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Food Drive at Ackerman SFC on July 28

Support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and Milton Township by dropping off urgently needed items at Ackerman SFC, 800 St. Charles Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. The Food Drive is sponsored by Glen Ellyn Park District, State Senator Terra Costa Howard and Central DuPage Kiwanis. Read More »

Reserve a time at the Maryknoll Splash Park, set to open July 11!

Splashtastic news! Reservations are now being accepted for the Maryknoll Splash Park, which is set to open on Saturday, July 11! Visitors will be limited to 50 per 1.5-hour time slot and other measures have been put in place for patron safety. A face covering must be worn when checking in and when social distancing is not possible. More details >

Glenbard West and South Camps

Registration is open for Glenbard West and South athletic summer camps! Athletic summer camps are for current Glenbard students only, including incoming freshmen. Registration numbers are limited for some sports due to the current pandemic. Camps will begin Monday, July 13, at various times and locations. Please note that masks must be worn entering and exiting all outdoor facilities and must be worn at all times for indoor locations, including for workouts. Register for camps >

New public gardens to inspire and inform

DuPage Foundation’s Glen Ellyn Fund awarded its first round of funding to a new “Sustainable Garden Initiative.” The project, proposed by the Environmental Commission, created two permanent demonstration gardens to inspire and inform visitors to Lake Ellyn and Village Green Parks, and builds upon Glen Ellyn’s annual “Sustainable Yard Tour.” Read More »

Playground Reopening Update

June 26, 2020: All playgrounds and the outdoor fitness area will open for public use at 9am on Saturday, June 27! Thank you for your patience as we awaited additional guidance from the Governor, CDC, and Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • If you or your child feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home
  • Wash hands with soap and water before and after playing or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid crowded playgrounds and minimize physical contact between kids
  • No more than 50 patrons allowed on a playground at any given time
  • Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear masks when unable to do so
  • Outdoor equipment is not sanitized regularly; use at your own risk

Phase 4 Reopening Update

June 26 – In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, staff has made the following plan for the expansion of programming, amenities, and services, as allowed under Phase 4: RevitalizationRead more >

Summer Playbook is Now Online

Our staff have been working extremely hard to create new plans and programs to meet both the guidelines set forth by the State and the needs of our local parents and families. Check out the new Summer Playbook to see what at-home and in-person (small group) programs are currently available. The Playbook will be continuously updated, so check back often. View the Summer Playbook >

Outdoor Group Fitness Classes Begin Monday, June 8, at Ackerman SFC!

Ackerman SFC will reopen for outdoor group fitness classes and personal training only beginning on Monday, June 8, as allowed under Phase 3: Recovery guidelines within the Restore Illinois Plan. During this phase, purchase of a $20 Group Fitness Class Pass will be required to preregister for group fitness classes. The pass will be valid from June 8 to July 8, and will enable pass holders to sign up for more than 45 classes each week. All classes will be socially distanced and limited to 10 participants. Learn more >

Reopening Update

June 1, 2020 – In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, staff has made the following plan for the return of programming and reopening of facilities as detailed in Phase 3: Recovery, which began on Friday, May 29. We will continue to adjust our plan as we get closer to Phase 4: Revitalization. Read more >

Dinosaur Expedition

Welcome…to Glen Ellyn Park! Take part in our Dinosaur Expedition on Saturday, June 27th from 10am to 2pm. Read More »

An Important Update from the Executive Director

Glen Ellyn Park District continues to put the health and safety of our residents and guests at the forefront of decisions during this pandemic. With that said, we want to update you on Sunset Pool, community events, summer programming and more for 2020. Read more >

GEPD At-Home Activity Center

During these unprecedented times, we’re doing our best to bring activities to you. View our GEPD At-Home Activity Center for weekly contests and coloring sheets, free virtual fitness classes, registered programs with some of your favorite instructors, and more, to keep you entertained and engaged. Enjoy >

Glen Ellyn Park District Survey

Please fill out a short, two-minute survey to help us better meet your needs and concerns both during the stay-at-home order and after it’s lifted. Your opinion is very important to us and will assist the Glen Ellyn Park District in establishing programs and procedures moving forward. Take the survey >

Upcoming Collection Drives

Coronavirus is threatening America’s blood supply, food banks, and more. The Glen Ellyn Park District is committed to providing opportunities for you to help! Read More »

Collection for Glen Ellyn Cares on Thursday, May 14

The Glen Ellyn Cares fundraiser was started by the Chamber in order to assist struggling local restaurant owners by buying meals to be donated to staff at local hospitals. If you are able to help, any level of support makes a difference and is greatly appreciated! Cash or check donations will be accepted from 1pm to 6pm at Ackerman SFC on May 14th. After you donate, a photo backdrop is available so you can customize a thank you sign for essential workers and snap a selfie! Please bring your own marker or pen.

Blood drive at Ackerman SFC on May 18. Be a beacon of hope!

Help ensure a healthy blood supply in Illinois by donating at the upcoming blood drive at Ackerman SFC, 800 St. Charles Road, on Monday, May 18. Appointments, available from 1 to 6pm, are required in order to control the number of people at the site at a given time and to ensure safe social distancing (no walk-ins). Keeping in compliance with our state’s ordinance, donors will be required to bring and wear face masks during the donation process.

Click here to sign up or call/text Camille from Versiti at (847) 305-9998.

All About My Mom Interviews

We want to hear all about what makes your mom special. Complete and email a photo of our All About My Mom Interview by Saturday, May 9th at 3pm to contest@gepark.org for a chance to win a gift for mom! Please include a photo with mom, your names, and the child’s age with your submissions. Download the interview sheet >

Injured, Ill, or Orphaned Birds/Animals

While we are not able to accept injured, ill, or orphaned birds/animals, we’re lucky to have DuPage County Forest Preserve’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center located right here in Glen Ellyn. They are a wonderful resource for information and for connecting rescuers with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

National Fitness Day: Saturday, May 2nd

National Fitness Day, held on the first Saturday in May, is an opportunity to try new ways of becoming fit and healthy! During this stressful time, exercise is also important to maintaining good physical and mental health. This Saturday, get up and get MOVING, any way you can!

Let us know what fitness means to you! Print this sign, fill it out, and snap a selfie with your sign in view! Share the picture with us by emailing photo@gepark.org, tagging @glenellynparkdist on Instagram, or sending us a message through Facebook. We’ll share the photos we receive on our pages on Saturday. Read More »

May 5th Board meeting to be held remotely

Due to the shutdown of all Park District facilities in response to COVID-19, the May 5th meeting of the Park Board of Commissioners will be held by Zoom conference as permitted by the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation in Response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Executive Order 5) exempting the requirement of the Open Meetings Act for the physical presence of the Commissioners at the meeting and permitting Commissioner attendance by video, audio, or telephone access. Read More »