Memorial Bench at Colonel Palmer House Dedicated to Longtime Park District CommissionerCandy Reedy

Mon August 2, 2021

On July 10, 2021, a memorial bench at Colonel Palmer House was dedicated in honor of Candy Reedy, a Crystal Lake Park District Commissioner, 1993-2009. Candy understood that parks enhance quality of life and was instrumental in guiding the Park District to where we are today.

The legacy of her time as a Commissioner included:
•Development of new parks in the 90s, particularly those on the rapidly growing south side of town.
•Protection of open space, particularly the acquisition of Willows Edge Park and Sunset Meadows Park which is in the Crystal Lake watershed.
•Development of recreational amenities at Lippold Park to provide facilities for the growing community.
•Research and leadership for the park district to take over operations and maintenance of the Colonel Palmer House from the City of Crystal Lake in order to restore and protect the building for use as a local history museum and site for historic programs.
•Support of the renovation of Barlina House from a private residence to a preschool facility, which in turn allowed for the reopening of the Nature Center as a nature education and recreation facility.
•Advocacy of the historical importance of the major renovations to the Main Beach bath house in the 1990’s.

This bench will serve as a perfect remembrance of someone who gave so much to make Crystal Lake a great place to live.