Reasons to join GO GURNEE's Walking Club

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By: Carol Esler, Gurnee Resident and Walking Club Member | GO GURNEE started in 2016 and in 2017 the GO GURNEE Walking Club put their best foot forward to enhance efforts, promote wellness and keep people moving! Today, the group gets together every Saturday to enjoy a local 30-minute walk. Members can walk longer or shorter depending on their...
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Learn to swim with your kids!

Blog Author: Nicole Mendez, Aquatic Coordinator ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) It's summer! The Hunt Club Aquatic Center is filled with fun! Families are swimming, diving, and sliding their way through summer! Together with parents, Gurnee Park District looks forward to encouraging children of all ages to swim safely. The best way to start? Try...
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Easy Vacation Work Out!

By: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES ​ Going on vacation? Celebrating 4th of July? Summer is full of fun! This quick circuit workout will take 10 to 30 minutes. Don't cheat yourself, get it done!  Exercising while on vacation, or before that BBQ will enhance your day, give you more energy, build confidence and burn extra calories! Additionally, you ca...
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Pick Up Pickleball

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By: Kay Wilt, Gurnee Resident and Pickleball Player -   Since 2014, the sport of pickleball continues to be one of the fastest growing sports. Why? The sport can be played at any age at a variety of skill levels.  I was first introduced to the game in 2016 at FitNation Gurnee's health fair. I signed up for a time slot with a few frie...
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Finding your fitness time

State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager  It's summer! Graduations, summer camp, sports, vacations and everything in between have taken over. As a parent, I know it can be difficult to find "me time" and/or gym time. This summer, stay committed to your fitness goals by taking the time to plan, embrace the buddy system, pr...
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Starting up summertime!

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Director's Message: Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP Summer is my favorite season of the year! The upcoming long, holiday weekend kicks off summer! As many of you, I am eagerly waiting to get outside, enjoy the parks, take a few walks and ride my bike.  I invite you to start your summer with Go! This year, Go the Distance, our youth walking cha...
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Stay safe in water!

Blog Author: Nicole Mendez, Aquatic Coordinator  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) It is that time of the year! The weather is (thankfully) starting to warm up, the grass is becoming a bit greener, and we no longer have to scrape a sheet of ice off of our cars. Yep, summer is quickly approaching and before we know it, it will be time to bust ou...
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Above the Barre Goes Beyond at I Love Dance

​ Gurnee Park District competitive dance team, Above the Barre demonstrated precision, poise and success at the 40th annual I Love Dance competition.   As four year veterans to this competition, the success of the team was no surprise to Kris Norwood, Dance Coordinator for Gurnee Park District. "Team dynamic goes beyond hard work and dedicatio...
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Teaming Up with the NFL: Summer Flag Football

This summer team up with the NFL and play flag football! Gurnee Park District looks forward to supporting the mission and vision of the NFL Flag Football League! Want to try it out, Kid's Combine will be at Hunt Club Park, next to the community center on June 2 from 12:30 - 2:30PM.  It's FREE to come out and test your skills!  ​ Mission: ...
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GO The Distance: Youth Walking Challenge

With support from Woodland School District 50 and Gurnee School District 56, GO The Distance: Youth Walking Challenge combines efforts with the youngest members of the community. All children ages 5 to 14 are welcome to participate and attend the April 29 kick-off with their entire family. Please be sure to register for FREE to receive GO GURNEE t-...
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IPRA Selects Patrick Bodame as Distinguished Member of the Year

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Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) awards an active member of the IPRA Facility Management Section who exemplifies leadership and collaboration.  Congratulations to Patrick Bodame CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager who has been a part of Gurnee Park District's growing fitness department for the last six years. With a contagious work e...
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Volunteers Awarded for Their Service

Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) with Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) honored four volunteers that donate their time and talent to serve the community. Congratulations to the 2018 IPRA/IAPD Community Award Winners; Linda Brogren, Simone Johnson, Tim Hill and Mike Newborn! LINDA BROGREN Go Gurnee Walking Club  Drawi...
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Learn to swim at any age!

Everyone has the ability to swim, but according to an American Red Cross National Survey in 2014, "more than half of all Americans can't swim or perform basic swim safety skills." Adults take the time to sign their children up for swim lessons but do not take the time to learn themselves. "Everybody should know how to swim," shared Kathy Atkins Gur...
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Marching with GO Gurnee

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Springtime is all about new opportunities and most importantly, warmer weather! As the sun starts shining on longer, it's a great time to GO out and enjoy it. Challenge yourself to walk 30 minutes a day! Enjoy your local parks, walk around the block or head out to your favorite Lake County Forest Preserve! Need a little more motivation? Join GO GUR...
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Egg celent ways to Spring Break!

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  There are plenty of ways to celebrate spring holidays as well as enjoy time off work and school. Spend time with family, fitness and fun! Egg Hunts March 18, hunt for eggs at the FitNation pool during open swim. Stay in, make a splash and wait to be called for your age group's hunt. Find your time to dive in here. March 24, hunt for eggs wit...
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So Many Ways to Jump in at Hunt Club Aquatic Center

Party, play and plunge! The pool is the perfect place to reset and enjoy summer! The best prices of the season have extended to March 14, 2018! Purchase your pass here . Party Throw a private party at the pool! Parties include the cost for 15 guests and 3 adult chaperones.Additional guests can be added for a small fee. Make a splash with two hours ...
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Springing Forward with Susie Kuruvilla, Executive Director

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"Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance you must keep moving" (author: unknown) At the Gurnee Park District, we continue to keep moving forward. A recent analysis shows that the Gurnee Park District demographics have changed considerably in the past 8 years (since the last census in 2010). Our younger population under the age ...
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Teaming Up With Gurnee Police Department to Stop Bullying

Tami Martin, Education Specialist for Gurnee Police Department visited CARE, our before and after school program to shine a light on bullying and how to stop it from occurring.  Bullied herself, Officer Martin looked to a career that would help serve and protect others. With experience as a high school police officer, Martin developed a passio...
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GPD Wins Gold for Aquatic Safety

Jeff Ellis and Associates, Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants awarded Gurnee Park District, 2017 Gold International Aquatic Safety Award   Unannounced audits evaluated the effectiveness of training, supervision and record keeping. Gurnee Park District was awarded by scoring in the top 30% of criteria. Guests are consistently being ...
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Have a Healthy Heart

February is heart health month. According to The Heart Foundation , heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. There are many ways to reduce your risks and live a heart healthy life! Here are a few ways!  Stay Active All it takes is 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Challenge yourself to take a walk during lunch, get to th...
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