Gurnee Park District News

Quick tips for parents: Ways to get your child ready for preschool.

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Blog Author: Sue McDougle, CPRP, Preschool Manager | The teachers and staff of Growing Tree Preschool look forward to meeting and learning with your child and your family.  Looking for a preschool that will meet the needs of your child?  Growing Tree Preschool can be the right place. You can help your child transition too! In th...
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Biking My Way Through My Bucket List

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Blog Author: FitNation Gurnee Member, George Inman |  We met up with one of our members, George, who just completed his second cross-country bike tour. Learn more about George's travelling adventures, why he chooses to train at FitNation Gurnee and how he trains for such an amazing feat. "While I do bike often, I don't consider myself a c...
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What is your 2020 vision?

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As we look to achieve new resolutions, Gurnee Park District is proud to support and help you try something NEW! From active lifestyle resolutions to new hobbies, make a vision board for yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Wishing you all the best in 2020! ​ An active lifestyle resolution  It can be difficult to find what works for ...
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Welcome FitNation Gurnee's NEW General Manager, Chris Leathers.

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With 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, Chris is highly motivated and excited to join the Gurnee Park District team. ​Check out his complete blog below!  I look forward to utilizing my industry experience to continue to provide high quality, FitNation customer service and be a positive impact for the Gurnee community and beyond. C...
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Don't use winter as an excuse. Get out and GO GURNEE!

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Blog author, Dawn Szostak, GO GURNEE Walking Club member shares her experience and a few ways to get started and stay motivated throughout the winter. ​ "Come when you can, the hardest part is just getting started." GO GURNEE Walking Club Member, Dawn SzostakThe colder weather can be tough to stay committed to my daily step goal, but the Walking Cl...
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Ways to WIN this Winter!

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​A message from Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP |  As we look to achieve new resolutions, Gurnee Park District is proud to support and help you achieve your health and wellness goals. From physical to mental to social health, we're here provide resources for your success. "Whether your New Year's Resolution for 2020 is focused o...
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Thanksgiving Festivities in Gurnee

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Check out things to gobble up in Gurnee on your Thanksgiving break and on Turkey Day! ​ Days Off School  | FunTimez ​It will be FunTimez on Wednesday for our Thanksgiving Days Off School! Students will enjoy inflatables, rock walls, laser tag and so much more! A pizza lunch will be provided.Trip Time: 10:30 am-3:00 pmDrop off anytime...
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Meet FitNation Gurnee's Operations Supervisor, Tim Rochford.

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​Tim comes to Gurnee Park District with 35 years of fitness and sports management experience. From owning his own martial arts/fitness business, to teaching Kinesiology at Harper College, to his role as the Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Manager at Lake Bluff Park District, he looks to continue to, "positively impact people's lives" in his...
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FitNation Inspiration from Antonio Marquez, Member of FitNation Gurnee

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When not at work, I truly enjoy my time at the gym. I started lifting in high school, like many others, realized I enjoyed it. From there, I decided to challenge myself each day to reach new personal records (PRs) and improve in areas where I am not the strongest in.​ "Make your own goals and create a plan to achieve them."  Antonio Marquez&nb...
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Gurnee Park District Youth Basketball Coach, Maggie Newton volunteers her time and shares her passion.

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Blog Author: Athletics Supervisor: Chris Marzano, CPRPVolunteer coaches make a huge difference, not only by supporting athletes but by dedicating their time to our programs. On behalf of Gurnee Park District Youth Basketball, we would like to thank all coaches who continue to dedicate their time. This blog spotlights one of our volunteer, youth bas...
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Halloween crafts with Growing Tree Preschool: How to make a glow in the dark ghost.

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​Our Growing Tree Preschool students spent three days creating spooktacular Halloween decorations to bring home. Special thanks to Gurnee Park District Growing Tree Preschool Teachers Robin Pfenning and Elaine Fox, from Room 3 at Hunt Club for their creativity and leadership!It was so much fun to follow along and see the final ghostly and glowing r...
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Teaming up with Warren Special Recreation Association for Inclusion.

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Blog Author: Amber Bodame CTRS, Inclusion & S.O. Coordinator at WSRA | To meet the needs of people with disabilities who choose to participate in park district programs, the professional staff at Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) assist participants and their parents with the inclusion process. Inclusion...
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Benefits of Ballin'. Top 5 Reasons to join Gurnee Park District's Youth Basketball League

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Blog Author: Athletics Supervisor, Chris Marzano, CPRPWinter time means youth basketball at Gurnee Park District. Each November, until mid-March, third through eighth graders, work on their skills, build teamwork, and have fun while competing on game day. Here are the top five reasons why you should join the youth basketball league at Gurnee P...
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Trick or Treat with Gurnee Park District

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Blog Author: Special Events Manager, Beckie Korzyniewski, CPRP |  It is that time of year again! We're so excited to host our annual Trick or Treat Path this Saturday, October 12 at Viking Park! Join us as ghouls, goblins and favorite characters greet trick or treaters from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.Some scenes at the event have bee...
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Give Back. Get Involved. Volunteer with Gurnee Park District!

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Blog Author: Jamie Richards, Recreation Coordinator |  Our Park District volunteers are the best! Every year, approximately 700 volunteers give back to the Gurnee community. From our athletic coaches to special events, many programs and events would not be possible without their continued support.   Top 5 reason to volunteer! You wil...
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How We Completed 100 Miles in 100 Days With GO GURNEE

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Blog Author: Janet Eppers | GO GURNEE CHAMPION  Born and raised in the Lake County area, completing GO GURNEE's Sedentary Smack Down challenge was a great way to work together to accomplish our goals.  ​I was just coming off double hip replacement surgery, and Joe was looking for ways to stay active and dedicate time to a health and welln...
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Join #TEAMGPD

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Blog Author: Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla | 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. Fall is a great time to be a part of #TEAMGPD...
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The benefits of dance class for your preschooler

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Blog Author: Kris Norwood, Performing Arts Coordinator ​ Gurnee Park District dance classes look to teach our favorite tiny dancers basic dance skills while having fun! Learn how our preschool dance classes keep children active, encourage social development, enhance critical thinking skills and improve confidence. Active Learning  Physica...
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Meet Aquatic Manager, Diane DeLorenzo

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Blog Author: Diane DeLorenzo | As the Aquatic Manager, I will be responsible for overseeing the operation of the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, FitNation Gurnee's Indoor Pool, Swim School at Fitnation, along with swim lessons indoors at Warren High School and outdoors at the Aquatic Center.  I am very excited about working with Gurne...
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What's GOing on?

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By: Jennifer Gilbert, CPRP, Director of Marketing & Community Relations | Publication from: Volume 50, Number 4 | July/August 2019 Illinois Parks and Recreation | The magazine of the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. ​ ​If you haven't heard yet there is something GO-ing on in Northern Illin...
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