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Contact: Anna Labedz, Communications Specialist
Address: 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle , IL 60532
Phone: 630-353-4355
Email: alabedz@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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Make an Impact in Your Community with Adopt-a-Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 23, 2019

Make an Impact in Your Community with Adopt-a-Park


Lisle Adopt-a-park Photo: The Park District's new, Adopt-a-Park Program is perfect for groups or individuals

Lisle, IL – Show pride in your community, spend time outdoors, and assist the Lisle Park District in keeping our 40 parks clean and litter free!

Whether you’ve resolved to volunteer more in 2020, or just enjoy helping the Lisle Community, our new Adopt-A-Park Program is a great way to give back and make a difference. The program invites and trains residents and business community members who wish to assist in the general care and maintenance of parks and park amenities, by selecting a specific location to care for. It’s open to individuals, businesses, schools, youth groups, church groups, neighborhood associations, senior citizens, or any other community group wishing to participate. All participants should be over 18 unless accompanied by an adult supervisor.

Adopt-A-Park volunteers are encouraged to commit to one year of service, and scheduling at least six workdays per year. Park/program staff will provide a kit of tools and supplies to assist in completing your tasks. General tasks include picking up litter, removing weeds around the playgrounds, spreading and raking mulch, raking leaves, cleaning sand in playgrounds, general seasonal cleanup, sweeping pathways, and light graffiti removal. Some special request tasks may include, assisting with annual flowerbed planting at Sea Lion Aquatic Park and Connelly Park, painting, planting projects or removal, and major weed removal or pruning.

You can adopt an entire park, or a particular area within a park. Adoptable parks include: Beau Bien park, Candlewood Park, Community Park, Connelly Memorial Park, Kingston Park, The Museums at Lisle Station Park, Ramp Park, Sea Lion Aquatic Park, and Surrey Ridge Park. For more information on the program, contact Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Leone at 630-353-4304, or go to lisleparkdistrict.org/adopt-a-park.

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 a Head Start on Your Summer Job Search

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 20, 2019

Get a Head Start on Your Summer Job Search


Sea Lion Aquatic Park Jobs Photo: Lifeguard is one of many positions hiring for Summer 2020

Lisle, IL – Join Lisle Park District staff and supervisors to learn about seasonal positions available in 2020.

On Wednesday, January 8, park district staff will host a job fair at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, (1925 Ohio St., Lisle) highlighting various summer positions. From 4-6pm, attendees can meet with staff and supervisors to learn more about the opportunities the park district has to offer. Interested candidates can apply for jobs on-site, with laptops available to fill out applications online.

Job openings for the 2020 season include a variety of positions with Sea Lion Aquatic Park (1825 Short St., Lisle), including Lifeguards, as well as camp counselor positions with park district summer camp programs like No Name Teen Camp, opportunities with parks and grounds, facilities, and more.

The job fair is open to ages 14 and up, and no registration is necessary to attend. Can’t make it on January 8? This year, a second date has been added for Saturday, March 21 from 10am-12pm, also at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center. For more information or to see and apply for current open positions, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/jobs.

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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Holiday Festivities Abound This December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 27, 2019

Holiday Festivities Abound This December


Candy Cane Hunt Santa Photo: Visit with Santa during Candy Cane Hunt on December 7 at 10am

Lisle, IL – The Park District has a number of festive opportunities for all ages, to get into the holiday spirit this December!

Saturday, December 7, following the Santa Parade during Downtown Lisle’s Lights of Lisle celebration, Santa will stop at The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St., for free old fashioned fun with Mrs. Claus at Once Upon a Christmas. Festivities at the museum begin at 3pm and run through 8pm, including brick oven baking, blacksmith and wood working demonstrations, model railroad trains, children’s crafts, music, an ice carving demonstration, and more. The merry fun continues on Sunday, December 8, from 11am-4pm, with a special visit from Santa and his live reindeer from 11:30am-3:30pm. See the full event schedule at lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark.

Also on Saturday, December 7, join in the Candy Cane Hunt at 10am and stay for Cookies with Mrs. Claus at 11am! Bring a basket or sack for your goodies to the Lisle Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St., at 10am sharp to hunt for a variety of candy canes. Children 10 and under will hunt for candy canes by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park, and prizes will be awarded to those who find the special candy canes. Santa Claus is expected to stop by with more holiday treats. Save when you pre-register by December 6! Fee is $6 per resident and $9 per nonresident when you sign up by December 6. Registration is accepted on-site for $10 the day of the event.

Following the hunt from 11am-12:30pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., children ages 3-7 are invited to join Mrs. Claus and her elves for Christmas songs, story time with ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas, holiday-themed games, Christmas cookie decorating, and a holiday ornament creation to take home! Don’t forget your Christmas wish list for Mrs. Claus to deliver to Santa. Fee is $35 per resident and $50 per nonresident. Call 630-964-3410 now to pre-register for the Candy Cane Hunt and to register for Cookies with Mrs. Claus by November 30. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents to learn more about these festive events.

Spend quality time with your family while enjoying a delicious brunch this holiday season; make reservations for Wheatstack’s annual Brunch with Santa at 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle. On Sundays, December 8, 15, and 22, you can meet Santa and enjoy a cooked-to-order omelet, French toast and maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast potatoes, mini muffins, lemon chicken, pasta, fruit, house salad, vegetables, chocolate fountain, coffee, soda, and/or tea. Seating begins at 9:30am, but be sure to call 630-968-1920, option 2, to make reservations soon, as there are limited seats available. The cost is $24 per adult, $13 per child age 5-10, and kids 4 and under eat for free. New this year, Èlan Photography will be on-site to capture the spirit of the season and provide you with an instant memory to take home with 5X7 or 8X10 prints available at an additional cost. To learn more, visit wheatstacklisle.com/events.

If you need a little Christmas, head to Lisle High School (1800 Short St., Lisle), on Sunday, December 8 at 3pm for the park district’s adult choir holiday performance. Hear your favorite holiday carols; even sing along to a few beloved classics! Tickets for Take Note’s Holiday Choral Concert, Merry and Bright are available at the Lisle Recreation Center for $10 or at the door day-of (cash only).

No need to spend a late night waiting for the New Year to begin! Ring in 2020 with us on Saturday, December 28 for Itty Bitty New Year’s! Ages 2-6 and adults are welcome to join us for dancing, crafts, and a countdown to noon, complete with a balloon drop, snacks, and drinks. The celebration begins at 10am. Register you and your child by December 24; registration fee for resident/nonresident is $12/$18 per child.

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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Make a Local Impact This Giving Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 25, 2019

Make a Local Impact This Giving Tuesday


Inclusive Discovery Playground Photo: Discovery Playground is currently under construction in Community Park

Lisle, IL – Please consider making a donation to a local cause this Giving Tuesday, where your gift will directly impact the community!

The holiday season has officially arrived! After Thanksgiving and the days of deals with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, happening on December 3 this year, is the perfect time to channel the spirit of giving by donating to a nonprofit. Want to see your donation make an impact? Donate to the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation’s fundraiser for Community Park’s new, all-inclusive playground to be completed in spring 2020.

While construction is underway on Discovery Playground, donations are still needed to help defray the costs associated with the project. Every penny helps to cover the cost of the equipment and construction, and minimizes the use of tax payer dollars. This will be Lisle Park District’s first fully-accessible playground, allowing children and adults of all abilities to play, learn, and grow, in a safe, welcoming environment. On Giving Tuesday, the Foundation will be kicking off a holiday Facebook fundraiser to get closer to the goal of $550,000.

On December 3 only, Facebook will be matching donations to eligible 501c3 nonprofits, such as the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, on a first-come-first-serve basis. To take advantage of the opportunity to have donations matched, we need your help! The morning of Giving Tuesday, head to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation’s Facebook page and find the Discovery Playground Holiday Fundraiser and donate! Any amount is eligible for a donation match, and the more money raised early, the more likely it is for Facebook to match the total.

All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible, with no tax or processing fees. Through Facebook, 100% of your donation will go to the Discovery Playground project. If you’d like to do more to help, you can host a fundraiser yourself, sponsor a piece of equipment, or donate online or by check. Head to lisleparkdistrict.org/discoveryplayground for more information about the project.

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

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Honor Veterans at Annual Veterans Day Observance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 30, 2019

Honor Veterans at Annual Veterans Day Observance


Lisle Veterans Memorial Photo: Lisle Veterans Memorial, 921 School Street

Lisle, IL – Join the Lisle Park District, in collaboration with Lisle VFW – Post 5696, the Lisle Community Band, and Lisle Jr. High Small Ensemble, as we honor and observe Veterans Day on Sunday, November 10.

The Veterans Day Observance will be held at the Lisle Veterans Memorial located at 921 School Street on the grounds of The Museums at Lisle Station Park at 11am. The Lisle Community Band will play patriotic music to signify the start of the event, which will include ‘Posting of the Colors’ by the Color Guard, the National Anthem performed by the Lisle Community Band and sung by the Lisle Jr. High Small Ensemble, as well as a salute to each branch of service with a medley performed by the Lisle Community Band and remarks by various speakers and dignitaries. The Lisle Community Band will then perform ‘God Bless America,’ with singing led by the Jr. High Small Ensemble. For a full listing of the sequence of events, visit lisleparkdistrict.org. Free parking for the event is available at the train station commuter lots, and limited parking is available in front of the museum on Short Street.

The Lisle Veterans Memorial began as a grassroots effort by the Lisle Veterans Memorial Steering Committee to construct a monument honoring veterans and promoting civic pride. Over 300 memorial pathway bricks were purchased and installed at the site bearing the names of those who have served. In partnership with Lisle Park District, Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, and community members, construction of the memorial was completed and dedicated in the fall of 2016.

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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Explore Historic Buildings and Investigate Hauntings at Museum After Dark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 18, 2019

Explore Historic Buildings and Investigate Hauntings at Museum After Dark


Museum After Dark Paranormal Investigators Photo: Explore the museum grounds after sunset and learn about paranormal investigation at Museum After Dark

Lisle, IL – For a spooky night of Halloween happenings and a peek into the world of paranormal investigation, put on your best costume and head to The Museums at Lisle Station Park.

On Saturday, October 26, The Museums at Lisle Station Park (921 School St., Lisle) will host guests and local paranormal investigators for Museum After Dark. The festive fun begins at 5pm, with a social hour featuring board games from the museum collections, and light refreshments. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase (21+ only). Halloween costumes are highly encouraged.

After months of investigating the historic museum buildings and grounds, the local team, West Suburban Paranormal Investigators, will be back on-site for the night to provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of the methods and gear used by paranormal investigators. Their presentation will begin at 6pm, with time for a meet and greet at 7pm. Guests are also welcome to explore the museum grounds following the talk.

West Suburban Paranormal Investigators has been working with the museum since March of 2019. Over the last few years, they have investigated a number of different businesses and homes around DuPage county, as well as larger locations, like Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky. Their investigations around the museum have involved tours of each building, focusing on their unique architecture and history.

The event is recommended for ages 13+. Tickets for Friends of the Museum are $12, $15 for regular admission. Anyone wishing to attend should pre-register by October 23. Fee includes refreshments, non-alcoholic beverages, and one drink ticket for guests over 21. To register, go to lisleparkdistrict.org or call 630-964-3410.

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

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Plenty of Fun to 'Fall' for This Season at Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 24, 2019

Plenty of Fun to 'Fall' for This Season at Lisle Park District


Monster Madness at Lisle Park Distrct Photo: Monster Madness is one of many spooktacular events happening at Lisle Park District this October

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District has a festive line up of fall and Halloween themed fun for all ages this October, so put together your best costume and enjoy the season to the fullest!

On Saturday, October 5, start the day at The Museums at Lisle Station Park (921 School St., Lisle) for Kids Time: Paintin’ Pumpkins. Perfect for ages 3-10, the museum will provide materials for children to decorate pumpkins at this free, family event from 10:30-11:30am

Also on Saturday, October 5, adults will have an opportunity to get into the Halloween spirit, too, with the park district’s first ever, Adult Pumpkin Carving Contest, also held at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. Ages 21+ can show off their crafty side during pumpkin carving from 4-5:45pm, with winners announced at 6pm. $15 per adult, which includes materials for carving, pumpkin, snacks, and one alcoholic beverage. Participants must register by October 1, online at lisleparkdistrict.org, or call 630-964-3410.

After the contest, pumpkin carvers are encouraged to stick around the museum for our annual Creature Double Feature. This free, family event will start with Beetlejuice (1988, PG) at 7pm, followed by Ghostbusters (1984, PG) at 8:30pm. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy these classic Halloween favorites on the big screen on the museum lawn.

Saturday, October 12, Lisle Park District and Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation will host the 15th annual nighttime 5K run/walk, The Scarecrow Scramble, in Community Park (1800 Short St., Lisle). The event before and after the 5K race is free to attend from 4-9pm, and will include fall activities and games, a costume contest, and bonfire. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Participants in the Tot Dash, Youth Run, and 5K must register by October 9 at noon for pre-registration (best savings), or at Lisle High School from 4-6pm on race day. To register and see the schedule of events, head to scarecrowscramble.com.

For more festive, family fun, stop by the Lisle Recreation Center (1925 Ohio St., Lisle) on Saturday, October 19 from 4-7pm for Monster Madness. This autumn fair is perfect for ages 10 and under, and will feature pony rides, games, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and much more. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! The event is free to attend, but a punch card is necessary to participate in the various activities and games. Punch cards (25 punches) are $10 each.

For fans of the paranormal, The Museums at Lisle Station Park will host Museum After Dark on Saturday, October 26, from 5-8pm. Guests can enjoy a social hour from 5-6pm, with light refreshments (beer and wine available for purchase), board games from the museum’s collections, and craftworking demonstrations. At 6pm, West Suburban Paranormal Investigators will give a presentation, followed by a meet-and-greet and time to explore the museum grounds. The event is recommended for ages 13+. Tickets for Friends of the Museum are $12, $15 for regular admission pre-registered by 10/25, and $20 at the door (cash only). Fee includes refreshments, non-alcoholic beverages, and one drink ticket for guests over 21. To pre-register, go to lisleparkdistrict.org or call 630-964-3410.

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

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Run to Community Park for 15th Annual Scarecrow Scramble

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2019

Run to Community Park for 15th Annual Scarecrow Scramble


Scarecrow Scramble 5K Run Walk Photo: The Scarecrow Scramble 5K Run/Walk is set for October 12 this year

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District and Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation will host the 15th annual nighttime 5K run/walk, The Scarecrow Scramble, in Community Park next month.

Saturday, October 12, Community Park (1800 Short St., Lisle) will be bustling with fall activities from 4-9pm for The Scarecrow Scramble. In addition to the 5K race, stop by the park for games, face painting, hayrides, s’mores, a bonfire, and plenty more festive fun for the whole family. The event will also feature a costume contest, so guests of all ages are encouraged to show off their Halloween style, with judging taking place from 5-5:15pm.

After the costume contest, ages 2-4 registered for the Tot Dash will race across 50 yards on the Lisle High School Football Field at 5:30pm. Immediately following at 5:45pm, children registered for the Youth Run (ages 5-11) will take to the Community Park trails for a half mile race, leading up to the main 5K at 6:30pm. The USATF certified race will wind through the park lined with lummiaria for safety. Upon finishing the race, runners and walkers can enjoy pizza and refreshments while awards are announced from 7:30-8:30pm.

Pre-registration for the Tot Dash, Youth Run, and 5K Run/Walk is open through October 9, 2019 at noon. Those interested can register online at scarecrowscramble.com, in-person at the Lisle Recreation Center (1925 Ohio St., Lisle), or by mail. Packet pick-up will be held on Thursday, October 10 from 4-7pm at the Recreation Center. Race day registration will take place on October 12 at Lisle High School (1800 Short St., Lisle) from 4-6pm. Participants will receive a 2019 quarter-zip pullover race shirt, official chip timed bib, water, a ticket for one slice of pizza, and a ticket for one drink (beer only for participants 21+).

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. Volunteers are needed for the event; visit lislepartnersforparks.org to see what positions are needed and to sign-up.

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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Support for Lisle Park District's Organic Park Program Grows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 30, 2019

Support for Lisle Park District's Organic Park Program Grows


Lisle Organic Park Program Photo: Connelly Memorial Park is one of four parks in the pesticide-free program implemented by Lisle Park District

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District’s organic lawn project has officially begun, and has received support from local and nationally recognized organizations.

On Saturday, August 17, in partnership with Midwest Grows Green, Lisle Park District Board of Commissioners President Don Cook was joined by US Congressman Sean Casten, Illinois State Senator Suzy Glowiak, Illinois State Representative Terra Costa Howard, and members of the Lisle community at Connelly Memorial Park as the park district was presented with a generous donation from Stonyfield Organics. Elisa Kurth, a representative from Stonyfield Organics, presented the park district with a $5,000 donation to support the park district’s conversion to organic grounds management. This donation was matched with a check from Jewel-Osco, presented to the park district by Ian Neizke, on behalf of the company.

Stonyfield Organic’s Play Free Initiative promotes stopping the use of harmful pesticides on playing fields, and works with communities across the country to provide resources and tools to make it possible. The park district’s pilot program for organic, pesticide-free maintenance methods began this past spring on four parks; Abbeywood Park, Connelly Memorial Park, Leask Lane Park, and Oak Hill Park.

With the generous support from Stonyfield Organics and Jewel-Osco, and the resources available from Midwest Grows Green, the park district will proudly continue its efforts in converting and managing these Lisle Park District parks with natural and organic products.

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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Groundbreaking for Lisle Park District's Inclusive Playground

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 22, 2019

Groundbreaking for Lisle Park District's Inclusive Playground


Inclusive Discovery Playground Photo: Community Park's new, inclusive playground will break ground on September 7, 2019

Lisle, IL – The Lisle Park District is officially breaking ground on their new, universally accessible playground, Discovery Playground: Opportunities Without Boundaries.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 7 at 10:00am at the site of Community Park Playground (1825 Short St., Lisle). The short ceremony will include remarks from Director of Parks and Recreation Dan Garvy, as well as Park District Board of Commissioners President Don Cook. Press and media are welcome to join park district staff, members of the Park District Board of Commissioners, and others involved with the project for the ceremonial start of construction.

Since 2009, Dan Garvy has had a vision for bringing an inclusive playground to the Lisle Community, so this groundbreaking has been much anticipated. “The timing is ripe with our scheduled replacement of our flagship park, aligning with this groundswell of support and national recognition of the importance of building a space that appeals to all ages and ability levels,” Garvy said of the project. “The more we can all make greater efforts of inclusion, across all disciplines, the more we can actually inspire a true sense of community.”

The existing playground in Community Park will be donated to Kids Around the World, a nonprofit organization. They will carefully remove and refurbish the existing playground equipment for re-installation in communities devastated by war and poverty across the globe.

With the help of The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, a fundraising effort for the project has been in full swing all year, after a generous donation of $100,000 from the Foundation itself. Community members and businesses interested in contributing to help cover costs for the new playground equipment can donate via Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation’s Facebook fundraiser, on lislepartnersforparks.org, or by check written out to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, noting Discovery Playground in the memo line. All donors are recognized on both Lisle Park District and Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation websites, and donations over $500 will be included on a donor wall on-site.

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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Inclusive Playground a Community Effort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 31, 2019

Inclusive Playground a Community Effort


Inclusive Discovery Playground Photo: Jill Magsam Zmaczynski is one of two residents involved in the Discovery Playground project

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District is preparing to break ground on the new Community Park Playground, Discovery Playground: Opportunities Without Boundaries, an endeavor that would not be possible without the help and support of the Lisle community and businesses.

It has been a team effort to bring an all-inclusive playground to Lisle Park District, which is expected to begin construction in Community Park (1825 Short St., Lisle) this fall. The idea began with Lisle Park District Director Dan Garvy, who also serves as president of SEASPAR’s Board of Directors, which led to discussions with Little Tikes representative Paul Gozder, who was able to connect the park district with the nonprofit, Unlimited Play. Matt Corso and Greg Pavesich from SEASPAR, Lisle resident Sharon Helderle, as well as a team of park district employees and support from the Lisle Park District Board of Commissioners have also been involved in the project.

A few months into the process, Lisle Park District resident Jill Magsam Zmaczynski emailed the park district with an inquiry about making new playgrounds more accessible, prompting Director Garvy to invite her to join the project. As a mother to a 3-year-old with a rare, genetic neuromuscular condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Jill has a very personal connection to the cause. “Playgrounds are supposed to be a joyful, fun place. When we go to a playground, [my daughter] looks for one or two pieces of equipment she can sit on,” Jill explained. “Her opportunities for interaction are limited, especially with me constantly by her side spotting her or moving her around.”

Jill and her family are looking forward to a playground that will allow both her children to play side-by-side, right in her community; one that will benefit every adult and child, regardless of ability. She noted, “For a lot of people, inclusivity is something other people need. The reason playgrounds are the way they are is that they work for the majority. Making a playground inclusive doesn’t make it less appealing or functional for people who don’t need those inclusive aspects...the unique aspects make it more appealing for everyone.” Discovery Playground will create new opportunities for all children to connect, learn, and grow in a safe environment.

Discovery Playground is set to break ground in September 2019. Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation is currently raising money to help offset the cost of the project. To make a donation and learn more about the fundraiser, please visit their website at lislepartnersforparks.org, or head to our website to learn more about the project at lisleparkdistrict.org.

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

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Unique Perspectives from Lisle Community on Display Through November

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2019

Unique Perspectives from Lisle Community on Display Through November


Senior Perspectives Art Exhibit Photo: Senior Perspectives was made possible thanks to a donation from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation

Lisle, IL – See the impressive, artistic expressions from participants of the Lisle Park District Senior Center and Museums at Lisle Station Park joint art program in a gallery-style exhibit.

Last Fall, local seniors had the opportunity to learn and perfect their artistic talents through the park district’s Senior Center (1925 Ohio St., Lisle) program, Senior Perspectives. Over the course of ten months, three, four-week long art experiences featuring different drawing and painting techniques taught by local artists were offered to the senior community. At the end of each session, participants had created a gallery-ready piece. These pieces are now featured in a new exhibit at The Museums at Lisle Station Park (921 School St., Lisle), titled “Senior Perspectives: Interactive Art Gallery: Unique Artworks, Personal Experiences, and Art for All,” now open in the Depot through November 11, 2019.

The program was made possible by a donation from the DuPage Foundation’s JCS Fund, awarded to the Lisle Park District to enrich the creative landscape in DuPage County through painting and drawing. Participants learned Chalk Drawing/Pastels taught by Wendy Nadeau, Watercolor/Pencil Drawing taught by Jennifer Rizzo, and Acrylic Painting taught by Lori Coletto. The program had a total of 35 participants, with many attending more than one course.

The gallery at the Museums at Lisle Station Park showcases a diverse assortment of stylistic works in the various mediums taught through the program, with the intention of connecting local residents of all ages and celebrating the creative talent in the Lisle and DuPage County community. Throughout the summer, the museum will host artist meet-and-greets to highlight this interactive gallery. The first Gallery Night will be Wednesday, July 24 during the Lisle Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event from 5-7pm. The monthly Kids Time at the museum on Saturday, August 31, and will encourage attendees to create their own artwork, inspired by the creations on display. Finally, visitors during Depot Days, September 14-15 from 12-5pm will be encouraged to stop by the exhibit as well.

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 Your GAME ON for Park and Recreation Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2019

Get Your GAME ON for Park and Recreation Month


Park Recreation Month Photo: Share your photos from Lisle Park District events, programs, and facilities during July using #LisleParks

Lisle, IL – Get ready to get in the game this July with Lisle Park District and National Recreation and Park Association!

Each July, America celebrates Park and Recreation, highlighting the vital role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities throughout the country. This year, it’s all about highlighting the fun, games, and exciting offerings at parks and recreation centers across the nation! From special events to sports leagues, and everything in between, Lisle Park District has a wide variety of great programs that bring the community together. NRPA and Lisle Park District are encouraging everyone to get out there and get in the game in their own way at their local parks and rec centers.

Lisle Park District is celebrating Park and Recreation Month at the following events in its parks and facilities throughout July in the Greater Lisle community:

  • July 4-6: Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – Lisle Community Park
  • JULY 4: 4th of July Parade, & Ice Cream Social at The Museums at Lisle Station Park – Festivities start at 10am, Downtown Lisle –AND– Independence Day Special – 11:30am-6pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
  • JULY 9: FREE! Movies in the Park After Dark – Beethoven – Woodglenn Park
  • JULY 13: FREE! Kids Time – I-Spy – 10:30am-11:30am, The Museums at Lisle Station Park
  • JULY 14: Couples Golf Tournament – 3pm, River Bend Golf Club
  • JULY 17: FREE! Summer Entertainment Series – Everett Dean & Lonesome Hearts – 7-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park, Van Kampen Stage
  • JULY 19: Family Fun Fest – 6-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park
  • JULY 21: Pass Holder Appreciation Night – 7-10pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
  • JULY 23: FREE! Totally Tuesdays – Animal Farm – 12pm, Lisle Community Park Bandshell
  • JULY 24: FREE! Summer Entertainment Series – Anthem – 7-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park, Van Kampen Stage
  • JULY 25: Christmas in July – 12-2pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
  • JULY 27: Dueling Pianos Under the Stars – 5-10pm, Wheatstack
  • JULY 31: FREE! Summer Entertainment Series – Boy Band Review – 7-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park, Van Kampen Stage


Show us your A game! Use #LisleParks and #GameonJuly on social media in any of your photos at Lisle Park District parks, events or activities.

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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Music for Everyone at 2nd Annual Summer Entertainment Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 14, 2019

Music for Everyone at 2nd Annual Summer Entertainment Series


Summer Music Concerts Photo: Lisle Park District's Van Kampen Stage at Community Park will host four different bands this summer

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District’s 2nd Annual Summer Entertainment Series has an eclectic line-up of local bands to please every music lover this summer.

After a successful first year, the free Summer Entertainment Series is back again, beginning mid-July. The four-week series will feature a different band each week at Lisle Community Park’s Van Kampen Memorial Stage (1800 Short St., Lisle), beginning on Wednesday, July 17 from 7-8:30pm.

Everett Dean & Lonesome Hearts will kick things off on July 17 with their rockabilly, hip-hop and electronic style. Anthem, a classic rock and beyond cover band, will play July 24. Boy Band Review, a boy band tribute band, will take the stage on July 31, and local favorite Call Me Jo (formerly Next Tuesday Band) will play acoustic versions of pop, rock, and country hits on August 7. All performances are from 7-8:30pm.

Each concert will have food and drinks available for purchase. Lisle High School’s parking lot will be closed for construction, but free parking will be available at Sea Lion Aquatic Park (1825 Short St., Lisle), Community Center (1825 Short St., Lisle), and Recreation Center (1925 Ohio St., Lisle). Overflow parking will be available at Tee Time Golf Range (1400 Maple Ave.,) for a nominal fee. Bring your friends and family of all ages, lawn chairs, and blankets, and come out to enjoy a great line up of live music this summer! For more information, head to lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents.

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 Remembers Moon Landing at The Museums at Lisle Station Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 28, 2019

Lisle Remembers Moon Landing at The Museums at Lisle Station Park


NASA Moon Landing Photo: Edwin Aldrin walking on the lunar surface, taken by Neil Armstrong, 1969
Photo Credit: NASA

Lisle, IL – 2019 marks fifty years since the first moon landing, and The Museums at Lisle Station Park have collected accounts of the historic moment from local residents to honor the anniversary.

“Clear Voices Heard: Lisle Remembers the Moon Landing” is The Museums at Lisle Station Park’s (921 School St., Lisle) newest exhibit, opening on Tuesday, June 4 and running through Saturday, August 31. The exhibit features a collection of memories, video, pictures, hands-on materials, and technology used to witness this world-changing event.

The museum will be open Tuesdays from 10am-4pm, Thursdays from 1-4pm, and Saturdays from 10am-4pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Anyone with stories or artifacts from witnessing the first moon landing is invited to share their experiences with museum staff by calling 630-968-0499, or by emailing museum@lisleparkdistrict.org.

Fifty years ago on July 20, people of all ages and backgrounds crowded around small televisions and radios to catch a glimpse of the first humans to step foot on the moon. NASA is commemorating the historic day with a webpage dedicated to the numerous museum exhibits and celebratory events taking place across the country this year, as well as a virtual collection of photos and videos from various Apollo missions prior to, and proceeding the first successful moon landing in 1969. To learn more about exhibits and events, or browse photos and video, go to spacestem.nasa.gov.

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!

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 to Start Pesticide-Free Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 13, 2019

Lisle Park District to Start Pesticide-Free Program


Pesticide-free park Photo: Leask Lane Park will be one of four pilot sites, and host the program kick-off

Lisle, IL – In line with our goal to be an eco-friendly leader in the Lisle community, Lisle Park District is proud to begin a pilot pesticide-free program in four of our parks this spring.

In collaboration with the IMP Institute of North America and the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, the park district has been working to develop a program to limit the use of potentially harmful pesticides and herbicides in our parks. To introduce the program, we’ve partnered with Chicago Grows Green Week to host an Organic Park Kickoff at Leask Lane Park (Leask Lane, Lisle) on Sunday, June 2, from 1-3pm. Attendees at this free event will have the opportunity to learn about pollinator protection and see demonstrations of the natural lawn care approach from Midwest Grows Green. Refreshments will be provided.

Four parks, spread throughout the park district, have been chosen to serve as pilot sites for this pesticide-free program: Abbeywood Park (2211 Abbeywood Drive, Lisle), Oak Hill Park (5460 Ranier Drive, Lisle), Leask Lane Park (4S281 Leask Lane, Lisle), and Connelly Park (933 Lacey Avenue, Lisle). Beginning this spring, the Parks Department will utilize organic, all-natural methods to control invasive species and promote turf growth. While some weeds may still grow, turf and soil be will become healthier in the long term. This program will result in more environmentally responsible methods to maintain parks within the Lisle Park District community.

Chicago Grows Green Week puts a spotlight on sustainable landscaping progress in the Greater Chicago area, to demonstrate that landscapes can be managed with limited use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. This year’s theme is “Growing Pesticide-Free Lawns & Gardens for the Long-Term.” Between June 1 and June 8, Midwest Grows Green will share tips on natural lawn care, organic gardening, and sustainable landscaping, and encourages others to do the same. To learn more about Midwest Grows Green and Chicago Grows Green Week, visit their website at midwestgrowsgreen.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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Make a Splash with Sea Lion Swim Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2019

Make a Splash with Sea Lion Swim Team


Sea Lion Swim Team Photo: The 2018 Sea Lion Swim Team

Lisle, IL – With an atmosphere of sportsmanship and fun, Sea Lion Swim Team is perfect for both beginning and advanced swimmers! Join the team this summer for some friendly competition with other teams from around the western suburbs.

Sea Lion Swim team, based at Sea Lion Aquatic Park located at 1825 Short Street, Lisle, is currently taking registrations for the 2019 season. They compete in the West Suburban Conference with teams from Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lemont, Wheaton, Clarendon Hills, and Western Springs. Last year, The Sea Lions placed 3rd at the “A” Conference Meet in the West Suburban Swim Conference.

Participants are evaluated individually and divided into “A” and “B” divisions based on skill level, and while the completion of several swim lesson courses is suggested, it is not required, as long as the minimum swim team requirements, listed on our website, are met. Participants will swim in their appropriate age group based on their age as of June 1 (8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18). The season runs from June 3 through July 20, with daily practice each week. Practice times are by age group and are listed online. There will be meets throughout the season, each located at a different pool within the West Suburban Conference, ending with conference meets for each division. The complete swim meet schedule can be found at lisleparkdistrict.org/sealionaquaticpark.

Swimmers do not have to be Lisle Park District residents to participate in Sea Lion Swim Team. Registration is currently open to residents and nonresidents. Swimmers must register by Friday, May 28, online, in person at the Lisle Recreation Center (1925 Ohio St., Lisle), or by calling 630-964-3410. For detailed swim team information and schedules, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/sealionaquaticpark.

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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Inclusive Playground Coming Soon to Lisle Community Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 22, 2019

Inclusive Playground Coming Soon to Lisle Community Park


Inclusive Playground Photo: 3D Rendering of Discovery Playground at Lisle Community Park

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District, in partnership with Unlimited Play Playgrounds, is excited to announce plans for a universally accessible playground in Community Park, aptly named “Discovery Playground,” set to break ground summer of 2019.

The current park district playground in Lisle Community Park, at 1825 Short Street, is due for equipment replacement this year. Lisle Park District is taking this opportunity to build a new playground, fully inclusive and accessible to all children and adults, regardless of ability. With the help of the nonprofit, Unlimited Play, and a generous donation from Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, the project is well underway so construction can begin this August and be completed by the end of November, weather permitting.

Lisle Park District Director Dan Garvy has spearheaded the inclusive playground project, citing his and the park district’s devotion to SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation) and the special recreation community as motivation for the project stating, “we’ve all been so fortunate to have a community and a Board of Park Commissioners who understand the impact we can have on those with certain limitations, be them physical, emotional, cognitive, etc.” Since Woodridge Park District opened an inclusive playground back in 2009, Director Garvy has worked to make the same a reality for Lisle Park District, noting the importance of removing barriers; “there is always so much talk in the news and elsewhere about how some groups of individuals are left out of consideration, whether intentionally or not…the more we can all make greater efforts of inclusion, across all disciplines, the more we can actually inspire a true sense of community. We’re proud to be in a position to provide this incredible amenity to everybody.”

Discovery Playground will not only benefit Lisle, but the greater community. 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. Those wishing to make an impact can visit lisleparkdistrict.org/discoveryplayground to learn more about plans and make a donation.

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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Lisle Park District Facilities Hiring Seasonal Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 29, 2019

Lisle Park District Facilities Hiring Seasonal Staff


Seasonal Jobs Photo: Lifeguard is one of many opportunities for seasonal employment with the Lisle Park District this summer

Lisle, IL – Looking for a summer job? With a number of facilities hiring for seasonal positions, Lisle Park District has great opportunities for teens and adults alike.

Sea Lion Aquatic Park, located at 1825 Short Street, Lisle, is a good option for both high school and college students looking for work this summer. Candidates should be at least 16 years old for positions ranging from Concession Stand Cashier, to Lifeguard or Swim Lesson Instructor. Training is required and will be provided by the park district for anyone hired, and typically takes place mid-May. All applicants should be available for flexible hours during the summer, including weekends. Park District Facilities Maintenance is also hiring for seasonal pool maintenance and operator positions. To see all open positions with Sea Lion Aquatic Park and begin the application process, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/jobs.

Another option for those looking to work outside this summer is with the Parks Department (1820 Short Street, Lisle). Seasonal Grounds Workers, as well as Seasonal Athletic Field Maintenance Workers are needed in shifts from March through mid October, or June through August. For more information, these positions are also listed at lisleparkdistrict.org/jobs, where interested candidates can submit their application.

For those who enjoy working with kids and teens, our camps are hiring counselors for the summer season. Ages 21 and up can apply to be a Camp Counselor with No Name Teen Camp, which meets Monday through Friday and goes on three field trips per week. Applicants must be available for training and planning beginning the week of May 27; the camp itself runs June 3 through August 9. All available camp and recreation positions can be found at lisleparkdistrict.org/jobs.

Open positions, both seasonal and permanent, across all Lisle Park District facilities are listed on our website, where anyone wishing to be considered for a position must apply. Questions about the application process or a specific job opportunity can be directed to the name listed with the job posting, or the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 630-964-3410.

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

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No-Bunny Left Out of the Fun This Spring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 11, 2019

No-Bunny Left Out of the Fun This Spring


Spring Easter Events Top Left Photo: Easter Egg Hunt
Top Right Photo: Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Bottom Left Photo: Brunch with the Easter Bunny
Bottom Right Photo: Road Rally


Lisle, IL – Celebrate Spring with Lisle Park District! The entire month of April is blooming with egg-citing events for all ages.

Feel like a kid again at the first ever Adult Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt! Ages 21 and up are invited to River Bend Golf Club at 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle, on Wednesday, April 10, for a night on the golf course. Beginning at 9:00pm sharp, guests will take to the course to hunt for eggs stuffed with candy, small prizes, and coupons for larger prizes. Registration for residents is $18 by April 4, $20 by April 9, or $30 on April 10. Nonresident rates are $27 by April 4, and $30 after. Light appetizers will be served before the hunt, and each participant will receive one free beverage ticket with additional drinks available for purchase. Grab your friends, flashlight, and a basket, and join us! Register online or by calling 630-964-3410.

Hop on over to the Community Park Bandshell (1825 Short St., Lisle) on Saturday, April 13 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Ages two and under, three, and four will begin at 10:00am sharp, followed by ages five to ten at 10:20am. Each egg will contain a small or large prize. Don’t forget your camera! The Easter Bunny will be stopping by for photos after the hunt. Resident/nonresident rates are $5/$8 by April 5, $7/$10 after April 12, or $10 on April 13. Preregister online or call 630-964-3410.

Older kids can get in on the fun, too! The Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will take place Thursday, April 18 at the Community Park Bandshell. Children currently in grades six through nine should bring a flashlight and a basket, and get ready to hunt for eggs with an added twist…in the dark! The fun begins at 9pm sharp; bring your student ID to show at check-in. Resident/nonresident rates are $5/$8 by April 12, $7/$10 by April 17, or $10 on April 18.

Let Wheatstack do the cooking this Easter! Reserve your spot at Easter Brunch, at Wheatstack at 5900 S. Route 53, on Sunday, April 21, beginning at 9:00am. The brunch will include prime rib, eggs benedict, omelette station, smoked salmon, chocolate fountain, and more. Adults are $34, children five to ten are $13, and children four and under are free. Call 630-968-1920 opt. 2 to make reservations.

Looking for an adventure? The 33rd annual Road Rally kicks off from Bolingbrook Park District Annerino Community Center at 201 Recreation Drive in Bolingbrook, on Saturday, April 27 at 3:00pm. Teams of 4-6 adults will receive a map and a bag of clues; you’ll need teamwork, logic, and luck to stay on track. This challenging 4-hour scavenger hunt will test your mind and body, so get your team together and get ready to start your engines. At the end of the rally, teams will meet for awards and a pizza dinner. This event is coordinated with the Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Naperville, and Woodridge Park Districts. Fees per car are $109/$129 for resident/nonresident; register by April 22.

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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Drop in and Get Creative with Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 28, 2019

Drop in and Get Creative with Lisle Park District


Art on a Cart Photo: Art on a Cart Provides Materials for New Crafts Every Week


Lisle, IL – Looking for a creative outlet to channel your inner artist? Take advantage of our new drop-in program, Art on a Cart!

The Lisle Park District is now offering this indoor studio art program at the Lisle Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle. Every Thursday, from 3-5pm, now through December 26, 2019, the Art on a Cart program will provide creative, indoor art-making experiences for all ages. A variety of individual and group art activities are planned for each week, with the park district providing materials like chalk pastels, acrylic paint, crayons, colored pencils, markers, and newly added free-range art materials such as clay, bead art, yarn, and mini canvasses.

While children and adults are all welcome, a supervising adult should accompany children under 15. No pre-registration is necessary, but participants can call the Recreation Center at 630-964-3410 for more information and to register. Resident and nonresident fee for the program is $5 and $7 and can be paid at the door. Can’t make it on Thursday nights? Check out the latest park district program guide for a complete collection of creative courses and events offered throughout the year, for artists of all ages.

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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Sweets and LEGO®s Abound for Parent-Child Nights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 4, 2019

Sweets and LEGO®s Abound for Parent-Child Nights


Mother-Son Daddy-Daughter Left Photo: Daddy-Daughter Date Night
Right Photo: Mother-Son Night Out


Lisle, IL – Whether you love to dance the night away or build a LEGO® universe, Lisle Park District has two fun nights planned for kids and parents this winter and spring.

Have a sweet tooth? Join us for Candyland Court Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Friday, February 22! We’ve got a sweet night planned from 6:30-8:30pm, featuring dancing, dinner, games, and plenty of memories for daughters and their dad, grandpa or special guest in “Lollipop Woods.” Ages 4-12 are encouraged to put on their sweetest princess attire and head to Lisle Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street, for an evening of decadence! Resident/Nonresident fees are $40/$50 per couple, and $15/$20 per additional child. Call for availability at 630-964-3410. Any registrations after February 13 are subject to a $10 late fee per couple, if space is available.

Master builders are needed at the Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street, on Friday, March 15 for a LEGO®-tastic Mother-Son Night Out! All young builders age 4-8 and their mom, grandma or special guest should report to “Bricksburg” from 6:30-8:30pm for a night of food, games, and rebuilding the LEGO® universe! Costumes are encouraged! Resident/Nonresident registration fees are $30/$45 per couple, and $10/$15 per additional child. Register by March 5 at 630-964-3410 or on website. Any registrations after March 5 are subject to a $10 late fee per couple, if space is available.

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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‘Capture Lisle Parks & Recreation’ Photography Contest Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 18, 2019

‘Capture Lisle Parks & Recreation’ Photography Contest Winners Announced


Lisle Photography Contest Photo Top Left: Park Board President Don Cook (left) with 2018 Photo Contest Winners (left to right), Mrs. Chan (for Joey Chan), Cindi Aber, & Scarlett Winterburn
Photo Top Right: 1st Place
Photo Bottom Left: 2nd Place
Photo Bottom Middle: 3rd Place
Photo Bottom Right: 4th Place


Lisle, IL – On Thursday, January 17 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the winners of the 2018 ‘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 2018.

The highest award for first place was presented to Lisle High School student Joey Chan, whose mother accepted on his behalf, for his original photograph, “Don’t Be Ordinary,” taken at the skate park located in Lisle Community Park. Joey’s photo is now on display at the Lisle Park District Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street. The honor for second place was awarded to Scarlett Winterburn for her fun “Darling at Depot Days” photograph, taken during the Depot Days event at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. Cindi Aber, who beautifully captured the “First Day of Fall” in Lisle Community Park, was the third place winner. Last but not least, fourth place was given to Dana Mali and her portrayal of a day fishing at Community Park, with “No Bites. No Problem”. All four photographs can be seen in the 2019 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 2019. 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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Gentle Learning Preschool Welcomes New Students for Open House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 14, 2019

Gentle Learning Preschool Welcomes New Students for Open House


Lisle Preschool Photo:Gentle Learning Preschoolers Work on Spelling Skills


Lisle, IL – New to Lisle, or have a child ready to start preschool? Parents and children are welcome to explore Gentle Learning Preschool at their annual New Student Open House.

Doors will be open at Gentle Learning Preschool on Wednesday, January 23, for parents and soon-to-be-preschoolers. Located within the Lisle Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street, families can drop in between 6:30-7:30pm to tour the facility, play in the classrooms, and meet with teachers. Registration will be accepted on-site during the open house for the 2019-2020 school year, two days prior to open registration beginning on Friday, January 25. Parents or guardians must provide a printed copy of their child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, and $50 non-refundable registration fee at the time of registration.

The philosophy of the Gentle Learning Preschool is guided by learning through play, where creativity, problem solving, and thinking are developed. The program assists children to grow and learn in a stimulating environment, while providing opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our preschool facility provides a safe environment with fully equipped classrooms, as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds to exercise and improve large motor skills all year long.

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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No Need to Hibernate This Winter with Lisle Park District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2019

No Need to Hibernate This Winter with Lisle Park District


Lisle Snowman Photo: Visitors Build a Snowman at The Museums at Lisle Station Park


Lisle, IL – Keep those winter blues away by taking advantage of the activities and events Lisle Park District has planned this season!

While it seems we experienced a bit of a mild start to 2019, we’ve got our fingers crossed for at least one good snowfall before spring! When we get some packing snow, get outside and 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. Let’s hope Mother Nature comes through – we can’t wait to see your work!

What’s better than dinner and a show? How about a night of mystery, allure, and espionage? You’re invited to a dinner to die for – Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser! Ages 21 and up are invited to join us in the 1950’s New York home of billionaire philanthropist Harrison Van Horn, where Harrison’s son Nick will embark on a journey that will shake the family to its core. You can choose to help the detective solve a crime or just sit back and watch the mystery unfold. Costumes are encouraged but not required. The adventure takes place Saturday, February 9 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 21 by calling 630-964-3410 or visiting lisleparkdistrict.org. The resident/nonresident fee is $40/$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 2 will feature Matthew Galik, author of The 1926 Orland Park Murder Mystery, a true account of the 1926 murder of Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Walter Fisher, as well as the Inland Steel Mail Heist that occurred the same day. On February 9, Bryan J. Ogg will discuss his book Naperville: A Brief History, which offers a springboard to the 187-year narrative of Naperville. Kenneth Knack will present his book Images of America: River Grove on February 16. The series ends with David Sadowski and a discussion on Building Chicago’s Subways on February 23.

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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Spreading Holiday Cheer This December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 28, 2018

Spreading Holiday Cheer This December


Holiday Events Left Photo: The Museums at Lisle Station Park, Once Upon a Christmas
Right Photo: Candy Cane Hunt


Lisle, IL – This December, the Lisle Park District has a number of festive opportunities for all ages to get into the holiday spirit!

Saturday, December 1, at 4:30pm, see St. Nick in the Santa Light Parade during the Lights of Lisle Festival. Santa’s final stop on the parade route will be The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St., for free old fashioned fun at Once Upon a Christmas. Festivities begin at 3pm and last until 8pm, including a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, brick oven baking, blacksmith and ice carving demonstrations, model railroad trains, children’s crafts, music, and more. The merry fun continues on Sunday, December 4, from 11am-4pm, when Santa and his jolly misses bring their live reindeer for a special visit south of the Pole! See the full event schedule at lisleparkdistrict.org

On Saturday, December 8, join in the Candy Cane Hunt at 10am and stay for Cookies with Mrs. Claus at 11am! Bring a basket or sack for your goodies to the Lisle Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St., at 10am sharp to hunt for a variety of candy canes. Children 10 and under will hunt for candy canes by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park, and prizes will be awarded to those who find the special candy canes. Santa Claus is expected to stop by with more holiday treats. Save when you pre-register by December 7! Fee is $5 per resident and $8 per nonresident when you sign up by December 7. Registration is accepted on-site for $10 the day of the event.

Following the hunt from 11am-12:30pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., children ages 3-7 are invited to join Mrs. Claus and her elves for Christmas songs, story time with ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas, hot chocolate, Christmas cookie decorating, and a holiday ornament creation to take home! Don’t forget your Christmas wish list for Mrs. Claus to deliver to Santa. Fee is $35 per resident and $50 per nonresident. Call 630-964-3410 now to sign-up for Cookies with Mrs. Claus by December 1 and pre-register for the Candy Cane Hunt by December 7. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org to learn more about these festive events.

Spend quality time with your family while enjoying a delicious brunch this holiday season; make reservations for Wheatstack’s annual Brunch with Santa at 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle. On Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23, you can meet Santa and enjoy a cooked-to-order omelet, french toast and maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast potatoes, mini muffins, lemon chicken, pasta, fruit, house salad, vegetables, chocolate fountain, coffee, soda, and/or tea. Seating begins at 9:30am December 2, 9 and 16. On December 23, there are two seating times at 10am and 12pm. Be sure to call 630-968-1920, option 2, to make reservations soon, as there are limited seats available. The cost is $21 per adult, $13 per child age 5-10, and kids 4 and under eat for free! To learn more, visit wheatstacklisle.com.

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

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Honor Veterans at Sunday's Veterans Day Observance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 7, 2018

Honor Veterans at Sunday's Veterans Day Observance


Veterans Memorial Photo: Lisle Veterans Memorial, 921 School Street


Lisle, IL – Join the Lisle Park District, in collaboration with Lisle VFW - Post 5696 and the Lisle Community Band, as we honor and observe Veterans Day this Sunday, November 11.

The Veterans Day Observance will be held at the Lisle Veterans Memorial located at 921 School Street on the grounds of The Museums at Lisle Station Park. Beginning at 11am, the Bells of Peace will ring to signify the start of the event, which will include ‘Posting of the Colors’ by the Color Guard, the National Anthem, as well as announcements of each branch of service with a medley performed by the Lisle Community Band, and remarks by various speakers and dignitaries. For a full listing of the sequence of events, visit lisleparkdistrict.org. Free parking for the event is available at the train station commuter lots, and limited parking is available in front of the museum on Short Street.

The Lisle Veterans Memorial Fund began in the greater Lisle community as a grassroots effort to construct a monument honoring veterans and promoting civic pride. In partnership with Lisle Park District, Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, the Village of Lisle, and community members, construction of the memorial was completed and dedicated in the fall of 2016.

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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Be Motivated to Get Moving with Exclusive Offers During Fitness Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 12, 2018

Be Motivated to Get Moving with Exclusive Offers During Fitness Week


Fitness Week Photo Left: Get a Free Gym Towel with Membership Purchase
Photo Right: New Fitness Manager Mary Liz Jayne

Lisle, IL – Need some motivation to get moving? Community Park Fitness is giving you plenty of incentive through free classes, discounts, demonstrations, and more during Fitness Week, October 15-20.

Now is the perfect time to begin, restart, or change up your workout routine at Community Park Fitness, located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle. Each day, different fitness classes will be available for guests to try for free; no membership or pre-registration is necessary. During Fitness Week, new members will receive 15% off their membership, and returning members will receive 20% off when they renew their membership. Other offers include free personal training consultations (must sign up at the Fitness Desk), free personal training sessions when you purchase five or more, as well as showcases from various health and fitness experts throughout the week.

Community Park Fitness is kicking off Fitness Week under new management! Mary Liz Jayne, Recreation and Fitness Manager at the Lisle Park District, will be available to answer questions, greet members and guests, and receive feedback. Mary Liz graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Recreation Management and has worked at Lisle Park District for nearly four years. While in school, she discovered her passion for fitness, which led her to become a group fitness instructor in 2017. She enjoys supporting others in reaching their fitness goals, something she looks forward to as the new Community Park Fitness Manager. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/communityparkfitness to see when Mary Liz is scheduled to be on-site, and be sure to stop by to introduce yourself!

During Fitness Week, any guest or member will also have the opportunity to spin the prize wheel to win various swag and prizes, including a raffle ticket to enter to win a free one-year individual membership, one of two free one-month memberships, and running gear from Dick Pond Athletics. Any participant in one of the free group fitness classes will also receive a raffle ticket. To see the complete schedule of free fitness classes, visit lisleparkdistrict.org/communityparkfitness.

At Community Park Fitness, you’ll work out in a friendly, motivating atmosphere while enjoying a spectacular view of Community Park. The fitness center features a full line of selectorized strength equipment, cardiovascular equipment, and free weights. The staff at Community Park Fitness will assist you with orientation of equipment and help you get started. If you have questions, contact us at 630-353-4318, or fitness@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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Plenty of Spooktacular Park District Fun for the Whole Family This October

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 4, 2018

Plenty of Spooktacular Park District Fun for the Whole Family This October


Halloween Events Photo Left: Monster Madness, October 20, 4pm
Photo Right: Scarecrow Scramble, October 13, 3pm

Lisle, IL – Get into the spooky spirit; the Lisle Park District is celebrating Halloween all month with plenty of opportunities to show off your best costume and enjoy seasonal treats.

On Saturday, October 6, start the day at The Museums at Lisle Station Park, located at 921 School Street, for Kids Time: Paintin’ Pumpkins. Decorate pumpkins as the museum celebrates autumn. Best suited for children ages 3-10, this free, family event will take place in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse from 10:30-11:30am.

Also on Saturday, October 6, bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Lisle Community Park, at 1825 Short Street, for Creature Double Feature. Casper (PG) will begin at 7pm sharp, followed by the original Ghostbusters (PG) at 9pm. All ages are welcome to this free event.

On Saturday, October 13, from 3-9pm, join the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation at Lisle Community Park for the Scarecrow Scramble, 14th Annual Nighttime 5K Run/Walk and Fall Festival. This event features craft and vendor booths, hayrides, face painting, family games, bonfire, tot dash, youth run, and 5K. Costumes are encouraged, and a costume contest will take place before the run. Registration for the race is now open. On-site registration will also be available on race day from 4-6pm. Visit lislepartnersforparks.org/scarecrowscramble to register and learn more.

For festive, family fun, stop by the Lisle Recreation Center at 1925 Ohio Street on Saturday, October 20, from 4-7pm, for Monster Madness. This autumn fun fair for ages 10 and under features games, animals, goodies, and more. Visit the pumpkin patch and petting zoo, take a pony ride, or walk through a not-so-haunted house. Be sure to dress up in your Halloween costume. Admission is free, but a punch card is necessary to participate in games and activities. Punch cards (25 punches) are $10 each.

Adults 21+ can celebrate Halloween at The Museums at Lisle Station Park’s Games & Grub, happening Saturday, October 27, from 4-7pm. Wear your Halloween costume, and explore the historic buildings while enjoying food and refreshments from Wheatstack and playing a variety of unique games. Alter Brewing Company will also be on-site offering samples of their new limited-edition wet-hop IPA made with hops from the museum’s own Four-Square Garden. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling the Recreation Center front desk at 630-964-3410, or go to lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events.

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

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Explore Historic Buildings, Taste Locally-Sourced Beer During Halloween-Themed Game Night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 27, 2018

Explore Historic Buildings, Taste Locally-Sourced Beer During Halloween-Themed Game Night


Games & Grub Photo Left: Netzley/Yender Farmhouse at The Museums at Lisle Station Park
Photo Right: Next Stop Wet-Hop IPA Brewing in Kettle at Alter Brewing Company

Lisle, IL – On Saturday, October 27, from 4-7pm, The Museums at Lisle Station Park will host an exclusive 21+ evening of games, food, and beer tasting, featuring a brew made with hops harvested from the museum’s garden and crafted by Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove.

Spend a fall evening getting into the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve by exploring Lisle’s earliest settlement under the cover of a moonlit sky while testing your logic and luck at Games & Grub. Wear your Halloween costume, and join The Museums at Lisle Station Park at 921 School Street in Lisle for a frightfully fun and unique game night. Games from the museum’s artifacts collection, like Game of Lisle and Mystic Tray, will be located in different buildings across the museum campus, encouraging guests to wander the grounds and halls of the historic tavern, farmhouse, and depot at night. Follow The Museums at Lisle Station Park on Facebook and @LisleMuseum on Instagram and Twitter leading up to the event for a sneak peek at other classic and mysterious games that will be featured at Games & Grub.

Grab a pint and pull up a chair in the tavern where food and drinks will be available all evening. A brewmaster from Alter Brewing Company will be on-site offering samples of their new Next Stop Wet-Hop IPA made with hops harvested from the museum’s own Four-Square Garden. Wheatstack will provide other alcoholic refreshments and nonalcoholic drinks, as well as delicious local ‘grub’ from their dining menu.

Food, nonalcoholic drinks, and two drink tickets to be used at the bar are included with registration. In addition, a cash bar will be open throughout the evening. Guests will also receive a free, commemorative glass to honor the debut of The Museums at Lisle Station Park’s collaboration with Alter Brewing Company. Reserve a seat at the table by Saturday, October 20, to ensure a taste of the limited edition museum brew, as space is limited. Cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events or call 630-964-3410 to register. Proceeds from Games & Grub will support the museum’s mission to preserve and interpret Lisle’s dynamic history.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park are conveniently located at 921 School Street in Lisle within walking distance of the Lisle Metra Station. Free parking is available on-site, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots on weekends and after 2:00pm on weekdays. Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance, and help with community and service projects. Visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer to complete the volunteer application. After Labor Day, office hours at the museum are 10:00am-1:00pm. For more information about the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, call 630-968-0499, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark, or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

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Taste and Help Craft Unique, Locally Sourced Beer on a Tour from a Historic Tavern to a Vibrant Brewery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 19, 2018

Taste and Help Craft Unique, Locally Sourced Beer on a Tour from a Historic Tavern to a Vibrant Brewery


Harvesting History Photo: Hops picked at The Museums at Lisle Station Park will be used to create a new brew at Alter Brewing Company

Lisle, IL – Calling all beer lovers! On Saturday, August 25, from 12:30-3:30pm, The Museums at Lisle Station Park has partnered with Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove to bring you a new, exclusive 21+ event that will begin with picking hops at the museum campus and end at Alter's tasting room with a refreshing, uniquely crafted pint.

Harvesting History will start at The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street in Lisle, where you'll learn how to tell when hops are ready to be picked and harvest some from the museum's very own four-square garden. Then, you'll discover some other uses for hops throughout history and how taverns came to be, including the Beaubien Tavern on the museum's campus, which was built in the 1830s.

Next, you'll be transported on the museum's bus over to Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove to tour the brewery and drop off the freshly harvested hops for use in a brand new beer! You will learn how to taste beer from the brew masters, sample a few of their unique craft beers, and have time to enjoy a pint in their tasting room. There will be two return shuttles to The Museums at Lisle Station Park, the first at 3:00pm and the second at 3:30pm. Reserve your spot now to help cultivate this new collaboration between history and the vibrant culture of craft beer, as space on the bus is limited. To sign-up, call 630-964-3410 or visit lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events.

When you come to both Harvesting History and Alter's tapping event debuting the new brew, you'll receive a special gift from Alter Brewing Company! Visit alterbrewing.com to find details on this exclusive event or follow Alter on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Don't miss another chance to taste this locally sourced brew at Games & Grub, a Halloween-themed game night on Saturday, October 27, from 4:00-7:00pm at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. Wear your favorite festive or themed costume, and enjoy a night of food, brew, and classic games, like checkers and dominoes, and even a few from the museum's artifacts collection, such as Game of Lisle. Proceeds from both Harvesting History and Games & Grub will support the museum's mission to preserve and interpret Lisle's dynamic history.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park are conveniently located at 921 School Street in Lisle within walking distance of the Lisle Metra Station. Free parking is available on-site, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots on weekends and after 2:00pm on weekdays. Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance, and help with community and service projects. Visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer to complete the volunteer application. After Labor Day, office hours at the museum are 10:00am-1:00pm. For more information about the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, call 630-968-0499, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark, or follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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

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Celebrate Lisle Community Night with Local Flavor and Flair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 31, 2018

Celebrate Lisle Community Night with Local Flavor and Flair


Lisle Community Night Photo: Concert on Van Kampen Stage during Lisle Park District's Summer Entertainment Series

Lisle, IL – On Wednesday, August 8, from 7:30-9:30pm, join the Lisle Park District at Van Kampen Stage in Lisle Community Park for a night of live music, great food, cold drinks, and close friends to experience some of the best treasures in the Greater Lisle community!

The newly renovated Van Kampen Stage in Lisle Community Park, located at 1800 Short Street in Lisle, will come alive with the 70s-inspired sounds of cover band, Common Allies. Come for the breathtaking views and free music, and stay to help us celebrate all things local, featuring authentic fare and flair from nonprofits, service organizations, and restaurants, including those listed below.


Mark your calendar and save the date for Lisle Community Night, the culminating event of Lisle Park District's first annual Summer Entertainment Series. To learn more about this new special event series and Lisle Community Night, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents.

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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This July, Discover Everything Lisle Park District Has to Offer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 27, 2018

This July, Discover Everything Lisle Park District Has to Offer


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

Lisle, IL – Summer is in full swing, which means it's time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation center. This July, explore the "undiscovered" roles of local parks and recreation with Lisle Park District, as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month, A Lifetime of Discovery. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities – including free movies, concerts and children's entertainment in parks throughout the Greater Lisle community!

The Lisle Park District is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), by inviting you to explore A Lifetime of Discovery at your local parks and recreation. Playgrounds, recreation centers, sports leagues, and summer camps are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of parks and rec. But, parks and recreation is so much more than that! During Park and Recreation Month, discover all the ways parks and recreation can improve quality of life, like science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) programming; senior programs; innovative health and wellness opportunities; community celebrations; outdoor education; special parks and recreation services for those with disabilities; park maintenance; and more.

Lisle Park District is celebrating Park and Recreation Month at the following events in its parks and facilities throughout July in the Greater Lisle community.

  • JUNE 29 – JULY 1: Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – Lisle Community Park
  • JULY 4: FREE! Chalk Fest, 4th of July Parade, & Ice Cream Social at The Museums at Lisle Station Park – Festivities start at 10am, Downtown Lisle
  • –AND– Independence Day Special – 11:30am-6pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
  • JULY 8: Couples Golf Tournament – 3pm, River Bend Golf Club
  • JULY 10: FREE! Totally Tuesdays: Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles – 12pm, Lisle Community Park –AND– FREE! Movie in the Park After Dark: Wonder Woman – 8:30pm, River Road Park
  • JULY 17: FREE! Movie in the Park After Dark – Coco – 8:30pm, Woodglenn Park
  • JULY 18: FREE! Summer Entertainment Series – Heartache Tonight – 7:30-9:30pm, Lisle Community Park, Van Kampen Memorial Stage
  • JULY 20: Family Fun Fest – 6-8:30pm, Lisle Community Park
  • JULY 21: FREE! Kids Time – BINGO! – 10:30-11:30am, The Museums at Lisle Station Park
  • JULY 22: Pass Holder Appreciation Night – 7-10pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
  • JULY 24: FREE! Movie in the Park After Dark – ET – 8:30pm, Tate Woods Park
  • JULY 25: FREE! Summer Entertainment Series – Mike Wheeler Band – 7:30-9:30pm, Lisle Community Park, Van Kampen Memorial Stage
  • JULY 26: Christmas in July – 12-3pm, Sea Lion Aquatic Park
  • JULY 28: Dueling Pianos Under the Stars – 5-10pm, Wheatstack

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

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

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World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ set for Thursday, June 21, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 15, 2018

World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ set for Thursday, June 21, 2018


The newly renovated Van Kampen Memorial Stage Photo: The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 10:00-10:30am at Sea Lion Aquatic Park

Lisle, IL – On Thursday, June 21, from 10:00-10:30am, the Lisle Park District's Sea Lion Aquatic Park invites residents and nonresidents of all swimming abilities ages 3-16 to participate in a free swimming lesson. Registration is now open and ends on Monday, June 18!

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) provides kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and builds awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Organizers of this global event are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water. Research shows:

  • The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
  • Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills.
  • Parents don't recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms' reach of their child in the water.

More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on 6 continents participated in 2017 to help spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™. Each year, WLSL events provide more than 20,000 man-hours of water safety training in a single day. Since its inception in 2009, more than 230,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons. Visit WLSL.org to learn more.

The Lisle Park District and Sea Lion Aquatic Park are proud to be a part of this important initiative and invite residents and nonresidents ages 3-16 to participate. All swimming abilities are welcome. Participants will be divided into groups by age. Please call the Lisle Park District Recreation Center at 630-964-3410 to register by Monday, June 18. On June 21, arrive at Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, a few minutes before 10:00am to check-in prior to the swimming lesson. Learn more at lisleparkdistrict.org/sealionaquaticpark.

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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Free Summer Entertainment Series in Lisle Community Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 31, 2018

Free Summer Entertainment Series in Lisle Community Park


The newly renovated Van Kampen Memorial Stage Photo: Rendering of the completed Van Kampen Memorial Stage during an outdoor event

Lisle, IL – This July and August, enjoy four free concerts in Lisle Community Park at the newly renovated Van Kampen Memorial Stage!

The Van Kampen Memorial Stage in Lisle Community Park has a completely new look this summer! Renovations are complete and include an enlarged performing area, seat wall, small soundboard dugout area in the hill, natural area enhancements, new dance lawn right in front of the stage that brings the crowd and performers together, and shoreline stabilization to the pond banks adjacent to the stage area.

The Lisle Park District is looking forward to highlighting this signature feature in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street in Lisle, with a summer entertainment series including four free concerts on Wednesday nights starting July 18 through August 8 from 7:30-9:30pm. Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, and blankets. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Parking will also be free of charge in the Lisle Senior High School, Sea Lion Aquatic Park, Community Center, and Recreation Center parking lots.

Below is a list of acts that will perform during the entertainment series with a brief description of their sound.

  • July 18: Heartache Tonight, Eagles tribute band
  • July 25: Mike Wheeler Band Chicago blues
  • August 1: Hillbilly Rockstarz Country hits
  • August 8: Common Allies, 70's cover band – Come for the music and stay to help us celebrate all things local, featuring flavor and flair from businesses in the Greater Lisle community.

Mark your calendar and save the date for Lisle Community Night on Wednesday, August 8, and visit lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents to learn more as details about this special event unfold.

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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New 40th Anniversary Exhibit Series Debuts at The Museums at Lisle Station Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 30, 2018

New 40th Anniversary Exhibit Series Debuts at The Museums at Lisle Station Park


The Museums at Lisle Station Park Exhibit Series - Views from Lisle: Lisle's Railroad History Photo: The Lisle Depot played a key role in the community's growth and served as a passenger & shipping facility for 104 years

Lisle, IL – This Saturday, May 5, from 10:30-11:30am, celebrate the opening of the second phase of this year's Views from Lisle exhibit series, as The Museums at Lisle Station Park bring into focus the role that the railroad played in the growth, development, and identity of the Greater Lisle community.

The exhibit opening for Lisle's Railroad History will feature a meet-and-greet with Tom Slamans, the Burlington employee who was working in the Lisle Depot when it was converted into a museum. Tom worked for the Burlington Route for 42 years, serving as a Ticketing Agent in the Lisle Depot from July of 1967 until November 1985. At that time, he was offered a position in the Burlington Northern accounting office, where he worked in both Naperville and Aurora until his retirement in February of 2002. In addition to Tom's appearance, members of the Lisle Heritage Society who spearheaded the movement to restore the Lisle Depot to its 19th century charm will be present to share their experiences with all in attendance. Don't miss this chance to talk with the people who participated in this momentous milestone in Lisle's history!

Views from Lisle is a five-part exhibit series that is on display at The Museums at Lisle Station Park in honor of its 40th anniversary. Each exhibit highlights the research and preservation that museum volunteers and staff have completed over four decades. Displays and vignettes are open throughout the year and build into the culminating exhibit. Below is a schedule and brief description of each of the remaining four exhibits in the series.

  • May 5 – June 16: Lisle's Railroad History presents the integral role played by the railroad in Lisle. Explore the progression from the Chicago-Aurora Line to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line of today, and how this important piece of infrastructure shaped the Village of Lisle.
  • June 16 – July 4: Trades and Business in Lisle explores the development of trades, craftwork and business in Lisle.
  • July 4 – September 15: Restoring History looks at the processes used by the Lisle Heritage Society, The Museums at Lisle Station Park staff, and other museum professionals to restore the objects, art and the buildings in our collection to their current condition.
  • September 15 – November 17: The culminating exhibit, Views from Lisle, debuts at Depot Days and showcases the research and perseveration that The Museums at Lisle Station Park has completed in the community over the past 40 years.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park are conveniently located at 921 School Street in Lisle within walking distance of the Lisle Metra Station. Free parking is available on-site, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots on weekends and after 2pm on weekdays. Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance, and help with community and service projects. Visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer to complete the volunteer application. After Memorial Day, office hours extend to 10am-4pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays and 1-4pm on Thursdays. For more information about the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark or call 630-968-0499.

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

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New, Interactive Field Trip Program Introduced at The Museums at Lisle Station Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 23, 2018

New, Interactive Field Trip Program Introduced at The Museums at Lisle Station Park


Field Trips at The Museums at Lisle Station Park Photo: Students watching a blacksmith demonstration while on a field trip at The Museums at Lisle Station Park

Lisle, IL – Signs of spring are starting to pop up everywhere, and the Lisle Park District has organized a couple holiday events to get you back outdoors after a long, white winter.

Students, educators, and groups of all ages and types are invited to schedule a field trip at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. They offer a wide range of activities, demonstrations, and lessons designed to foster an interactive and engaging museum experience. Self-guided activities like "I-Spy" and "Bingo" give participants a chance to have a unique experience at the museum, identifying and connecting with historical objects throughout the site. Demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing, woodturning, baking, and more allow groups to connect with the technology and experiences of 19th century life. "White Glove Zones" are set up throughout the museum to give visitors an exclusive opportunity to handle real historical artifacts, specifically curated to enrich their visit. The museum site features historical buildings from Lisle and the surrounding region. The buildings have been restored inside and out to the way they would have appeared in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Trained docents lead interactive tours, which showcase structures and stories from 19th and 20th century northern Illinois. Visitors will learn about the people that lived, worked, and did business in these historic structures and ones like it from our region. Groups can select from a variety of participatory activities like "Be a Historian" and "Archaeology Adventure," which are designed to immerse them in the practical skills of history, archaeology, and even build their own take-home exhibits. The Museums at Lisle Station Park also offer lessons and activities for before, during and after field trips. These are designed by educators and guided by education standards to enrich and supplement learning in the classroom and beyond.

The Museums at Lisle Station Park are Lisle Park District facilities and operate as a joint effort between the Lisle Park District, the Village of Lisle, and the Lisle Heritage Society. They are conveniently located at 921 School Street in Lisle within walking distance of the Lisle Metra Station, easily accessible from anywhere along the BNSF railroad line. Parking is available on-site for cars and mini-busses with nearby parking for larger busses. The museums are also within walking distance of Downtown Lisle, Prairie Walk Pond, and Dragonfly Landing. Tours and demonstrations are free for Lisle schools and organizations. Text LISLEMUSEUM to 22828 to receive their newsletter, or visit bit.ly/lislemuseumtour to view a digital tour of the museum before an in-person visit. Interested schools and organizations should complete the field trip interest form found at bit.ly/fieldtripinterest.

Daily admission to the museum is free. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance, and help with community and service projects. Please visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer to complete the volunteer application. The Museums at Lisle Station Park have open office hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm. For more information about the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark or call 630-968-0499.

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

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Hop to These Festive Spring Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 13, 2018

Hop to These Festive Spring Events


Egg Hunt and Flashlight Egg Hunt Photo Left: Egg Hunt, March 24, 10:00am
Photo Right: Flashlight Egg Hunt, March 29, 9:00pm

Lisle, IL – The Museums at Lisle Station Park are proud to launch their expanded field trip program for schools, organizations, and associations throughout Chicagoland!

Next Saturday, March 24, at 10:00am sharp, bring your basket for the annual Egg Hunt in Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street. Children ages 10 and under are invited to hunt for colorful eggs by age group (2 and under, 3-5, 6-10) in different areas of the park. Prizes will be awarded to those who find the golden eggs! Bring your cameras to take a picture with the Bunny, and don't forget to dress warm. Fee per child is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents on or before March 16, and $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents after March 16. The fee to register on March 24 or on-site at the event is $10 for residents and nonresidents. For more information and to register, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents or call 630-964-3410.

On Thursday, March 29, at 9:00pm sharp, grab your flashlight for a new twist on a classic springtime tradition. Make sure you have fresh batteries, and head on over to Lisle Community Park for the annual Flashlight Egg Hunt. Children in grades 6-9 are invited to hunt for eggs filled with candy in the dark! Remember to dress warm, wear your athletic shoes, and bring your student ID to show at check-in. Save up to $5 when you register before Friday, March 23! Fee per child is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents on or before March 23, and $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents after March 23. The fee to register on March 29 or on-site at the event is $10 for residents and nonresidents. For more information and to register, call 630-964-3410 or visit LisleParkDistrict.org/specialevents.

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 Licensed to Support Illinois Youth!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 22, 2018

Get Licensed to Support Illinois Youth!


Park District Youth Program License Plate Photo: Sample of the Park District Youth Program license plate

Lisle, IL – Show your support for our youth by purchasing and displaying a set of colorful Park District Youth Program plates on your vehicle!

The Lisle Park District is promoting the sale of youth license plates to help support Illinois youth programs. The sale and subsequent renewals of the park district youth license plate generates $25 for the PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program, which funds youth programs in park and recreation agencies throughout Illinois. The goal of the PowerPlay! Program is to increase the number of opportunities designed to show youth the lifelong benefits of fitness, health and nutrition. With vanity and personalized plates available, your plate can be made-to-order to your liking!

Download the brochure on Park District Youth Program license plates for more information at lisleparkdistrict.org/pdfs/YouthLicensePlateForm.pdf, which includes both the random-number and vanity & personalized license plate request forms. Registration and fee information is outlined in the brochure, as well. Once your request form is completed, mail it to the Vehicle Services Department at the Secretary of State's office. The Park District Youth Program plate is also available online through Pick-a-Plate at ilsos.gov/pickaplate.

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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Immerse Yourself in Chicago's History at The Museums at Lisle Station Park this February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2018

Immerse Yourself in Chicago's History at The Museums at Lisle Station Park this February


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

Lisle, IL – On Saturdays in February, The Museums at Lisle Station Park welcome all ages to attend the Chicago Author Series – free, thought-provoking discussions about Chicago's regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it.

Our presenting authors from around Chicagoland will address their books in a fun and informal fashion.

  • On February 3, 25-year Chicago resident and avid cyclist Chris McAuliffe will discuss Cycling in Chicago, his book that outlines Chicago's history as the Detroit of bike manufacturing in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the city's many attributes that earned it the title 'Best Bike City' by Bicycling Magazine in 2016.
  • On February 10, author Jim McGuire will talk about his book Winfield, an expansive photo collection that showcases life in early Winfield, the location of the oldest standing depot in Illinois, dating back to 1849, with a focus on many of its early residents, places, work and play.
  • Please check the museum's website for details about the February 17 installment of the Chicago Author Series at LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events.
  • On February 24, Chicago native, long-time researcher, and teacher of history, John Boda, is joined by co-author, Ray Johnson, former criminal investigator, historian, and lecturer on Chicago history, to discuss their book The Great Chicago Fire, which contains extensive research and over 200 captivating photos of the infamous fire that destroyed the city in 1871.

The Chicago Author Series is presented by The Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Park District with program partners the Lisle Library District, Lake Claremont Press and Arcadia Press. This free, unique event series is held at the museum in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse at 1pm on Saturdays in February. Coffee and refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome to attend and seating is on a first come basis. The Museums at Lisle Station Park are located at 921 School Street in Lisle with free parking available in the lot on the museum campus in front of the Beaubien Tavern, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots.

Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance and help with community and service projects. To complete the volunteer application, please visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer. The Museums at Lisle Station Park have open office hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm. For more information about the museum's facilities, exhibits, blacksmith classes, birthday parties, rental opportunities, and the new expanded field trip program, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark or call 630-968-0499.

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

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'50 Years of Fun' Photography Contest Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2018

'50 Years of Fun' Photography Contest Winners Announced


Photo Contest Winners Photo Top Left: Park Board President Don Cook (center) with 2017 Photo Contest winners Owen McConville (left) and Madison Barma (right)
Photo Top Right: 1st Place
Photo Bottom Left: 2nd Place
Photo Bottom Middle: 3rd Place
Photo Bottom Right: Honorable Mention

Lisle, IL – On January 25 at the monthly meeting of the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners, the winners of the 2017 Photography Contest commemorating '50 Years of Fun' were announced, including awards for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention. Since 2017 marked the Lisle Park District's 50th Anniversary, participants were welcome to submit photographs taken at any time within the past 50 years at park district parks, facilities, events and programs.

The highest award for first place was presented to Janie Gibbs for her original photograph taken of the 'Patience of Nature' on a white, winter day in Lisle Community Park. Janie's photo is now on display in the Lisle Park District Recreation Center lobby at 1925 Ohio Street. The honor for second place was awarded to Owen McConville for his colorful photograph titled 'Pollination' capturing a bee hard at work in Lisle Community Park. The third place photograph was taken by Madison Barma, while 'Flying High' at the playground at Schiesher Elementary School. Last but certainly not least, honorable mention was given to Susan Lonergan for catching a moment of pure joy during the 'Summer of 1988' at Sea Lion Aquatic Park. All four photographs can be seen in the upcoming 2018 Lisle Park District Summer 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, capture these moments on your camera and enter the Lisle Park District's annual photo contest now through October 1, 2018. 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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Turn Screen Time into Quality Time at Lisle Park District's Leask Lane Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 31, 2017

Turn Screen Time into Quality Time at Lisle Park District's Leask Lane Park


Holiday Events Photo: Leask Lane Park in Lisle

Lisle, IL – When old man winter gives us a brief relief, be sure to get out to Lisle Park District's recently completed Leask Lane Park to discover the fun of Biba games!

Taking advantage of the video game rewards that kids have come to love, Biba transforms playgrounds into 'smart' play structures where the fun always changes, and all you need is the touchscreen device found in your pocket or purse. Biba games are played with augmented reality markers that are installed on the playground equipment at Leask Lane Park. These markers unlock new content, activate mini-games and reveal treasures when scanned. No special equipment is required. Just download the free Biba app, available on both iTunes and Google Play, and go! Biba games are specifically created for parents to play with children aged three to nine. More than 1,000 Biba playgrounds are already active in cities across North America, with many more to come in 2018. To learn more about Biba games, visit bibaventures.com.

Leask Lane Park is located adjacent to the new Ashton Place housing development near the corner of Warrenville Road and Leask Lane in the Greater Lisle community. The park was fully designed and constructed at a minimal cost to the Lisle Park District through a creative partnership with the developer of the Ashton Place subdivision, Oak Creek Capital Partners – Ashton Place Series. Park amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, drinking fountain, loop trail, small parking lot, and a large green space for spontaneous play.

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

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Gentle Learning Preschool Welcomes New Students for Open House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 27, 2017

Gentle Learning Preschool Welcomes New Students for Open House


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

Lisle, IL – On Wednesday, January 24, from 6:30-7:30pm, Lisle Park District's Gentle Learning Preschool will be opening its doors to new students and families at an Open House in their facility located at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street.

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

Gentle Learning Preschool offers programs for children who are 3 and 4 years of age. To enter the preschool program in the fall of 2018, students must be at least 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2018. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be accepted during the New Student Open House. Open registration will begin on Friday, January 26, at 9am at the Lisle Recreation Center. Registration is open until 2018 fall classes are full. At the time of registration, you must provide a printed copy of your child's birth certificate, proof of Lisle Park District residency, and a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

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

If you are unable to attend the New Student Open House and would like to schedule a tour of the facility, please call 630-964-3410. If your child missed the cut-off date for preschool in the fall of 2017, Gentle Learning Preschool offers a Stepping Stones program two days a week beginning January 8 for children who turned 2 by June 30, 2017. Registration for the January-May session of Stepping Stones is now open until January 2. To learn more about Gentle Learning Preschool, visit gentlelearningpreschool.org.

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

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Santa Sightings in Lisle this Holiday Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 30, 2017

Santa Sightings in Lisle this Holiday Season


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

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

This Saturday, December 2, at 4:30pm, see St. Nick in the Santa Light Parade during the Lights of Lisle Festival. Santa's final stop on the parade route will be The Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St., for free old fashioned fun with Mrs. Claus at Once Upon a Christmas. Festivities begin at 3pm and last until 8pm, including brick oven baking, holiday wagon and trolley rides, blacksmith and ice carving demonstrations, model railroad trains, children's crafts, music, and more. The merry fun continues on Sunday, December 3, from 11am-4pm, with a special visit from Santa and his live reindeer! See the full event schedule at lisleparkdistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-events.

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

Following the hunt from 11am-12:30pm at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., children ages 3-7 are invited to join Mrs. Claus and her elves as they sing Christmas songs, read ‘Twas a Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, decorate and eat Christmas cookies, and make holiday ornaments to take home! Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list for Mrs. Claus to deliver to Santa. Fee is $30 per resident and $45 per nonresident. Call 630-964-3410 now to register for the Candy Cane Hunt by December 8 and Cookies with Mrs. Claus by December 2! Visit lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents to learn more about these festive events.

If you'd like to spend quality time with your family while enjoying a delicious brunch, make reservations for Wheatstack's annual Brunch with Santa at 5900 S. Route 53 in Lisle. On Sundays, December 3, 7 and 10, you'll have plenty of time to meet Santa and enjoy a cooked-to-order omelet, french toast and maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, breakfast potatoes, mini muffins, lemon chicken, pasta, fruit, house salad, vegetables, chocolate fountain, coffee, soda, and/or tea. Seating begins at 9:30am, but be sure to call 630-968-1920, option 2, to make reservations soon, as there are limited seats available. The cost is $19 per adult, $13 per child age 5-10, and kids 4 and under eat for free! To learn more, visit wheatstacklisle.com/events.

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

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Shop with AmazonSmile this Holiday Season to Support the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 31, 2017

Shop with AmazonSmile this Holiday Season to Support the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation


AmazonSmile Photo: Support the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation by shopping AmazonSmile

Lisle, IL – This holiday season, when you are shopping black Friday deals on Amazon or purchasing last-minute gifts using your Amazon Prime account, be sure to shop on smile.amazon.com to support the Lisle Partners for Park Foundation, a non-profit aimed at enriching the quality of life in the greater Lisle community.

As of August 2017, AmazonSmile has donated $62, 069,818.82 to charities. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. Upon your first visit to smile.amazon.com, select the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation and then begin shopping. You'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

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.

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Travel Back in Time with Local Authors at The Museums at Lisle Station Park This October

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 28, 2017

Travel Back in Time with Local Authors at The Museums at Lisle Station Park This October


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

Lisle, IL – Every Saturday from October 7-28, The Museums at Lisle Station Park welcome all ages to attend the Chicago Author Series – free, thought-provoking discussions about our regional history and culture with local authors and those who write about it.

Our presenting authors from around Chicagoland will address their books in a fun and informal fashion.

  • On October 7, Illinois Institute of Technology alum and science fiction writer Steve Bellinger will discuss focal points in Chicago history through his book The Chronocar: An Urban Adventure in Time with co-presenter and playwright, Joe Rulli, author of Chicago Haymarket Affair.
  • On October 14, Author Sandra Colbert will talk about her book, Chicago Bound, a collection of short stories that take place in the Chicago stockyards, with co-presenter and UIC alum, Dominic Pacyga, author of Slaughterhouse, which deals with the history of livestock marketing and meatpacking in Chicago.
  • On October 21, come along for the ride as we travel across Chicagoland with David Sadowski, author of Chicago Trolleys, and learn about the history of Chicago's extensive transit system, which first started in 1859 with horse cars that ran on rails in city streets.
  • On October 28, freelance writer and author Ann Brack brings us her first published young adult novel Angie of Garfield Farm, which reflects her passion for Garfield Farm Museum and Chicago's history.

The Chicago Author Series is presented by The Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Park District with program partners the Lisle Library District, Lake Claremont Press and Arcadia Press. This free, unique event series is held at the museum in the Netzley/Yender Farmhouse at 1pm every Saturday in October. Coffee and refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome to attend and seating is on a first come basis. The Museums at Lisle Station Park are located at 921 School Street in Lisle with free parking available in the lot on the museum campus in front of the Beaubien Tavern, at the Lisle Village Hall, and in the Lisle Metra train commuter parking lots.

Daily admission to the museum is free, and tours are available by appointment. If you are interested in learning more about Lisle's history and culture, The Museums at Lisle Station Park are looking for volunteer assistance, including museum docents, history buffs, adult and children program support, special event assistance and help with community and service projects. To complete the volunteer application, please visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark-volunteer. The Museums at Lisle Station Park have open office hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm. For more information about the museum, exhibits, programs, birthday parties, and rental opportunities, visit LisleParkDistrict.org/museumsatlislestationpark or call 630-968-0499.

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

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Find Support at the DuPage Memory Café

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 30, 2017

Find Support at the DuPage Memory Café


Photo: The DuPage Memory Café is held the second Thursday of each month at the Lisle Recreation Center

Lisle, IL – September is World Alzheimer's Month, an international campaign started in 2012 to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. On Thursday, September 14, from 10:30-11:30am, the DuPage Memory Café will be creating a fun, fall craft with participants with memory loss and their caregivers.

Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and this number is expected to rise to as high as almost 16 million by 2050*. That is why the Lisle Park District has partnered with Comfort Keepers in Wood Dale and Elderwerks to form the DuPage Memory Café, a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a supportive and engaging environment at no cost. The neighborhood Memory Café encourages friendship and acceptance with a new activity each month to entertain and engage participants and cultivate a welcoming, safe atmosphere. This recurring program is usually held on the second Thursday of the month in the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio S