Gurnee Park District News

Get ready for opening day at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center

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​ Blog author: Aquatics Manager, Kara Moss, CPRP We know you're ready to jump in and swim! Here are a few ways to make the most out of your summer at the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center.  May 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM May 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM ​May 27, 2019 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Enjoy some snacks ​ Outside food is allowed (except glass cont...
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Someone to Know in Gurnee. Mike Wick, Gurnee Park District's Director of Recreation

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"For the last five years, Mike has served the community of Wauwatosa as their Director of Recreation. His hard work did not go unnoticed as he spear headed the implementation of a new registration process, launched a new three-year-old preschool program, Tosa Tots, ran operations for the Hart Park Senior Center, and co-created a wheelchair basketba...
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Above the Barre Goes Beyond at I Love Dance

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Gurnee Park District competitive dance company, Above the Barre demonstrated precision, poise and success at the 41st annual I Love Dance competition. ​ With fifth year veterans, the success of the company was no surprise to Kris Norwood, Dance Coordinator for Gurnee Park District. ​ "Team dynamic goes beyond goes beyond hard work and dedication.&n...
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Host your next event at the park!

​ Blog author: Lori Friedl, Recreation Coordinator |  Get your family together at one of many park shelters this spring or summer! No need to get your house ready to host guests, our shelters got you covered! (pun intended) Here's a few questions from previous renters that might be helpful. Looking for space for the kids to play? ​ No problem!...
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Indoor or outdoor swim lessons? That is the question.

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Blog author: Aquatics Manager, Kara Moss, CPRP Together with parents, Gurnee Park District looks forward to encouraging children of all ages to swim safely. With a variety of swim options available, children and adults can learn to swim on their time, their way, at their preferred location. Remember, you're never too old to learn to swim! Chec...
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Benefits of Precor AMT Elliptical

State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ - This is one of my favorite cardio pieces, providing variation for every body type. I also feel that this piece is easier on knees because you are not on a fixed plane of motion. Here are some of the benefits…  Variable stride length  No two strides are alike and every work...
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Tips for “Hoppy” Egg Hunters

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Blog Author: Beckie Korzyniewski, CPRP, Special Events Manager | The annual Gurnee Egg Hunt is filled with fun, giving families a way to hop into the spirit of the season. With a non-competitive atmosphere, we look forward to a fun morning with neighbors and our community. Enjoy the memories and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Bef...
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Spring time play ... the clean way!

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Blog Author: Kraig Owens, CPSI, Safety Supervisor | We hear that you're looking for ways to get out and play? With a rough winter and some showers over the weekend, the ground is still wet. Meaning one thing, mud is everywhere. If you're looking to keep your kiddos clean, or at least try to, here are a few of our favorite l...
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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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