Gurnee Park District Hosts Summer Feeding Program with District 56

Gurnee Park District Summer Lunch Program
Gurnee Park District (GPD) is teaming up with District 56 to host a free Summer Food Service Program to support low-income children in Gurnee. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, free lunches will be served to kids 18 years and under in need at Village Park from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Summer can be an exciting time for any child filled w...
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Drowning is Silent – Gurnee Park District is Making Noise to Save Lives

Gurnee Park District Swim School
Drowning is silent and can happen in seconds. Gurnee Park District (GPD) is making noise this summer to save lives. On June 22, 2017, GPD will be hosting a free World's Largest Swim Lesson™ (WLSL™) from 7:10-7:40 pm at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center (900 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee). Pre-registration is required, but prior swim experience is not necess...
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Silver – Sneakers – Stronger

FitNation in Gurnee now offers SilverSneakers.
Have you heard the buzz? FitNation in Gurnee is offering more fitness opportunities for boomers and beyond – through SilverSneakers! This is the perfect way to defy the odds, gain confidence and shatter stereotypes. SilverSneakers is a free fitness program for seniors providing unlimited access to treadmills, the track, weights, pool and additional...
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Important Park District Update: Farmers' Market

Since 1999, Gurnee Park District has been offering a Farmers' Market to the community. For the past several years, we have seen a continuous decline in attendance. There are a variety of factors that contributed to the decline such as other neighboring markets with ideal downtown locations offering more favorable times. Many of our vendors als...
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Woman Fights Against Postpartum Depression Naturally with Fitness

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​ Four years ago, Seika Zugarazo was fighting postpartum depression after giving birth to her second child, Sebastian. "After I had my youngest, I did not make myself a priority. As I am sure many mothers and fathers can relate – I put my kids and spouse first. It became too easy to be my last priority," stated Seika. Her goal was to overcome postp...
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Is My Child Okay to Swim Alone?

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The sun is shining and warmer weather is here! That means only one thing – vacation season is just a few days away! All of us are excited to be able to spend more time outside at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, at a beach, our favorite lake or backyard pool. When we think of summer, we think of pool, sun and family time. Swimming can be fun for ever...
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Champions and Pups Celebrated One Year of GO GURNEE

Champions and Pups Celebrated One Year of GO GURNEE
Hundreds of GO GURNEE Champions were in attendance at the one year anniversary season kick-off event on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Viking Park in Gurnee. "We were so pleased to see so many smiling faces, the sun shining and lots of cute GO GURNEE pups at the event," stated Jennifer Gilbert, director of marketing and community relations with Gurnee Park...
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Free GO GURNEE Season Kick-off Event

Free GO GURNEE Season Kick-off Event
​ It's time to lace up your shoes and get stepping! GO GURNEE, presented by Gurnee Park District, will be hosting a free Season Kick-off Event on Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 pm in Viking Park (4364 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee). The event will include a DJ, 30 minute walk and free raffle along with champion T-shirt pick-up. All well-behaved and leashed dogs ar...
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Summer Executive Director's Message

Summer Executive Director's Message
​ Dear valued resident, At Gurnee Park District, we value having fun with family, friends and neighbors all year long. Since we live in the Midwest, taking full advantage of the warm summer months is extremely important as it seems to pass us by so quickly. We want our Park District families to have the best summer. With the warmer weather and sun ...
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9 Reasons to Volunteer in 2017

9 Reasons to Volunteer in 2017
​Volunteers are the best – seriously. They provide such a benefit to any organization, community and to themselves! At Gurnee Park District, we could not be more proud or grateful for our many volunteers who have donated over 10,000 hours in 2016 alone. They have helped us with countless projects, events and programs. Have you ever considered volun...
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Why You Lose Motivation, and What You Can Do About It

Why You Lose Motivation, and What You Can Do About It
​ New Year's has passed and your resolutions may have taken a back seat to other items on your check list. However, at FitNation, our goal is to keep you motivated ALL year long – not just around the New Year. Here are some of the reasons you might lose motivation, and what you can do about it: ​ 1. You get bored. Workouts do not and should not be ...
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Rain on Game Day? Can’t Find Your Practice Schedule? No Problem!

Rain on Game Day? Can’t Find Your Practice Schedule? No Problem!
​ Have you ever woken up two hours before your child's soccer game and thought to yourself…I see dark clouds in the sky, is the game going to be cancelled? Or I forgot which park we are supposed to go to today? Have no fear – Gurnee Park District is stepping up their game this summer! At the Park District, we understand the role weather plays on ma...
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“Ice Cream” American Ninja Warrior and Gurnee Resident Calls FitNation Her Personal Getaway

“Ice Cream” American Ninja Warrior and Gurnee Resident Calls FitNation Her Personal Getaway
​ Christine Hovorka, resident of Gurnee and member at FitNation, recently got accepted to participate in season nine of American Ninja Warrior. She applied about eight months ago. Hovorka filled out a questionnaire, received an email to send an audition tape and then a few weeks ago, she received the phone call that she was accepted to be on the sh...
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Italy is Coming to Gurnee

Italy is Coming to Gurnee
​ Italy will be coming to Gurnee on Friday, April 28. Gurnee Park District's Viking Park Singers, community chorus, will be hosting their annual Italian Fest. "This is a truly magical event. As soon as you walk into the Dance Hall doors at Viking Park Community Center, you smell the warm Saluto's spaghetti, hear the sounds of Italy and see all the ...
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Gurnee Park District’s Above the Barre Dance Team Receives Highest Score at Competition and Best Overall Performance

Gurnee Park District’s Above the Barre Dance Team Receives Highest Score at Competition and Best Overall Performance
​ Gurnee Park District's Above the Barre (ATB) dance team received many awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Wilmette Stars fifth annual competition held at Wilmette Park District's Center for the Arts including highest score, sensational smiles and best overall performance! "We are beyond proud of our dancers. They represented the communit...
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Leave the Planning to Gurnee Park District – Enjoy a Stay-cation this Spring Break!

Leave the Planning to Gurnee Park District – Enjoy a Stay-cation this Spring Break!
​ Leave the planning to Gurnee Park District this spring break, and let your kids enjoy a fun-filled stay-cation! The Park District will be taking field trips to Soldier Field in Chicago, Gameworks and Waterworks both in Schaumburg to name a few – just the right amount of fun for your kindergartner – sixth grader. For less than $4 an hour, you...
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Spring Director's Message

Spring Director's Message
​ "Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are and move toward where you are going." – Penelope Trunk Last year on May 1 st , many of us gathered at Viking Park to show our support and commitment towards Gurnee Park District's new initiative GO GURNEE that encourages everyone to walk 30 minutes each day. Since then, this initiative has ...
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Knauz Auto Park, Doris Sundell, Reggie Collymore and Angie Haynes Receive Community Service Awards

Knauz Auto Park, Doris Sundell, Reggie Collymore and Angie Haynes Receive Community Service Awards
​ Each year the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) allow member agencies like Gurnee Park District (GPD) to submit the names of employees, volunteers, elected officials and civic leaders who go above and beyond assisting park districts. This year, Gurnee Park District Board of Commissio...
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GO GURNEE is Going Places!

GO GURNEE is Going Places!
GO GURNEE, a 30 minute walking movement started by the Gurnee Park District in 2016, is now spreading to neighboring communities. Antioch and Waukegan have adopted the movement along with a county-wide movement by Lake County. "We are excited to see the same GO logo attached to GO Waukegan, GO Antioch and GO Lake County. Gurnee Park District's visi...
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Gurnee Park District Receives the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 19th Consecutive Year

Gurnee Park District Receives the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 19th Consecutive Year
​ For the 19th year in a row, Gurnee Park District has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area o...
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