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Contact: Tiffany Kosartes, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Address: 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle , IL 60532
Phone: 630-353-4309
Email: tkosartes@lisleparkdistrict.org


 

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Lisle Park District Celebrates 50 Years of Fun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 28, 2017

Lisle Park District Celebrates 50 Years of Fun


Photo: Lisle Park District will host BIG FUN at 50 event on June 3, 4-9pm, in Lisle Community Park

Lisle, IL – On March 20, 1967, the Lisle Park District conducted its first organized meeting, which marks 2017 as their golden anniversary. The park district invites its residents and patrons to participate in festivities to celebrate their 50th year in service to the Greater Lisle community.

Mark your calendars for three family-friendly events this May and June.

  • May 13 – The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 Short Street in Lisle, will be hosting free, family bingo to celebrate the opening of their latest exhibit, The Golden Years: Lisle Park District's 50th Anniversary. Grab a bingo card and learn what stories their artifacts can tell about Lisle's history and culture while savoring a special treat. After bingo, take a walk back in time through Lisle Park District's 50 years of service to the Greater Lisle community.
  • May 27 – Splash into summer fun at the Opening Day of Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, where the first patrons to enter the park will be rewarded with a special, commemorative giveaway while supplies last. Admission or a 2017 season pass is required to enter the facility, which opens at 11am for season pass holders and 11:30am to the public, based on weather conditions.
  • June 3 – Don't miss the Lisle Park District's BIG FUN at 50 event from 4-9pm in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street, with super-sized games, touch-a-truck, bingo, children's entertainment, food trucks, a beer and wine tent, and live music, including a DJ and band. Admission is free, and all ages are encouraged to attend. Food and drink prices vary.

In addition to these events, you can join the festivities by participating in Lisle Park District's ongoing games, contests and social media conversation.

  • Parks Trivia – How well do you know Lisle parks? As we stretch from winter's slumber, get outside and earn a special participation prize as you learn about Lisle Park District's parks. All participants will receive a special, commemorative gift and those who answer every question correctly will be entered into their grand prize raffle to win an Insta Film Camera! Download the Parks Trivia Scorecard, and begin your adventure today! All scorecards must be completed and returned to the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street, by Monday, May 22, to receive a participation prize and qualify for the grand prize raffle.
  • Photography Contest – Participate in the Lisle Park District's annual photography contest with a special twist. Submit photos taken during the last 50 years at any Lisle Park District park, facility or event. Prizes are awarded for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention, including a feature in the Lisle Park District 2018 seasonal brochure, commemorative shirt, award and special prize. Entries must be received by October 1 and follow contest guidelines, which are outlined on the Lisle Park District's website.
  • Social Media Conversation – Join the social media conversation as the Lisle Park District takes a trip down memory lane, highlighting blasts from the past in weekly Throwback Thursday #tbt and Flashback Friday #fbf photos. Also, be sure to share your memories as they reminisce by commenting on their photos with your own valuable snapshots of Lisle Park District history by using hashtag #lisleparks50yrs. You can find the Lisle Park District on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Celebrate Read Across America at the Museums at Lisle Station Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2017

Celebrate Read Across America at the Museums at Lisle Station Park


Photo: NEA's Read Across America at the Museums at Lisle Station Park with Special Guest Author, Nancy Gee

Lisle, IL – On Saturday, March 4, share your love of reading and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Education Association's Read Across America during a special story time with beloved local author, Nancy Gee!

The National Education Association (NEA) is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America, by motivating children to read through events, partnerships and reading resources. This free event will be held from 10:30-11:30am on Saturday, March 4, in the Beaubien Tavern at the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street in Lisle. Registration is not required. Also, free parking is available in the lot on the museum campus in front of the Beaubien Tavern, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots.

A frequent guest presenter at the Museums at Lisle Station Park, author Nancy Gee will be reading about the adventures of flying squirrels, Al and Sal, and their friends during story time suggested for an audience of children in preschool through 5th grade. Nancy's journey into writing started not long after an unknown animal got into her sock drawer, only to be discovered by the family cat. Her grandsons loved having her tell and retell that story and challenged her to write a book. When she published her first book, 'The Secret Drawer,' she knew it was the beginning of a new chapter in her life. The 'Secret Book' series is based on true events in her life and has found success in the United States and internationally.

Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. Curator hours at the Museums at Lisle Station Park are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm. Call 630-968-0499 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark for more information about the museum, exhibits, programs, birthday parties, and rental opportunities.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle Park District Annual Photography Contest Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2017

Lisle Park District Annual Photography Contest Winners Announced


Photo Top Left: Park Board Commissioner Neil Buchelt with 2016 Photo Contest winners Scott Carlson, Mary Harmon, Albert Yu, and Tracy Roehn
Photo Top Right: 1st place
Photo Bottom Left: 2nd place
Photo Bottom Middle: 3rd place
Photo Bottom Right: Honorable mention

Lisle, IL – On January 12 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the 2016 Photography Contest winners were announced, including awards for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention.

The highest award for first place was presented to Scott Carlson for his original photograph taken of the 'Morning Mist' on a clear day in Lisle Community Park. Scott's photo is now on display in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center lobby at 1925 Ohio Street. The honor for second place was awarded to Mary Harmon for her vibrant photograph 'Bird on a Thistle' capturing a goldfinch on its perch. The third place photograph was taken by Albert Yu during a spectacular 'Illumination' fireworks display at the annual Lisle Eyes to the Skies festival over the 4th of July weekend in Lisle Community Park. Last but certainly not least, honorable mention was given to Tracy Roehn for her quick flash capturing a competitive moment 'When Your Teammate Loses a Cleat, Take the Ball to the Goal' during a Lisle Classic Soccer League game. All four photographs can be seen in the 2017 Lisle Park District Winter/Spring brochure and on the Lisle Park District website at lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest.

Help the Lisle Park District celebrate '50 Years of Fun' by showing off the memories you have made over the past 50 years! This year, in honor of the Lisle Park District's 50th anniversary, the 2017 Photography Contest includes a special twist. Any photos taken within the last 50 years can now be submitted and entered into the annual photo contest through October 1, 2017. Please note that all photographs must be taken at a Lisle Park District park, facility, event or program. To learn how you can participate, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest for contest rules, submission guidelines, and additional information.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Celebrate History and Culture with Local Authors at The Museums at Lisle Station Park this February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 29, 2016

Celebrate History and Culture with Local Authors at The Museums at Lisle Station Park this February


Photo: Chicago Author Series at The Museums at Lisle Station Park this past fall

Lisle, IL – Every Saturday from February 4-25, The Museums at Lisle Station Park welcome all ages to attend the Chicago Author Series, a free, unique celebration of history and culture of the region with local authors and others who write about it.

On Saturdays in February, authors from around Chicagoland will present their books in a fun and informal discussion. Photographer and writer Larry Broutman will be talking about his unique vision in Chicago Monumental, a book that presents Chicago's monuments in a way that will deepen your understanding of how many complex human personalities and historical events weave the texture and story of a great city. Author Wayne Turmel will be discussing his book, The Count of the Sahara, about the rise and fall of Count Byron De Prorok, a famous archaeologist and lecturer, told through the flashbacks of a naïve Wisconsin boy who witnesses the fall of the 1920's most interesting people. The Chicago Author Series will take place at 1:00pm in the Netzley-Yender Farmhouse where coffee and refreshments will be served. The Museums at Lisle Station Park are located at 921 School Street in Lisle with free parking available in the lot on the museum campus in front of the Beaubien Tavern, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots.

Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. The museum is closed during the month of January for scheduled winter maintenance to freshen up the grounds, facilities and exhibits. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance behind-the-scenes in the month of January. To complete the volunteer application, please visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer. Beginning in February, The Museums at Lisle Station Park will reopen with curator hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm. For more information about the museum, exhibits, programs, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark or call 630-968-0499.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Gentle Learning Preschool Welcomes New Students for Open House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 20, 2016

Gentle Learning Preschool Welcomes New Students for Open House


Photo Left: Gentle Learning Preschool Classroom
Photo Right: Motor Room

Lisle, IL – On Wednesday, January 25, from 6:30-7:30pm, Lisle Park District's Gentle Learning Preschool will be opening its doors to new students and families at an Open House in their facility located at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street.

During Gentle Learning Preschool's New Student Open House, families will be introduced to Recreation Program Manager, Cheryl Patterson, CPRP, and Preschool Coordinator, Marilyn Ostergaard, who manage and assist the staff to ensure your child's first learning experience is the best it can be. In addition, students and parents will be able to tour the facility, play in the classrooms and meet the teachers that are the heart of the school.

Gentle Learning Preschool offers programs for children who are 3 and 4 years of age. To enter the preschool program in the fall of 2017, students must be at least 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted during the New Student Open House. Open registration will begin on Friday, January 27, at 9am at the Lisle Recreation Center. Registration is open until 2017 fall classes are full. At the time of registration, you must provide a printed copy of your child's birth certificate, proof of Lisle Park District residency, and a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Gentle Learning Preschool staff is committed to the philosophy of children learning through play. Play is regarded by early childhood specialists as the child's principal means of expression, problem-solving and developing social skills. Gentle Learning Preschool recognizes the value of providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. The curriculum is based on children's intellectual, social and physical needs and is designed to encourage child-initiated learning activities, preparing them for later academic success.

If you are unable to attend the New Student Open House and would like to schedule a tour of the facility, please call 630-964-3410. If your child missed the cut-off date for preschool in the fall of 2016, Gentle Learning Preschool offers a Stepping Stones program two days a week beginning January 9 from 11:15am-12:45pm for children who turned 2 by June 30, 2016. Registration for the January-April session of Stepping Stones is now open until January 3. To learn more about Gentle Learning Preschool, visit gentlelearningpreschool.org.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Santa to Make Several Stops in Lisle this Holiday Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 30, 2016

Santa to Make Several Stops in Lisle this Holiday Season


Photo Left: Brunch with Santa
Photo Middle: Once Upon a Christmas
Photo Right: Candy Cane Hunt

Lisle, IL – This December, remember to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season without getting wrapped up in gifts! Santa and his jolly missis will be at Lisle Park District events all over the Greater Lisle community this month, so be sure to visit these parks and facilities to capture a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying time with family and friends.

This Saturday, December 3, at 4:30pm, see St. Nick in the Santa Light Parade during the Lights of Lisle Festival. Santa's final stop on the parade route will be The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St., for free old fashioned fun with Mrs. Claus at Once Upon a Christmas. Festivities begin at 3pm and last until 8pm, including brick oven baking, holiday wagon and trolley rides, blacksmith and ice carving demonstrations, model railroad trains, children's crafts, music, and more. The merry fun continues on Sunday, December 4, from 11am-4pm, with a special visit from Santa and his live reindeer! See the full event schedule at lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events.

On Saturday, December 10, join in the Candy Cane Hunt at 10am and stay for Cookies with Mrs. Claus at 11am! Bring a basket or sack for your goodies to the Lisle Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St., at 10am sharp to hunt for a variety of candy canes. Children 10 and under will hunt for candy canes by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park, and prizes will be awarded to those who find the special candy canes. Santa Claus is expected to stop by with more holiday treats. Save when you pre-register by December 9! Fee is $5 per resident and $8 per nonresident when you sign up by December 9. Registration is accepted on-site for $10 the day of the event.

Following the hunt from 11am-1pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., children ages 3-7 are invited to join Mrs. Claus and her elves as they sing Christmas songs, read 'Twas a Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, decorate and eat Christmas cookies, and make holiday ornaments to take home! Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list for Mrs. Claus to deliver to Santa. Fee is $30 per resident and $45 per nonresident. Call 630-964-3410 now to register for the Candy Cane Hunt by December 9 and Cookies with Mrs. Claus by December 5! Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents to learn more about these festive events.

If you'd like to spend quality time with your family while enjoying a delicious brunch, make reservations for Wheatstack's annual Brunch with Santa at 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle. On Sundays, December 4, 8 and 11, you'll have plenty of time to meet Santa and enjoy a cooked-to-order omelet, french toast and maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast potatoes, mini muffins, lemon chicken, pasta, fruit, house salad, vegetables, chocolate fountain, coffee, soda, and/or tea. Seating begins at 9:30am, but be sure to call 630-968-1920, option 2, to make reservations soon, as there are limited seats available. The cost is $18 per adult, $12 per child age 6-10, and kids 5 and under eat for free! To learn more, visit wheatstacklisle.com/events.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Calling All Little Monsters to Join the Madness at Lisle Park District This Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 19, 2016

Calling All Little Monsters to Join the Madness at Lisle Park District This Weekend


Photo: Monster Madness Halloween Fun Fest at Lisle Park District on October 22 from 4-7pm

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District invites friendly ghosts and ghouls to attend their annual Halloween festival, Monster Madness, on its new date and time this Saturday, October 22, from 4-7pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street.

New attractions will debut this year; so don't miss out on the festive fun! With games, prizes, face painting, a pumpkin patch, hay maze, petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides and 'creepy' café, this fall fair is a hoot for the whole family, especially the young at heart. Costumes are highly encouraged no matter the age!

Admission is free, and it is only $10 for a punch card of 25 to participate in the many attractions. Punch cards are currently on sale at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org to learn more about this special event that is designed for children 10 and under.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle Police Present School Safety Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 17, 2016

Lisle Police Present School Safety Program


Photo: Lisle Police Present School Safety Program at Lisle Park District on October 20 from 4-6pm

Lisle, IL – This Thursday, October 20, the Lisle Police Department will be conducting a school safety program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle.

The Lisle Police will be focusing on current community concerns by conducting demonstrations and re-enacting situations with class participation, including stranger danger, bullying, and school and home safety. This two-hour course was specifically designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade and will cover calling 911, how to identify a stranger, dealing with bullies, uncomfortable touching, fire safety, and safety at home, school and in public places.

The Lisle Police Department and Lisle Park District are committed to ensuring the safety of the youth in the Greater Lisle community and surrounding neighborhoods and recommend you discuss these safety topics with your children, so they are prepared when faced with uncomfortable or dangerous situations. Residents and nonresidents in grades K-5 are encouraged to attend this safety course from 4-6pm, which will include drinks and snacks. The fee is $10 for all participants. Register by calling 630-964-3410, visit the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street, or online at lisleparkdistrict.org.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Bee Hives Thrive in Lisle Community Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 31, 2016

Bee Hives Thrive in Lisle Community Park


Photo Left: Beekeeper Margaret Trocki placing bee hives in Lisle Community Park
Photo Right: Bee Island in Lisle Community Park

Lisle, IL – In the spring of 2015 on March 31, Lisle Park District welcomed six honeybee hives and approximately 60,000 bees to Lisle Community Park. In only 17 short months, the bee population has grown to approximately 360,000 bees!

Although these furry insects sometimes get a bad wrap, honeybees provide many benefits to the greater Lisle community. They pollinate nearby plants and trees with a flying radius of approximately two to three miles, provide a wonderful source of local honey, and are fascinating creatures to observe. Honeybees are no more of a threat than any other flying insect. In fact, they are not aggressive insects and will only defend themselves when threatened.

Lisle Park District's six honeybee hives are located at the north end of Lisle Community Park on what has been named "Bee Island." Signs have been placed on either sides of the entrance to "Bee Island" and on the gate approaching the hives to alert passersby, as not to disturb the bees' natural habitat.

According to Margaret Trocki, Lisle Park District's resident beekeeper, eating local honey, which contains local pollen, can help allergen sufferers build immunity to the plants they are sensitive to. Although a lot of scientific evidence has not been gathered, there are plenty of testimonies to support this theory. Many people buy local honey for this reason alone, and several do at the recommendation of their doctors.

In 2015, a total of 270 pounds of honey was harvested during the summer and fall from the bee hives in Lisle Community Park. This summer, during the most recent harvest in August, another 270 pounds of honey was collected from the hives. Don't wait too long to pick up your own jar, since supply is limited and quickly sold out last year. You can purchase Lisle Park District's honey at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. A one-pound jar is $10, and an eight-ounce jar is $8.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Prepare Your Battleship for Lisle Park District's Cardboard Boat Regatta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2016

Prepare Your Battleship for Lisle Park District's Cardboard Boat Regatta


Photo: Cardboard Boat Regatta, August 6, 9-11am, Sea Lion Aquatic Park

Lisle, IL – Calling all amateur boat builders! Lisle Park District is hosting a Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday, August 6, from 9-11am at Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle. All ages are welcome to participate in this amusing special event, which will award prizes to those who float and sink!

Put your engineering caps on and grab a friend to create a team of 2 crewmembers per boat. Get creative to waterproof your cardboard vessel but make sure to follow the guidelines in the registration form and waiver available for download at LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents, which must be completed by each team and crewmember. Registration is open through Saturday, July 30, by calling 630-964-3410 or visit the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street. Fee per boat is $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents.

Don't forget to wear your swimsuit for the main event and be prepared to compete against other teams for one of six prizes, including Pride of the Regatta – most spectacular boat entry; Best Dressed – most creative team costumes; Team Spirit – most spirited team; Titanic Award – most valiant effort to keep boat afloat while sinking; 1st Place Race Winners; Battleship Winner. On Saturday, August 6, boat check-in begins at 9am followed by pre-race voting at 9:30am. The races start at 10am, and battleships launch at 10:30am. Spectators are welcome to watch the hilarity ensue free of charge. Visit LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents or call 630-964-3410 for more information.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Discover Your Super Powers with Lisle Park District this July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 30, 2016

Discover Your Super Powers with Lisle Park District this July


Photo: Share Your Photos from Lisle Park District Events, Programs and Facilities during July using #LisleParks

Lisle, IL – This July, Lisle Park District residents don't need to be bitten by a radioactive spider to discover that they have super powers. They just need to visit the nearest park or recreation facility to find super powers they didn't know they had.

Parks and recreation have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives and protect the future. When these powers combine, lives can change! From providing the community with places to get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community parks and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve the quality of life. That's why the Lisle Park District is joining cities across the country to celebrate Park and Recreation Month, an annual event created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and celebrated in July since 1985.

Dan Garvy, Director of Parks and Recreation at the Lisle Park District, commented on the park district's participation in Park and Recreation Month stating, “Every July communities across the country celebrate Park and Recreation Month and Lisle Park District is proud to once again join in the celebration. While we offer opportunities for all ages, abilities, interests and income levels throughout the entire year, July is especially inviting for a number of reasons. Our programs, camps, and facilities are in full swing, the weather makes being in the outdoors a pure joy, and the positive energy throughout the community is absolutely contagious. So, whether you want to play a round of golf, have a meal on the deck at Wheatstack, go for a swim at Sea Lion Aquatic Park, catch one of our Movies in the Park After Dark with your family and neighbors, or simply take a leisurely stroll in one of your parks, join the fun this July and all year long!"

Lisle Park District is celebrating Park and Recreation Month at the following events in its parks and facilities throughout July in the greater Lisle community.
July 1-3: Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – Free Entrance to Carnival Only June 29 – July 3, Lisle Community Park
July 4: FREE! Ice Cream Social – Following the 4th of July Parade until 4pm, The Museums at Lisle Station Park
July 9: FREE! Kids Time: Keeping Cool – 10:30-11:30am, The Museums at Lisle Station Park
July 10: Couples Golf Tournament – 3pm Registration, 4pm Start, River Bend Golf Club
July 12: FREE! Totally Tuesdays: Miss Jamie's Farm – 11:45am-12:45pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
July 19: FREE! Movies in the Park After Dark: The Good Dinosaur – Dusk, approx. 8:30pm, Arbor View Park
July 22: Family Fun Fest – Free Admission, 6-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
July 24: Pass Holder Appreciation Night – Pool Pass Holders Only, 7-10pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
July 30: Dueling Pianos Under the Stars – $10 Admission, 5-10pm, Wheatstack, Outdoor Banquet Venue

To showcase the impact parks and recreation have in the greater Lisle community, the Lisle Park District is encouraging its patrons to share their photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at Lisle Park District parks, facilities, events and programs throughout the month of July using the hashtag #LisleParks. To learn more about special events at the Lisle Park District, visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Honor Veterans All Year Long, Not Just on Memorial Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 30, 2016

Honor Veterans All Year Long, Not Just on Memorial Day


Photo: Rendering of Lisle Veterans Memorial

Lisle, IL – Thank all past, present and future veterans in a meaningful way by supporting the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund, a grass roots effort that was started in the greater Lisle community to construct a monument honoring veterans while promoting civic pride.

In partnership with the Lisle Park District, Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, and the Village of Lisle, several community members have united to support construction of a more visible Military Veterans Memorial on the southeast corner of School Street and Center Avenue near The Museums at Lisle Station Park in Downtown Lisle. Construction of the memorial cannot advance without 100% funding, which will begin this summer and is projected for completion by Veteran's Day, November 11. The main objectives of the memorial are to provide a place of reflection and remembrance that is attractive, durable, easy to maintain, visible from the street, and immediately recognized as a Veteran's Memorial.

Enjoy dinner with friends and family while supporting the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund on Thursday, June 9, from 5-8pm at Rayme's Steak & Fish House at 4801 Lincoln Avenue in Lisle. Rayme's will graciously donate 10% of all pre-taxed sales to the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund. Just mention this fundraiser to your server before ordering. Gratitude is extended to all of the previous participating restaurants, including Evviva!, Culver's, Paisans Pizzeria, Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap, Chipotle, and Passero's Pizza.

Treat dad with a squeaky-clean vehicle on Father's Day weekend by bringing his car to the 53 Touch-Free Car Wash at 5508 Lincoln Avenue in Lisle. The benefit car wash will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7am-7pm, Saturday, June 18, from 7am-6pm, and Sunday, June 19, from 8am-5pm to raise money for the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund.

Permanently engrave a tribute to honor a family member or friend that has served or are currently serving our great country with a commemorative brick. If you do not personally know a veteran, show your support for our veterans with an appropriate military style quote. Brick orders will be accepted through August 31 and are subject to committee approval.

Currently, the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund has raised 93% of the funds necessary to begin construction and need your help to reach their goal by August 31. Visit lislepartnersforparks.org/lisleveteransmemorialfund to learn how you can contribute to the Lisle Veterans Memorial, download a brick order form, or find details about the previously mentioned fundraising events. Donations are accepted through check or secure online payment via PayPal.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Honor Veterans All Year Long, Not Just on Memorial Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 31, 2016

Honor Veterans All Year Long, Not Just on Memorial Day


Photo: Rendering of Lisle Veterans Memorial

Lisle, IL – Thank all past, present and future veterans in a meaningful way by supporting the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund, a grass roots effort that was started in the greater Lisle community to construct a monument honoring veterans while promoting civic pride.

In partnership with the Lisle Park District, Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, and the Village of Lisle, several community members have united to support construction of a more visible Military Veterans Memorial on the southeast corner of School Street and Center Avenue near The Museums at Lisle Station Park in Downtown Lisle. Construction of the memorial cannot advance without 100% funding, which will begin this summer and is projected for completion by Veteran's Day, November 11. The main objectives of the memorial are to provide a place of reflection and remembrance that is attractive, durable, easy to maintain, visible from the street, and immediately recognized as a Veteran's Memorial.

Enjoy dinner with friends and family while supporting the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund on Thursday, June 9, from 5-8pm at Rayme's Steak & Fish House at 4801 Lincoln Avenue in Lisle. Rayme's will graciously donate 10% of all pre-taxed sales to the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund. Just mention this fundraiser to your server before ordering. Gratitude is extended to all of the previous participating restaurants, including Evviva!, Culver's, Paisans Pizzeria, Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap, Chipotle, and Passero's Pizza.

Treat dad with a squeaky-clean vehicle on Father's Day weekend by bringing his car to the 53 Touch-Free Car Wash at 5508 Lincoln Avenue in Lisle. The benefit car wash will be held on Friday, June 17, from 7am-7pm, Saturday, June 18, from 7am-6pm, and Sunday, June 19, from 8am-5pm to raise money for the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund.

Permanently engrave a tribute to honor a family member or friend that has served or are currently serving our great country with a commemorative brick. If you do not personally know a veteran, show your support for our veterans with an appropriate military style quote. Brick orders will be accepted through August 31 and are subject to committee approval.

Currently, the Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund has raised 93% of the funds necessary to begin construction and need your help to reach their goal by August 31. Visit lislepartnersforparks.org/lisleveteransmemorialfund to learn how you can contribute to the Lisle Veterans Memorial, download a brick order form, or find details about the previously mentioned fundraising events. Donations are accepted through check or secure online payment via PayPal.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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River Bend Golf Club Debuts New Outdoor Event Venue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2016

River Bend Golf Club Debuts New Outdoor Event Venue


Photo: Outdoor Event Venue at River Bend Golf Club

Lisle, IL – Calling all brides and grooms! On Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 1pm, River Bend Golf Club is hosting a Wedding Open House to introduce their new outdoor event venue with free admission for all guests.

Under the tent on the southeast corner of the golf course, you're invited to meet professionals as you browse the vendor showcase, enjoy food samples, sip on champagne, listen to the smooth sounds of musical entertainment, get décor ideas from table and floral displays, and enter a raffle for the chance to win $500 off your outdoor event venue rental fee. The vendor showcase includes Abbott Party Rental, Beyond Events Catering, North Island Catering, Dario Radio Entertainment, DeEtta's Bakery, Abloom Floral and Gifts, Timothy Whaley Photography and the Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau. RSVPs are requested to the Restaurant General Manager and Event Planner, Todd Shamberg, at tshamberg@wheatstacklisle.com or 630-968-1920, option 2. Walk-ins are also welcome at the event.

With lush landscaping and vast greenery, the breathtaking views of River Bend Golf Club create an ideal and serene atmosphere for a private event venue. One of Chicago's premiere 9-hole golf courses, River Bend Golf Club spans over 58 acres of manicured wetlands, 6 of which are federally protected. An opulent, white, high-peak tent is nestled amongst the scenic greens for a peaceful, private, outdoor setting in nature. Various menu options and accommodations are offered for up to 225 guests to meet every bride's budget and expectations.

In addition, the golf course's clubhouse, Wheatstack, provides inviting indoor accommodations for up to 150 guests and a sizable, raised deck overlooking the grounds. Remodeled in 2011, the clubhouse features a slate fireplace that acts as a centerpiece between the welcoming bar and intimate dining room, which are bathed in generous amounts of natural light from broad windows that accent the neutral tones of the clubhouse décor.

Whether celebrating a birthday, upcoming nuptials, a lifetime of wedded bliss, a new baby, a personal milestone or corporate success, River Bend Golf Club has a variety of accommodations both indoor and outdoor to suit you and your guests. River Bend Golf Club and Wheatstack are facilities of the Lisle Park District, located at 5900 State Route 53 in Lisle. For more information, visit riverbendgolfclub.org, wheatstacklisle.com or call 630-968-1920.

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Volunteer to Help Restore the DuPage River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016

Volunteer to Help Restore the DuPage River


Photo: Volunteer Groups Help During the Annual DuPage River Sweep

Lisle, IL – Join the fun of the 25th Annual DuPage River Sweep while enjoying the outdoors on the morning of Saturday, May 21. Make a difference in the quality and appearance of waterways in Lisle and its neighboring communities.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 21, from 9:00am-12:00pm noon to help remove debris and restore areas near streams of the DuPage River and its tributaries. Since 1991, over 10,800 volunteers have participated in this annual clean-up and removed nearly 3,252 tons of trash. In 2015, a record was set by 600 volunteers who cleared debris over 95 miles of shoreline, removing items such as a car bumper, tricycle, no-parking sign, shopping cart and 40 golf balls. With your involvement this year, more creeks, tributaries and riverways will be cleaner and healthier!

Enjoy exercising outdoors while removing potential hazards for river wildlife, improving water flow through the county, and alleviating potential flood hazards. If picking up trash isn't quite your bag, then help restore natural areas near waterways by removing invasive plant species, such as buckthorn, garlic mustard, honeysuckle and multiflora rose.

There is still time to register as a group or individual to participate in Lisle! Call The Conservation Foundation at 630-428-4500 (ext. 121) or visit theconservationfoundation.org/sweep to sign-up now.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Winners of the 2015 Lisle Park District Photography Contest Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2016

Winners of the 2015 Lisle Park District Photography Contest Announced


Photo Top Left: 2015 Photo Contest winners Alejandra Camarillo, Katelyn Fonner, Sue Quigley
Photo Top Right: 1st place
Photo Bottom Left: 2nd place
Photo Bottom Middle: 3rd place
Photo Bottom Right: Honorable Mention

Lisle, IL – On January 21 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the 2015 Photography Contest winners were announced, including awards for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention.

The highest award for first place was presented to Lisle resident Katelyn Fonner, age 16, for her original photograph taken while 'Spending Quality Time with Friends' in Lisle Community Park. Katelyn's photo is now on display in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center lobby at 1925 Ohio Street. The honor for second place was awarded to Sue Quigley for her unique photograph capturing 'Sunlight Through a Morning Shower' in Lisle Community Park. The third place photograph was taken by Ruth Rehayem, while 'Stopping at the Bridge to Gaze Down the Creek' in Lisle Community Park. Last but certainly not least, honorable mention was given to Alejandra Camarillo for her vibrant photograph taken during the calm before the storm on a 'Family Walk' in Lisle Community Park. All four photographs can be seen in the 2016 Lisle Park District Winter/Spring brochure and on the Lisle Park District website at lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 Photography Contest through October 1, 2016! Please note that all photographs must be taken at a Lisle Park District park, facility, event or program. The winners will be chosen by December 1, 2016. To learn how you can participate, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest for contest rules, submission guidelines, and additional information.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Holly-day Happenings this Saturday in Lisle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 9, 2015

Holly-day Happenings this Saturday in Lisle


Photo Left: Candy Cane Hunt
Photo Right: Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Lisle, IL – This December, remember to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season without getting wrapped up in gifts! Visit the Lisle Park District this Saturday to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, hunt for candy canes, decorate Christmas cookies, and make festive ornaments.

On Saturday, December 12, join in the Candy Cane Hunt at 10am and stay for Cookies with Mrs. Claus at 11am! Bring a basket or sack for your goodies to the Lisle Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St., at 10am sharp to hunt for a variety of candy canes. Children 10 and under will hunt for candy canes by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park, and prizes will be awarded to those who find the special candy canes. Santa Claus is expected to stop by with more holiday treats! Fee is $5 per resident and $8 per nonresident.

Following the hunt from 11am-1pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., children ages 3-7 are invited to join Mrs. Claus and her elves as they sing Christmas songs, read 'Twas a Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, decorate and eat Christmas cookies, and make holiday ornaments to take home! Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list for Mrs. Claus to deliver to Santa. Fee is $30 per resident and $45 per nonresident. Call 630-964-3410 now to register for the Candy Cane Hunt and Cookies with Mrs. Claus! Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents to learn more about these festive events.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle Park District Hosts Site Dedication of River Road Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 7, 2015

Lisle Park District Hosts Site Dedication of River Road Property


Photo: Dryszel Family Being Honored With Memorialized Plaque

Lisle, IL – On Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 9:00 am, The Lisle Park District will be hosting a site dedication of the property located at 5516 River Road, to publicly acknowledge the donation of approximately 1 ¼ acres of land to the Lisle Park District from the Dryszel family.

The park district was contacted by Annette Kopecky, granddaughter of the property's owner Theresa Dryszel, in 2014. Ms. Kopecky inquired about the park district's interest in accepting the property, which is located immediately south and west of River Road Park and immediately north of the River Bend Golf Club.

The park district and Dryszel family completed the donation of the land gift late last fall and the house and garage on the property was removed by the park district over the winter. Lisle Park District's Director of Parks and Recreation, Dan Garvy reports “While some site clearing has occurred, there is a bit more to do to blend this lot into the adjacent River Road Park.” This additional work will occur over the next several months.

“The park district is eternally grateful for this tremendous act of generosity on behalf of the Dryszel family” said Garvy.

The Dryszel family crafted a poem to embody the many memories the property formed over the past 60 + years which has been memorialized in an aluminum plaque. The park district plans to unveil the permanent display at the site dedication on Saturday, which is open to the public.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle Park District Preschool Teacher Retires After 21 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2015

Lisle Park District Preschool Teacher Retires After 21 Years


Photo: Mary Brock (top right) with her Gentle Learning Preschool Class on Halloween

Lisle, IL – On Thursday, August 27, from 3:30-5:00pm, Lisle Park District's Gentle Learning Preschool will be honoring Mary Brock for 21 years of service at an Open House retirement celebration at the Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle.

Mary Brock began her career with the Lisle Park District as an instructor to various early childhood classes, eventually becoming a teacher at Gentle Learning Preschool where she has taught for the past 18 years. The Lisle Park District would like to formally thank Mary for 21 years of dedication to the early education of hundreds of children in the greater Lisle community. Any parent, student or colleague who has experienced the pleasure of working with Mary during her tenure at the Lisle Park District is welcome to attend the Open House being held in her honor.

In September 2014, the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners presented Mary Brock with an award for her dedication, hard work and excellent service as a teacher at Gentle Learning Preschool. The Lisle Park District Recreation Program Manager who oversees Gentle Learning Preschool, Cheryl Patterson, praised Mary's efforts stating, "20 years of Lisle children have been affected by her creativity and dedication to the Lisle Park District and the Gentle Learning Preschool program."

The Gentle Learning Preschool staff is committed to the philosophy of children learning through play. Play is regarded by early childhood specialists as the child's principal means of expression, problem-solving and developing social skills. The Gentle Learning Preschool recognizes the value of providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. The curriculum is based on children's intellectual, social and physical needs and is designed to encourage child-initiated learning activities, preparing them for later academic success.

To learn more about the Gentle Learning Preschool, visit gentlelearningpreschool.org or call 630-964-3410 to schedule a tour of the facility. Don't forget to register for fall classes, which begin on Monday, August 31!

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Celebrate Park & Recreation Month in July with #LisleParks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2015

Celebrate Park & Recreation Month in July with #LisleParks


Photo: Share Your Photos from Lisle Park District Events, Programs and Facilities during July using #LisleParks

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District residents know their parks and recreation facilities provide places to get active, explore nature and connect with fellow community members. What they may not know is that their parks and recreation also contribute to improved health outcomes, higher property values and environmental sustainability.

Parks and recreation have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives and protect the future. That's why this year, the Lisle Park District joins cities across the country in celebrating the power of parks and recreation for the 30th anniversary of Park and Recreation Month—an annual event created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and celebrated in July since 1985.

Dan Garvy, Director of Parks and Recreation at the Lisle Park District, reiterates the importance of awareness for parks and recreation stating, "We're excited to join this nationwide initiative to celebrate July as Park and Recreation Month. The positive impact park districts have on local communities are great and diverse, and we here in Lisle are no exception. With programs and services for people of all ages, ability levels, areas of interest and income levels, the Lisle Park District is an indispensable local resource that aims to advance the interests of health and wellness, social equity and the conservation of local and regional natural resources. We are proud to serve the Lisle Park District community and to lead charge in celebrating the tremendous benefits of parks and recreation throughout July and all year long!"

Lisle Park District is celebrating Park and Recreation Month at the following events in its parks and facilities throughout July in the greater Lisle community.
July 2-4: Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – Free Entrance to Carnival Only July 1-5, Lisle Community Park
July 4: FREE! Ice Cream Social – Following the 4th of July Parade until 4:00pm, Museums at Lisle Station Park
July 7: FREE! Totally Tuesdays: Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles – 11:45am-12:45pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
July 12: Couples Golf Tournament – 3:00pm Registration, 4:00pm Start, River Bend Golf Club
July 14: FREE! Movies in the Park After Dark: Big Hero 6 – Approximately 8:30pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell, Dress up as your favorite superhero for a chance to win a prize!
July 24: Family Fun Fest – Free Admission, 6:30-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
July 25: Pig Roast – Free Admission, 5:00-10:00pm, Wheatstack
July 26: Pass Holder Appreciation Night – 7:00-10:00pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
July 28: FREE! Totally Tuesdays: Dave Rudolf's Beach Party – 11:45am-12:45pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
July 28: FREE! Movies in the Park After Dark: The Little Rascals – Approximately 8:30pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
Now – July 11: FREE! Balloons & Fireworks Over Lisle Exhibit – On Display June 13-July 11, Museums at Lisle Station Park
All Month: FREE! Capturing Culture: The Diverse Art of John Phillips – Exhibit on Display through October 24, Museums at Lisle Station Park

To showcase the impact parks and recreation have in the greater Lisle community, the Lisle Park District is encouraging its patrons to share their photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at Lisle Park District parks, facilities, events and programs throughout the month of July using the hashtag #LisleParks. To learn more about Park and Recreation Month this July, visit LisleParkDistrict.org and nrpa.org/July.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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River Bend Golf Club Introduces The Golf Bike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 8, 2015

River Bend Golf Club Introduces The Golf Bike


Photo: The Golf Bike, Now Available for Use at River Bend Golf Club in Lisle

Lisle, IL – Bike while you golf? River Bend Golf Club has recently adopted this cutting-edge concept. In May 2015, the public, nine-hole course acquired four Golf Bikes, offering customers a new way to cart their clubs through its scenic fairways.

The Golf Bike is a green alternative to the traditional gas cart that promotes a healthy lifestyle and allows cycling enthusiasts an opportunity to combine two of their favorite activities. River Bend Golf Club is an avid supporter of green initiatives and is excited to be able to present their customers with this eco-friendly option. Moreover, The Golf Bike is an inexpensive alternative, available for rent at half the cost of a gas cart at only $5. To learn more about River Bend Golf Club or book a tee time online, visit riverbendgolfclub.org.

Since its inception in 2010, The Golf Bike has been enthusiastically accepted by the golf industry and is currently being used on courses in the United States and Canada. In 2013, inventor Todd May presented The Golf Bike at the PGA Show in the Inventor's Spotlight. Todd's background in the cycling profession and history in golf product design and manufacturing put a new spin on a traditional sport, providing the avid golfer with the ability to play at the speed of a gas cart. To learn more about The Golf Bike, visit thegolfbike.com.

River Bend Golf Club is a facility of the Lisle Park District. Designed by William J. Spears, River Bend Golf Club is a par thirty-six, nine-hole course that sits on fifty-eight acres, of which six are federally protected wetlands. It is the mission of River Bend Golf Club to incorporate the course's natural resources in a premier, nine-hole playing experience accommodating all skill levels in a fun, friendly and affordable environment. Close to thirty thousand rounds are played annually at the course, which frequently hosts golf tournaments and outings and offers lessons with GolfTec professionals. The course's clubhouse contains a Pro Shop, restaurant and bar, now referred to as Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap. For more information about River Bend Golf Club, visit riverbendgolfclub.org or call 630-968-1920, option 1.

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Volunteer for the 24th Annual DuPage River Sweep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2015

Volunteer for the 24th Annual DuPage River Sweep


Photo: Volunteer Groups Help During the Annual DuPage River Sweep

Lisle, IL – Join the fun of the DuPage River Sweep while enjoying the outdoors this Saturday morning, May 16. Make a difference in the water quality and appearance of waterways in your community.

Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 16, from 9:00am-12:00pm noon to help remove trash and debris and restore areas near streams of the DuPage River and its tributaries. Since 1991, over 10,200 volunteers have participated in this annual cleanup and have removed nearly 245 tons of trash. In 2014, over 700 volunteers participated and 13 tons of trash were collected throughout DuPage County. With your involvement this year, more creeks, tributaries and riverways will be cleaner and healthier!

Benefits of the DuPage River Sweep are many. Have fun while getting some exercise, removing potential hazards for fish and other river wildlife, improving water flow through the county, and alleviating potential flood hazards. The River Sweep provides a popular and constructive activity for your community, service-minded individuals and groups, making our streams and communities more attractive while improving water and stream bank quality. If picking up trash isn't quite your bag, then help restore areas near streams by removing invasive plant species.

There is still time to register to participate at the Hitchcock Woods Forest Preserve in Lisle! Visit theconservationfoundation.org/sweep to sign-up now. After you receive your volunteer packet via email, please contact the Lisle community liaison, Marilyn Sucoe, at msucoe@villageoflisle.org or 630-271-4107 to verify the date, time, meeting location and supply details.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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The Museums at Lisle Station Park Display Work of Accomplished Local Artist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 8, 2015

The Museums at Lisle Station Park Display Work of Accomplished Local Artist


Photo: Art Piece from the John Phillips' Collection on Display at The Museums at Lisle Station Park Starting May 16

Lisle, IL – On Saturday, May 16, art enthusiasts are invited to the opening reception of the exhibit, Capturing Culture: The Diverse Art of John Phillips, from 2:00-4:00pm at The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park welcome you to enjoy refreshments while examining John Phillips' various styles of art, including 3D objects, illustrations and personal artifacts. John Phillips was a local, award-winning illustrator, painter, and designer, whose work has been exhibited at the Art Institute and several galleries throughout the Midwest. The Lisle Park District acquired the John Phillips' Collection in 1996 after the passing of his wife, Elverda Phillips. Capturing Culture will be on display in the Lisle Depot Museum through Saturday, October 24, 2015. This exhibit was made possible in part by a generous donation from the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation. To learn more about the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, please visit lislepartnersforparks.org.

In addition to the opening reception, there will be two supplemental events this summer in the Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, during which John Phillips' work will be compared to various styles of art. On Saturday, June 13, at 4:00pm, art historian Wendy Bright will lead a discussion about Art Deco's influence on American culture and art, comparing this unique, modern style to paintings from the John Phillips' Collection. On Saturday, August 15, at 4:00pm, we will be viewing the movie Drew – The Man Behind the Poster, followed by a discussion on John Phillips' illustrations and paintings and the public perception of the term "art."

Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. If you are interested in making a donation to The Museums at Lisle Station Park to help preserve the history of Lisle, please visit our website at LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-donors and complete the donation form. The museum will be open extended hours starting Memorial Day through Labor Day on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00pm. For more information about the museum, exhibits, programs, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, call 630-968-0499 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle's Largest Free Paper Shred Event Helps Save More than 140 Trees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 30, 2015

Lisle's Largest Free Paper Shred Event Helps Save More than 140 Trees


Photo: Lisle's Largest Free Paper Shred Event on April 18, 2015

Lisle, IL – At the Lisle Park District's seventh annual paper shred event on Saturday, April 18, 2015, more than 401 vehicles came through Lisle Community Park to drop off documents for free, on-site destruction. The total weight of paper shredded was approximately 8 ½ tons, saving more than 140 trees.

The Lisle Park District offers free, secure, on-site paper shredding every April on a Saturday near Tax Day. The annual shred event allows residents to drive-up and drop off documents while an on-site industrial shredder destroys the documents into high-security, confetti-size pieces at no charge. This year's event would not have been as successful without the help of its volunteers, which included members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, as part of their 'WeServe' volunteer community service program. To learn more about Trinity Lutheran Church and the 'WeServe' program, visit tlc4u.org.

Mark your calendar for next year's shred event on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The giant inflatable beaver on display in Lisle Community Park will indicate that you have reached the correct location.

In addition to this annual event, the Lisle Park District is always collecting non-confidential paper, newspaper, magazines, crayons, athletic shoes, and textiles for recycling at the Community Center, 1825 Short Street in Lisle. In fact, the Lisle Park District was recently awarded a certificate of sustainability by their partner in textile recycling, USAgain, for recycling 3,736 pounds of textiles in 2014. These efforts saved enough water to supply 36 homes for a year, prevented carbon emissions equivalent to a car driving 31,853 miles, and avoided 22 cubic yards of landfill waste.

Last but not least, each November through January, residents can recycle their old holiday lights at the Community Center, 1825 Short Street; Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street; and Wheatstack, 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle. All proceeds from the holiday lights recycling program are donated to the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation. To learn more about the Lisle Park District's recycling initiatives and efforts to 'Go Green,' please visit LisleParkDistrict.org/gogreen.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle Lions Travel Basketball Finishes a Successful 2014-2015 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 21, 2015

Lisle Lions Travel Basketball Finishes a Successful 2014-2015 Season


Photo Top Left: Lisle Lions Girls Travel Basketball 5th Grade
Photo Bottom Left: Lisle Lions Girls Travel Basketball 8th Grade
Photo Right: Lisle Lions Boys Travel Basketball 7th Grade

Lisle, IL – Lisle Lions Travel Basketball had an exciting and accomplished 2014-2015 season with several championship tournament wins.

The Lisle Lions competed in more than thirty games throughout the season, including travel league games, scrimmages and tournament competition. The 5th and 8th grade girls' teams took first place in their respective West Suburban Girls Basketball League Travel Tournaments. Just as impressive, the 7th grade boys' team also took first place in the DuPage Youth Travel Basketball League Tournament and the Glenbard Holiday Tournament. Congratulations to these talented athletes and their coaches on a successful year!

Lisle Lions Travel Basketball is dedicated to preparing athletes for high school level competition. Without the hard work and dedication of experienced, volunteer coaches, their success would not be possible, including Bryan Hermick (8th grade boys), Ed Vaughn & Carl Webb (7th grade boys), Tim Chapman (6th grade boys), Dan Cahill (5th grade boys), Dustin Weaver (8th grade girls), Byron Rossin (6th grade girls), and Carl Webb & Mike Beaumont (5th grade girls). Lisle Lions Travel Basketball is a competitive program offered through the Lisle Park District for boys and girls in 5th-8th grade. Open tryouts are usually held in September, where the coaches select players based on talent, sportsmanship and attitude. For more information about Lisle Lions Travel Basketball, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/leagues or look for the Autumn Lisle Park District brochure, which will be available in early August.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Spring has Sprung!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 26, 2015

Spring has Sprung!


Photo Left: Egg Hunt, March 28, 10:00am
Photo Right: Flashlight Egg Hunt, April 2, 9:00pm

Lisle, IL – To coax you out of your winter slumber, the Lisle Park District has organized several programs and events that will help you plan your spring and summertime schedule.

Look for your Lisle Park District Summer 2015 Brochure, which should arrive in the mail any day now! The brochure is also available for pick-up at the Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle, and the Community Center, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, and will be online starting April 1 at LisleParkDistrict.org. This weekend, the bunny will be coming out of hibernation to join us at the Egg Hunt, and next Thursday, Lisle Community Park will be aglow during the Flashlight Egg Hunt! Keep reading to learn more about these annual festive events.

This Saturday, March 28, at 10:00am sharp, bring your basket to Lisle Community Park for the annual Egg Hunt. Children ages 10 and under are invited to hunt for colorful eggs by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park. Awesome prizes will be awarded to those who find the golden eggs! Bring your cameras to take a picture with the Bunny, and don't forget to dress warm. Fee per child is $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. For more information and to register, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents or call 630-964-3410.

Next Thursday, April 2, at 9:00pm sharp, grab your flashlight for a new twist on a classic springtime tradition. Make sure you have fresh batteries, and head on over to Lisle Community Park for the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt. Children ages 9-14 are invited to hunt for eggs filled with candy in the dark! Remember to dress warm and wear your athletic shoes. Save when you register before Monday, March 30! Fee per child is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents on or before March 30, and $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents after March 30. For more information and to register, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents or call 630-964-3410.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Lisle Park District's Aquatics and Fitness Manager Honored with IPRA Young Professional Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2015

Lisle Park District's Aquatics and Fitness Manager Honored with IPRA Young Professional Award


Photo Left: Jennifer Porrevecchio, Aquatics & Fitness Manager, at the IAPD/IPRA Awards
Photo Right: Mike Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation, and Jennifer Porrevecchio of the Lisle Park District

Lisle, IL – On January 23, Jennifer Porrevecchio, Aquatics and Fitness Manager at the Lisle Park District, was honored as the recipient of the IPRA Young Professional Award. In the presence of over 2,000 parks and recreation professionals, distinguished guests, and state legislators from the state of Illinois, Jennifer received the award for her commitment and excellent service to parks and recreation during the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and Illinois Parks and Recreation Association's (IPRA) annual conference. This award is presented to an up-and-coming leader in the field of parks and recreation and is given to an individual with less than eight years of experience who shows a great deal of promise in becoming a future leader in the field.

A Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, Certified Pool/Spa Operator, and Certified Aquatic Facility Operator, Jennifer joined the Lisle Park District 8 years ago, rising through the ranks as a lifeguard, head guard, and then as facility manager of the Sea Lion Aquatic Park and Community Park Fitness. Since joining the park district full-time in 2006, Jennifer has turned both into profitable facilities in just a short time. In addition, she has increased focus on the safety and well-being of her patrons with an emphasis on lifeguard training and more space for health and wellness programs. In 2012, Jennifer was honored for her impact and notable service contributions at Sea Lion Aquatic Park and Community Park Fitness as recipient of the IPRA Facility Manager of the Year Award!

Jennifer's supervisor, Mike Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation at Lisle Park District, had the honor of introducing her during the awards ceremony, praising her efforts at the park district, in the greater Lisle community, and within the IPRA. "Jennifer's hard work and dedication can be seen in the community as well as at the statewide level. She currently serves on the Village of Lisle Coalition alongside the School District, Library District, and Police and Fire departments, whose goal is to...reinforce the positive choices of teens...[and] increase awareness of the substance abuse issues with at risk youth."

Although Jennifer may have been surprised and humbled when her name was announced for the IPRA Young Professional Award, those who work closely with her know the honor was well deserved. In the words of Lisle Park District Director, Dan Garvy, "Jenny is the consummate professional in every way. She continues to accept added responsibility with incredible zeal and is a true example for others. She has a tremendously positive attitude and innate ability to work with others, regardless of the situation."

Under Jennifer's management, Sea Lion Aquatic Park has become a nationally recognized, award-winning facility. Opening May 23 for the 2015 season, Sea Lion Aquatic Park features two 50' flume slides, two drop slides, a vortex pool, splash playground, sand and kiddie water play area, teen pool, adult spa and more! Community Park Fitness features a full line of strength equipment, cardiovascular equipment, and free weights and offers a wide array of fitness classes and customized personal training opportunities. To learn more about either of these facilities, visit LisleParkDistrict.org or call 630-964-3410.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Winners of the 2014 Lisle Park District Photography Contest Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2015

Winners of the 2014 Lisle Park District Photography Contest Announced


Photo Left: Pictured from left to right – Park Board President Don Cook, Third Place Winner Luann Kohlmeyer, First Place Winner Eileen Kosar, Honorable Mention Mary Harmon, Second Place Winner Janae Kinn, and Park Commissioner Neil Buchelt
Photo Right: First Place Photograph by Eileen Kosar

Lisle, IL – On January 15 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the 2014 Photography Contest winners were announced, including awards for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention.

The highest award for first place was presented to Lisle resident Eileen Kosar for her breathtaking photograph of the shadows casted by the landscape in Lisle Community Park as the sun set over the water. Eileen's photo is now on display in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center lobby at 1925 Ohio Street. The honor for second place was awarded to Janae Kinn, a 22 year-old Lisle resident, for her fun-loving portrait of a canine friend resting in the vibrant leaves at Lisle Community Park. The third place photograph was taken by Lisle resident Luann Kohlmeyer, which portrays her 4 year-old son leisurely fishing in the pond at Lisle Community Park. Last but certainly not least, honorable mention was given to Mary Harmon, Lisle resident, for her close-up portrait at Lisle Community Park of a serene butterfly resting on pink flower buds. All four photographs can be seen in the 2015 Lisle Park District Winter/Spring brochure, which is now available, and on the Lisle Park District website at lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Photography Contest through October 1, 2015! Please note that all photographs must be taken at a Lisle Park District park, facility, event or program. The winners will be chosen by December 1, 2015. To learn how you can participate, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest for contest rules, submission guidelines, and additional information.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Holly-day Happenings for All Ages this Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 11, 2014

Holly-day Happenings for All Ages this Weekend


Photo Left: Candy Cane Hunt, Dec. 13, at Lisle Community Park
Photo Right: Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Dec. 13, at Lisle Recreation Center

Lisle, IL – This December, remember to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season! Join the Lisle Park District to visit with guests from the North Pole, hunt for candy canes, decorate Christmas cookies, make festive ornaments and reminisce about the traditions that have made Chicago's State Street a coveted shopping district around this magical time of year.

This Saturday, December 13, join in the Candy Cane Hunt at 10:00am and stay for Cookies with Mrs. Claus at 11:00am! Bring a basket or sack for your goodies to the Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St. in Lisle, at 10:00am sharp to hunt for a variety of candy canes. Children 10 and under will hunt for candy canes by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park, and prizes will be awarded to those who find the special candy canes. A visitor from the North Pole is expected to drop by with more holiday treats! Fee is $5 per resident and $8 per nonresident.

From 11:00am-1:00pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St. in Lisle, children ages 3-7 are invited to join Mrs. Claus and her elves as they sing Christmas songs, read ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, decorate and eat Christmas cookies, and make holiday ornaments to take home! Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list for Mrs. Claus to deliver to Santa. Fee is $30 per resident and $45 per nonresident. Call 630-964-3410 now to register for the Candy Cane Hunt and Cookies with Mrs. Claus! Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/decemberevents to learn more about these festive events.

For those reminiscing about Christmases past, be sure to come to the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. in Lisle, on Sunday, December 14, at 2:00pm for a FREE event about Marshall Field's and State Street Christmas traditions. All ages are welcome to listen to Wendy Bright, as we explore the many annual traditions on State Street, including the Christmas parade, street decorations, Santa appearances and the iconic store windows that have made Christmas in Chicago so magical. We will focus on Marshall Field's, the crown jewel of State Street, with its famous holiday windows, the Walnut Room's Great Tree and the amazing Toy Department. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events to learn more about this special holiday event.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org.

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Recycle Holiday Lights for a Great Cause Now Through February 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 26, 2014

Recycle Holiday Lights for a Great Cause Now Through February 1, 2015


Lisle, IL — The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation has started their holiday light recycling drive at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, Community Center, and Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap/River Bend Golf Club through February 1, 2015.

The donated holiday lights may be in any non-working condition, as the valuable wiring inside will be processed for scrap materials. The entire proceeds from recycling the materials will be donated to the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation. Since the program began during the 2011-2012 holiday season, over 3,461 pounds of processed materials have been recycled and $477.49 has been donated to the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation. The foundation uses donated funds to enrich the quality of lives in the greater Lisle community by providing scholarship funding for recreation programs and helping to advance the mission of the Lisle Park District. To learn more about the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, visit lislepartnersforparks.org.

In addition to helping Lisle Park District residents, all donations support the Lisle Park District's "Go Green" and "Earth Flag" initiatives, which strive to create environmental protection awareness and advocacy within the greater Lisle Community. The Lisle Park District "Go Green" initiative also collects used athletic shoes, old crayons and textiles for recycling. For more information about the Holiday Lights Recycling Program or the "Go Green" initiative, please visit lisleparkdistrict.org/gogreen.

Help the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation again this year by dropping off holiday lights to be recycled free of charge at the following locations.

Recreation Center (west entrance), 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-9pm
Saturday, 9am-1pm

Community Center, 1825 Short Street, Lisle
Monday-Thursday, 5am-9pm
Friday, 5am-8pm
Saturday-Sunday, 8am-8pm

Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap/River Bend Golf Club, 5900 S. Route 53, Lisle
Monday-Thursday, 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday, 11am-10pm
Sunday, 11am-8pm

Please direct any questions to Lisa Leone, Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, at 630-353-4304 or lleone@lisleparkdistrict.org.

The mission of the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation is to secure corporate and private financial contributions and in-kind donations to foster the enhancement, participation and promotion of parks and recreation within the greater Lisle community. The visions of the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation are to advance the mission of the Lisle Park District, enrich the quality of life in the greater Lisle community and encourage and build relationships between private and public organizations. For more information about the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lislepartnersforparks.org.

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Lisle Park District Invites Residents to Public Workshops for Cost Recovery Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 3, 2014

Lisle Park District Invites Residents to Public Workshops for Cost Recovery Study


Lisle, IL — Lisle Park District residents are invited to participate in public workshops that will enable the park district to allocate the taxes it receives to the services valued most by its constituents. These workshops will be conducted on Tuesday, November 18, and Wednesday, November 19, at the Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle.

The Lisle Park District has engaged the services of GreenPlay, a nationally renowned parks and recreation management consulting firm, to conduct the workshops that will assist in developing an approach to sustainable operations through a Cost Recovery, Resource Allocation & Revenue Enhancement Study. This study utilizes what is called the Pyramid Methodology, a philosophy built by residents placing each category of the park district's services into a pyramid based on how the service is valued. Examples of some of the services the Lisle Park District offers include open space provision & maintenance, youth general interest programs, senior citizen programs, adult programs, food & beverage operations, teen programs, trips, youth sports leagues, programs & inclusion services for individuals with disabilities, field & facility rentals, preschool, special events, camps, and support service.

If a given service provides more of a community benefit, it is likely to be valued higher than a service that provides more of an individual benefit. An example of a service with a higher community benefit could be providing and maintaining open space. An example of a service having a strong individual benefit could be food & beverage operations, like a meal at a restaurant. Although these are two rather extreme examples, the Lisle Park District provides several services to its constituents, and determining how the community values each of the services will help the park district develop different levels of cost recovery, or subsidy expectations, for each category.

GreenPlay will be conducting a series of workshops to complete this exercise, at which they will explain the Pyramid Methodology and ask for resident participation in helping to identify where programs and other inter-related core services fit within the pyramid. Residents of the Lisle Park District are invited to partake in one of the sessions, which will be held at the Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street, in Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2. Since space is limited, Lisle Park District residents must RSVP to Wendy Nadeau at 630-353-4303 or wnadeau@lisleparkdistrict.org. The dates and times of the workshops are as follows.

• Tuesday, November 18, 9:15 – 11:45am
• Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 – 9:00pm
• Wednesday, November 19, 9:15 – 11:45am
• Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 – 9:00pm

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

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Scarecrow Scramble 5K Run/Walk Celebrates 10 Year Anniv. with Fall Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 9, 2014

Scarecrow Scramble 5K Run/Walk Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
with Fall Festival


Photo Left: Scarecrow Scramble, Oct. 18, at Lisle Community Park

Lisle, IL — Scarecrow Scramble's annual 5K nighttime run/walk is celebrating its 10th year by presenting a Fall Festival with FREE admission and parking, open to the public in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, from 2:00-10:00pm on Saturday, October 18.

This renowned race is more than just a 5K – it's a family event for all ages with youth and tot runs, festive food, seasonal beers, music, hayrides, craft vendors, a costume contest, and prizes. All proceeds from this event benefit the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation and Lisle Teens with Character, a program recently acquired by the Lisle Park District. Below is an outline of the Scarecrow Scramble and Fall Festival activities.


  • 2:00pm – Fall Festival Opens
    • Food Vendors: Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Brats, Taffy Apples & Fall Delicacies & Treats!
    • Fall Festival Beers, Hot Toddies, Wine, Hot Cider, and Hot Chocolate
    • DJ Music
    • Hay Rides
    • Pumpkins, Corn Stalks, and Hay Bales
  • 4:00-6:15pm – Packet pick-up and registration at Lisle Senior High School, pick-up anytime before the race begins
  • 6:00pm – Costume contest in the Lisle Senior High School commons area
  • 5:30pm – Tot Run - $8 (no T-Shirt)
  • 5:45pm – Youth Run - $20 before 10/15 at noon, $25 race day
  • 6:30pm – 5K Run/Walk - $30 before 10/15 at noon, $35 race day
  • 7:30pm – Awards and pizza for runners/walkers at festival location, runners 21 and over will receive a FREE beer!
  • 10:00pm – Fall Festival Closes

The annual Scarecrow Scramble 5K run/walk is a premiere running experience for the most avid runners and race participants on a USATF-certified course that winds through slightly hilly paths in Lisle Community Park, gently lit by luminaria for safety. In addition to the 5K, a Tot Dash for ages 6 and under and Youth Run for ages 7-11 are held. The first 500 paid registrants for the 5K and Youth Run will receive a FREE T-Shirt! Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the top three male and female costumes. Register by October 15 at noon to save $5! To register and learn more about this event, visit scarecrowscramble.com.

The mission of the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation is to secure corporate and private financial contributions and in-kind donations to foster the enhancement, participation and promotion of parks and recreation within the greater Lisle community. The visions of the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation are to advance the mission of the Lisle Park District, enrich the quality of life in the greater Lisle community and encourage and build relationships between private and public organizations. For more information about the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, please call 630-964-3410 or visit lislepartnersforparks.org.

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Halloween Festivities and Ghoulish Fun for All Ages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 9, 2014

Halloween Festivities and Ghoulish Fun for All Ages


Photo Left & Center: Monster Madness, Oct. 17, at Lisle Recreation Center
Photo Right: Center. Right: Scarecrow Scramble, Oct. 18, at Lisle Community Park

Lisle, IL — Get into the "Spirit" of Halloween! Whether you like to watch horror films, go to the pumpkin patch, enjoy a festive fall beer or a crisp evening run, we have something for everyone to enjoy this month at the Lisle Park District.

This Saturday, October 11, as the sun sets and the creatures of the night lurk in the shadows, two classic horror movies, Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) will be playing on the big screen outside in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle. Dracula will begin at 7pm sharp, and Frankenstein will be showing around 9pm. Entry to this Creature Double Feature is FREE! All ages are welcome. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. To learn more, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/creaturedoublefeature.

For the little ghosts and goblins, there is festive fun to be had at Monster Madness on Friday, October 17, from 6:00-8:30pm. With games, prizes, a pumpkin patch, hay maze, petting zoo, pony rides and "creepy" café, this fall fair is a hoot for the whole family, especially the young at heart. Admission is FREE, and it is only $10 for a punch card of 25. Punch cards go on sale starting Monday, October 13, at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St. in Lisle, where the event is held. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/mmadness to learn more about this event that is designed for children 10 and under.

Don't miss the celebration for Scarecrow Scramble's 10th annual 5K nighttime run/walk and first ever Fall Festival on Saturday, October 18, featuring festive food, seasonal beers, music, hayrides, a costume contest, and prizes! Admission to the festival is FREE and open to the public from 2:00-10:00pm. The Scarecrow Scramble features three races, including a Tot Dash, Youth Run and the 5K nighttime run/walk, which is held on an USTAF-certified course that is gently lit for safety in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St. in Lisle. Runners in the 5K and Youth Run receive a FREE T-Shirt, and runners 21 and over receive a FREE beer following the race! This event benefits the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation and Lisle Teens with Character, a program recently acquired by the Lisle Park District. Save $5 if you register for the race before October 15 at noon. To register online or learn more about this event, visit scarecrowscramble.com.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

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Preschool Teacher Honored for 20 Years of Dedication and Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 30, 2014

Lisle Park District Honors Preschool Teacher for 20 Years of Dedication and Service


Photo Left: Mary Brock (right) is presented with an award by Lisle Park District Board President, Don Cook (left), at the September Board Meet

Lisle, IL — On September 18 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park, Mary Brock received an award from the Lisle Park District for her 20 years of dedication, hard work and excellent service as a teacher at Gentle Learning Preschool, a Lisle Park District facility located in the Lisle Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle.

Mary received her degree in elementary education from Illinois Benedictine University and has an Illinois State Teaching Certification. She grew up in the Greater Lisle Community and still resides here with her family. At the Gentle Learning Preschool, Mary teaches the morning Pre-K class, afternoon Kindergarten Club and Kids Day Out, and some of the Early Childhood programs offered by the Lisle Park District. The Lisle Park District Recreation Program Manager who oversees Gentle Learning Preschool, Cheryl Patterson, praised Mary's efforts stating, "20 years of Lisle children have been affected by her creativity and dedication to the Lisle Park District and the Gentle Learning Preschool program."

The Gentle Learning Preschool staff is committed to the philosophy of children learning through play. Play is regarded by early childhood specialists as the child's principal means of expression, problem-solving and developing social skills. The Gentle Learning Preschool recognizes the value of providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. The curriculum is based on children's intellectual, social and physical needs and is designed to encourage child-initiated learning activities, preparing them for later academic success.

To learn more about the Gentle Learning Preschool, visit gentlelearningpreschool.org or call 630-964-3410 to schedule a tour of the facility. Mark your calendars for the annual open house next year on Wednesday, January 28, 2015!

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

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Autumn Events Offer a Variety of Festivities at the Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 2, 2014

Autumn Events Offer a Variety of Festivities at the Lisle Park District


Photo Left: Art in the Park, Sept. 6, at Lisle Community Park
Photo Right: Depot Days, Sept. 13-14, at the Museums at Lisle Station Park

Lisle, IL — Although the water park has closed and school is back in session, there is still fun to be had as the first day of autumn approaches! The Lisle Park District has several annual events for your enjoyment over the next few weeks, whether you appreciate art, history, live music, or even pie-eating contests – all with no admission costs!

Don't spend your weekends at home catching up on housework and chores! This Saturday, September 6, from 1:00-5:00pm, join us in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, as we celebrate the arts at the 2nd Annual Art in the Park, which features artists booths, a sidewalk chalk art competition and the community art project auction of toddler Adirondack chairs of Lisle. There is still time to sign-up to compete in Chalk It! A Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition. Call 630-964-3410 to register today and reserve your space for only $5! The live auction of toddler Adirondack chairs will take place at 2:00pm sharp at the Community Park Bandshell, and all proceeds will benefit the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation. To view a brochure of the chairs for auction or to find out more about this event, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/artinthepark.

This month, the Museums at Lisle Station Park will host the 30th Annual Depot Days celebration on Saturday, September 13, through Sunday, September 14, from noon to 5:00pm. This 2-day festival invites guests to experience the roots and early history of Lisle through pioneer demonstrations, blacksmithing, hayrides, a petting farm, live music, square dancing and traditional games, like a pie-eating contest and sack races! Saturday night, stay to enjoy an outdoor folk concert beginning at 5:00pm with the main act, The Giving Tree Band, on stage at 7:00pm. Admission to Depot Days is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/museumevents to learn more about this annual historical event held at 921 School Street in Lisle.

On Saturday, September 20, please join us as we introduce our 5th Annual Chicago History Author Series at 4:00pm at the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street in Lisle. This free, unique program is held every Saturday through November 15 at 4:00pm in the Lisle Depot Baggage Room on the museum campus. We welcome you to meet the authors of rich, historical works about Chicago and get your books signed! Get a crash course on the history of our great, windy city from these experts, including material on Wrigley Field, organized crime, theatre, airfields and even the shopping landmark, Carson Pirie Scott. While supplies last, attendees will be given a book about Chicago, courtesy of Lake Claremont Press. To view the program schedule for this family-friendly series, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/museumevents.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

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Curator of the Museums Honored with Promising Leadership Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 31, 2014

Curator of the Museums at Lisle Station Park Honored with Promising Leadership Award


Photo Left: Brian Failing, Curator of Museums at Lisle Station Park and Mike Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation at Lisle Park District.
Photo Right: Brian Failing next to exhibit Banned in Chicago at the Museums at Lisle Station

Lisle, IL — At the annual Association of Midwest Museums Conference, held from July 14-17 in St. Louis, Lisle resident and current curator of the Museums at Lisle Station Park, Brian Failing, was honored with the Promising Leadership Award. This award is presented to individuals who have worked or volunteered for a museum or museum association for 10 years or less and provided exceptional service or shown outstanding commitment to the museum field.

Brian's supervisor, Mike Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation at Lisle Park District, was present with Brian at the conference to celebrate his honors. Toohey explained that "in his short time at the Museum, he [Brian] has greatly enhanced an already excellent Museum with the addition of the Author Series along with exhibits he has completed, including Banned in Chicago: Eight Decades of Film Censorship in the Windy City and Sustaining Lisle's Heritage: The Story of Lisle's Incorporation." Brian is a recent graduate of North Central College in Naperville where he double majored in history and urban and suburban studies. In addition to his collegiate studies, Brian has volunteered at the Museums at Lisle Station Park for the past 5 years. This fall, Brian will be attending Eastern Illinois University to pursue his passion with a master's degree in historical administration.

To see Brian's most recent undertaking at the Museums at Lisle Station Park, stop by to view the acclaimed exhibit Banned in Chicago: Eight Decades of Film Censorship in the Windy City on display through Saturday, August 16, which he produced with his North Central College professor, Steve Macek. Or, visit the Museums at Lisle Station Park for the 5th Annual Chicago History Author Series. Meet the authors and get your books signed while receiving a crash course on the history of our great, windy city. This FREE series takes place every Saturday from September 20 - November 15 at 4:00pm in the Lisle Depot Baggage Room at the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street, Lisle, IL 60532. Call 630-968-0499 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museum for more information.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

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Lisle Park District Partners with USAgain to Encourage Residents to Recycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2014

Lisle Park District Partners with USAgain to Encourage Residents to Recycle Household Textiles


Photo Left: Graphic of items accepted for recycling at USAgain dropbox

Lisle, IL — Did you know that 70% of the world wears secondhand clothes?1 The Lisle Park District has partnered with USAgain to host a dropbox for recycling textiles in the Community Center parking lot located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle. Help reduce the 85% of textiles being trashed each year.2

USAgain is a for-profit company that collects unwanted textiles and resells them in the United States and abroad, effectively diverting millions of items of clothing from landfills, generating new revenue streams for U.S. business and non-profits, and fueling local economies in emerging countries. The following items are acceptable for collection at the USAgain dropbox at the Lisle Park District Community Center parking lot: clothes; children's clothing; accessories, such as hats, handbags, gloves, belts, scarves and backpacks; linens, such as bedding, blankets, towels and drapes.

The Lisle Park District is dedicated to discovering new opportunities for environmental protection and advocacy with short and long term goals for recycling. Unfortunately, the citizens of the United States dispose of more than 242.96 million tons of solid waste each year, 55%-65% of which comes from single-family residences. With a national recycling rate of just 33.8%, such disposal unnecessarily burdens the state's landfills and contributes to pollution and climate change by emitting greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane.3

The Lisle Park District is excited to add this new partnership with USAgain to their green initiatives in an effort to become an eco-friendly leader within the greater Lisle Community. As of July 2014, the Lisle Park District has donated over 500 used athletic shoes, which will be recycled into athletic running tracks and playground surfaces. In addition, the Lisle Park District has partnered with residents to collect crayons that are recycled into new crayons and, also, collects newspapers, magazines, shopping catalogs, office/school papers and mail. Bins are located at the Lisle Community Center (1825 Short Street).

Each winter, between November-January, the Lisle Park District encourages residents to recycle their old holiday lights, and every spring, they offer free, secure, on-site paper shredding at Lisle's Largest Free Paper Shred Event, which will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9am-12pm next year. Mark your calendars now!

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

1http://www.transtextile.com/the_business.html
2http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/textiles.htm
3Ordinance Amending the Municipal Code of the City/Village - Recycling Bins

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Get Your Passport to Adventure at the Museums at Lisle Station Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 30, 2014

Get Your Passport to Adventure at the Museums at Lisle Station Park


Photo Left: The Museums at Lisle Station Park

Lisle, IL — Did you know that there are affordable family-focused excursions all around you? The Museums at Lisle Station Park invite children on a quest this summer to find fun facts, mysterious stories, and unbelievable history. The annual "Passport to Adventure Program" is your ticket to the many amazing and exciting activities that local museums in the Kane and DuPage Counties provide to enrich our lives and communities. Plus, many of the sites, including the Museums at Lisle Station Park, are FREE to visit!

Children can explore all the wonders that local museums have to offer including art, history, science, games, and nature. Many sites have designed special activities for children who participate in the program. At each location, your child can receive a stamp in their passport booklet. Fill your passport with as many stamps as you can!

The Passport to Adventure Program is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and is sponsored by the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association. The program runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Passports can be picked up at any one of the 50 local museums or libraries that are participating in the program. Keep your passport as a reference guide for fun places to visit throughout the year. For more information, please contact the Museums at Lisle Station Park at 630-968-0499 or visit the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum website at kdrma.org.

Be sure to visit the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street in Lisle, this summer for any of the following FREE events! Join us for the Lisle Heritage Society's Ice Cream Social following the 4th of July Parade in Downtown Lisle this Friday. Come to see Walt Disney Pictures' National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (runtime 124 mins., rated PG) on Thursday, July 10, at dusk, approximately 8:30pm, and bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks! Camp out with Diane Ladley at the Beaubien Tavern at the Museums at Lisle Station Park on Thursday, August 14, at 7:30pm while she tells ghost stories of hauntings occurring in local communities. Diane Ladley is the author and founder of Haunted Hometowns. Parental discretion is advised for this event given the chilling nature of Diane's tales. Last but not least, stop by to explore our latest exhibit, Banned in Chicago: Eight Decades of Film Censorship in the Windy City, which will be on display through Saturday, August 16. For hours or more information, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/Museum or call 630-968-0499.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.

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Help Break a World Record at Sea Lion Aquatic Park this Friday, June 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 17, 2014

Help Break a World Record at Sea Lion Aquatic Park this Friday, June 20


Photo Left: Participate in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ - FREE at Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short Street, Lisle, IL 60532

Lisle, IL — This Friday, June 20, at 10 am CST, tens of thousands of people at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fifth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record™. The global record attempt for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) will be hosted locally for the first time at Sea Lion Aquatic Park, an official facility for the WLSL 2014 event.

Participate in this free swimming lesson at Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short Street, Lisle, IL 60532. Registration will begin at 9:15am. The lesson will start promptly at 10am and will run approximately a half hour. Please arrive in time to register and take your place in the water prior to the 10am start time. Kids of all swimming abilities from age 3-18 are welcome to participate.

Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents! The 2013 WLSL event generated more than 50 million media impressions, spreading the event's important message to hundreds of thousands of families. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training. Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting WLSL.org.

Sea Lion Aquatic Park offers swimming lessons all summer long for various age groups from 3 months to 18+, including private, semi-private and general group lessons. There is still time to register for summer sessions if you have not done so already! Call 630-964-3410 for availability or visit LisleParkDistrict.org/slp for more information.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.


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SEASPAR's New Lisle Facility to Open in Lisle Park District Recreation Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 29, 2014

SEASPAR's New Lisle Facility to Open in Lisle Park District Recreation Center


Photo Left: Wonders, a multi-sensory room, at SEASPAR's New Lisle Facility in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center

Lisle, IL — This Saturday, May 31, from 1:00-3:00pm, SEASPAR will debut their new Lisle facility in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street, Door #8, on the east side of the building. SEASPAR will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their new programming space, including a multi-sensory room and activity room that feature cooking, art, computer skills, social activities and an additional site for the EAGLES program!

Wonders, the multi-sensory room at the new SEASPAR Lisle facility, contains interactive equipment that pleases the senses in a variety of unique and soothing ways. Participants can feel the vibration of the music as it plays through the Learning Chair, follow the motion of the bubbles as they move and change colors within the bubble tubes, make music with the wave of their hand, enjoy relaxing aromas, and make water ripple as they dip their toes into the pond projected on the floor.

Since 1976, SEASPAR has provided year-round dynamic programs and quality recreation services for people with disabilities residing in its eleven community service areas in the western suburbs, including the Lisle Park District. The EAGLES program, just one of the many opportunities SEASPAR offers, is a your-round life skills enrichment program designed to assist adults with disabilities, ages 18 through 50, transition to life in the community. For additional information about Wonders, EAGLES and SEASPAR, please visit SEASPAR.org.

As part of SEASPAR's continuum of recreation programs, inclusive services are provided for residents who wish to participate in general recreation programs at the Lisle Park District. For many individuals with disabilities, participation alongside their peers without disabilities is a beneficial and rewarding experience. SEASPAR provides services to enhance existing programs by training staff, adapting activities, developing behavioral modifications and/or providing additional support staff. Those requesting an inclusion aide for Lisle Park District programs should contact the Recreation Center at 630-964-3410 at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the class.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.


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Lisle's Largest Free Paper Shred Event Sets New Record

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 5, 2014

Lisle's Largest Free Paper Shred Event Sets New Record


Lisle, IL — At the sixth annual paper shred event on Saturday, April 26, 2014, a new record was set for the total amount of paper shredded. This year, 367 vehicles came through Community Park to drop off documents for free, on-site destruction. The total weight of paper shredded was over 9 1/2 tons, saving more than 160 trees and surpassing last year's total of nearly 7 tons.

The Lisle Park District offers free, secure, on-site paper shredding each April on a Saturday near Tax Day. The annual shred event allows Lisle Park District residents to drive-up and drop off documents while an on-site industrial shredder destroys the documents into high-security confetti-size pieces at no charge.

Mark your calendar for next year's shred event on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The giant inflatable beaver on display in Community Park will indicate that you are at the correct location.

In addition to this annual event, the Lisle Park District is always collecting non-confidential paper, newspaper, magazines, crayons, and athletic shoes for recycling at the Community Center in Lisle. Each November through January, residents can recycle their old holiday lights at the Community Center, 1825 Short St.; Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St.; and Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap, 5900 S. Route 53. All proceeds are donated to the Partners for Parks Foundation.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.


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Spring has finally sprung!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 17, 2014

Spring has finally sprung!


Lisle, IL — It's time to smell the flowers, soak up some Vitamin D and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Lisle's parks, fields and facilities! The Lisle Park District has been hard at work planning events and preparing over 400 acres of land to help you shake the winter blues.

After the harsh winter, we have thoroughly inspected our park and playground equipment to ensure it is safe and secure for your enjoyment. In fact, we complete regular inspections on our park equipment all year round. It was no easy task erasing the trace of old man winter, but we know you've been itching to get outside. Revive your body and senses by walking on our nature trails at Lisle Community Park or getting some outdoor exercise on our bike paths, athletic fields and courts. If you would rather relax, see if the fish are biting at our local fishing ponds. Lisle Community Park is located at 1825 Short Street, across the street from Lisle High School, or visit LisleParkDistrict.org/parks to find a local park near you.

To coax you out of hibernation, we have organized several programs and events that will help you plan your spring and summertime schedule. If you have not yet received your Lisle Park District Summer 2014 Brochure in the mail, it is now available for pick-up at our facilities and online at LisleParkDistrict.org/brochure. This May, the Museums at Lisle Station Park will debut a new exhibit on display through mid-August. In June, local teen bands will have a chance to compete in the annual Illinois Battle of the Bands. Keep reading to learn more about these FREE events!

On Saturday, May 17, please join us for the exhibit opening of Banned in Chicago: Eight Decades of Film Censorship in the Windy City from 4-6pm at the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street. This is a FREE event, at which we welcome you to examine the history behind film censorship in Chicago. This exhibit provides a glimpse into the types of films that were being censored and a broader look at the implications of censorship throughout America. Banned in Chicago will be on display through August 16. Daily admission is free, and tours are available by appointment. For hours and more info, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museum or call 630-968-0499.

Let your band be heard at the annual Illinois Battle of the Bands! Interested bands must submit a demo of at least one song or a link to a website that features a song no later than the registration deadline, Saturday, May 10. Selected bands will perform Saturday, June 14, starting at noon at the Woodridge Jubilee, across from the Woodridge Community Center, 2600 Center Drive. This is a FREE teen event! The winning band will advance to a regional battle, and the regional winners will perform at the state finals at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Learn more at LisleParkDistrict.org/teens.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.


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Applications Being Accepted for Robert Kuzmicki Education Scholarship Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13, 2014

Applications Being Accepted for Robert Kuzmicki Education Scholarship Fund


Lisle, IL — The Lisle Park District is currently accepting applications for the Robert Kuzmicki Recreation Education Scholarship. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students residing in the Lisle Park District and are either a 2014 graduating high school senior that has applied and been accepted to an accredited college/university or is currently enrolled in an accredited college/university.

The additional selection criteria of scholarship recipients include: dedication to school and community, the advancement of environmental awareness, volunteerism, stewardship, and a strong work ethic. Please note, that although the students' current GPA is requested, this is not necessarily a merit-based scholarship. All applicants that fulfill the primary criteria will be considered and past recipients may reapply for the scholarship throughout their college careers.

The Robert Kuzmicki Education Scholarship was created in memory of Robert "Bob" Kuzmicki, who lost his battle with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in December of 2005. Bob, a devoted father and husband, was the Lisle Park district's facility specialist and was well known by many patrons at Sea Lion Aquatic Park for his dedication to the facility.

Funds for this scholarship are raised through the annual Sea Lion Aquatic Park Family Day event held each summer. Individuals who may be interested in the scholarship are strongly encouraged to volunteer for this event. Volunteer information will be available in the Summer Seasonal Brochure available on April 1, 2014.

Scholarship application forms are available online at LisleParkDistrict.org/scholarship. Completed forms may be mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed to: Lisle Park District Education Scholarship Committee, c/o Shiela Cockerill, 1925 Ohio Short Street, Lisle, IL 60532, SCockerill@lisleparkdistrict.org, no later than Thursday, May 1, 2014. Scholarships will be awarded at either the June or July Lisle Park District Board meeting, depending on recipient availability. Please contact Shiela Cockerill at 630-964-3410 with questions.

The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Club; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure opportunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org.


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