District News

Park District installs Illinois’ first playground with equipment made of recycled ocean waste

Glen Ellyn Park District recently opened a new eco-friendly playground at Sunset Park–the first of its kind in Illinois–made from post-consumer recycled materials such as ocean waste, used textiles, and plastic bags. Read More »

Memorial Day hours

Glen Ellyn Park District facilities are closed or have special hours on Monday, May 29, 2023, in observance of Memorial Day. In case of inclement or cold weather, please check the hotline for delayed openings or facility closures at Sunset Pool, Holes & Knolls, and Maryknoll Splash Park. Have a safe and happy holiday! View hours »

Village and Park District formalize purchase and lease agreement for recreational use properties

The Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District have entered into a formal agreement for the purchase of the former US Bank property located in Downtown Glen Ellyn, and the lease of both Manor Woods and Panfish Park. This agreement will provide for the development and maintenance of these areas for community use, benefitting the entire Glen Ellyn community for years to come. Read More »

Notice of Special Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday, May 1, 2023. The Special Meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Summer Playbook Now Online

Our 2023 Summer Playbook is out now. Registration for activities, events, and sports featured in this edition begins Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 9 a.m. for residents and Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 9 a.m. for nonresidents. Our interactive brochure allows you to easily get to the registration page for each activity by clicking on the code number. View the Summer Playbook »

April Blood & Food Drive

Spring into giving at the blood and food drive on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Ackerman SFC from 9am–3pm. Walk-ins are welcome for the blood drive, but appointments are encouraged at Non-perishable food items and toiletries for donation to Glen Ellyn Food Pantry can be dropped off at the main entrance.

Early Bird Sunset Pool Pass Sale

Get your pool passes for the 2023 season at the special “Early Bird” rates before times runs out. Regular rates begin May 1. Buy or new passes online »

Now Hiring Lifeguards

Make a splash and join our team! We’re currently hiring lifeguards for Sunset Pool. Hone your leadership skills, learn to be cool under pressure, and receive great benefits. Apply today:

Three elected to Board of Commissioners

On April 4, 2023, the community elected as Glen Ellyn Park District Park Board of Commissioners Mary Crickmore, Kathy Cornell, and Ben Stortz for four-year terms. The election commission has 21 days to canvass votes and make results official. In anticipation of the outcome, the Glen Ellyn Park District congratulates the newly elected Board members.

2022 Annual Report

The Glen Ellyn Park District has published its Annual Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. The report provides a glimpse into the major results and achievements of the District during the year. It also gives an overview of where we intend to go in the next year. View the report to stay informed on the operations of your park and recreation system. View the Annual Report »

Sports Trivia Night raises $7,000 for Park District Scholarship Fund

This year’s 9th annual Glen Ellyn Sports Trivia Night, held on February 10, 2023, raised $7,000 for the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Scholarship Fund, a fee-assistance program for low-income residents who wish to enroll in Park District programs. We would like to thank Greg and Katie Fischer, the organizers of the event, for selecting the Park District as this year’s recipient and St. Petronille Church for hosting this fun-filled night. Read More »

Glen Ellyn Park District Executive Director to retire

After serving the Glen Ellyn community for over a decade, Dave Harris has decided to retire as Executive Director of the Glen Ellyn Park District on March 7, 2023. During his time, and with assistance from Staff and the Board, the Park District implemented significant improvements throughout its many facilities, parks, and open spaces and created many high-quality recreational experiences for its residents. As explained by Dave, “With the recent passing of the referendum and those related projects, and other improvements getting ready to break ground, I feel confident that now is a good opportunity to retire. In doing so, I am confident that the Park District is in outstanding shape to continue providing exceptional recreational services, programs, parks, and facilities for the years to come.” We thank Dave for his efforts and for his contributions to our community. 

Summer Job Fair

Stop by our Job Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Main Street Recreation Center, 501 Hill Avenue. You’ll be able to connect with hiring managers, learn about open summer positions, and interview on site. This free event is intended for job seekers in high school (ages 15 and up) to senior adults. Positions include lifeguard, camp counselor, concessions, manager on duty, and more.

Can’t attend the Summer Job Fair? View and apply for summer jobs online by clicking here.

Jacquelyn Casazza and Karin Daly Named Glen Ellyn Park District Volunteer of the Year

Go Green Glen Ellyn co-founders, Jacquelyn Casazza and Karin Daly, have been named the Glen Ellyn Park District Volunteer of the Year. They will be recognized at the annual Glen Ellyn Community Awards on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. The recognition event, hosted by the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, honors individuals and organizations that have been active within the community while contributing towards the betterment of Glen Ellyn. Read More »

Registration Update: February 6, 2023

The District would like to again express our sincere apologies to those that experienced issues registering for programs over the weekend. We also recognize that some of our more popular programs require further modification or adjustment moving forward to allow for increased participation and availability, and to meet the needs of our community.

Currently, 80% of our spring programs and summer camps still have space available, and staff will be strategizing ways to address waiting lists on the remaining 20% this week. Supervisors responsible for those programs will reach out directly to patrons with more information. While capacity was increased for many programs in anticipation of demand this year, there were areas in which that demand still exceeded our expectations.

Participation in Glen Ellyn Park District programs is at an all-time high. Overall, registration for 2023 spring programs and summer camps (excluding Glenbard West, Glenbard South, and aquatics programming) is up by almost 12% compared to last year, while some programs experienced increases of up to 56%. Read More »

Registration Update

The Glen Ellyn Park District shares the frustration felt by residents during registration on Saturday, February 4 and we sincerely apologize that many experienced issues registering for programs when attempting to access the online registration site through

Park District staff will be reviewing programs with waiting lists and strategizing the best ways to address those lists for each class. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unforeseen issue. Staff will reach out to patrons on waiting lists with more information next week.

Additionally, the District will be further investigating what caused the disruption to simultaneously with the start of registration and implementing solutions to prevent similar issues from occurring in the future.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and continued patronage of the Glen Ellyn Park District.

Update: Delivery via helicopter at Spring Avenue Recreation Center delayed until Friday, January 27

The scheduled delivery of HVAC units at Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring Avenue, on Thursday, January 26 has been delayed until Friday, January 27, 2023. Due to the current condition of the ground, these units will be installed via helicopter at no additional cost to the Glen Ellyn Park District. For safety during the installation, the dog park will be closed from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the parking lot from 5 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Please note, Spring Avenue Recreation Center Preschool classes scheduled to start at 8:45 or 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 26 will still have a delayed start time of 9:15 a.m.; however, the building will be open for normal hours of operation on both Thursday and Friday.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Spring Playbook and Summer Camp Guide Now Online

Our 2023 Spring Playbook and Summer Camp Guide are out now. Registration for activities, events, sports, and camps featured in either edition begins Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 9 a.m. for residents and Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 9 a.m. for nonresidents. Our interactive brochures allow you to easily get to the registration page for each activity by clicking on the code number. View the Spring Playbook and Summer Camp Guide »

Spring Sports Registration Deadlines

Spring sports registration is underway! Below is a list of upcoming league offerings and important registration deadlines. Click the program name for more information and to register.

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Units at Glen Ellyn Park District Parks and Facilities

As part of the District’s continued effort to provide safe parks and facilities, several Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Units are installed or on site throughout the District. Read More »