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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 dmacdonald@gepark.org 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 ntroia@gepark.org.

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

Improvements to the District’s skate park at Newton Park are underway. Demolition work has begun as of August 24, which will be followed by asphalt improvements. The surface will get a color coat which will not only provide a visual interest, but also keep temperatures cooler than black asphalt. This color coating needs high temperature to be applied and must be done in the month of September. The skate ramps are coming in early November 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 ntroia@gepark.org or visit gepark.org/projects.

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 »

Autumn 2022 Playbook coming August 23

Our Autumn 2022 Playbook will be published exclusively on our website Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Registration for programs and events featured in this edition opens Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m. for residents and Saturday, September 3 at 9 a.m. for nonresidents. 

Early Closure: Sunset Pool

On Wednesday, August 3, Sunset Pool will close early at 5:30 p.m. due to the Mother/Son Beach Bash.

Lake Ellyn Shoreline Update: 7/29/2022

The Local 150 strike has been resolved and the project will be near completion in August. A concrete curb has been installed to contain the permeable paver walkway. Pavers will be delivered mid-August and be installed. A mason will be construction seatwalls that serve as permanent benches along the walk. Restoration and site clean-up will happen in early September.

Sunset Pool delayed opening on Saturday, July 23

The opening of Sunset Pool will be delayed until 2pm on Saturday, July 23 due to the Gators end of season swim meet. There will be no Adult Lap Swim (10am-1pm) or Adult/Tot Shallow Only Swim (11am-12pm). Following the meet and weather permitting, Open Swim will be available from 2pm-7:30pm. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Join our team as a part-time adult lifeguard. Competitive wages, flexible hours, and additional benefits.

As students head back to school and begin fall activities, it becomes increasingly difficult each year to staff Sunset Pool from August through Labor Day. But you can help! We’re seeking part-time adult lifeguards to watch over the safety of children, families, and other swimmers through the end of the season. Lifeguarding as an adult is a great way to re-enter the workforce, stay active, engage with others, and give back. For a limited time, we are offering:

  • FREE lifeguard training and uniform
  • Up to $200 to be used for Park District programs (must be able to work until September 5)
    • Receive $100 if you work a minimum of 30 hours from date of certification to 9/5.
    • Receive $200 if you work a minimum of 40 hours from date of certification to 9/5.

Apply online by July 31st at gepark.org/job » 

For more information, please contact Stacey Lim at slim@gepark.org

Temporary Spring Avenue Dog Park closure on July 20

Spring Avenue Dog Park will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 20 for routine park maintenance. In case of inclement weather, maintenance will instead take place on July 21. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your membership.

Lake Ellyn Shoreline Project Update

July 12, 2022 – Recently, a strike by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 against three construction materials companies – Lehigh Hanson, Lafarge Holcim and Vulcan Materials – began June 7 and has halted work at 30 quarries in northern Illinois that produce aggregate material, such as sand, gravel, and stone, impacting construction projects throughout the Chicago Area. This gravel material is critical to the Lake Ellyn Shoreline project and is contributing to the delay of the project. A permeable paver walkway will be installed after the retaining wall. The base of the walkway is the aggregate material that is hard to source at the moment due to the protest. The general contractor is making every effort to obtain materials where available to finish the project.

Freedom Four 4-Mile Run/Walk Race Results and Photos

Thank you to everyone that took part in this year’s Freedom Four 4-Mile Run/Walk and helped raise funds for the Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks’ Scholarship Fund. We would also like to thank Olympic medalist Ethan Cepuran for handing out the awards, and our beverage partner, Two Hound Red.

Fireworks from the Fishing Pier raffle raises $3,875 for the Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks’ Scholarship Fund

Congratulations to Matt and Lisa Dell on winning the Fireworks from the Fishing Pier raffle! Thank you to those who entered and helped raise $3,875 for the Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks’ Scholarship Fund, which enables families in need of financial assistance the opportunity to participate in Park District programs.