District News

Winter 2023 Playbook Now Online

Our Winter 2023 Playbook is out now. Registration for activities, events, and sports featured in this edition begins Saturday, December 3 at 9 a.m. for residents and Saturday, December 10 at 9 a.m. for nonresidents. Our interactive Playbook allows you to easily get to the registration page for each activity by clicking on the code number. View the Winter Playbook »

Winter Break Holiday Hours

Glen Ellyn Park District facilities will be closed or have limited operating hours during the holidays starting on Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2. Facilities will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 3. View hours »

Polar Plaza returns with opening day Polar Market

The Polar Plaza is returning to downtown Glen Ellyn! The synthetic ice rink opens for the season on Friday, November 25, and the curling lanes open on Friday, December 2. To celebrate, we’re hosting a Polar Market on opening day, November 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Carolers will perform winter classics as you enjoy holiday shopping, ice skating (bring your own skates from home) and a visit with St. Nick himself. Popcorn, baked goods, and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

Toys for Tots Toy Drive with Characters!

Make a child’s holiday a little brighter this year by participating in the Toys for Tots Toy Drive with Characters. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Ackerman SFC on Sunday, December 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. and your little ones can meet and take a picture with some of their favorite superheroes and princesses! Learn more »

Thanksgiving hours 2022

District facilities are closed or have special hours on Thursday, November 24, 2022, in observance of Thanksgiving, but we have a few ways to start your holiday off on the right foot. Spring Avenue and Main Street Recreation Centers will also be closed on Friday, November 25. Read More »

November 8 General Election

The General Election falls on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. General Election Day poll hours, including at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center (800 St. Charles Road) and Spring Avenue Recreation Center (185 Spring Avenue), are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit:

George Ball Tennis Court Improvements

The tennis courts at George Ball Park will be closed through November 11 for improvements. The asphalt surface will be renovated along with new nets and energy-efficient LED lighting. Pickleball lines will be added to the three east courts. Color coating of the courts will be done in spring 2023 during warmer temperatures. Temporary lines will be painted to allow play until the color coating occurs. For more information on this project, please contact Nathan Troia at

Vaccine & Flu Shot Clinic on November 19

Glen Ellyn Park District, Jewel-Osco Pharmacy, and State Representative Terra Costa Howard are hosting a joint vaccine clinic on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Ackerman SFC, 800 St. Charles Road.

The brand new Covid-19 vaccine bivalent booster shots, flu shots, and pneumonia, tetanus, and shingles vaccines will be available. Walk-ups will be accepted but are subject to availability. Those that have registered in advance will be prioritized. Read More »

Village and Park District Partner to Improve Panfish Park

As part of the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District’s collaboration to enhance and improve recreation opportunities within Glen Ellyn, a preliminary conceptual design to refurbish Panfish Park is underway. In response to community-driven feedback, the investment would improve the look and feel, increase amenities, and redevelop the playground. Read More »

Lake Ellyn Shoreline Pathway, Entry Gardens Open to Public

A new shoreline path extending from the Lake Ellyn Boathouse to the fishing pier has been installed and is ready for Glen Ellyn residents and Lake Ellyn Park visitors to enjoy. Funded by an anonymous donation, the 12-foot-wide path features permeable pavers as well as sections of masonry seat wall and long-lasting products that align with the historical character of the park. Read More »

Candidate Packets for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election Now Available

Consider running for a seat on the Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners in the April 4, 2023 Consolidated General Election. Read More »

Update: Lake Ellyn 1-Mile Classic Start Times/Age Groups

Based on participations numbers, the District has made minor adjustments to the start times and age groups for the Lake Ellyn 1-Mile Classic on Sunday, September 18:

8am: Ages 6-8
8:15am: Ages 9-13
9am: Ages 14-39
9:15am: Ages 40-49
9:45am: Ages 50+
10am: Kids Dash – Age 3
10:15am: Kids Dash – Age 4-5

Glow in the Park canceled due to weather

Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate today and the Glen Ellyn Park District is disappointed to announce that the Glow in the Park Lantern Walk scheduled for Sunday, September 11 at 5 p.m. has been canceled due to inclement weather.

It is always a difficult decision to cancel an event. We understand how disappointing it is for our residents and all the individuals who were excited to attend. The District would like to extend one last thank you to our partner, Charlie’s Corner Foundation, for supporting this community event benefitting Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Despite the event cancelation, proceeds from lantern kit purchases and sponsorship funds will be contributed to the NICU at Lurie Children’s. Additionally, online donations can be made to Lurie Children’s by clicking here.

Keep it glowing and show your support for Lurie Children’s by displaying your illuminated lanterns in a window at your home. Send photos of your lanterns to and be sure to share them on social media.

We appreciate your understanding and hope you will join us at upcoming free/low cost events including:

Lake Foxcroft OSLAD Open House

The Glen Ellyn Park District is working to enhance Lake Foxcroft Park. Drop-in at our Open House to learn more about the project, give your opinion, and ask questions. All members of the public are invited to attend. RSVP is not required.

Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Lake Foxcroft Park, 2S540 Lambert Road

Can’t make it to the Open House? Send your questions or comments to Nathan Troia at

Vandalism in Your Parks

Vandalism and destruction of property have become commonplace in our parks and facilities. In addition to the graffiti the District experiences weekly, substantial vandalism recently occurred at Newton Park including arson of the newly renovated playground and repeated destruction of the sensory garden. In the past two years, costs to repair vandalism has increased significantly with the District incurring nearly $40,000 in damages, wasting valuable taxpayer dollars on repairs, labor, and other expenses. Read More »

Notice: Newton Skate Park Closed for Redevelopment

October 17 Update: Improvements to the District’s skate park at Newton Park are underway. A professional skate park design consultant was engaged for the skate park design. A public meeting was held on April 21st at Spring Avenue Recreation Center. A large group of very engaged users attended and provided constructive feedback. A revised concept was placed on order June 22. Demolition was completed in late August, followed by crack protection, asphalt and new color coating. This color coating needs high temperature to be applied and had to be done in the month of September before equipment delivery. The skate ramps are coming in mid-December and are expected to take only a few weeks to install. The skate park is closed while these improvements take place. For more information, please contact Nathan Troia at

Village Partners with Park District to Develop Downtown Event Area and Open-Space Park

The Village of Glen Ellyn is in the process of purchasing the former US Bank property located at 453 Forest Avenue in Downtown Glen Ellyn and partnering with the Glen Ellyn Park District to develop the area into a multi-use event and Downtown park/open space, to be utilized by the entire Glen Ellyn community. Read More »

Autumn 2022 Playbook Now Online

Our Autumn 2022 Playbook is out now. Registration for programs and events featured in this edition will open Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m. for residents and Saturday, September 3 at 9 a.m. for nonresidents. Take advantage of clickable program codes for quick and easy registration. View the Autumn Playbook »

Glen Ellyn Park District Announces Board Vacancy

Glen Ellyn Park District Board Commissioner Paul Bischoff Jr. has recently moved outside the Glen Ellyn Park District boundaries. Due to the vacancy, the Glen Ellyn Park District will be seeking candidates to serve as Park District Commissioner for approximately seven months until the next Park District Commissioner election on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Read More »

The Mile is Making a Comeback!

Registration is now open for the NEW Lake Ellyn 1-Mile Classic & Kids Dash on Sunday, September 18. Run or walk a one-mile loop around Lake Ellyn Park taking in the majestic views of Lake Ellyn and the quintessential community of Glen Ellyn during this beautiful time of year. The $20 early bird price ends September 9. Learn more and register »