Going Green with the Lisle Park District

The Lisle Park District has made great strides in becoming an eco-friendly leader within the greater Lisle Community. The Lisle Park District held its first Environmental Committee meeting in 2008 to begin setting long and short-term goals for environmental protection and advocacy.


Recycling Options & Environmental Accomplishments

DuPage Monarch Project: Communities Protecting Pollinators
Save the Monarch Butterflies

We are proud to support the mission of DuPage Monarch Project: Communities Protecting Pollinators to increase healthy habitats for pollinators, like monarch butterflies, throughout our community!

Find out how you can help and learn more about the DuPage Monarch Project by watching this short video - you might even spot a fimilar face and park here in town!

Learn more about DuPage Monarch Project

Sustainability in the Parks


This year, the Lisle Park District will maintain 4 parks with natural and organic products. This means we will manage the lawns with no synthetic pesticides providing alternative recreational space for those concerned about the impacts of pesticides on people and pets. While you may see a few weeds, the turf and soil will become healthier in the long term.

To insure availability to all, one park with its own unique factors has been selected for each region of the district. We will start organically managing the following 4 parks:

  • Abbeywood Park (SW)   |   2211 Abbeywood Drive, Lisle

  • Connelly Memorial Park (NE)   |   933 Lacey Avenue, Lisle

  • Leask Lane Park (NW)   |   4 S. 281 Leask Lane, Lisle

  • Oak Hill Park (Central)   |   5460 Ranier Drive, Lisle


Learn more about Organic Lawn Care

Recycle Household Textiles

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Did you know that over 70% of the world wears secondhand clothes?1 The Lisle Park District has partnered with Green City Recycler to host a dropbox for recycling textiles in the Community Center parking lot located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle. Help reduce the 66% of textiles that end up in landfills each year.2

Green City Recycler is a textile recycling company that diverts used clothing, shoes, and other household items from the landfill. Through our efforts, we hope to reduce the millions of pounds of textile waste finding its way to the local landfill. Our program has helped communities and municipalities achieve their environmental goals.


Drop Box Location:

Lisle Park District Community Center Parking Lot - 1825 Short Street, Lisle

We accept many items not covered by traditional recycling services including: clothing, shoes, household linens, belts, purses, hats, and toys.

Wood Pallet Recycling

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Since 2018, we've recycled 325 wooden pallets!

Park and facility operations recycle wooden pallets periodically throughout the year. Recycled pallets are taken to Mustang Pallets in West Chicago.

How Many Pallets Have We Recycled So Far?

  • 2018   |   130 wooden pallets were recycled
  • 2019   |   195 wooden pallets were recycled

Tennis Ball Recycling

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In 2016, we donated 200 tennis balls for recycling!


  • Tennis balls cannot be recycled with other materials
  • 100 MILLION tennis balls enter US landfills annually
  • 125 MILLION tennis balls sold in the US annually
  • 250 THOUSAND tennis courts in the US
  • 2 HUNDRED tennis balls discarded monthly per park
  • 3 NEW tennis balls used for most matches played
  • 1 person CAN make a difference

The Lisle Park District is doing its part to help, by collecting the tennis balls you contribute and shipping them to specialized recyclers, where they are ground and given new life as playground surfaces and tennis courts.

The Lisle Park District is a green leader in the greater Lisle community. Please join the initiative and recycle your tennis balls.

For more information about tennis ball recycling, visit http://retourtennis.com/

Collection Bin Location:

Lisle Community Park Tennis Courts - 1825 Short Street, Lisle

Crayon Recycling

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Lisle Park District in partnership with Lisle residents are conducting a crayon drive. Did you know that your old crayons can be melted down and made into super crayons for use by children with special needs?! Please bring in any crayons to the Recreation Center, and drop them into the Crayon Recycling bins. Crayons will be melted down and turned into new crayons!

Collection Bin Location:

Lisle Recreation Center - 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle

Girl Scout Troop 51531 Mission To Help Save Our Water

This is Girl Scout Troop 51531. We are in the third grade and are on a mission help save our water.

How much bottled water do you use a day? What do you think happens to bottles when you throw them out? Did you know that 6 out of 7 bottles are not recycled in the U.S.? One million sea animals die each year due to plastic in the water. What is your favorite marine animal? Does your plastic water bottle end up the ocean and hurt that animal?

There are 46,000 pieces of plastic per sq. mile of the ocean. The sea life mistakes small particles of plastic for food. When they eat too much of this plastic, they get sick and die. The problem is the plastic doesn’t biodegrade or break down properly.

Instead of using plastic bottles please use reusable bottles that can be washed. There are benefits to not using disposable water bottles. You save money. You live healthier (even BPA free plastic secretes toxins into the water drink). You are also saving millions of marine life by not adding to the overwhelming amount of plastic bottles in our rivers, lakes or oceans.

Next time you’re thirsty, go to the sink, not the store!
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View Girl Scout Troop 51531 Water Saving Mission Drawings

Simple Tips To "Go Green" At Home

Save Energy

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save heating and cooling costs.
  • Install Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
  • Turn off lights and televisions when not in use.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your clothes.

Save Water

  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Landscape with native plants.
  • Use a rain barrel to conserve water.

Skip the Bottled Water

  • Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water.
  • Use a reusable water bottle when working out, or at work.

Think Before You Buy & Shop Smart

  • Use a reusable or cloth shopping bag for all your shopping needs. Keep them in the car so they are always handy.
  • You can recycle all your old plastic shopping bags at most grocery stores.
  • Buy in bulk when possible to save trips to the store.
  • Choose ECO-friendly options when available (i.e. – cleaning products, personal care).

Reduce Your Landfill Utilization

  • Keep your cell phones, computers and other electronics as long as possible. Recycle them responsibly when the time comes.
  • Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes.
  • Start composting.
  • Recycle according to guidelines set by your municipality.
  • Recycle all your paper in the paper retriever bin located at the Community Center.

For more information and other things you can do for the environment, visit:

Download our Simple Tips to “Going Green” at Home

Awarded Earth Flag for Sustainability and Environmental Leadership

lisle community park The Lisle Park District received the esteemed “Earth Flag” and a resolution of commendation from the DuPage County Board on Thursday, April 29, 2012 at the meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners. Kay McKeen, Founder and Executive Director of School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education (SCARCE) presented the Earth Flag, symbolic of reducing environmental impact, green responsibility and leadership to the Lisle Park District. Together with SCARCE, a resolution was presented by DuPage County Board Member Michael Ledonne which commended the Park District for approving an environmental policy, completing training to enhance green efforts, expanding the recycling program, planting native vegetation and using organic fertilizers, to name a few of the eco-friendly actions cited.

Becoming a green leader in Lisle and the greater Lisle community has been an initiative of the Lisle Park District and became a significant focus for Michael Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation, when he was hired in 2008. At that time, Toohey proposed the Park District begin working with SCARCE towards the Earth Flag certification. Inspired by his enthusiasm, a green committee was formed and the crayon and shoe recycling programs along with a number of other green initiatives were a result. Toohey also initiated the Abitibi Paper Retriever recycling program and has recycled over 83.747 tons of paper saving over 1,424 trees. When the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners passed the Environmental Policy to “establish standards to promote sound environmental practices” the District was well on the way towards achieving Earth Flag certification.

During the summer of 2011, the Park District took strides in renovating the existing building at 1925 Ohio Street which is now the new Recreation Center. The construction utilized environmentally-friendly resources and repurposed existing building materials. After the Recreation Center opened, SCARCE performed an “environmental audit" of the facility and existing positive sustainability initiatives (CFL lights bulbs, automatic lights, rain barrels, on-site recycling) and areas for improvement (change font to Century Gothic which reportedly uses 30% less ink than Arial, switch to all green cleaning products). Following the audit, the Park District completed the SCARCE Sustainability Assessment outlining environmental efforts made since 2008, resulting in Thursday’s Earth Flag certification.

Click to view photos from the Board Meeting Earth Flag Presentation

Lisle Park District Environmental Accomplishments

Lisle Park District Environmental Accomplishments include:

  • Updating IPRA Environmental Report Card to highlight all the environmental initiatives we have accomplished over the past year

  • Updated Lisle Park District Environmental Policy

  • Started Paper Retriever program with bins at both Community Center

  • Began Bottle and Can recycling program at Community Park and Sea Lion Aquatic Park

  • Parks Department continues to recycle scrap metal

  • Parks Department replaced pick-up truck with new Ford Hybrid vehicle

  • Sea Lion Aquatic Park concessions eliminated using styrofoam cups

  • Community Park Fitness eliminated paper cups and replaced them with reusable bottles for all members

  • Recently began buying recycled office supplies

  • Added Tag Line "Please don't waste paper! - consider the environment before printing this or any other emails" to staff e-mails

  • Print the seasonal brochure with soy based ink, which started with the Winter/Spring 2013 brochure

  • Recreation Center uses CFL light bulbs that last longer and lower energy costs

  • Crayon recycling program at Recreation Center

  • React Computers continue to recycle old staff computers

  • Working with the Village of Lisle on Safer Pest Control Project which we will use Museum at Lisle Station Park as a test site to use organic fertilizer

  • Camp Summer Quest provides BPA free recycled water bottles to each of its campers to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles used