District News

Register Now for Boys’ Spring Bulldogs Lacrosse

Lacrosse is one of the oldest and fastest growing sports in North America. According to Global Sports Matters, lacrosse has added more than half a million participants from youth to the professional level since 2001. For boys in grades 1-8 looking to get started in the sport, registration is open for the Spring Bulldogs Lacrosse program. Read More »

Bring the Fam to the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Winter Gym Jam!

As the Glen Ellyn Park District enters the year 2019, the kickoff of its 100th anniversary celebration begins! The first special event to recognize this incredible milestone is the Park District’s Winter Gym Jam. Attendance is FREE for all ages. Read More »

Orientations Enhance Exercise Experience, Knowledge

The more you understand about your personal fitness level, your workout goals, and the equipment you use, the more effective and successful your workout regimen will be. At the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, members and non-members can receive a walk-through of the fitness center in a group setting to increase their knowledge of the equipment offered and how it should be used. Read More »

Top 10 Benefits of Playing Soccer

As the most popular sport across the globe, soccer is fun to play and exciting to watch. Not only has soccer become a summer Olympic event, it can be played professionally, competitively, or for recreational fun. Soccer is easy to learn, requires very little equipment, and can be played in a park or in the backyard. Many parents start their children in a soccer program as young as age 2 or 3, so they get exposure to the skills and drills necessary to play the game, but also to start them on the path to learning how to play well with others and to be a good sport. Soccer offers many benefits to players; here are the top 10. Read More »

Holiday Hours: December 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019

The Glen Ellyn Park District will observe special hours of operation from Sunday, December 23, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019.  Read More »

25 Things To Do This Winter with the Glen Ellyn Park District

Feeling tired and sluggish? We’ve got you covered with our Top 25 picks to help keep your winter merry and bright. Read More »

Shop with a Cop 2018

On Saturday, December 1, Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center hosted the annual “Shop with a Cop” event. Children start their day at Ackerman SFC having breakfast with Santa Claus and participating in games and activities before heading out to shop for holiday gifts escorted and transported by a law enforcement officer within their squad car. This is a very special event for the Officers and the children involved and the Park District is happy to be able to provide the location for the day!

Organized by members of the Glen Ellyn Police Department in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Park District and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the event is designed to help children in need throughout DuPage County by providing them with funds to buy presents and essentials for themselves and their family. Over 100 children and 110 police officers from 10 local units participated in this year’s event. Click here to view photos from the event.

Don’t Toss Old Holiday Lights, Recycle Them with the Glen Ellyn Park District

As you’re going through your holiday lights this year, deciding which are still usable and which need to be replaced, don’t toss your broken or unwanted lights into the trash can. The Glen Ellyn Park District has an easy and environmentally friendly solution for disposing of holiday lights that are taking up space in your garage or attic: recycle them! Read More »

New Programs and Events to Try This Winter

Resident registration for programs contained in the 2019 Winter Activity Guide is in progress! The Guide details hundreds of classes, events, fitness memberships, and platform tennis opportunities available throughout the winter. Nonresident registration will begin on Monday, December 3 at 8:30am. Read More »

Weather-Related Cancellations – Update on Classes Held at 3pm or Later

Monday, November 26: All Glen Ellyn Park District classes taking place at 3pm or later will be held as scheduled, with the exceptions of programs held at District 41 facilities which have been cancelled. All Park District facilities will remain open for regular business hours. Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center will have open gym available until 6pm and open turf available until 5pm.

Weather-Related Cancellations for Monday, November 26th

Due to the extreme winter weather conditions, all Glen Ellyn Park District programs occurring before 3pm (including preschool) on Monday, November 26th have been canceled. In addition, all programs scheduled at District 41 facilities are canceled for the day. An update on programs occurring after 3pm on Monday, November 26th will be posted on the Park District’s website by 2pm. All Glen Ellyn Park District facilities will remain open for regular business hours. Thank you for your patience. Stay safe and warm!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: 2018

Glen Ellyn Park District will observe special hours of operation on Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) and Friday, November 23. Be sure to join us at the Turkey Trot 5-Mile Predicto Race! Read More »

Skate Park Closed for 2018 Season

And another great season comes to an end! The Skate Park at Newton Park is now closed for the season. We will reopen the park in the spring as weather permits. See you on the ramps next year!

Winter 2019 Registration Dates

The Winter 2019 Activity Guide was delivered to resident homes on Saturday, November 3rd. Resident registration will begin on Sunday, November 18th at 10:00pm. Download and print a copy of our Online Registration Planning Sheet, designed to help you start planning your winter schedules right away!  Read More »

New Signs Installed at Lake Ellyn Park

Glen Ellyn Park District has completed installation of new outdoor signs throughout Lake Ellyn Park. The signs, which were part of Phase III of the Lake Ellyn Park Improvement Project, were made possible thanks to a generous donation to the Glen Ellyn Park District from an anonymous donor along with a grant through the O.S.L.A.D. program. Read More »

Run the Park District’s 30th Annual Turkey Trot!

How often do you have an opportunity to participate in an event that (1) is a lot of fun, (2) helps increase your fitness level, (3) helps those who are less fortunate, and (4) encourages you to dress up in a crazy Thanksgiving-themed costume? The answer is: once a year, at the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Annual Turkey Trot! This year’s event is sponsored by 1776 Senior Care. Read More »

Ackerman SFC Parking Lot is Now Open

Thank you for your patience and understanding! Construction is never fun and almost always inconvenient and disruptive. Through it all, our patrons were flexible and patient. While frustrating at times, they managed to make the best of the situation. The Glen Ellyn Park District is very appreciative of your continued patronage and hopes you will enjoy the newly renovated parking lot and entrance drive.

As a reminder, the project addressed the complete replacement of the main parking lot serving Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center and the upper Ackerman Park soccer fields. The parking lot, in severe disrepair, was over 30 years old and had only incurred minor repairs since it’s construction. Read More »

Main Street Recreation Center and President’s Park Playgrounds Now Open

The playgrounds located at Main Street Recreation Center and President’s Park are open! Both playgrounds were over 20 years old and, due to age and popularity, had begun to fall into disrepair. The District once again collaborated with Kids Around the World, who removed the President’s Park playground and will repurpose the old equipment to be used in a less fortunate community. Look for additional improvements, including new benches and garbage cans, in the near future.

Enjoy Fitness & Fun at Ackerman SFC’s Open House!

Staying active is the best way to get or maintain a healthy fitness level, and the Glen Ellyn Park District does its part by offering a wide variety of fitness options for adults and kids. On Saturday, November 3rd, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm, the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn will be holding an Open House to showcase the facility, the classes, and the other programs that make it one of Glen Ellyn’s premier fitness centers. Registration is not required, and attendance is free for both members and non-members. Read More »

New Classes for Budding Artists

Humans were inspired to create art on cave walls thousands of years ago to try to understand their place in the world. Art in all its many forms inspires creativity and innovating thinking, which helps increase motivation and appreciation in all aspects of our lives. Read More »