Hancock Park District commissioners reorganized for the new year Tuesday, as did the Hancock Parks Foundation trustees. The foundation supports park district projects and activities.

Gary Hirschfeld was reappointed chairman of the park district board. Scott Younger and Ed Ingold will serve as vice chairmen. Younger was appointed representative to the parks foundation board.

The park district board will continue to meet at 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday monthly in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.

The board also approved a list of about $269,838 in gifts, grants and donations to the park district, as required by state law and submitted to the Hancock County Probate Court.

A majority of the amount was from a donation of about $227,800 through the parks foundation for reconstruction of Shelter 2 at Riverbend Recreation Area. The building is expected to be ready for rent this spring.

A separate donation of about $19,897 through the parks foundation was for construction of a gazebo at Riverbend Recreation Area.

Meanwhile, during the parks foundation annual meeting, the eight current trustees were elected to serve this year. Richard Kidwell was reappointed president; Cameron Williams was reappointed vice president; Heather Pendleton was reappointed treasurer; and Carol Jastal was reappointed secretary.

Other trustees are: Dave Distel, Shane Myers, Mike Brown and Linda Casey.

The parks foundation board will continue to meet at 7:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday every other month, except July when the meeting will be held July 10.

The foundation had 2018 donations/income of about $324,565 and grants/expenses of about $267,574. The foundation had a beginning balance of about $141,517, and the ending balance on Dec. 31 was about $198,509.

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