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57th Glen Ellyn Community Awards

Tim Clark, our 2020 Park District Volunteer of the Year, will be recognized during the 57th Glen Ellyn Community Awards next Wednesday. The event will be held virtually and may be viewed from the comfort of your home, or you can join a watch party at select Glen Ellyn restaurants. Congratulations to all those being honored for making Glen Ellyn such a wonderful Village. Learn more about the event and how to watch »

Sunset Pool 2021 Season Update

Sunset Pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May 29. Due to COVID-19, the pool will operate with new safety modifications in alignment with State and local health department guidelines. Read the full update and learn what to expect this season »

Lifeguards Wanted

We’re looking for more lifeguards! Make a difference every day while learning skills and gaining valuable experience. Applicants must be at least 15 years old. More information will be posted in mid-April regarding Sunset Pool fees, guidelines, and hours for 2021. If you have any questions, please reach out to Chad Shingler at cshingler@gepark.org. Applicants must apply online at gepark.org/jobs.

Rain Barrel & Composter Sale

Pre-order rain barrels and composters for your home! Orders must be placed online here by May 16, 2021, or using the mail-in order form by May 14. Orders will be available for pick up at Sunset Park between 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 21. Read More »

Easter Holiday Hours

Glen Ellyn Park District facilities are closed or have special hours on Sunday, Apr. 4, 2021: Read More »

Spring Break Hours at Main Street Recreation Center

Main Street Recreation Center will have modified hours of operation from Saturday, March 27 to Friday, April 2: Read More »

Spring Nature Hunts

Take a walk through Ackerman Park, Churchill Park, or both. Print off and bring our new Spring Nature Hunts, and spend time outdoors in search of trees, woodland flowers, pond animals, birds, and more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity for Glen Ellyn Seniors 65 years +

Update: All time slots for the clinic are now full.

The Village of Glen Ellyn, the Glen Ellyn Public Library, and the Glen Ellyn Park District are working together to immunize our community. According to the CDC, people ages 65 and older are at greater risk for severe illness or death due to COVID-19. Please help us find and contact these priority individuals so they can be vaccinated next week at a pop-up clinic right here in Glen Ellyn. If you know someone who lives and/or works in Glen Ellyn and is 65 or older, have them call the Glen Ellyn Vaccine Hotline at (331) 251-8609. Calls will be answered daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until all appointments are filled. Those who register for an appointment will receive the first dose on Thursday, March 25 followed by the second dose on Thursday, April 15.

Drive-Thru Drop-Off Food Drive on Mar. 30

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand on food pantries, including our own Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Many of our neighbors are facing food insecurity right now, some for the first time in their lives. Please consider donating non-perishable food items and toiletries any time between 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at Ackerman SFC, 800 St. Charles Road. Those wishing to donate should drive up to the main entrance and stay in their vehicles. Volunteers will unload their donations. View the Pantry’s needs list »

Notice of Meeting Cancellation

Notice is hereby given that the Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners has cancelled their Regular Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The next meeting of Board Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and via Zoom, and will begin at its normal time of 7:00 p.m.

Spring 2021 Playbook and Summer Camp Guide Now Available Online!

The all-digital Spring 2021 Playbook, which includes April-June programs, and the 2021 Summer Camp Guide are now available online! Resident registration for programs featured in both editions opens at 9am Saturday, March 6. Nonresident registration at 9am Saturday, March 13. View the brochures »

Spring Playbook & Camp Guide

Coming soon! Our Spring Playbook and Summer Camp Guide will be released on March 2, 2021. To provide the most accurate information, brochures will be available online only and will not be mailed to individual households. Registration for programs contained with the Spring Playbook and Camp Guide will begin 9am March 6th for residents and 9am March 13th for nonresidents.

Lake Ellyn Ice Update

2/21/21: Lake Ellyn is closed for skating. Water is pushing up through the ice making the surface unstable and unsafe for skating. The east rink at Newton Park (natural ice) and the Polar Plaza (synthetic/plastic ice) remain open. Hours of operation at the Polar Plaza are noon to 9pm. For the latest updates on ice conditions, visit gepark.org/hotline or click here to learn more about the Polar Plaza. If you need skates, skate sharpening, or skate repair, please check with Paul’s Shoe Service, 486 N. Main St, Glen Ellyn, (630) 790-1030. Skating is unsupervised and at your own risk. If visiting, be respectful of others and remember follow the 3 Ws: wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands.

2020 Annual Report

The Annual Report provides a glimpse into the major results and achievements of the District during the year. It also provides 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 report »

Polar Plaza Skating Rink Scheduled to Open February 19 in Downtown Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn will soon have another place to skate for free this winter, thanks to a partnership between the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District. The Glen Ellyn Polar Plaza, a new pop-up skating rink, is scheduled to open Friday, February 19, 2021. Read More »

Drive-Thru Drop-Off Food Drive on February 25

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand on food pantries, including our own Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Many of our neighbors are facing food insecurity right now, some for the first time in their lives. Please consider donating non-perishable food items and toiletries any time between 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, at Ackerman SFC, 800 St. Charles Road. Those wishing to donate should drive up to the main entrance and stay in their vehicles. Volunteers will unload their donations. View the Pantry’s needs list »

Class Cancellations for Tuesday, Feb. 16

With School Districts 41 and 87 going remote, and in keeping with the program’s winter weather-related closure plan, Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment classes will be canceled today. The 9:45am Play & Sing with Me class has also been canceled. Unless specifically contacted via phone/email or otherwise posted on the hotline, all other recreation programming will be held as scheduled. Park District facilities will remain open for regular business hours. Stay warm and please be safe with your travels!

Lake Ellyn Ice Update

2/12/21: A portion of Lake Ellyn is now open for skating! While we are unable to safely get large equipment on the ice, the District was able to clear a significant area with walk behind snow blowers. The skating surface is rough. Please stay off the unplowed areas. If visiting, be respectful of others and remember follow the 3 Ws: wear a face covering, watch your distance, and wash your hands.

Learn if the ice is safe for skating by checking the light on top of the Boathouse or visiting gepark.org/hotline. The Boathouse is not open and for the weekend, the remote restrooms will be closed due to the extreme cold. Skating is unsupervised and at your own risk. 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.

Lake Ellyn Ice Update

Despite the recently extreme cold conditions, Lake Ellyn still has challenges regarding ice skating. While the ice thickness has reached 8 inches in some areas, significant snow has accumulated on the ice surface over the past months which adversely affects the ice conditions and is extremely challenging to remove and/or relocate. The accumulated snow also serves to insulate the ice, causing the surface below to be unstable in areas and making the ice surface extremely rough. Keep in mind, six to ten inches of snow on the Lake Ellyn, a 10-acre body of water, could weigh upwards of 10,000,000 pounds and some if not all the ice may be compromised.

The Park District will continue to evaluate conditions and determine if reasonable, safe, and practical efforts to provide ice skating at Lake Ellyn is possible. As a reminder, Lake Ellyn is subject to the environment with most conditions not controlled by the Park District. Please refrain from throwing debris onto the ice surface and absolutely no ice fishing. Both actions further complicate the District’s ability to provide safe and quality ice skating. Read More »

DuPage County advances to Phase 4

DuPage County (Region 8), including Glen Ellyn, has been cleared to advance to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan effective Wednesday, February 3. Please click here for an update for specific areas of interest.