Directors Message


Summers are busy times for most park districts and Gurnee Park District is no exception. Each fall I take a moment to reflect on just how many people we served in our facilities, parks and programs. We had over 250,000 visits between Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, FitNation, camps, sports leagues and other programs during this summer.

The GO GURNEE movement grew to over 250 champions and the GO GURNEE Walking Club connected over 30 residents to trails, nature and each other! The Club will continue into the fall and is a great way to enjoy some trails in Gurnee and beyond. Registration is continuous.

This summer we partnered with Gurnee School District 56, Northern Illinois Foodbank, the Illinois State Board of Education and the FDA to provide a free summer lunch program for low income children. Nearly 40 children enjoyed a nutritious lunch and recreational activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Village Park.

We hosted our 4th World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, introducing water safety to 25 non-swimmers. This program is one of the best ways we advocate for the necessity of basic swim lessons for all people.

Our summer campers collected thousands of children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank. The books will be distributed to at-risk children in Gurnee and the surrounding areas.

FitNation partnered with Rosalind Franklin University to provide free health screenings and sports physicals to individuals who do not have health insurance or have other challenges in accessing basic health screenings. So far, the coach has served 45 individuals.

Our famous RecMobile traveled to seven neighborhood parks bringing fun activities within walking distance of many residents’ homes. A perfect opportunity to meet neighbors and spend time with family and friends!

Over 150 volunteers assisted with coaching soccer and T-ball teams, supporting special events and programs even completing park projects! Our volunteer program is one of the largest in the area and offers a large variety of ways to help the Gurnee community!

The fall brings a lot of fun! Preschool is back in session, our fall youth soccer league “kicks” it into high gear and we look forward to some iconic special events like Touch-a-Truck, Trick or Treat Path and Super Saturday. There is something for everyone in the following pages. Take a look and discover something new. We look forward to serving you this season!

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions to further enhance our services. Please feel free to call me at 847-623-7788 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me.

Warmly,

Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP
Executive Director

 We Take Customer Service Seriously

Our values, affectionately known as "SOFFI Star" are Serve, Ownership, Family, Fun and Integrity. Our staff and volunteers strive for standards that uphold these values both in the workplace and out in our community.

We stand by our pledge to provide the best recreation and programming. 

Americans with Disabilities Act

Gurnee Park District intends to comply with the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. If you need any special accommodations, please call Gurnee Park District, so we can make the necessary arrangements.  

Gurnee Park District works with Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) to provide assistance in our programs.

ADA Officer:
Jeff Reinhard, CPRP
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