Former Arlington Heights Park District Board Member Sandra L. Fernstrom, Dies

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Sandra L. Fernstrom, a long-time resident of Arlington Heights, served as an elected Commissioner of the Arlington Heights Park District for nineteen years, having served with distinction as President of the Board for two years and as Vice President for four.

Fernstrom helped guide the Arlington Heights Park District to two National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 1983 and 1992 and the IPRA/IAPD Distinguished Leisure Service Agency Certification in 1993 and 1998.

She was also instrumental in the development of the Arlington Lakes Golf Club by serving as an original member, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of the Golf Advisory Committee between 1978-1981; and was instrumental in adding I 43 acres of open land and in the acquisition of over $3,000,000 in local, state and federal grant money for the district; and was active in the advancement of parks and recreation on a state and national level by serving as the President and Vice-President of the Illinois Association of Park Districts and serving on the Board of Directors of the National Recreation and Parks Association.

The Board of Commissioners of the Arlington Heights Park District, on behalf of the residents and employees of the Park District, gave public recognition to Commissioner Fernstrom’s outstanding contributions to the Arlington Heights Park District in July 2000.

Fernstrom was born in Omaha, Nebraska and was a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

According to Park District officials, a memorial service is in the process of being planned by Fernstrom’s family. No details about the service were available as of the publish date of this announcement.


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