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Community Zoofari

Be a part of our Community Zoofari on Saturday, May 23rd from 10am to 2pm. Read More »

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You!

Celebrate Star Wars Day with these activities straight from a galaxy far, far away! Email your pictures to photo@gepark.org to show us how you made this your best May the Fourth ever! Read More »

Blood drive at Ackerman SFC on May 14. Be a beacon of hope!

Thank you to everyone that signed up for the May 14th blood drive! At this time, all appointments have filled. In order to control the number of people at the site at a given time and to ensure safe social distancing, walk-ins will not be accepted. Read More »

Upcoming Virtual Classes

These new programs will help you have fun and be social while staying safe at home! Click on each program to learn more.

Glen Ellyn Strong Virtual 5K

Stay active while practicing social distancing by participating in the Glen Ellyn Strong Virtual 5K! The 5K is free and open to the public (no registration required) but you can also get gear delivered straight to your door! Order a race shirt and every purchase made will help support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Read More »

An Important Update from the Executive Director

Please click here to read an important update from the Executive Director regarding Sunset Pool opening day and Glen Ellyn Park District operations.

An Important Update from the Executive Director

Dear Residents and Patrons, 

Sunset Pool traditionally opens on Memorial Day weekend. Due to COVID-19 and the current Governor’s orders and CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines, the Glen Ellyn Park District has delayed the opening of the facility until at least June 13th. This is a tentative date to allow for further review including clarification, direction, and guidance on safety measures the facility would need to implement and operate under in order to protect the wellbeing of patrons and employees. 

The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners will further discuss the status of the pool at the May 5th Board meeting. It is expected confirmation of the pool’s status will be made at that time. While the importance and value Sunset Pool provides to the community is immeasurable, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff will be the highest priority. 

Like the rest of the Glen Ellyn community, the Glen Ellyn Park District has not been spared from the effects, challenges, and difficult decisions that accompany this unprecedented period. The Park District has: 

  • Ceased nearly all operations and closed all facilities including Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Lake Ellyn Boathouse, and Main Street and Spring Avenue Recreation Centers. 
  • Cancelled spring special events such as Earth Day and Touch-a-Truck. 
  • Suspended or cancelled recreational classes and athletic programs. 
  • Delayed the opening of Holes & Knolls Mini Golf Course. 
  • Closed all outdoor athletic courts (tennis, basketball, Pickleball, platform), athletic fields, and playgrounds. 
  • Parks, trails, and the Spring Avenue Dog Park remain open! 

Operationally, the District has transitioned nearly 90% of its administrative/managerial staff to working remotely. All are still communicating with the public and actively working. While working in modified shifts, parks maintenance staff is performing regular duties including spring/summer preparation and mowing and caring for parks and green space all while being safe and practicing social distancing. Unfortunately, the District did furlough nearly 100 part-time employees. 

Unlike school districts and the library who collect most of their revenue through property taxes, the Glen Ellyn Park District generates nearly 55% of its revenue from user fees. As the District’s programs are not running and there is much unknown about upcoming programs, the Park District is not collecting revenue while also refunding a substantial amount due to the cancellations. In anticipation of the financial effects of COVID-19, the District did defer nearly $800,000 of budgeted expenses for 2020. Staff is currently forecasting the next several months based on a variety of contingencies including no activities until the start of school in the fall. 

Despite the challenges and restrictions, the Glen Ellyn Park District remains productive, motivated, resourceful, and dedicated. The agency continues to provide positive and constructive opportunities for the community ranging from sports training to talent contests to live virtual fitness classes. I would encourage all to peruse the website, social media, and various newsletters and other communications. 

Additionally, the Park District has offered several successful outreach opportunities including food drives, blood drives, and collection of products for DuPagePads. 

The District has also been active in the promotion of social distancing and encouraging compliance to the CDC and Governor’s guidelines. Compliance ambassadors were instituted and have been working seven days a week overseeing Park District properties. 

Decisions about upcoming athletics, summer camps, sports camps, seasonal facilities (Sunset Pool, Splash Pad, Holes & Knolls) and special events are being considered and will certainly be influenced by mandates by the Governor and CDC. Some spring sports have been cancelled at this time including lacrosse and rugby. Decisions on cancelling or offering modified seasons for the spring baseball, field hockey, soccer, and softball programs will be made by May 1st and all participants will be contacted. 

While the District is anxious to fully serve our constituents and have life back to “normal,” it will be done following the recommendations of science and facts and at the direction of the State and CDC guidelines. The safety and wellbeing of patrons and employees and contributing to the overall effort to flatten the curve is the highest priority. 

Sincerely,

Dave Harris
Executive Director
Glen Ellyn Park District

Arbor Day Activity Sheets

Celebrate Arbor Day at home with these fun activity sheets from the Arbor Day Foundation. Each year, Arbor Day celebrates the role trees play in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.

How to Install a Rain Barrel

Rain barrels are an excellent way to collect stormwater runoff to be used for your gardens, lawn, and flowers. Watch this helpful video from The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Openlands on how to properly install a rain barrel at your home! Watch now >

Food Drive for Glen Ellyn Food Pantry & Pet Food Drive on May 7th

As more of our community members begin to lose jobs and income, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is in urgent need of items. To make it even more convenient to donate, we’ve partnered with Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage County to host a “drive-thru drop-off” food drive at Ackerman SFC on Thursday, May 7th from 1:30pm-6pm. New and unopened pet food products (bagged, canned, treats) will also be collected at that time. When dropping off your donation, please follow the signs toward the front entrance drive. Read More »

April 21st Board meeting to be held remotely

Due to the shutdown of all Park District facilities in response to COVID-19, the April 21st 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 »

Blood drive on May 7. 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 Thursday, May 7. Appointments 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).

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

Algae Bloom on Lake Ellyn

Those who visit Lake Ellyn Park may notice algae on the water. Algae is a naturally occurring aquatic plant. Unfortunately, it can sometimes have overabundant growth. When this occurs, it can be unsightly, detrimental to the lake’s health, and/or may produce toxins. Many Chicagoland ponds and lakes are experiencing similar conditions partially due to the mild winter.

The Park District’s lake management company treated the lake with an algaecide on Friday, April 10. Please stay out of the lake, keep your pets out of the lake, and as always, keep your dog from drinking the lake water.

Collection Drive for DuPagePads at Ackerman SFC on Wednesday, April 15th

Help DuPagePads support those experiencing homelessness during this crisis. A drive-thru drop-off collection drive will be held at Ackerman SFC on Wednesday, April 15th from 1:30pm-6pm. Read More »

Algae Bloom on Lake Ellyn

Those who visit Lake Ellyn Park may notice algae on the water. Algae is a naturally occurring aquatic plant. Unfortunately, it can sometimes have overabundant growth. When this occurs, it can be unsightly, detrimental to the lake’s health, and/or may produce toxins. Many Chicagoland ponds and lakes are experiencing similar conditions partially due to the mild winter.

The Park District retains a lake management company who treats the water periodically from late spring to early fall. While their services have yet to begin for 2020, the District has been in contact and their technician will be treating the lake with an algaecide. When that occurs, notices will be posted on our website and near lake. Please stay out of the lake, keep your pets out of the lake, and as always, keep your dog from drinking the lake water.

Blood drive on April 15. Be a beacon of hope!

Thank you, Glen Ellyn! All appointments for the blood drive on April 15th have been filled (walk-ins will not be accepted). Ackerman SFC will host another blood drive on Thursday, May 7th. Check back for details! Read More »

Fitness Facebook Group & LIVE Classes

We’re going LIVE with fitness classes next week! Join our new Glen Ellyn Park District Facebook group for weekly class schedules and links, fitness videos, and more to help you get your workouts in and stay motivated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to join.

April 7th Board meeting to be held remotely

Due to the shutdown of all Park District facilities in response to COVID-19, the April 7th 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 »

Food Drive for Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

As more of our community members begin to lose jobs and income, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry is in urgent need of items. To make it even more convenient to donate, we’ve partnered with Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage County to host a “drive thru” Food Drive at Ackerman SFC on Friday, April 3rd from 1pm-4pm. When dropping off your donation, please follow the signs toward the front entrance drive. Read More »

Fitness Videos to Keep You Moving!

We want to make sure everyone is staying active and healthy! Our trainers and instructors are working hard to bring you new fitness videos to use at home each week! Read More »