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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 Resident Honored for Service Preserving Local History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 3, 2022

Bob Goodwin Honored for 39 Years of Contributions to The Museums at Lisle Station Park


Bob Goodwin Images (left in red): Bob Goodwin working in the Blacksmith Shop at The Museums at Lisle Station Park
Image (right): Bob Goodwin presented with plaque in honor of service preserving Lisle's history by Jon Pratscher at the December 2021 Lisle Park District Board Meeting

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District recognized Bob Goodwin for his 39 years of service actively preserving and enriching the history of Lisle at the meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners in December of 2021. Bob was presented with a plaque by Superintendent of Recreation, Jon Pratscher, who oversees operations at The Museums at Lisle Station Park where Bob has volunteered his time and knowledge to conserve the heritage and culture of the greater Lisle community.

Bob Goodwin grew up in Lisle and learned blacksmithing from his father, who mastered in the same trade and owned Bob's Ornamental Iron in Downers Grove. Bob and his late wife, Arden, were key contributors to the collections and creation of The Museums at Lisle Station Park, located at 921 School Street in Downtown Lisle. Bob has been an invaluable resource to the Museum Curator and staff on the heritage of Lisle and the museum's institutional history.

The Blacksmith Shop, one of five structures on the museum's campus, was established in 2001 inside a 19th century barn. Bob was an integral part of recreating an operational workshop in the barn and led many interactive demonstrations highlighting the importance of craftsmen throughout the history of Lisle, an agricultural community settled in 1832 around the railroad depot known as Lisle Station. Bob has taught many blacksmiths the trade through drawing a taper, fullering, twisting, and scrolling handmade projects inside the Blacksmith Shop. His many apprentices and peers continue to pass on their knowledge of the craft through volunteer-led blacksmith classes at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. To this day, Bob continues to be a wealth of information in preserving Lisle's past for future generations.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park was created in 1978 through the cooperative efforts of the Lisle Park District, Lisle Heritage Society, and the Village of Lisle. Daily admission to the museum is free. Donations are welcome and encouraged to support the museum's programming, conservation of artifacts, and exhibit development. Office hours for the Museum Curator, Grace Heiderman, are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm. Tours are available by appointment. Email museum@lisleparkdistrict.org or call 630-968-0499 to set up a tour of the museum grounds. For more information about the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, visit bit.ly/lislemuseum.

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, home to the all-inclusive Discovery Playground and Community Park Public Boat Launch; the Recreation Center, which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; the Community Center, which contains Community Park Fitness and studios for dance and group fitness classes; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; The Museums at Lisle Station Park; River Bend Golf Course and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and park amenities, such as tennis courts, pickleball courts, ball fields, soccer 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, visit lisleparkdistrict.org. or call 630-964-3410.

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Public Boat Launch Opening in Lisle Community Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 7, 2021

Public Boat Launch Opening in Lisle Community Park on the East Branch of the DuPage River


Community Park Public Boat Launch Image (top): Location of Public Boat Launch in Lisle Community Park
Image (bottom): Completed Boat Launch on the East Branch of the DuPage River

Lisle, IL – On Saturday, September 11, the Lisle Park District will officially open the Lisle Community Park Boat Launch for public use with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00am. All are welcome to celebrate the Lisle Park District’s new public boat launch intended for use of personal, non-motorized boats or floating vessels, such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. The boat launch is in Lisle Community Park just south of Short Street and west of the Short Street bridge and accessible from the parking lot located near ball field #1 at 1825 Short Street in Lisle.

The Lisle Park District will be handing out giveaways at the ribbon cutting ceremony, including safety whistles, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on-site offering free vessel safety checks and distributing boating safety resources. With a generous $15,000 contribution from the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation and a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) through the Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) program, construction of the boat launch was completed last month in August, although the project was first presented for consideration over 14 years ago.

In 2007, the Lisle Park District began considering a boat launch in Community Park in response to a request from Openlands, the Illinois Paddling Council, and IDNR to construct the first public launch on the DuPage River in the county. Although grant applications were submitted in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014, project grant assistance through the BAAD program for 80% of the projected $100,000 construction cost was not approved until 2015. However, notice was issued that funding was not secure and ultimately was not released, which left the project in limbo.

In 2018, the Lisle Park District was notified by the IDNR that the State of Illinois would release the 2015 grant awards. The Lisle Park District allocated $120,000 in 2019’s budget to construct the launch but could not proceed until the official agreement was executed. In July of 2019, IDNR presented its final agreement to the Lisle Park District to bid the project for construction. With the lowest bid coming in just under $180,000, the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners tabled the project due to its high cost and agreed to re-bid the project in early 2020 with hopes for a more competitive bidding environment. In February 2020, a bid was accepted by the Board of Park Commissioners just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, with funds secure, the proposed project came to fruition in the summer of 2021.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 11, the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation will be raffling off two brand new kayaks in celebration of the Lisle Park District’s new public boat launch! You can enter the raffle online or by purchasing tickets at the Lisle Recreation Center, open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm and located at 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. To enter the raffle online, visit paypal.me/lisleparksfoundation and send money for the raffle tickets through the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation’s PayPal account. Enter the cost of the raffle tickets you would like to purchase and be sure to insert ‘Kayak Raffle’ in the notes section. The cost of each raffle ticket is $10. For example, if you would like to purchase 10 raffle tickets, enter $100 and ‘Kayak Raffle’ in the notes section before completing the transaction. You do not have to be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony to win. For questions concerning the kayak raffle, please contact Mary Liz Jayne at 630-353-4306 or mljayne@lisleparkdistrict.org.

The Lisle Park District plans to design programming around this new recreation opportunity in Lisle Community Park in 2022. Be sure to check the Lisle Park District’s Summer 2022 Program Guide for more information when it becomes available in April of next year. In the meantime, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/boatlaunch for official boat launch rules, guidelines, and boating safety resources to ensure you have the right gear to have a safe and fun journey while venturing out on the DuPage River. If you have questions about the ribbon cutting ceremony or boat launch, please contact Lisle Park District’s Director of Parks & Recreation, Dan Garvy, at 630-353-4310 or dgarvy@lisleparkdistrit.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, home to the all-inclusive Discovery Playground and Community Park Public Boat Launch; the Recreation Center, which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; the Community Center, which contains Community Park Fitness and studios for dance and group fitness classes; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and park amenities, such as tennis courts, pickleball courts, ball fields, soccer 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, visit lisleparkdistrict.org. or call 630-964-3410.

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Lisle Park District Announces Vacancy on Board of Park Commissioners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 21, 2021

Lisle Park District Announces Vacancy on Board of Park Commissioners


Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners will be accepting letters of interest and qualifications for Park Commissioner until Friday, June 25, 2021.

The Park Board will be conducting interviews and considering an appointment to fill the remaining term of recently retired Commissioner Don Cook. Letters of interest and qualifications should be sent to the attention of Dan Garvy, Secretary, Board of Park Commissioners, 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle, IL 60532 or through email at dgarvy@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, home to the new, all-inclusive Discovery Playground; the Recreation Center, which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; the Community Center, which contains Community Park Fitness and studios for dance and group fitness classes; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and park 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 Parks Garage Named in Honor of Retiring Board President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 4, 2021

Parks Garage Named in Honor of Park District Board President Retiring After Twenty-Three Years of Service


Don's Garage' Image (top): Custom Dedication Sign on Parks Department Vehicle & Equipment Storage Facility
Image (bottom): Don Cook receiving Dedication Plaque

Lisle, IL – On Thursday, April 15, the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners presented a resolution to name the new Parks Department Vehicle & Equipment Storage Facility "Don's Garage" in grateful recognition of Don Cook's twenty-three years of dedicated and accomplished service to the residents of the Lisle Park District.

On June 16, 1998, Don Cook was appointed to the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners and was re-elected to full terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. For twenty of his twenty-three years of service on the Park District Board, he served as Park Board President, leading continued advancements of the Lisle Park District through the acquisition, development, and ongoing improvements and renovations of numerous parks, facilities, programs, and services in a fiscally responsible manner. Some of these projects include Sea Lion Aquatic Park; the construction of the River Bend Golf Club Pro Shop and The View Restaurant & Bar (later renamed Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap); The Museums at Lisle Station Park and acquisitions of both the Blacksmith Shop & Waycar; the Community Ramp Park construction; the Park Districts' first comprehensive Master Plan; development of Woodglen Park, Peach Creek Park, Willow Glen Park, Arboretum Woods Park, Leask Lane Park, and the new all-inclusive Discovery Playground; the Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street; the introduction of honey bees in Community Park; the Van Kampen Stage redevelopment; the creation of the Lisle Veterans Memorial; and last but not least, the construction of the Parks Department Vehicle & Equipment Storage Facility, now named "Don's Garage" to commemorate his service to the greater Lisle community.

On April 15, 2021, Don Cook resided over his final meeting as the President of the Board of Park Commissioners. His unwavering support of parks and recreation was a true constant at the Lisle Park District and provided direction, enthusiasm, and a unique camaraderie that resulted in both tangible and intangible benefits to his fellow Park Commissioners, Lisle Park District staff, and the Lisle Park District community at large. The resolution to name the Parks Department Vehicle & Equipment Storage Facility "Don's Garage" was passed on April 20, 2021, in honor of Don's passion, leadership, level-headedness, expertise, youthful nature, and commitment to the Lisle Park District.

Prior to reading the resolution for the dedication of the Parks Garage, Park Board Commissioner David Richter addressed Don with a heartfelt speech reiterating the District's appreciation for his advocacy and service. “Thank you for the great example you have set for us in how to encourage and lead a board where everyone is free to voice their thoughts, questions, and opinions openly and without judgment. It's truly a board where everyone's voice counts equally.… Your tireless work in your various roles as a public servant has left this town safer, happier, and healthier, and I hope you are as proud of yourself as we are to have worked with you.… Your guiding leadership will be missed, but your accomplishments, influence, and positive example for Lisle, the Park District, and especially the Park Board are indelible. Thank you.”

A custom sign designed by Park District staff commemorating Don's service to the greater Lisle community and new journey in Colorado is now installed on the Parks Department Vehicle and Equipment Storage Facility located at 1810 Short Street in Lisle. In addition, an engraved metal plaque is permanently mounted along the Community Park path adjacent to the Parks Department Headquarters and "Don's Garage." Don's sincere interest in expressing his appreciation for Park District employees and volunteers led him to get to know Lisle Park District personnel at every level by randomly visiting offices, facilities, job sites, programs, and special events. His passion to present the Lisle Park District as not only a premier park district in the area, but as the most approachable, responsive, and cooperative public agency in the community will surely be missed but will continue to guide the Lisle Park District in the future for years to come.

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, home to the new, all-inclusive Discovery Playground; the Recreation Center, which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; the Community Center, which contains Community Park Fitness and studios for dance and group fitness classes; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and park 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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First Outdoor Film Festival in Lisle Will Be Held This June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 3, 2021

Park District Creates Outdoor Film Festival to Expand the Cultural Arts Community in Lisle


Outdoor Film Festival Image: Lisle Park District's Outdoor Film Festival – June 5, 8-10pm

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District is hosting it's very first Film Festival outdoors on Saturday, June 5, from 8:00 until 10:00pm in Lisle Community Park, located at 1825 Short Street.

The film festival started as a collaboration with Lisle resident and small business owner, Beth Lesniak, of Shiny Squirrel Art Studio, Inc. With Beth's input and vision in mind, the Lisle Park District developed the event's concept and created guidelines for the festival, including film categories, contest entry rules, and sponsorship opportunities to encourage support and involvement in the arts program from local individuals and businesses.

Lisle Park District's Cultural Arts Manager, Wendy Nadeau, stated, “I'm always looking for new innovative ideas to expand the District's theatre & arts program. This film fest is a great way for the community to showcase their talent. Theatre & art programs have always brought people together in creative ways. It's exciting to build on those experiences and expand our offerings year after year. We now have the support of several sponsors and are hopeful more will join, including presenting sponsor, Aurelio's Pizza (Woodridge), and silver sponsors, Prime Muay Thai MMA, Shiny Squirrel Art Studio, Inc., and the Zachary Kraus Mortgage Team.”

Aspiring film makers are welcome to enter their original short films for consideration to be featured at Lisle Park District's Outdoor Film Festival. Film categories include family, a film made by kids and parents; teen, a film made by a teen age 13-17; and adult, a film made by an adult over age 18. The first-place film in each category will be shown at the Outdoor Film Festival on June 5, awarded a $200 cash prize, and receive 10 Shiny Squirrel Art Studio, Inc., Do-It Yourself Prize Packs ($250 value). Entries are due by May 1, and all participants must agree to the festival's guidelines to register their film for consideration. To learn how you can participate, visit bit.ly/lislefilmfest for film entry guidelines and to complete the application.

If you'd like to sponsor the Film Festival, there are a variety of options available to support the cultural arts, ranging from $50 to $1,000. Each level includes various opportunities for involvement and promotion, including but not limited to reserved seating at the event, judgement of entries, site signage, digital & social promotion of your brand, and more. To become a sponsor, complete the sponsorship form found on the Lisle Park District's website at bit.ly/lislefilmfest or contact Wendy Nadeau through email wnadeau@lisleparkdistrict.org or by phone 630-353-4303.

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, home to the new, all-inclusive Discovery Playground; the Recreation Center, which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; the Community Center, which contains Community Park Fitness and studios for dance and group fitness classes; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and park 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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Photography Contest Winners Showcase the Importance of Local Parks in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 25, 2021

Lisle Park District's Annual Photography Contest Winners Showcase the Importance of Local Parks in 2020


2020 Park District Photo Contest Winners Photo (from left to right, top to bottom): Photographs Awarded Honors in Lisle Park District's Annual Contest – 1st place "Smile with Your Eyes," 2nd place "Let's Fly," 3rd place "Highlight Reel," and Honorable Mention "The Fantastic Four"

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District has chosen its annual photography contest winners, which showcase the unique perspective of patrons enjoying local parks during a year when open, outdoor space played an increasingly important role to many throughout the U.S. and greater Lisle community. In fact, three in five U.S. residents – more than 190 million – visited a park, trail, public open space or recreation facility at least once during the first three months of the pandemic.*

The 2020 Photo Contest winners captured various experiences throughout 110 acres in Lisle Community Park located at 1800 Short Street. The highest award was presented to Nicole Albanese for her photo "Smile With Your Eyes" taken on the new, all-inclusive Discovery Playground, which opened to the public in August of 2020 near the entrance of Sea Lion Aquatic Park at 1825 Short Street. The second-place prize was given to Danielle Milostan for her original photograph "Let's Fly" overlooking the recently renovated Van Kampen Memorial Stage. The honor of third place was awarded to Dana Mali for her vibrant photo of the fishing pond in Lisle Community Park titled "Highlight Reel." Last, but not least, honorable mention was granted to Scarlett Winterburn for her lively snapshot captured while enjoying a walk in the park with "The Fantastic Four."

Whether you're an amateur or seasoned photographer, be inspired by your surroundings in the greater Lisle community. As you enjoy Lisle Park District's open space, parks, facilities, recreation programs and events, be sure to capture these moments on your camera and enter the park district's annual photo contest now through October 2021. Please note that all photographs must be taken at Lisle Park District's parks, facilities, events or programs. 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.

*2020 NRPA Engagement with Parks Report

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Gentle Learning Preschool Adds More Classes in 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 28, 2020

Gentle Learning Preschool Adds More Classes to Safely Provide In-Person Learning in the New Year


Gentle Learning Preschool Classroom 2020-2021 Photo: Students at Gentle Learning Preschool participating in hands-on classroom activities

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District's Gentle Learning Preschool is adding new, in-person class options in the new year! Classes will begin starting in January, including a new 3-year-old class on Tuesday & Thursday mornings and a new 4-year-old class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. For those that are not quite ready for in-person learning, a hybrid option and virtual classroom are also available for both 3 and 4-year-olds.

The 2020-2021 school year may look different than those past, but the mission at Gentle Learning Preschool remains the same – to provide a safe environment where children can learn through play. Play-based activities encourage students to learn and develop through hands-on experiences. Gentle Learning Preschool's curriculum is aligned with Illinois Early Learning Standards and follows the procedures outlined in the Restore Illinois Plan to ensure lessons do not compromise students' safety and health.

Preschool administration and staff are excited to expand their in-person learning opportunities in 2021 to help more students prepare for future academic success. Moreover, they are thankful for the support of their current preschool families, who have entrusted them with the safety and development of their little learners during these unprecedented times. The feedback provided by parents of students attending the preschool reaffirm that additional efforts of staff have not gone unnoticed, especially this school year.

"Bravo! The gratitude we have for you all! Our girl is happy, learning, and full of positive energy after a very long six months off of school. From start to finish, things run seamlessly when it comes to drop off, pick up and everything in between. The lessons, fun projects, books and activities are working incredibly well, and we are beyond excited about everything [our child] is learning and creating. You guys are doing such a superb job! We can't thank you enough. [The teachers] are fabulous!"

Gentle Learning Preschool is located in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. Due to COVID-19, state guidelines and safety procedures are enforced to protect the health of both students and staff. The preschool classrooms, motor room, and gated outdoor playground are located in a separate, secure area in the Recreation Center away from other programming and facilities. In addition to an in-classroom sink for frequent handwashing and sanitation, each preschool room has its own bathroom, including a pint-sized toilet and additional sink. Current mitigations for Tier 3 in the State of Illinois require students and staff to wear face coverings at all times.

To learn more about Gentle Learning Preschool's in-person, hybrid, and virtual classes, please visit gentlelearningpreschool.org where you can find details on both 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool opportunities. If you have any additional questions, contact Youth and Early Childhood Manager, Jill Jehs, at jjehs@lisleparkdistrict.org or 630-353-4345.

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 Supports Remote Learning for K-8 Grade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 30, 2020

Remote Enrichment Center Provides Warm, Nurturing Environment to Support Children While Remote Learning


Remote Enrichment Center Photo: Remote Enrichment Center participants partaking in indoor and outdoor enrichment activities

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District's Remote Enrichment Center opened this past August to provide children in Kindergarten through 8th grade with the support they need to learn remotely by encouraging social, mental, and physical well-being while maintaining academic focus and healthy habits.

The Remote Enrichment Center (REC) is located in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. Each child is given a quiet, separate station with plenty of space for interactive, virtual learning. Structured time is allotted for schoolwork, meals, snacks, and necessary brain breaks. Students partake in a variety of enrichment activities daily, including but not limited to crafts, sports, and science experiments utilizing large indoor spaces and the 100+ acres just outside the recreation center doors in Lisle Community Park. Registration is flexible from week to week with the registration deadline being the Wednesday prior to the week attending. The REC is staffed by professionals and volunteers with several years of experience who are committed to providing a supportive environment where children can feel safe and comfortable.

Volunteers from Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle have partnered with the Lisle Park District at the Remote Enrichment Center by providing countless hours of assistance and support to students as they continue to navigate the challenges of remote learning and the unpredictable school year. In addition to helping students with their various learning needs, this remarkable group of volunteers led by Amy Narot has provided students with a variety of enrichment activities, such as music, science, art, and games. Their presence and partnership have been a true asset, and each volunteer has significantly contributed to the success of the program.

The Remote Enrichment Center is devoted to making this time of year feel extra merry and bright for the children and look forward to seeing the twinkle in their eyes, even though they can't see the smile behind their masks! That is why they are offering a special deal to help lighten the load this holiday season for all families who are in need of remote learning assistance while schools are closed for in-person learning. Now through the week of January 25, 2021, receive 10% off registration fees when you sign up for 4 or more consecutive weeks of 3, 4, or 5 days at the Remote Enrichment Center. Call 630-964-3410 to receive this special holiday offer when you sign up by December 2, 2020 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org/remote-enrichment-center to learn more.

The Lisle Park District follows CDC guidelines and continuously updates procedures to adhere to the Restore Illinois Plan. They are grateful to be able to provide a necessary and important service to the greater Lisle community during the pandemic while maintaining the quality and high standards their patrons expect. Moreover, they are appreciative of families, like David's, who have entrusted them with the care of their child at the Remote Enrichment Center.

"I wanted to take a quick minute and thank the entire staff for providing such a great program during these challenging times. I find that [our daughter] is completing her work on time and is doing great in all parts of her 2nd grade curriculum. The team has been extremely friendly and inviting to both her and myself, interactions are always a pleasure. Thank you for providing an amazing atmosphere for the children to continue to learn in."

If you have questions about the Remote Enrichment Center, visit the Lisle Park District's website at lisleparkdistrict.org/remote-enrichment-center where a list of frequently asked questions can help set your mind at ease. If you would like additional information, please contact Recreation Manager, Debbie Breihan, at dbreihan@lisleparkdistrict.org or 630-353-4344.

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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Celebrating 10 Years of the Chicago Author Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 23, 2020

Celebrating 10 Years of the Chicago Author Series Presented by The Museums at Lisle Station Park


Chicago Author Series Photo: 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Author Series with Kermit Eby & Dr. Ann Durkin Keating

Lisle, IL – It's the 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Author Series! The Museums at Lisle Station Park are excited to offer this semi-annual event series in a virtual format from the comfort of your own home.

Since the buildings on the museum campus are not currently open to the public, this popular, free event series is being offered online! Join The Museums at Lisle Station Park for a free, thought-provoking, virtual discussion about our regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it. Authors from around Chicagoland present their books in a fun and informal fashion live on Zoom with time for you to interact and ask questions.

This Saturday, October 24, at 10am, explore Chicago through the eyes of Juliette Kinzie, one of Chicago's forgotten founders, with Dr. Ann Durkin Keating as she presents her book The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire. Early Chicago is often presented as “a man's city,” but women like Juliette worked to create an urban and urbane world, often within their own parlors. Ann Durkin Keating is the Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She is the author of numerous books about Chicago and is one of the editors of the Encyclopedia of Chicago. To join this free, virtual discussion with Dr. Keating, make sure you pre-register to receive online access via Zoom at bit.ly/annkeating.

Many thanks to Kermit Eby, the Chicago Author Series' first presenting author in 2010, who discussed his book The Changing Educational Landscape of Chicago on Saturday, October 17, at 10am live on Zoom and Facebook. Kermit Eby is completing his PhD in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Eby is a former history teacher at Naperville North and currently teaches methods of courses and supervises student teachers at several local universities. To view author Kermit Eby's talk on the changes in education across Chicago over the past century, visit bit.ly/kermiteby.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park is a Lisle Park District facility and operates as a joint effort between the Lisle Park District, the Village of Lisle, and the Lisle Heritage Society. Conveniently located at 921 School Street in Lisle within walking distance of the Lisle Metra Station, making it easily accessible from anywhere on the BNSF railroad line. While the museum's doors are shut, you can wander the grounds and take a walking tour using a connected device at bit.ly/lislemuseumvirtualtour or explore more than 160 artifacts and exhibits through a virtual experience of each building at bit.ly/lislemuseumvirtualtour.

Operations and staffing at The Museums at Lisle Station Park are temporarily suspended due to circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to preserve fund balances and limit the park district's overall tax levy for the 2021 fiscal year, expenditures have been reduced to necessary building maintenance and content preservation only. Virtual exhibits, tours, and other resources are available on the museum's website at LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark while on-site access to the buildings is not available. Text LISLEMUSEUM to 22828 to receive The Museums at Lisle Station Park's newsletter and discover opportunities to explore Lisle's dynamic history and culture no matter where you are around the world!

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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Halloween Hoopla Still on at Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 25, 2020

Halloween Hoopla Still on at Lisle Park District


Monster Madness Photo: Monster Madness is one of our Halloween-themed events this October

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District has a festive line up of fall and Halloween themed excitement, adapted to fit state COVID regulations to ensure safety and fun is had by all.

SFeeling creative? Enter our new Pumpkin Carving Contest! Kids and adults are invited to share their carving skills for a chance to win prizes. Carve your pumpkin anytime between October 1-25, and send a photo of your pumpkin, and one with you and your pumpkin to Erica at ewise@lisleparkdistrict.org. Our panel of experts will judge the photos, and winners will be chosen for 5 different ages groups and announced on November 6. $10 per entry – register now and send your photos by October 30.

On Saturday, October 3, the big screen will go up in Community Park at Van Kampen Stage (1800 Short St.) for our annual Creature Double Feature. This family event will start with Beetlejuice (1988, PG) at 7pm, followed by Ghostbusters (1984, PG) at 8:30pm. Families can register to reserve a $10, 10X10 square on the hill, with each square holding 6 people. Registration is required and spot are limited, you may only register for a max of 2 spots. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy these classic Halloween favorites on the big screen on the museum lawn.

Saturday, October 10, Lisle Park District and Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation will host the 16th annual nighttime 5K run/walk, The Scarecrow Scramble, in Community Park (1800 Short St., Lisle). The event will follow state regulated social distancing guidelines, including splitting the race into time slots, with runners spaced 30 minutes apart. There is also a virtual race options for those wishing to run in their own neighborhood. Registration ends on October 7, head to scarecrowscramble.com to learn more.

For more festive, family fun, stop by the Lisle Recreation Center (1925 Ohio St., Lisle) on Saturday, October 24 for Monster Madness. This autumn fair is perfect for ages 3-10, and will feature games, bingo, a caution tape maze, and more. Registration is required and families can register each child for a time slot (12-2pm, 2:30-4:30pm, or 5-7pm), as the number of children per time slot is limited. Don't forget to wear your Halloween costume! Registration is $15 per child, and all those attending are asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing. Register by October 17.

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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Scarecrow Scramble 5K Adapts to 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 18, 2020

Scarecrow Scramble 5K Adapts to 2020


Scarecrow Scramble 5K Photo: The annual 5K race with be held both in-person, and virtually this year

Lisle, IL – While it may look different this year, Lisle Park District and Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation are happy to host the 16th Annual Scarecrow Scramble, in Community Park next month.

Saturday, October 10, Community Park (1800 Short St., Lisle) will provide the backdrop for the run/walk, beginning with the youth run at 5:30pm. To ensure social distance is followed, each run will be split into various time slots, with at least 5 minutes between each group. Participants are to arrive just before their race time, to limit the number of people in the area at a time. Waves for the 5K will begin at 6pm.

Our goal is to give the runners and walkers participating in our event a competitive racing experience in compliance with CDC, state and local guidelines. There is also the option to sign up for the Virtual 5K and run the Scarecrow Scramble in your own neighborhood. Share your photos from your virtual 5K with us on social media!

For those choosing to join the race in-person, please read through our detailed race guidelines and procedures to better understand how the race will look this year. Like every other year, costumes are highly encouraged!

Registration for the Youth Run and 5K Run/Walk, both in-person and virtual, is open through October 7, 2020. Those interested can register online at scarecrowscramble.com. Packet pick-up will only be available on Friday, October 9 from 11am-1pm and 3-6pm at the Recreation Center (1925 Ohio St.). Virtual participants the option to have their bag shipped for an additional cost. Just check the shipping box at checkout. Participants will receive a 2020 quarter-zip pullover race shirt, official chip timed bib (in-person only), and post-race snacks (in-person only).

Funds raised through The Scarecrow Scramble will go to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation to provide recreation scholarships to low-income families who do not have means to participate in recreation activities, and the Lisle Teens with Character Program. If you would like to help sponsor the event, email mljayne@lisleparkdistrict.org.

The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation's purpose is to raise money through corporate and private contributions and in-kind donations. These funds are used for enriching the quality of life in the greater Lisle community by offering scholarships for families who otherwise could not afford to participate in recreation programs; contributing to the beautification of parks and protection of natural resources; supporting and enhancing community programs and promoting recreational opportunities. Help the foundation accomplish its goals, mission and vision by serving on a committee or volunteering at a special event, or make a tax-deductible contribution through a donation to make the greater Lisle community a better place to live, work and play. Learn more by visiting lislepartnersforparks.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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All-Inclusive Discovery Playground Officially Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 31, 2020

All-Inclusive Discovery Playground Officially Open


Discovery Playground Photo: The Helderle and Zmaczynski families, both pivotal to the project, cut the ribbon in front of Discovery Playground on August 29, officially opening the space to the public

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District, in partnership with Unlimited Play Playgrounds, is excited to announce the opening of the community's first, universally accessible playground, aptly named “Discovery Playground,” located in Community Park (1825 Short St., Lisle).

With the help of the nonprofit, Unlimited Play, a generous donation from Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, and overwhelming support from local businesses and residents alike, the project broke ground late summer, 2019. While there were some speedbumps along the way, the community came together to make the vision of an inclusive playground possible. Thanks to the tireless efforts and impressive skill of Lisle Park District Parks and Playground Specialists, the playground was constructed and officially opened to the public at a ribbon cutting on Saturday, August 29.

As mentioned during the small ceremony by Lisle Park District Director, Dan Garvy, none of this would have been possible without the support of local organizations, in addition to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, like SEASPAR, The Main Street Organization of Realtors, as well as great support from the Lisle community and beyond. The park district is proud to provide an inclusive, safe play space for all ages and abilities, and could not be prouder of the work done by parks staff to make the mission a reality.

Director Garvy summed up the opportunity to bring this project to the community, particularly during this difficult time period, saying “Let Discovery Playground, Opportunities without Boundaries, serve as a testament to what a community can do together, and be a beacon of inspiration and hope moving forward.” Children and adults, with and without disabilities and/or critical illnesses, will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow, in a space specifically designed to remove physical and social barriers.

Unlimited Play is a nonprofit organization that works with communities to build universally inclusive playgrounds to promote health and wellness and change communities by providing freedom of play for all children. The organization helps plan, design, and build fully accessible playgrounds, allowing children – regardless of their abilities – to play together.

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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Scholarships Awarded to Impressive LHS Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 21, 2020

Scholarships Awarded to Impressive LHS Seniors


Bob K. Scholarship Winners Photo: Bich-Yen Pham (left) and April Clancy (right) were each awarded a $500 scholarship

Lisle, IL – On Thursday, August 20, at the regular monthly board meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, two Lisle Seniors were awarded the Robert Kuzmicki Education Scholarship provided to graduating seniors who reside in Lisle and funded by the Lisle Park District and the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation. The scholarship was created in memory of 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 also 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. The Lisle Park District received many qualified applications for the two $500 scholarships. Applicants were asked to explain the importance of community involvement and how it applies to their lives, the benefits of the park district, and how their work ethic will affect their future goals. The two students chosen by the scholarship committee have astonishing work ethics, are incredibly selfless, and truly understand the role a park district plays within the community.

The first of two scholarships was awarded to Bich-Yen Pham. Bich-Yen graduated from Lisle High School this past spring and is attending the University of Illinois this fall. LHS Mathematics Instructor Ronald Jaegle described Bich-Yen as “relentless in her work ethic and desire to succeed.” Motivated and inspired by a friend's late father to pursue her interest in science, Bich-Yen will be studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and plans on a career in chemistry. In her free time, Bich-Yen likes to read novels, draw, and spend time with friends. Bich-Yen is an excellent representation of Lisle, with a great rapport among teachers, staff, and students at Lisle High School. Her dedication and hard work will help her be just as successful at U of I as she was at LHS.

April Clancy received the second scholarship, and also graduated from Lisle High School in the spring. April will be attending Lewis University this fall. Her softball coach of 8 years, Craig Martin, noted her leadership and commitment; “April consistently encouraged her teammates to move past [errors] and refocus…her maturity and leadership helped the team move past it and stay in the game.” Despite losing her father to cholangiocarcinoma during her junior year of high school, the experience of spending time around the caring nurses at the hospital inspired April to pursue a life of helping others, leading to her interest in nursing, which she will be studying at Lewis. Outside of her studies, April enjoys painting, baking, cooking, and spending time with family. April, too, is an excellent representation of Lisle, with a big heart that has been noticed by many at LHS and beyond. Her resilience and determination will allow her to succeed in the nursing program at Lewis, as well as in her future endeavors.

The Lisle Park District, the Board of Park Commissioners, and Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, wish both Bich-Yen and April the best in their futures. The application for next year's Robert Kuzmicki Education Scholarship is available online by visiting www.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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Lisle Park District Seasonal Brochure Goes Digital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 31, 2020

Lisle Park District Seasonal Brochure Goes Digital


Lisle Park District Autumn Brochure Photo: The Autumn 2020 Brochure will be available online August 1

Lisle, IL – With the uncertainty brought about by the current pandemic, Lisle Park District will be publishing their Autumn 2020 program guide online only.

We are working hard to offer services that best reflect the most current safety and government mandates. Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID crisis and the need to provide accurate information to our community, our seasonal program guide will only be available online for Autumn. This way, we can keep you informed and reduce the potential for any outdated, changing information.

Unlike our typical routine, printed copies will not be mailed to Lisle Park District residents. To see all our fall programming beginning August 1st, residents can visit lisleparkdistrict.org/registration. Resident registration begins August 3, and nonresidents can begin registering on August 17. We will be updating the guide whenever changes occur. You can register on our website, or by calling 630-964-3410. We appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time.

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 brings exhibits and other masterpieces online on Google Arts & Culture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 30, 2020

The Museums at Lisle Station Park brings exhibits and other masterpieces online on Google Arts & Culture


Google Arts and Culture Photo: The new, virtual museum experience offers interactive walkthroughs of buildings and exhibits

Lisle, IL – Starting today, July 30, over 160 artifacts from The Museums at Lisle Station Park can be viewed online by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google Arts & Culture and the museum. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, users will be able to see walkthroughs of each building, the complete Philips Collection, and many other treasures of the museum in just a few clicks at Google Arts & Culture.

Virtual tour with Street View

Using the Street View feature, people can move around the Museums at Lisle Station Park virtually, selecting works that interest them and clicking to discover more or diving into the high resolution images, where available.

A specially designed Street View ‘trolley' took 360 degree images of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over a dozen rooms within the Museum, including the second floor of the Netzley-Yender house, the inside of the Waycar, and more.

Digital exhibits

Specially curated virtual exhibits have been developed for online visitors who can discover six interactive exhibits, curated by experts at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. The digital exhibitions tell the story of Lisle's history, through the Beaubien Tavern, Lisle Depot, The Barn, and other buildings on the museum campus.

Some of the highlights of the online exhibition include:



About The Museums at Lisle Station Park The Museums at Lisle Station Park provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the heritage and culture of 19th century Northern Illinois. Settled in 1832, the life of this agricultural community soon revolved around the railroad depot and the area became known as Lisle Station. A cooperative effort of the Lisle Park District, Lisle Heritage Society, and the Village of Lisle, the Museum campus was created in 1978 to provide a home for the community's historic train depot. This partnership remains committed to the preservation of Lisle's rich heritage with the continuing development of the historical buildings and through exhibits and special programming. The roots and early culture of Lisle are still alive at The Museums at Lisle Station Park.

About Google Arts & Culture Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. If Google's mission is to make the world's information more accessible, then Arts & Culture's mission is to make the world's culture accessible to anyone, anywhere. It's your doorway to explore art, history, and wonders of the world. Discover stories about cultural heritage ranging from Van Gogh's bedroom paintings, Puerto Rico's heritage, Sports in Australia or the women's rights movement to ancient Maya temples, Japanese Food and Indian Railways.

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Unplug from Electronics, Plug into Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 8, 2020

Unplug from Electronics, Plug into Parks


Unplug Illinois Photo: Unplug Illinois takes place on Saturday, July 11

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District is excited to join parks and recreation agencies across the state for Unplug Illinois, to raise visibility and awareness of the environmental sustainability, wellness and economic impact parks and recreation agencies have on the communities they serve.

On Saturday, July 11, we're encouraging residents to take a break from their phones, computers, and other technology and ‘plug into' the opportunities parks provide. The goal is to help communicate the value of parks in providing healthier, sustainable communities, and the benefits of play for all. Due to COVID-19, we encourage all unplugging to be done safely, following state guidelines, and wearing masks when space doesn't allow for social distancing.

According to a study done by Common Sense Media, teens in the United States average over seven hours of screen time per day. The Department of Health and Human Services noted in 2017, that only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. By putting down phones and plugging into activity, creativity, nature, and play, even for just 30 minutes, blood pressure can improve, stress and anxiety can be reduced, and brain function can be improved.

Turn off the electronic devices with us and plug into fun! Stop by one of our 43 parks and enjoy walking paths, playgrounds, and more. To learn more about Unplug Illinois, visit unplugillinois.org. To find a Lisle Park District park near you, 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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Outdoor Summer Camp Fun is Back

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2020

Outdoor Summer Camp Fun is Back


Camp Summer Quest Paint Photo: Camp Summer Quest gets creative with a painting class from Pinot's Palette

Lisle, IL – While social distancing is still the norm, both kid and teen camps at Lisle Park District have stepped up to the challenge and adapted their programs so the fun can continue.

While in Phase Three, both Camp Summer Quest (grades 1-6) and No Name Teen Camp (grades 6-9) were able to adjust their schedules and plans to follow state social distancing guidelines. Though Sea Lion Aquatic park remains closed for the season, and field trips were not an option, camp directors worked out new plans to bring activities and fun to the campers at Lisle Community Park. Bringing entertainment to the campers, playing fun social-distanced games, and plenty of crafts and games are some of the ways directors are making sure campers get the most of out their days with us.

Camp Summer Quest has designed a weekly schedule with a variety of activities to keep campers engaged. Movin' Mondays feature music-themed fun to keep the kids moving; Talent Tuesday allows campers to share talents and explore new ones; Water Wednesday is filled with water-based games to keep kids cool; Kids Choice Thursday is a camper favorite which features science experiments, in-depth crafts, food fun, and more; Freak Fridays will feature different theme days. No Name Teen Camp is full of healthy, active outdoor activities, wet ‘n wild games, and of course, hanging out with other teens.

Changes in procedure for regular camp days have been made to make sure all campers, parents, and staff stay safe from drop off to pick up. Staff and campers will be required to wear masks at drop off time, and all sign in and sign outs will be done at the car, with a staff member. Campers will be required to wash their hands at arrival of camp before heading to their home base with their groups. Counselors are doing their best to make sure social distance is maintained throughout the days each week, as keeping campers safe remains a top priority for both Camp Summer Quest and No Name Teen Camp.

Both youth and teen camps currently have openings and are taking campers weekly now through August 14, with plenty of excitement planned to keep everyone entertained. Make the most of the summer and register your camper today! Learn more and register at lisleparkdistrict.org/summercamps. Any questions about Camp Summer Quest can be directed to Athletic and Youth Camp Manager, Erica, at ewise@lisleparkdistrict.org, and questions about No Name Teen Camp can be directed to Recreation and Fitness Manager Mary Liz at mljayne@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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Outdoor Recreation to Keep You Active

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 11, 2020

Outdoor Recreation to Keep You Active


Community Park Fitness Outdoor Classes Photo: Community Park Fitness is offering a number of outdoor fitness classes this month

Lisle, IL – As the state moves into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, Lisle Park District has adapted a variety of recreational programs, camps, and fitness classes for safe, healthy participation.

While many programs and events had to be canceled due to the pandemic, we've been working hard to create flexible, in-person and virtual opportunities for the community to enjoy. The Senior Center has transitioned a number of their programs to virtual, including “Staying Safe During the Pandemic” and a “Hooray For Hollywood” series, as well as activities like a garden stone painting kit and Senior Center 252 piece puzzle. Though currently closed, all their current offerings, activities, and available services are listed in the virtual Beyond Bingo catalog at lisleparkdistrict.org/seniorcenter.

Early Childhood Camps have also made the switch to virtual. With 4-week sessions in June and July, preschoolers can stay busy all summer with fun games, art and cooking activities, science and STEM experiences, and virtual adventures. Zoom meet-ups with teacher Mrs. Jehs will also be held throughout the program. Participants will be supplied with a kit including all of the science and craft materials needed at the beginning of the session, with very few printable activities. For details on the virtual camps and to register, go to lisleparkdistrict.org/virtualclasses.

For ages 7-12, our Recreation staff has created CORE; Contact-less Outdoor Recreation & Exercise. This fun program provides a blend of active recreation that closely follows all social distancing and safety guidelines. All programs are designed to provide a safe environment for physical and mental wellness, like Nature Adventures, Sports with a Kick, Energy Burn, and Running Wild. Classes begin June 16. To learn more about our CORE classes and to register, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/core.

In addition to the virtual and in-person classes through the Recreation Center, Community Park Fitness (1825 Short St.) is able to hold some outdoor fitness classes, limited to 10 participants. With the closure of Sea Lion Aquatic Park this summer, fitness classes will take advantage of the enclosed, outdoor space and hold classes on the pool deck. The classes being offered include yoga, cycle mix, cardio and strength interval training, and more. Some will also still be available virtually via Zoom for those who are uncomfortable or unable to attend in-person. For more information and to register, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/cpf.

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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Get Back on the Green at River Bend Golf Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 29, 2020

Get Back on the Green at River Bend Golf Club


River Bend Golf Club Open Photo: River Bend Golf Club is now open and following the state's social distancing guidelines

Lisle, IL – Under the strict guidelines from the State of Illinois, River Bend Golf Club is officially open for the season, and as the state moves into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, game play will change again.

After the COVID-19 safety guidelines pushed back River Bend Golf Club's (5900 S. Rt. 53, Lisle) typical opening date and cancelled their Spring Opener, new guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity permits golf while ensuring social distancing is followed.

Currently open daily, the 9-hole golf course is taking reservations online and by phone. As of May, 29, players grouped in foursomes or less are able to make reservations for play, with a limited number of golf carts available (which will be cleaned regularly) on a first come first serve basis. Beginning June 1, tee times will be spaced to 10 minutes apart. Restrictions are being followed, including golfers brining their own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, and any other equipment necessary; golfers should pick up their own ball and handle their own scorecard; leave the flag in place while putting, among others. All restrictions can be seen online at riverbendgolfclub.org.

Following the opening, River Bend received a glowing review, noting the new safety guidelines, “Staff was helpful in answering our questions [regarding] wearing masks, carrying bags, etc. The holes were filled with foam so no contact with the golf hole after putting.” The course is also happy to report that customers are respectful of the new rules, noted in the review, “notices that most of the golfers were abiding by ‘social distancing' rules and plenty of notices posted throughout the golf course.”

For more information, questions or to schedule your tee time, visit riverbendgolfclub.org or call (630) 968-1920 opt. 1. The course is open 6am-6pm (6am-6:30pm beginning June 1) daily. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your tee time and follow the player guidelines listed on our website.

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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State of the Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 22, 2020

State of the Lisle Park District


Lisle Community Park Photo: Lisle Community Park

Lisle, IL – We hope this message finds you safe, healthy, and eager to get outside this upcoming summer season. While programs have slowed over the past few months due to the impact of COVID-19, the Lisle Park District continues to connect with and serve our residents in a variety of ways. We are proud of the adaptive strategies we've developed and implemented during such unprecedented times. As we continue to rapidly strengthen and streamline our services to meet the evolving needs of our community and industry, we are optimistically planning for certain operations to safely resume in the near future.

From the start of the pandemic, the safety of our patrons and staff has been at the forefront of all decisions. The District has followed the State of Illinois Executive Orders and recommendations provided by Federal, State and local agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Additionally, the Restore Illinois plan issued on May 6 by Governor Pritzker's office provides guidelines for how to reopen the state in the coming weeks and months.

As restrictions are modified and we transition into Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, we are prepared to offer an assortment of programs and services that reflect the necessary safety precautions, while also providing a meaningful experience for all participants. Be sure to check out the most updated list of virtual and in-person offerings on our website by clicking here.

As we near the start of summer, program details may be modified based upon evolving government mandates. Our commitment to safety and customer service remains paramount during this time and we will communicate updates directly to program participants as needed. Additionally, please check our website and social media — Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter – for the most updated information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped reinforce the important role parks and recreation has in a well-balanced lifestyle. This moment in time has also caused the need to further evaluate and adapt our services to align with Executive Orders, government guidelines and risk management best practices. Unfortunately, however, it has also presented some truly challenging obstacles.

As stated above, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Executive Order and Restore Illinois plan, the majority of Lisle Park District services have been interrupted. With close to 40% of the District's budgeted revenue coming from programs, facility memberships and events, we are projecting a loss in budgeted revenue of $3.2 million by year's end. As a result, we have furloughed 90 part time employees and 9 full time employees, frozen all vacant full-time positions, and deferred a number of capital projects. At the Board of Park Commissioners meeting held on May 21, the Park Board made the difficult decision to close and/or suspend operations at certain park district facilities and to defer a long-awaited capital project.

First and foremost, Sea Lion Aquatic Park will not open this season. As the District's flagship facility, this is truly a low point in the Lisle Park District's history. We are saddened by the events that led to this decision, but again, the safety of our patrons and employees is of the utmost concern. Given the standing Executive Order and Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, we see no responsible way to open the facility while keeping our patrons and staff safely in compliance with standing restrictions, including gathering limits and social distancing, as well as sanitization of the facility according to the CDC's recommended guidelines. Everyone who purchased a season pass will be able to lock in 2020 pricing and carry the pass over to use during the 2021 season. More information on pool pass options will be sent to all current 2020 pass holders by May 31.

Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap will suspend operations effective June 1, 2020. Citing the current restrictions on gathering limits and social distancing, we simply cannot generate enough revenue to sustain operations. Even though outdoor seating will soon be permissible, we need to operate at full capacity in order to cover our costs and debt obligation on the facility. Furthermore, any revenue shortfall has traditionally been covered by the strength of our many recreation programs and facilities. With those revenue streams slowed to a trickle, that safety net no longer exists. Wheatstack will remain open through the end of May so please continue to take advantage of our curbside pickup services.

Operations at The Museums at Lisle Station Park will also be suspended effective June 1, 2020. In order to preserve fund balances and limit the District's overall tax levy for the 2021 Fiscal Year, we will be reducing expenditures to only necessary building maintenance and content preservation. Virtual exhibits and tours will still be available on our website, but there will be no on-site access to the buildings until further notice.

The Community Park Boat Launch project was deferred until further notice. Like so many other situations, this is not an easy choice to make given this project has been a long-term endeavor. Even though we have alternative funding in the amount of $95,000 through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, it still requires the District to fund 100% of the $142,500 up front. Assuming the State of Illinois will honor the current grant agreement and provide reimbursement, it still requires the Lisle Park District to expend $47,500. Considering the District's funding source for these types of projects still requires the assessment of taxes to our residents, we believe it is best to retain this funding to maintain current District assets, like parking lots, pathways, playgrounds, bridges, tennis and basketball courts, Sea Lion Aquatic Park, and other existing facilities. By reserving these expenditures to existing infrastructure, we can limit any future tax levies and/or bond issues to these sorts of projects and stretch the existing Capital Fund balance as far as possible. While the project has been deferred, it has not been permanently tabled. We will continue to monitor the District's financial position and will revisit the project if and when we feel it is responsible to do so.

These are truly painful decisions as it is at the Lisle Park District's core to provide as many opportunities to the community as we can muster. However during these times when so much of our non-tax revenue has been cut off, we must make these moves in order to preserve and maintain existing parks and facilities, control the depletion of fund balances, limit future tax levies, and assure that when the current restrictions are softened and eventually lifted, we're able to resume as many of the services as our finances will allow.

Regarding community events, due to gathering limits and social distancing restrictions, all events through the end of June have been cancelled, including the Fishing Derby, Totally Tuesdays and Movies in the Park. Outdoor and indoor facility rentals will not be available through the month of June, either.

On a more positive note, registration is underway for all active summer programming. As we transition to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, our focus will be on offerings that best meet community needs, including day camps, fitness, outdoor recreation and the use of the parks, all while adhering to social distancing requirements and gathering limits. This includes a variety of in-person programs like Camp Summer Quest, No Name Teen Camp, and our new series of contact-less outdoor recreation and exercise programs (CORE).

Parks and trails will remain open for walking, jogging, and biking under the current social distancing guidelines and gathering limits. However, at the current time, playgrounds and the skate park remain closed and athletic field use for groups in excess of ten are not permitted. We will continue to monitor Governor Pritzker's public addresses and changes to the standing Executive Order and Restore Illinois plan and will make any and all amenities available as soon as we are allowed to do so.

In closing, while it pains all of us deeply to forego our collective passion for providing endless recreational opportunities, we remain optimistic and encouraged that even given the current limitations, we can all still enjoy the beautiful parks, interactive programs (limited as they may be), and the true sense of community that makes the Lisle Park District a great place in which to live, work and play. We remain hopeful for the future and committed to our community in a deeper way than ever before. Thank you for your trust and support.

Be well and stay active,

The Lisle Park District

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Stay Connected and Active with enLIVEn Lisle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2020

Stay Connected and Active with enLIVEn Lisle


enLIVEn Lisle Photo: enLIVEn Lisle keeps the community connected while facilities are closed

Lisle, IL – Although Lisle Park District facilities are currently closed in accordance with the state's stay-at-home order, we're doing our best to keep the community engaged and entertained – virtually.

Even with cancelled events and programs, Lisle Park District remains committed to keeping residents engaged and connected, even if that has to be done virtually. In March, the park district launched a new, completely virtual campaign, “enLIVEn Lisle,” to continue to provide content, activity ideas, and a virtual space for community members to “gather” and interact. EnLIVEn Lisle consists of regular social media posts with suggestions on ways to stay busy, for both adults and children.

Since March, enLIVEn Lisle activities have included a community Spirit Week – a week with new themes daily, encouraging residents to participate along with the park district and submit their photos. This week also included regular story times, posted on social media pages. Most recently, we “hosted” a Virtual Pet Show, asking followers to submit photos of their pets based on daily categories. Regular content aimed at keeping spirits high, having fun, and families connecting will continue through the shelter-in-place order. To see past story times, how-to videos, and other content shared for enLIVEn Lisle, visit our website at lisleparkdistrict.org/enliven-lisle.

The park district continues to provide a variety of virtual programing, including fitness classes, e-sports, early childhood, arts, and theatre. For a full list of current programs, please visit lisleparkdistrict.org/virtualclasses. All updates concerning COVID-19 closures and cancellations can also be found on our website.

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 Offering Virtual Classes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 17, 2020

Lisle Park District Offering Virtual Classes


Lisle Park District Vitural Classes Photo: Preschool Coordinator Jill Jehs will be instructing students virtually this month.

Lisle, IL – Despite Lisle Park District facilities being closed in accordance with the state guidelines to suppressing COVID-19, both the preschool and fitness center are making sure their patrons get the most out of their shelter-in-place orders.

Gentle Learning Preschool (1925 Ohio St., Lisle) started a remote learning program on April 6, with the intention of keeping preschoolers on track during the facility closure. At-home instruction and content has been created, continuing to build on the skills and units preschoolers have been working on during the last several months of classroom instruction.

The remote curriculum is a fun blend of formats, including phonics, literacy, math, art, songs, science, and other engaging activities. Each week, registrants receive a packet of materials necessary for the week's unit of learning, including instructions, materials list, links to related read-a-loud books, printable pages, and more. Students also participate in at least two live group video lessons each week with Gentle Learning Preschool Coordinator, Mrs. Jehs. To learn more about the program and to register online, visit gentlelearningpreschool.org.

In addition to the virtual preschool classroom, Community Park Fitness (1825 Short St., Lisle) has also opened their virtual doors. Typically, the park district and Community Park Fitness offer a variety of GroupX fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, senior fitness, and more. While currently closed, participants of some of these classes are invited to register to continue their workout routine at-home, with virtual instruction. Class instructors will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct workouts with their students from their homes. To get the full list of classes and schedule, and to register online, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/cpf.

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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All-Abilities Playground Progress Continues with Support From Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 27, 2020

All-Abilities Playground Progress Continues with Support From Community


Discovery Playground Photo: Lisle Park District parks employees work on Discovery Playground, with a machine provided by West Side Tractor Sales Co.

Lisle, IL – As the winter progresses, the work on Lisle Park District's first, all-inclusive playground continues thanks to the generosity of the community.

The park district broke ground on the fully accessible Discovery Playground in September of 2019. With generous donations from The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, local businesses, and individual community members, along with the impact fees from the Marquette development in Downtown Lisle, funds raised to cover cost of construction and equipment, have almost met the goal of $550,000.

Despite the unpredictable winter weather, construction at the site in Community Park (1825 Short St., Lisle) has been moving forward, with poured concrete and main structure beams in place. Parks staff has been able to continue working on the construction in part thanks to an in-kind donation of equipment necessary for playground installation from West Side Tractor Sales Co., a local company that will soon be moving into their new flagship headquarters on Ogden Avenue in Lisle.

In addition, with the help of playground partners Unlimited Play, the park district has also received a grant from The Home Depot Foundation. Thanks to the grant, Team Depot will be installing the aluminum fencing around the perimeter of the playground early this spring

Completing this project would not be possible without the great businesses, foundations, and individuals that have contributed to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation's Discovery Playground Fundraiser. Thanks to Arboretum Wealth and Trust Management, Duke Energy, Lisle Community Service Corporation, Rotary Club of Lisle, Bank Financial, DuPage Medical Group, Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival, Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, Signature Design Group, Inc., Dover Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Lisle, Lisle Lions Club, PiperJaffray, and more. The full list of donor, including individuals and families, along with more information about the project, can be found online at lisleparkdistrict.org/discoveryplayground.

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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Shake Up Your Fitness Routine with New Training Studio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 18, 2020

Shake Up Your Fitness Routine with New Training Studio


Community Park Fitness Training Studio Photo: The new Functional Training Studio in the Community Center will be open February 24

Lisle, IL – Community Park Fitness is opening a brand new space for members to spread out and change up their usual fitness routine.

Located in the Community Center (1825 Short St., Lisle), just down the hall from the Community Park Fitness floor, the new Functional Training Studio will offer space for a variety of different exercises, not necessarily available to members in the traditional fitness center space. The room includes battle ropes, Bosus, parallette bars, TRX suspension trainers, free weights, kettle bells, medicine balls, and a variety of resistance bands.

With a great view of Community Park and easy outdoor access to enjoy exercising outside, the space is an opportunity for the fitness center to expand, without any major disruption to fitness center members. “The Functional Training Studio was developed to give our members more space without a large financial investment,” Mary Liz Jayne, Recreation and Fitness Manager, explains. “The Studio will allow members to do more free weight and functional training exercises, as well as have a dedicated area to stretch that's not on the fitness floor. The staff at Community Park Fitness is thrilled to open this space.” Use of the new room will be included in CPF member rates and is anticipated to open on February 24.

Members of CPF enjoy a friendly, motivating atmosphere with a full line of selectorized strength equipment, cardiovascular equipment, and free weights, as well as member appreciation days and quarterly fitness challenges, like March Mania, which will run March 1 through April 6 and challenge members to visit at least 25 times during the allotted time period. Specials on memberships also take place throughout the year, such as Spring Break Shape Up, a promotion available to current students age 16-24 to purchase a 10-day membership for just $10, between March 6 and March 31. Anyone interested in joining Community Park Fitness can visit the fitness desk to learn more about membership options and see the new training space, call 630-353-4318 to speak with fitness center staff, or go to their website at lisleparkdistrict.org/cpf to see all available memberships.

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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Build, Laugh, and Learn This Winter with Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2020

Build, Laugh, and Learn This Winter with Lisle Park District


Lisle Park District Winter Events Photo: 2019 Snowman Building Contest Snow Sculpture Winners, Sheri and Kennedi Young

Lisle, IL – Don't let the winter blues catch up to you this season – take advantage of Lisle Park District's winter programs and activities!

The contest is on! Instead of hunkering down inside the next time it snows, get outside and get building! Share photos of your best snowman or snow sculpture by sending a picture of you and your creation, along with your phone number and address, to Laura at lcavazos@lisleparkdistrict.org Submissions will be separated into two categories: ‘Classic Snowman' and ‘Snow Sculpture,' so get creative! This contest is open to Lisle Park District residents of all ages; winner will receive a plaque with your snowman photo.

The talented actors from Lisle Park District's Theatre and Arts program are back with another dinner and show! This year, enjoy the comedic story of “The Curious Savage,” by John Patrick. An elderly widow has been left with millions, and intends to give the fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object, committing her to a sanatorium where she finds true family. The fun takes place Saturday, February 8 at the Lisle Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. The night will begin with a cocktail hour at 6pm followed by dinner and the show at 7pm. Registration is open through January 31 by calling 630-964-3410 or visiting lisleparkdistrict.org. The resident/nonresident fee is $45/$60 and includes the show and dinner. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

On Saturdays in February, The Museums at Lisle Station Park at 921 School Street in Lisle welcome all ages to attend the Chicago Author Series – free, thought-provoking discussions about Chicago's regional history with local authors and those who write about it. Authors from around Chicagoland will address their books in a fun, informal fashion beginning at 1pm. February 1 will feature Dan Helpingstine, author of The 1919 Black Sox Scandal, a historical look at the scandal that almost brought down major league baseball. On February 8, John R. Schmidt will discuss his book Hidden Chicago Landmarks, which tells the stories behind places that aren't on the usual Chicagoland tour. Austin Weber will present his book, Made in Chicago, on February 15. His book traces the origins of manufacturing in 19th century Chicago. Chicago's Lollapalooza Days: 1893-1934, by Jim Edwards, will be the topic of discussion on February 22. The series ends with Joseph A. Rulli, and a discussion on Chicago Socialism: The People's History on February 29.

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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Photography Contest Winners Annouced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 28, 2020

Photography Contest Winners Announced


Lisle Photography Contest Photo: (From right to left) 2nd place winner Danielle Milostan, Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners President Don Cook, 3rd Place winner Daniel Helderle, 1st place winner Alex Gregoriev

Lisle, IL – On Thursday, January 16 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the winners of the 2019 ‘Capture Lisle Parks and Recreation Photography Contest' were announced, including awards for first place, second place, third place, and fourth place. Participants were asked to submit photographs taken at any park district parks, facilities, events, and programs in 2019.

The highest award for first place was presented to 15 year-old Alex Gregoriev, for his original photograph, “Freedom,” taken in Lisle Community Park. Alex's photo is now on display at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street. The honor for second place was awarded to Danielle Milostan, for her fun “Lord of the Mud” photograph, taken during Down and Dirty day in Lisle Community Park. Daniel Helderle, who captured the excitement of a scored “Goal!” in Lisle Community Park, was the third place winner. Last but not least, fourth place was given to Elizabeth Wade, and her beautiful shot in Lisle Community Park titled, “A Delicate World.” All four photographs can be seen in the 2020 Lisle Park District Winter/Spring brochure and on the Lisle Park District website at lisleparkdistrict.org/photographycontest.

Whether you are an amateur or life-long photographer, be inspired by your surroundings in the Greater Lisle community! As you enjoy Lisle's parks, facilities, recreation programs and events, be sure to capture these moments on your camera and enter the Lisle Park District's annual photo contest now through October 2020. 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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