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Shodeen Family to Gift Mill Creek Swim Club to Geneva Park District

The following information comes from a Geneva Park District press release. 

The Geneva Park District and the Shodeen family are working out the details regarding the donation of the Mill Creek Swim Club at 39W125 South Mill Creek Drive.  

“We anticipate the transfer of pool ownership to the Geneva Park District to be complete by mid-April or early May, with an opening date of the second week of June,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director of the Geneva Park District.

The Mill Creek Swim Club features a five-lane lap pool with a maximum depth of five feet, a toddler pool, dry playground and clubhouse facility. 

“We are grateful to the Shodeen family for their generosity in donating the Mill Creek Swim Club to the Geneva Park District. The addition of this pool allows us to address the high demand for our current swim lesson program by adding evening and weekend swim lesson options as well as additional hours for lap swim,” said Lambillotte.

“In addition, with the acquired Mill Creek Swim Club, we can expand our birthday party and rental options. In the future it may provide us with the option to open Sunset Pool earlier for open swim. This addresses a need within the community, which residents have expressed through past surveys and evaluations,” said Lambillotte

The affordable fee structure will include a Sunset Pool Membership as well as a Gold Membership, which includes admission to both Sunset and Mill Creek pools. 

Memberships will be available for both Geneva Park District residents and non-residents. Early Bird pool passes for Sunset Pool are currently available through April 25, with regular rates effective April 26. 

The Gold Pool Membership option will be available after May 1. 

“We anticipate the Mill Creek Swim Club season being mid-June through mid-August. Sunset Pool opens May 24 and will remain open through Labor Day weekend," said Lambillotte.

Jon Azavedo April 02, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Unbelievable. Taxpayers get stuck paying for a pool built for a group of private homeowners. Tract home owners on a crappy golf course. I think I'll go every day, not shower and pee in the new pool I'm paying for. Is that a baby ruth bar floating by?
Tom Brown April 02, 2014 at 10:52 AM
The swim club was built to attract home buyers. It's done its job for Shodeen, now he "gives" it to the city. He doesn't have to pay for insurance or worried about getting sued if someone gets hurt. He doesn't have to maintain staff for running it. He doesn't have to pay for repairs. In fact, the city may hire him to do repairs or expansion. He gets a giant tax break for his contribution. Sounds like a win-win for Shodeen. ...Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'd do the same thing if I was Shodeen....but don't be fooled into thinking this is an act of generosity. It's business. Shodeen comes out way ahead on this one. The city? Not so much. More tax burden due to increased staff and insurance costs. I was at a swim club once. They took down the high-dive (10'). I asked why and they said it cost $18,000 per year to insure it against liability. That was over 20 years ago. I can only guess what this swim club will cost to insure.
Julie April 02, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Jon, I think your beef should be w/Shodeen and the Geneva Park District and not to insult a specific area. All people who pay Geneva taxes should be asked if they want such an addition if we have to pay to support it. Why should it be an automatic decision between the two parties without first consulting w/the tax payers? Personally, I have no use for the pool, but I certainly did use the pool on Western back in the day. Also, I believe anyone could use the pool in Mill Creek, just like anyone can use the pool on Western; the prices are just different for residents/non-residents, although I think you could have a membership, too-not sure though. Tom-I agree very much with your thoughts. If it were up to me and if my taxes were going to increase, I'd vote to close it.
Lou B. April 03, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Yes, a referendum would be nice on this matter. With the outrageous taxes that we in Geneva pay, every significant addition to taxpayer liability should be put to the voters.
Ellabulldog April 05, 2014 at 03:48 PM
This was not a pool for the homeowners, anyone could join, it was a private pool. Since it was not a very good pool many chose to go to Sunset even though it was further away. Hence it was not making money for Shodeen so they gave a loser away. It still may make sense for the PD to take it over since they would not have the initial cost of the land or pool or building, just the annual upkeep which hopefully fees will be able to maintain. This pool was never covered by Mill Creek taxes and was private and charged an annual fee. Nothing is changing except ownership. Pool will still be just a no fun lap pool with a small wading pool that is useless.

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