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UPDATE – Autumn 2011


Play for Life at the Downers Grove Park District! IDear Residents,


Information & Services Quick Reference List


t’s been an active summer at our parks with a large renovation project commencing at McCollum Park, major


projects reaching completion at Patriots Park and Fishel Park, and summer camps happening at 10 park locations. A successful grand opening of the new bandshell/pavilion at Fishel Park took place on June 21st with over 800 people in attendance. Shortly thereafter, Barth Pond was reopened on June 27th with the completion of the shoreline and pathway improvements at Patriot’s Park. At McCollum Park, the largest and most actively used park in the District, planned renovations include ball field and soccer field upgrades, pathway improvements, new picnic pavilion, irrigation system replacement, additional parking, permanent restrooms and miscellaneous site amenities and land improvements. The project will be augmented by a $ 400,000 OSLAD (Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development) grant awarded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Be sure to check our web site www.dgparks.org to get up to date information on construction projects, programs and upcoming events throughout the year.


With the Summer season coming to a close, beautiful fall weather, recreation and school activities and team sports will soon be the focus. The Lincoln Learning Center Preschool program for children ages 2-5 begins in September along with many of the Park District’s youth sports leagues. Our recreational leagues are open to all ages and abilities. I can’t tell you how many people have shared with me that they grew up in the Park District youth leagues and are now playing in our adult leagues and even volunteering to coach their kids’ teams. The Park District provides a wealth of quality recreational activities right in your own backyard, it’s never been easier to get involved and Play for Life.


Of course, you don’t have to be a kid to play. There are many opportunities for adults to participate in recreation including softball, dodgeball, basketball and volleyball leagues, as well as many general interest programs for ages 20 – 95! The Adult General Interest Section of this guide highlights all of the great opportunities to learn, play, socialize and travel. Choose from trips and tours, to arts & dance, culinary classes, music lessons, photography, gardening, CPR and more.


There are so many ways to Play For Life at the Park District, learn a lifelong sport like golf, or pick up a new hobby like cooking or painting. You can register through the convenient online registration system, REC Connect, and browse the INTERACTIVE digital version at www.dgparks.org. It’s that simple. See you in the parks!


Sincerely, Bob Gelwicks, Park Board President


Board of Park Commissioners


Working on behalf of residents are the five elected members of the Board of Park Commissioners who serve unsalaried four-year terms. The board sets the priorities and defines the policies for financing, governance, operation and administration of the district.


Here’s how to: View website


Find out how to register for programs


www.dgparks.org 630.963.1300


Confirm park board meeting dates & times 630.963.1304


Make an appointment with a pers onal trainer or a massage therapist 630.960.7250


Reserve a space in Kidzone Childcare


Plan a birthday party at Lincoln Center


Rent a room at the Recreation Center


Plan a birthday party at McCollum Park Mini Golf


Learn about programs and services at the Active Adult Center


Arrange a tee time at the Golf Club


Learn about programs and exhibits at the Museum


630.960.7250 630.963.1300 630.960.7250 630.963.8793


Find out about Preschool openings


630.963.1300 630.963.1314 630.963.1306 630.963.1309


Learn about programs at the Lyman Woods Interpretive Center


630.963.9388


Request a park permit 630.960.7250 Volunteer


630.963.1300


Become an Adopt-A-Park Partner 630.963.1304


Find community giving opportunities


Bob Gelwicks President


bgelwicks@dgparks.org


Janet Barr Secretary


Mark Roman Commissioner


jbarr@dgparks.org mroman@dgparks.org


The Downers Grove Park District was created in 1946 as a special unit of local government when a group of citizens envisioned the establishment of a park and recreation system to serve area residents. The Park District’s mission is to provide a wide variety of year-round recreation programs, facilities, parks, open space and natural areas that respond to the articulated needs and desires of residents.


Mission statement


Cathy Mahoney Treasurer


Matt Cushing Vice President


cmahoney@dgparks.org mcushing@dgparks.org 630.963.1304


Arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities


630.963.1304


Find out if Park District games are canceled due to weather YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUE weather hotline


ADULT SPORTS LEAGUE weather hotline


630.223.4092 630.223.3962


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