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Gurnee Park District Newsletter – June 2024

While summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, it’s safe to say it is officially feeling like summer! The trees are fully boasting their summer flair and the temperatures are slowly rising higher and higher! Make sure to soak up those rays and beautiful days by taking a visit to one of our amazing 28 parks (see this month’s Park Highlight below)!

We have a lot in store this month! Mark your calendars for our upcoming June events and MORE!


The Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is NOW open! Enjoy fun all summer long!

Hours include:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
*passholder only entry 11:00am-12:00pm
Holidays: 11:00am – 7:00pm

We have a busy summer planned! Visit our Aquatic Center event calendar here!

Visit for the day, or all summer long by purchasing your online day pass or 2024 season pass!

Online Day Pass
2024 Season Pass

*Don’t forget to check Rainout Line for all weather-related updates!


This Friday (6/7), get ready for our annual Families on the Fairway event at Bittersweet Golf Course! This event is FREE and FUN for the whole family! Friday, June 7
Bittersweet Golf Course | 875 Almond Road

Learn More!


Grab your friends as our popular monthly mixers have been extended through July!

NEW summer location: Gurnee Community Church | 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. 60031

As summer begins, let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned picnic, indoors of course! Lunch will include fried chicken, potato salad, vegetable and fruit trays, and dessert. Following lunch, we’ll play “Name That Tune” with singer and piano player, Robb Pedraza. 

Friday, June 14 – 11:30am-1:00pm
*Doors open: 11:00am/lunch service begins at 11:30am

Registration deadline: 6/10

Save Your Seat


Our Sounds of Summer concert series begins this month! See below for our upcoming June concerts:

June 13: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “90s Pop Nation” at Viking Park

June 18: Sounds of Summer Children’s Series: “Mary Macaroni” at Viking Park
* We’re proud to partner with our friends at Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. 
Forest Orthodontics & Pediatrics’ SMILE Ice Cream Truck will be onsite! The team will be serving up FREE, sweet treats to guests (while supplies last)!

June 27: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “Radio Gaga” at Viking Park
*thank you to our sponsor, Old National Bank, for making this event possible!

Special thank you to the Gurnee Exchange Club, who will be onsite for our evening concerts selling concessions!


As we welcome the month of June, we also welcome Pride Month, a time to celebrate, remember, and continue the progress toward equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. Here at the Gurnee Park District, where the heart of our mission lies in fostering a welcoming environment for all members of our community, we embrace the significance of this month by reflecting on its origins and celebrating its importance.

DEI Corner Blog


Head on over to the east side of Gurnee, just past Route 41, down Belle Plaine Avenue, and you will find…Shaw Park!

Tis’ the season to get outside, and Shaw Park is a great place to do just that! Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood near Spaulding School, Shaw Park is another one of Gurnee Park District’s finest locations. The park boasts an inviting playground for all ages, plenty of shade from mature trees, as well as a wooded walking path. If you’re looking to get in some extra steps, hop on over to the “Boulevard View Trail,” which connects to the park for an extra ¾ mile walking adventure.

Did you know? In 2018, the park received a makeover to its playground structures, including new slides, climbing features, a merry-go-round, a swing set, and a tot lot. In addition to plenty of new and exciting play features, our Parks Teams also added a large shade sail or kite, making picnics at the park the perfect summer activity!


Mark your calendars for MORE fun throughout the summer!

Special Event Calendar

Looking for a FUN and REWARDING job? We’re hiring!
Available positions include:

Business Services Specialist (FT)
Facility Maintenance I & II (FT & PT)
FitNation Childcare (PT)
Fitness Attendant (PT)
Group Exercise Instructor (PT)
Park Ambassador (PT)
Personal Trainer (PT)
Special Events Coordinator (PT)

Apply today!

Have a great month! We look forward to seeing you out and about at Gurnee Park District!

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
Families on the Fairway 6/7
Monthly Mixers 55+

May 8, 2024

Gurnee Park District Newsletter – May 2024

It’s safe to say that all those April showers gave way to some beautiful May flowers! Spring is SPRINGING here at Gurnee Park District! Take time to enjoy all of the vibrant signs of spring by planning a visit to one of our parks – pack a picnic lunch, invite some friends, and make a day of it! This time of year is fleeting, but the memories it brings can last a lifetime! We have a lot in store this month! Mark your calendars for our upcoming May events and MORE!



Opening weekend at the pool is coming up fast! See our Aquatic Center hours below!

Saturday, May 25 – 12:00 – 7:00pm*
*11:00am-12:00pm passholder entry only
Sunday, May 26 – 12:00 – 7:00pm*
*11:00am-12:00pm passholder entry only
Monday, May 27 – 11:00am – 7:00pm

*Visit Rainout Line for all weather-related updates!

Make sure you and the family are ready for the summer season – purchase your Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center 2024 season pass today at reduced rates now – 5/31!

Purchase your 2024 season pass here


Summer is right around the corner! Get ready by taking a look at our NEW Summer Program and Events Guide, which includes summer programs, classes, events, and more!

View 2024 Summer Program & Events Guide


Let’s play ball! Our T-Ball and Lil’ Sluggers leagues begin soon. These leagues are perfect for your future all star to learn basic fundamentals of the game of baseball, all while having fun and being part of a team!

Make sure to join your team soon – spaces are limited! Practices begin the week of June 10!

Play ball this summer


Looking to learn more about the GO Gurnee movement? Join us for our GO Gurnee Re-Boot event on Sunday, May 19! The GO Gurnee Re-boot event will include guided walking groups, FREE GO Gurnee swag, music, FREE hot dogs and chips (while supplies last), and MORE.
Have a furry friend who likes to walk, too? Bring them along to meet other dog lovers and even enjoy some pet-friendly giveaways!

Learn more here


We will be open with limited hours on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29). Please see below for our facility hours:

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center: OPEN 11:00am – 7:00pm
Hunt Club Park Community Center: CLOSED
FitNation on Nations Drive: OPEN 7:00am – 12:00pm
Viking Park Community Center: CLOSED 


Tucked away in the rolling landscape of the Prairie Oaks neighborhood, you will find one of Gurnee Park District’s most hidden gems – Prairie Oaks Shagbark Park.

Entering the park, especially during this time of year, is nothing short of magical. In fact, with groves of mature oak trees, stunning landscaping, and even a hidden fairy garden, it’s almost as if you’ve entered a scene from the Secret Garden. And it’s right here, in Gurnee!

Behind every twist and turn that the park has to offer brings something new to behold. Make sure to visit one of the two permanent book-lending libraries, built by local park neighbors, or, drop a “bone” in the dog toy-sharing bin. Looking for more fun? Walk the short path, which connects Prairie Oaks Shagbark to the neighboring Prairie Oaks Silo Park!

Did you know? The playground equipment at Prairie Oaks Shagbark Park was recently updated in the fall of 2022. Among the many new features replacing those that had been installed 20+ year ago, include a nod to the park’s fairy tale theme, with playground equipment including a tree fort aesthetic.


Spring is in full bloom as we head into a new month, signaling a time to get outside! And what better way to do so than during the month of May, also recognized as “Mental Health Awareness Month.” 

DEI Corner Blog


Our summer event schedule is now online! Mark your calendars for Neighborhood Nights, Families on the Fairway, Sounds of Summer concerts, and MORE!

View Special Events schedule here

Looking for a FUN and REWARDING job? We’re hiring!
Available positions include:

Aquatics (current and summer positions – PT)
Business Services Specialist (PT)
Customer Service Representatives (PT)
Cultural Arts Supervisor (FT)
Dance Instructor (PT)
Director of Recreation (FT)
Facility Maintenance (PT)
Member Services (FT)
Personal Trainer (PT)

View all available positions here

Have a great month! We look forward to seeing you out and about at Gurnee Park District! 

May GO Gurnee Event
May Event - Opening Weekend at the Aquatic Center
May Event - Summer Program Guide
Mario Moreno
April 30, 2024

The place is always clean and nicely organized. Bathrooms always spotless lean.

Nathan Medina
April 27, 2024

Nice place. Overall I think it's great but it's too expensive for me. The pool is nice but it's a little shorter than a regular pool. The sauna and steam room are both great and the locker room is in good condition and clean.

Wayne Burke
April 7, 2024

Everyone is very nice and helpful. Very clean and maintained. Keep up the great work!

November 14, 2023

I have not yet used the facility, but the tour was thorough, and the staff was friendly. I would like there to be weight machines, but lots of classes are offered that I'm looking forward to trying.

Kenneth Norwood
September 26, 2023

Absolutely the Best fitness facility!! The staff are Top Notch! DuMel is the Best!!

Belle Searcy
August 4, 2023

Always clean, not too noisy, sauna, steam sauna, spacious hot tub, plenty of machines, broken machines get fixed in timely manner, lots of water bottle fillers, plenty of sanitization wipes, friendly staff, friendly people working out... overall worth the price! (Just wish they were open later on weekends)

Angela Mirretti
May 1, 2023

Love this place, great group classes!!

Shirlese Locke
March 27, 2023

I love the Fitnation Gurnee location. However, I really missed the Exercise classes at the HuntClub location. Please bring them back.

Barry Bernstein
March 16, 2023

I finally found a club that is clean, open and expansive with working machines and lots of good reviews. It has everything you should expect in a quality health club, including a pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, clean locker rooms and even drink vending machines. They even have a senior citizen discount, which several of the store front places do not. The front desk area is almost as big as some of these storefront places. They do provide towels and have clean showers 🚿. Please tap on the thumbs up 👍 and follow me with my many reviews.

Emily S.
January 22, 2023

I've been coming to fitnation since September 2022. I really like all of the staff, amenities and group fitness classes. I wish there were more group fitness classes offered in the evenings and on later on the weekends.

anthony bennett
January 19, 2023

Constantly being kept clean even with hs jocks working out. Lol

We love Hunt Club Fitness center I really enjoy the walking track!!

January 3, 2023

I like working out at FitNation.

I highly recommend Fit Nation they have so much to offer! Working out here is great we also love the pool and all the additional amenities such as: women's workout room, classes, basketball 🌻

Brenda Hansen
October 7, 2022

Nice place to work out at your own time and level

September 25, 2022

Nice clean facility!

Ricky Fico
May 14, 2022

I rejoined FitNation just about a month ago after a 2 year hiatus. That hiatus put 30 pounds on my frame and now, since March 27 and a month at FitNation I am down 20 of those pounds. FitNation is clean, the staff accommodating and the equipment - awesome!

Dave Dayton
April 30, 2022

The FitNation facility is impeccable. In spending over an hour 6 days a week watching the care taken by the staff from maintaining the equipment, lighting, towel service and cleaning everywhere, I am thankful to have became a member. I know it's difficult for many to make it a habit to of working on our physical being, the recognition and greetings by the front desk staff makes one feel like this is the place you belong. When you get the call to join a facility, to address your physical needs, the cost value comparison of FitNation is money well spent. Thanks for better health, physically and mentally.

Darby Hiott
January 11, 2022

Has everything and very nice

Jim Fallguy
December 18, 2021

Offers weight systems and free weights plus group fitness.

Rodney Vieux
December 3, 2021

I love it! Great place to work out.

Jessica Castrejon
November 9, 2021

Were not clear about the kids memberships , was kinda of a waste of time. My kid has gone alone paying the daily pass , but when I tried to get him a membership he needed and adult to go with him. Not sure how that works but 🤷‍♀️

Gretchen Morrison
September 19, 2021

Bonnie, the Hydrofit instructor for aquartics on Mondays and Tuesdays ROCKS! Her class is a WORKOUT from 9-10 with little downtime in between exercises. That down time is filled with jogging in place. I appreciate her enmcouragement and options for folks with limited mobility. Thank you, Bonnie!

Renee Pratscher
September 13, 2021

I've only been to the Nation's Drive facility and it's wonderful! The front desk is super helpful and very pleasant. They always wish you a great workout when you arrive, and they send off with a "Have a nice day", when you leave. Always! The facility is very clean, and I see the staff constantly vacuuming, cleaning, and going the extra distance to keep up with covid requirements so that the place is safe for all guests. All the machines are in good condition and I particularly love the two private work out rooms within the women's locker room. 5 stars, Fitnation!

June 26, 2021

100% back open. Great environment, great equipment no excuses get there and get right. 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

Stephanie Ambre
June 26, 2021

Love the staff + environment is great! Would give it 5 stars if it was open till 9 on Fridays and hours were longer on the weekend!

Sheila Melo Grospe
January 5, 2021

It was my first time back since the pandemic started and I really appreciate the practices in place for maintaining a clean workout area and social distancing. Everyone followed the rules and it felt very safe. Plan to try and make more time again to workout safely.

Joseph N.
December 12, 2020

Great place. Nice and clean...doing a great job during these tough times!

great place to workout if you don't want to wait for a machine, staff is friendly and super clean.

Wendy Rojel
May 29, 2015

Fitnation is My Favorite Place To Workout