What is Lake Geneva missing?
Readers are sharing their thoughts on what Lake Geneva is missing. What would you like to see in the city? Enter your suggestion on the forum to the right, and vote here on your favorite suggestions.
August 24, 2014 | 02:41 PM
This may be a 'shot in the dark,' but what about turning Hillmoor into a outdoor theater (in the North-West rear of it) and keep the original driving range as it was? The space would be wonderful for families, couples and groups of friends to bring blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy. You could also get the local businesses (that would be willing) to pop up tents with our local wines/beers/cheeses/clothing/etc. The actual hills would be the ideal spot to catch the movies and the lower points could be ideal for larger groups or families. The remaining open area (in the front/entrance) would be used for the parking. In the down months, use the space for parking when Winter Fest and such is scheduled. You have music in the park, why not movies and arts in the 'valley?'
August 11, 2014 | 08:42 AM
Part of Hillmoor would be an excellent location for a park-and-ride, with continuous shuttle service downtown on weekends. You could charge for parking by the day to pay for the shuttle.
August 04, 2014 | 02:30 PM
Soccer or big sports complex
July 27, 2014 | 03:19 PM
I do think that the former Hillmoor Golf Course should become a park and not the eyesore it is slowly becoming. I do not think that we need a sports complex or a Qdoba etc..If you want Lake Geneva to look like every town in Illinois, then stay in Illinois.
July 07, 2014 | 08:07 AM
How about a 2 story sports complex on the site of the old Hillmoor golf Course. Keep the outdoor range and it could house indoor ice rink for public skating and Support High School and College team games, Indoor Archery shop with indoor range also enough room outdoors for 3D Range, a Roller rink and a few shops on the first level. 2nd level could house various Sports stores and a few eateries. Plus enough Parking for Downtown.
July 07, 2014 | 08:06 AM
The United States Air Force Academy. Sixty years ago in June, 1954 a small but vocal group led by Mr. Curtis McKay led lengthy protests against the Secretary of the Air Force, who was to select the site for the future new military academy. Secretary Talbott was so angered by the anti-Lake Geneva protestors, that Lake Geneva, although the number one preferred location for the Academy, was removed from the top 3 list, due to the protest groups actions. Instead the Air Force chose Colorado Springs, CO. Today, the Air Force Academy is home to 4,000 Cadets, and it brings almost a billion dollars a year in federal funding and other spending into the local Colorado Springs economy. It all could have been in Lake Geneva...probably the worst mistake in the history of the community. That's what Lake Geneva is missing! It all went down 60 years ago in June.
June 20, 2014 | 10:04 AM
A water taxi. It would be great if locals and summer tourists could catch a water taxi to Pier 290 in Williams Bay or Chucks and Gordys in Fontana for lunch or dinner. Especially for those staying at the downtown LG resorts that would rather explore by foot than drive around the lake. Same for locals, it's always great to get on the lake and not worry about driving while you imbibe!
Also, a Chipotle or Qdoba restaurant. That would be awesome.
June 18, 2014 | 11:16 AM
According to my 13 year old, Lake Geneva needs a Dunkin Donut shop...I happen to agree, I don't like Krispy Kremes. Although smoothies, farm-to-table dining, bookstores and performing art centers would be amazing, maybe it's a little bit easier to get a donut shop. We also need a stop light by the Board Shop.
June 09, 2014 | 11:34 AM
Too many things to count. For a start, how about free REAL summer school to help with kids that need further academic enrichment. And DON'T charge us a horrid amount. A Dog park. NOT a Trader Joe's. A weekend Farmer's Market. Dunkin Donuts. And since we are at it, resident only parking areas? Sure, I have a sticker, but good luck finding a darn spot.
June 07, 2014 | 05:58 PM
A rec plex for school aged kids