Gurnee Park District News

Walking Club Volunteer, Quin O'Brien GOes the Extra Mile!

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​Blog Author: Quin O'Brien | Flipping through Gurnee Park District's program guide, I came across GO GURNEE. With an individual goal set to walk 10,000 steps a day, it seemed like a great way to add variety to my walks. As one of the newest Walking Club members, I look forward to meeting others as well as recruiting and encouraging the communi...
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Motor skills. What are they and how you can help your preschooler?

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Blog Author: Sue McDougle, Preschool Manager | Fine motor skills are the ability to coordinate movements using the small muscles in the fingers, hands and forearms. The building blocks to developing good fine motor skills include hand strength, finger strength, hand eye coordination as well as: ​ Bilateral Integration: The ability to move both...
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Above the Barre Goes Beyond!

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Our competitive dance company, Above the Barre took home a variety of titles at Wilmette Park District Center for the Arts dance department's seventh annual dance competition. " We have great veteran staff and even better talent. From choreographer, Sam Murphy to our talented Above the Barre company, we continue to work hard and prepare f...
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Welcome to Spring!

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Blog Author: Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla | Are you ready to play? From our NEW playgrounds to special events, there is something fun for everyone! I'm eager and ready for park goers to experience updates at Westgate, University and Shaw Parks. New innovative playgrounds and tot lots will delight your children and provide plenty of...
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9th Consecutive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Announced

For the 9th consecutive year, our Business Services team is  pleased to announce that they have received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The award represents a significant achievement by a government entity. It reflects commitment of the gov...
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Volunteers Awarded for Their Community Service.

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Gurnee Park District's fitness facilities, special events, and youth athletic programs would not be the same without support of community volunteers. This year, Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) with Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) honored one intergovernmental partnership and four volunteers that donate their time ...
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Bundle up and go sledding!

Take advantage of the snow! Christine Thompson's Sled Hill has had a busy winter so far! The park is located at the corner of Woodlawn and Belle Plaine Avenue in Gurnee. Your most common questions are answered here. Stay safe and enjoy the snow! ​ Is the sled hill open? Be sure you check these resources before leaving your home! Click here for...
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Working out is better as a team!

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Interview with Bride-To-Be Jackie Russo, FitNation Gurnee Visitor.  Both avid gym goers, soon to be married Jackie Russo and Patrick Tauber met at Illinois State University's Rec Center. After dating for 4 ½ years, they will tie the knot this summer on June 1 at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling Illinois. "The gym is our outlet and a great ...
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Why Choose GPD Summer Camp? Weeks of Fun, Years of Memories!

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Blog Author: Sabrina Hinkens, Youth Program Supervisor - Summer Camp builds confidence and independence and allows children to meet lifelong friends. Register for your summer today! Plan summer based on your child's age, interests and scheduling needs.  Our dedicated and talented camp staff's number one priority is the safety an...
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Learn to Exercise Series - Circuit Training

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From blog 1, you have made goals to exercise every week, you've got the basics of strength training down from blog 2,  and now you're ready for more! The circuit workouts below train the  whole body vs. training a specific body part. There is no right or wrong way. Try different things and see what works best for you! See exerci...
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Learn to Exercise Series - Strength Training Basics

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Have you starting tracking your workouts? Remember, from the first blog of this series , I encourage setting a goal to exercise three days a week! You already do some cardio, but strength training seems daunting, stressful and you just don't know what to do. A lot of people feel this way, you are not alone. For strength training I like to teach peo...
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Learn to Exercise Series - How Much Exercise Per Week?

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Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES - It's a new year and I love to use a fresh start to get motivated and set some new goals. Whether you are getting back on track after the holiday season or you're just starting an exercise routine, I got you! Exercising and getting fit can be over whelming, but I am going to teach you the basics on how to...
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Screen time for kids! Here are a few safe practices to keep in mind.

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​Blog Author: Lisa Lombardi, Certified Life Coach and President of Lisa Lombardi Coaching Inc. | How much time is too much screen time? In this day and age you want children to embrace and learn from technology while keeping them safe online. It is a tall order in these times to say NO to a phone and all social media. Here are some tips t...
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So much equipment! Learn what it all does for FREE!

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ - Increase your chances for success! FitNation Gurnee is here for you.   Our goal at FitNation is to have your resolutions become a lifestyle, rather than something you commit to at a certain time of year. Orientations are a simple half hour with a personal trainer...
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New Year = New Habits

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager​ - We live in a fast paced world in every aspect. As a society, we want things to happen faster. Whether its how something gets done or even how we communicate. This has transferred over to every aspect of life, including fitness. Everyone has seen the infomercials that promise&nbs...
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ReNEW Year. ReNEW You!

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Message from Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP. With 2019 right around the corner, Gurnee Park District is getting ready to embrace the New Year with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We offer hundreds of opportunities for you and your family to stay active and have fun. Since this is a time for resolutions and they often revolve around h...
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Warm Up Before Your Work Out

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ -  I want to take a moment to discuss a topic that is too often forgot about. I will admit that I am the first to skip my warm up before my workout. With that said, I do know the importance of it and try my best to always get that warm up in before I begin my workout. T...
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7 Tips to Remember When Children Worry

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Blog Author: Lisa Lombardi, Certified Life Coach and President of Lisa Lombardi Coaching Inc. | School is wrapping up and getting ready for holiday breaks! You're finalizing holiday plans with your family and friends, in addition to your family's day to day schedule.  Here are a few ways to stay engaged with your child, should the holiday...
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Favorite Tips for Staying Fit for Fall!

Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES As you all know, when the weather starts to get colder, we tend to stay inside and eat more. Sweets and treats are everywhere and with the holidays around the corner, it can be a time where food anxiety sets in. This can lead to overeating and packing on the pounds.  That's why its important to p...
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Park Board Members Honored for Their Years of Service

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With an average of 16 years of board experience, President Jim Goshorn, Vice President Libby Baker and Commissioner Vicki Paddock are extremely deserving of their Board Member Service Anniversary Awards. Honored for 10 years | Jim Goshorn  "As a father, I felt it was very important to be involved in the community, especially when there are opp...
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