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Winter Flurry Fun Day! A Pop-Up Event

It’s “snow” fun to get out and enjoy the winter weather! Meet us at Newton Park tomorrow (Jan. 27) from 3pm-5pm for a flurry of socially distanced activities. Bring your snow boots, gloves, and a face covering for snowman building, snow painting, and more. Plus, grab your sled or snow saucer and go for an adventure down the sled hill. Free hot cocoa for everyone will be available in the picnic shelter! See you there!

DuPage County qualifies to move back to Tier 1 Resurgence Mitigations

DuPage County (Region 8) has been cleared to move to Tier 1 resurgence mitigations, which further relax restrictions, effective Tuesday, January 26. Please click here for an update for specific areas of interest.

New Open Skate Hours at Newton Park and Pickleball Courts Update

The Park District recently received some constructive input regarding outdoor winter recreational opportunities. Based on those inquiries, the District will be implementing the following adjustments:

  • With limited outdoor skating opportunities within Glen Ellyn due to weather and other extenuating circumstances, ice skating only times have been established for the Newton Park east ice rink. The hours are 11:30am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 5:30pm Monday-Sunday. The other times are for hockey. As this is a natural ice rink and subject to many factors, please click here to check if ice conditions are safe for skating. 
  • Some players within the Pickleball community have requested access to the Village Green Pickleball courts during the winter. Those courts will be made available if they are deemed playable. Due to limited staff and other priorities, snow removal at the site will not take place. Please click here to check the current status of the Pickleball courts.

DuPage County qualifies to move back to Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigations

It was announced today that DuPage County (Region 8) qualifies to move back to Tier 2 resurgence mitigations. As such, Glen Ellyn Park District will resume in-person organized recreational and sports activities in alignment with the Tier 2 guidelines. Registered participants enrolled in programs which have been postponed, rescheduled, or temporarily moved to a virtual format have been or are in the process of being contacted via phone or email with more information regarding their program. Read More »

DuPage County (Region 8) remains in Tier 3 mitigations

Jan. 15, 2021 – Governor Pritzker announced today that DuPage County (Region 8) has not met the metrics required to lift Tier 3 resurgence mitigations. Registered participants in programs impacted by the continuation of Tier 3 mitigations have and will continue to be notified by staff via phone or email regarding program cancellations, postponements, rescheduling, or virtual options. As the mitigation status and guidelines remain fluid and can change with minimal advance notice, please be sure to check your email and voicemail for program adjustments.

The Glen Ellyn Park District remains optimistic that Region 8 will move back to Tier 2 in the coming days. Staff will continue to adjust and adapt to the guidelines while remaining resourceful and creative in providing recreational opportunities for the community. Your continued understanding, patience, flexibility, and support is valued and appreciated.

Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Project

Make your voice heard by joining an affinity group meeting as part of the Glen Ellyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Project on Thursday, January 28! Read More »

Ice Skating Update

Newton Park: Before heading to the park, please check the hotline to see if ice conditions are safe for skating: gepark.org/hotline. With limited outdoor skating opportunities within Glen Ellyn due to weather and other extenuating circumstances, ice skating only times have been established for the Newton Park east ice rink. The hours are 11:30am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 5:30pm Monday-Sunday. The other times are for hockey.

Lake Ellyn & Lake Foxcroft:
To date, the 2020-2021 winter has not provided favorable conditions for outdoor ice skating on the lakes. Unfortunately, neither Lake Ellyn nor Lake Foxcroft have reached the 8-inch ice thickness required for safe skating and periods of warmer temperatures (e.g., above freezing) and snowfalls have diminished the ice.

Ice at Lake Ellyn and Lake Foxcroft must be at least 8 inches thick to get the necessary equipment, including plow trucks, to remove snow and groom, further challenging the process. This is a substantial task as Lake Ellyn is 10 acres. We will continue to monitor the ice daily and hope Mother Nature provides better conditions in the weeks to come! Read More »

If metrics allow, Illinois regions can move out of Tier 3 mitigations on January 15

On Wednesday, January 6, Governor Pritzker announced that beginning Friday, January 15, regions that satisfy the metrics for doing so may move out of Tier 3 mitigations. While positive news, as a result of this announcement, several programs scheduled to take place in-person from January 9 through January 14 will be postponed, rescheduled, or held virtually. Participants will be contacted directly via phone or email regarding the status of their program. Read More »

Free Tax-Aide for Seniors

Free tax assistance for seniors ages 60+ will be available from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Appointments are required and can be made starting on January 11th at 9am by calling (630) 942-7264. To make an appointment, you must be a Glen Ellyn Park District resident or have participated in the program through Glen Ellyn Park District in 2019 or 2020. This year, appointments will be held at Wheaton Park District – Mary Lubko Center, 208 W. Union Avenue, Wheaton.

Blood & Food Collection Drives on Jan. 21

Ackerman SFC is hosting a blood drive (appointments required) as well as a drive-thru drop-off food collection drive on Thursday, January 21st from 9:30am-3:30pm. Click here to make a blood drive appointment or here to learn more about donating non-perishable food items and toiletries to help fill the shelves at Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Winter 2021 Playbook Now Available!

The digital Winter 2021 Playbook, which includes January-March programs, is now available! Resident registration for programs featured in the Playbook opens at 9am Saturday, December 19. Nonresident registration at 9am Saturday, December 26. View the Playbook »

Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays, Glen Ellyn! Please note our special hours of operation below:

  • Spring Avenue Recreation Center: Closed December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1
  • Main Street Recreation Center: Closed December 21 through January 3. The facility will reopen on Monday, January 4.
  • Ackerman SFC: 7am-1pm December 24, 7am-1pm December 31, and 7am-3pm January 1. Ackerman SFC is closed on Christmas Day (December 25).

Sneaky Snowman

A bunch of Sneaky Snowmen will be hiding in our parks on Saturday, January 2nd from 9am-3pm. Kick off the new year with some free (and social distancing friendly) family fun by using the clues to help us find them this weekend! Click the image below to download a PDF version of the clue sheet. In case you get stumped, an answer key is located at the bottom! Read More »

Outdoor Skating

As Glen Ellyn Park District awaits mother nature to cooperate in order to produce outdoor ice skating, the Wheaton Park District’s two outdoor refrigerated ice rinks are open for the season. Pre-purchased, timed tickets for all skaters are required this year (no walk-up tickets will be available). You must have your own skates. For the most current information on the Wheaton rinks, please click here »

The District will continue to monitor ice and weather conditions daily. For the current status of the rinks at Lake Ellyn, Lake Foxcroft, and Newton Parks, please click here »

If you need skates, check with Paul’s Shoe Service, 486 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, (630) 790-1030, as they have used skates for sale and exchange.

Holiday Food Drive (Curbside Drop Off)

Help fight food insecurity at College of DuPage by donating non-perishable food items and toiletries on Saturday, December 12. Donations will help fill the shelves at the COD Fuel Garden & Pantry in time for the holidays! Curbside drop off will be available at Sunset Park, 483 Fairview Avenue, from 10am-12pm. Preferred donation items include: Read More »

COVID-19 Update: DuPage County Remains in Tier 3

As of December 4, DuPage County remains in Tier 3 of resurgence mitigations, which went into effect on November 20. While the new guidelines further impacted Glen Ellyn Park District programs and services, they are the safest and most responsible way for us to serve our community. Please see below for an update on specific areas of interest. Read More »

Winter 2021 Playbook Coming Soon!

The Winter 2021 Playbook, which includes January-March programs, will be released online at gepark.org/playbook on Wednesday, December 16. Resident registration will open at 9am Saturday, December 19. Nonresident registration will open at 9am Saturday, December 26.

Support Parks & Recreation on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1, is #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people to transform their communities. This year, Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks is asking YOU to support your park system and the Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Fund by making a donation online. Your gift could help contribute to the sustainability of parks, trails, and green spaces, make the dream of participating in camps or classes a reality for a child, or enrich our community by adding amenities to parks and facilities.

With support on Giving Tuesday from park-enthusiast like you, we can protect, preserve, and enhance Glen Ellyn’s parks and recreational opportunities for the benefit of all. Whether you donate $5 or $500, your contribution will make an impact. Donations to this effort are 100 percent tax-deductible as the Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Read More »

Holiday Light Recycling

Think green! Before tossing those broken light strands in the trash and adding to the landfill, consider recycling them instead! Glen Ellyn Park District is once again partnering with Elgin Recycling to provide a solution for used/broken lights and extension cords from now through January 31, 2021. Read More »

Blood Drive on December 23

Help ensure a healthy blood supply in Illinois by donating at our upcoming blood drive on Wednesday, December 23rd from 1 to 6pm. The SARS CoV-2 antibody test will be performed on all successful donations. Under Tier 3 guidelines, appointments are required and walk-ups will not be accepted. We kindly ask you only reserve a time slot if you are sure you can attend as the number of donors we can accept is limited (blue time slots are open, gray time slots are full). Sign up >