Director's Message

Summer happens to be my favorite season and I am sure many of you can relate with me on this. After months of being cooped up inside I am excited to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Fortunately, Gurnee has a lot to offer in terms of parks, trails, playgrounds and much more to keep us outside having fun. In addition, we have a lot of recreation programs that will make summer even more memorable.

For our younger residents, the first session of day camp starts June 10. Our teams at Hunt Club Park and Viking Park look forward to weeks of fun that lead to years of memories! It’s truly a highlight of my summer to see campers enjoying their summer playing in the parks and engaged in many fun activities. Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center sure is a highlight during the summer. It opens Memorial Day weekend, so don’t forget to purchase your season pass, or visit with the $10 daily online pass! This community gem is convenient, safe, and affordable. We also have plenty of FREE special events to choose from including summer concerts at Viking Park, themed GO GURNEE walks, Neighborhood Nights and Fitness in the Park, courtesy of FitNation. There are plenty of ways to enjoy family time and meet new neighbors at over 25 parks and playgrounds this summer.

One of my favorite ways to connect with others is through friendly competition. Pickleball is a great way to compete, stay active, and be social. The eight courts outdoor pickleball complex at O’Plaine Community Park is a great place to achieve this! Another way to stay active is with this summer’s GO GURNEE Sedentary Smackdown. The challenge is to walk 100 miles in 100 days. Get started by joining the Sedentary Smackdown Facebook group. With that said, members of FitNation can share their success with each other too! From workouts to fitness achievements, the NEW FitNation Gurnee Official Members Only Group on Facebook is a great way to track progress, be supportive, receive encouragement, and stay motivated.

Participate in camp, meet your neighbors, achieve health/wellness goals, and share your experiences with us. This summer is all about being social. Get out and enjoy it! On behalf of Gurnee Park District, we’re looking forward to a super summer with you!


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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Gurnee Park District Policy Manual

It is the purpose of the District to effectively and economically provide recreational programs, facilities, and open space for the residents of the District which are designed to provide wholesome, constructive, and enjoyable leisure time experiences that benefit the individual, the family, and the community. The Board acts as the legislative and policy making body of the District in the operation, control, improvement, and planning of its parks, recreation programs, facilities, personnel and fiscal operations.

The Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners recognizes the need for a manual that contains Board approved policies that facilitate the operation of the District on a day-to-day basis. The Board has reviewed and approved this manual and will in the future periodically review and revise the policies contained in this manual as it deems appropriate.

Click here to download the Gurnee Park District Policy Manual

Gurnee Park District Ordinance Code

In order to provide safe, accessible, and entertaining parks for all the Gurnee Park District has established an ordinace code. To view the entire ordinance code click here.