Director's Message

Here at Gurnee Park District, our volunteers, employees, Board Members, and local partners, work together to serve the many residents of Gurnee Park District. These efforts all contribute to meeting our mission; promoting fun and preserving nature.   

We are grateful for our coaches, special event volunteers, and monthly mixer servers who continue to make a difference, giving more than 3,000 hours each year. Volunteers can start to serve at age twelve. It is a great way for local junior high and high school students to explore career options as well as earn service hours. Adults are able to share their passion as a coach, or enhance our special event experience while having fun. Some volunteers even become a regular part of the park district team, as leaders of our Walking Club, or by organizing a park clean up.

Gurnee Park District staff also commit their careers to ensuring safe parks, fun programs, and memorable events every season. I have been a part of this team for the last 22 years, and I couldn’t be more proud. With summer ending, I would like the time to thank all our seasonal employees who made it one of our best.  From summer camps to the aquatic center, it was another great year filled with smiles and sunshine. Gurnee Park District also appreciates everything our Park Board members do for our community. A special thanks is in order for Libby Baker who recently resigned after 16 years of service. In addition, I cannot forget to thank President Jim Goshorn, Vice President Vicki Paddock, Commissioners Michelle Klemz, Gerry Crews and the newest Park Board member, Saundra Campbell for serving as the voice of our residents. On behalf of Gurnee Park District, we appreciate our Park Board’s dedication, we’re looking forward to another great season under their leadership.

Our community also benefits from our partnerships with the Lake County Health Department, Village of Gurnee, our local schools and businesses. We are so fortunate to have so many positive relationships.  Lake County Health Department truly helped support our GO GURNEE efforts adding over 20 GO programs throughout the county. The Village of Gurnee continues to collaborate with large events such as Gurnee Days Frosty Fest and Families on the Fairway. Local schools are host facilities for so many recreation programs including afterschool CARE and basketball. Gurnee businesses sponsor special events such as our summer concert series, Touch a Truck, Trick or Treat Path, monthly mixers, and holiday gatherings to keep them low cost or no cost options for fun!

With passionate residents and dedicated participants #TEAMGPD could not be more proud to share friendly competition, a passion for nature, endless moments of exploration, and of course … all the fun!  Employees, seasonal staff, Board Members, volunteers, and local partners, thank you! Not involved yet? Fall is a great time to be a part of #TEAMGPD! Whether you decide to give back, sign up for a program, or visit your local park, we hope to see you soon. 

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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.