Nelson poised for Wildwood park position
Armed with over a decade of community involvement and a communications background, Anna Nelson is stepping up to the plate to bat for one of her closest causes as a Wildwood Park District board candidate.
Describing her family’s close relationship with the natural environment — with summers spent swimming and falls attending festivals — the 25-year Wildwood resident, who is a professional special educator and has been actively involved with Girl Scouts for 12 years, recently told the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights how she first felt drawn to join the slate and why she now feels responsible for running.
“For the past three years, I have attended park district board meetings and was appalled at the major misspending of tax payer dollars,” Nelson told the Daily Herald recently. “Thousands of dollars were overspent … while the parks and lakes I love went into disrepair.”
The candidate became involved in local efforts to correct the pattern, she said, stating that she is now fully committed to better fiscal decisions for the community’s parks and lakes in order to prevent any further neglect or decay, according to the Daily Herald. Additionally, she cited the need for improved options both in regular community events and senior programming.
“I am unhappy that previous boards did not keep a close enough eye on the finances,” Nelson told the Daily Herald when asked why she was running. As one of three candidates running for two available openings on the Wildwood Park District Board, Nelson referred to area lakes as “our gems,” citing the value of the community’s nearby swimming, boating and fishing resources.