.

10. When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?

Most of us I think had to read it in 8th grade!

11. What recreational need is missing in Naperville that could be proposed/provided/funded by the Naperville Park District?

More diverse offerings reflective of the diverse culture of Naperville. This could span across current programs like offering different types of dance classes, or new programs such as cooking classes or language classes.

12. What’s the best way to address differences of opinion among board members or between the board and park district administration?

Open communication is best. Being clear, concise, and honest with sound rationale to back up your position makes it easier to assess a situation and come to an educated solution.

13. Share a childhood memory that features a visit to a park! (Please include city and state)

My best friend in 5th grade lived right behind Northside Park in Wheaton. That was the first time I had been to a park that big and thought it was really neat that they had a large pond, a pool, and cabins. Over the years we went frequently and it was always a highlight for me.

Anything else you’d like to add?

My sincerest hope is to represent the beautifully diverse residents and families of Naperville through service on the Park District Commissioner board to ensure representative, affordable, and accessible programming with financially-sound decision making.

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