District News

2018 Memorial Day Hours

The Glen Ellyn Park District will observe special hours of operation on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day). Click here to view hours.

Hammocks in Parks

Hammocks have become very popular in our parks and the Park District has been monitoring the effect the use and the straps have on our trees. We ask that you please follow these safety tips and guidelines when utilizing hammocks in the parks: Read More »

Board Approves Ackerman SFC Parking Lot Improvements

Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center is getting a new parking lot! Planned improvements include resurfacing and repair of the lot, lighting improvements, and bioswales to reduce runoff volumes and improve stormwater quality. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-July, with completion of the lot anticipated in mid-September. A more specific timeline will be provided closer to the beginning of the project. Read More »

Touch-A-Truck 2018: Where to Park

Planning to roll over to Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, May 5, 2018? Parking for this event is located at Roosevelt Glen Corporate Center (799 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn). A complimentary shuttle will run every 15 minutes from the parking area to the event area. Parking will not be available within Maryknoll Park. We kindly request that you use caution when driving in the area and follow all posted signage. For more information on Touch-A-Truck, please click here.

Glen Ellyn Challenged By Oswegoland to “Monday Miles”!

Three years ago, Kristie Vest, Special Events Supervisor for the Oswegoland Park District, created the Monday Miles program to bring residents together for community involvement and healthy exercise.  For 2018, she had the interesting idea to challenge residents of the Glen Ellyn Park District to see which community could log the most miles each week during the summer. Read More »

Drop-in Outdoor Pickleball Canceled for April 19

Please be advised that the Drop-in Outdoor Pickleball event scheduled for Thursday, April 19th has been canceled due to the cold weather expected tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Learn to Swim Classes Emphasize Water Safety

One of the best things parents can do for their children is to give them the opportunity to learn how to swim. It’s imperative for everyone to understand water safety, and to be able to make a proper, informed decision when the situation calls for it. Read More »

Boating in the Park Returns this Summer!

One of Glen Ellyn’s finest gems becomes your space for exploration once again this summer! Row or peddle alongside the Boathouse, shores, fishing pier, and out onto the middle of Lake Ellyn during the Boating in the Park series, provided by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Read More »

April Showers Bring May Flowers

The season’s first plants are the natural heralds of warmer days ahead. Winter’s dismal shades of brown and gray are swept away by the beautiful spectrum of spring flowers. Soon after birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and people are out enjoying the pleasant weather. The world at once comes back to life. The previous sentence is more than garish metaphor, but a declaration on the importance of plants. The rest of us cannot go about our lives without them. Read More »

Tips for a Seaworthy Cardboard Regatta Vessel

On Saturday, June 30th, the Glen Ellyn Park District will host the 25th Annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta. Gather your family and friends, and work together to create a cardboard boat that will beat all others in this fun and hilarious race!  Read More »

Roll over to Touch-a-Truck on May 5th

A chance to get a close-up view of big trucks is coming to Glen Ellyn on Saturday, May 5th, when the Glen Ellyn Park District presents Touch-A-Truck. This free event will be held in the parking lot at Maryknoll Park (845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn). Read More »

Head to the Bike Rodeo on Sun., May 6th

Bike safety is something that all children should learn. While riding a bike offers a fun experience, a terrific mode of transportation, and valuable exercise, it’s important for riders of all ages to follow the rules of the road and to understand how to ride safely. Read More »

Help Glen Ellyn Park District “Sweep the River” in May!

The DuPage River and its tributaries are home to many varieties of fish, waterfowl, and other creatures who are at risk due to pollution and the presence of trash that litters the shorelines. Each May, The Conservation Foundation partners with local communities to remove trash from the waterways. Read More »

Celebrate Lake Ellyn on Earth Day!

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a day for everyone to focus on the health and sustainability of the environments we live in. The founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, was inspired to create awareness about the growing problems of air and water pollution back in 1970. He hoped to generate action from the public to force environmental protection on a national political scale. Read More »

Pickleball Clinics, Open Play Start in April!

Although it was invented in 1965, Pickleball is now becoming one of the fastest-growing sports in America, and is also expanding into Canada and Europe. Pickleball is an interesting sport that combines various elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It’s said that the game was named by the inventor’s wife, who compared it to a “pickle boat” in the sport of rowing, referring to a boat filled with leftover rowers from other boats. The mishmash of oarsmen reminded her of the combination of sports in what later became known as “Pickleball”. Read More »

Travel Soccer Tryouts Coming in May!

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, played by adults and children alike. Players tend to start very young, giving them many years to develop the skills and competitive drive that are necessary to succeed in this fun and energetic sport. The Glen Ellyn Park District offers competitive soccer at a variety of age levels, along with opportunities to travel to compete against other area teams. Read More »

Trees Give and Take

The Giving Tree is a favorite childhood book of many. Mr. Shel Silverstein’s simple story tells of the relationship between a boy and his beloved tree. While the anthropomorphic talking tree expresses great love for the boy as she watches him grow into an old man, one can’t help but feel bad as the tree freely gives herself as a play-space, offers the boy apples, branches and wood, and ultimately is reduced  to a mere stump. But the boy continues to come back to her – is it love for the tree or selfish greed? Read More »

Glen Ellyn Park District announces summer special event lineup

The Glen Ellyn Park District is excited to unveil its special event line-up for the spring and summer including Touch-A-Truck, a new Bike Rodeo, the Freedom Four™ 4-Mile Run, and more. Read More »

Summer Camps Provide Amazing Experiences For Kids

If you ask any adult about their favorite memories from growing up, there’s a good chance they’ll mention summer camp. The carefree days of making friends, learning new skills and hobbies, enjoying nature, and “roughing it” made a huge positive impact in the lives of many children throughout the years. Today, summer camps are offered in a wide variety of categories and lengths, providing flexibility so families can fit them into their summer schedules. Read More »

“Sledding at Newton” takes top honors in the 2018 Winter Photo Contest

Three’s a party, you could say. Just add snow, slopes, smiles, and one small sled to contain it all. The pinkish-grey sky in this shot says that an afternoon of sledding will soon be coming to an end. The sledders’ rosy cheeks say it was all the worth it to get out and take on the famed sled hill at Newton Park. Capturing one of Glen Ellyn’s favorite winter pastimes, our 1st place Winter Photo Contest winner is Shannon Ward with her photo, “Sledding at Newton.” Read More »