Gurnee Park District News

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 sm...
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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 community ...
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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, your...
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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 TrunkLast year on May 1st, 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 grow...
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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 Commission...
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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 visio...
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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 of...
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Gurnee Park District Lifeguards Receive Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award

Gurnee Park District Lifeguards Receive Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award
The Gurnee Park District (GPD) Lifeguards have received the Ellis & Associates (E&A) "Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award" for 2016 pursuant to consistently "exceeding" industry standards in risk management and epitomizing aquatic safety criteria for aquatic safety certification. Ellis & Associates is an International Lifeguard ...
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Top 5 Reasons to Purchase Your Pool Pass Before Summer

Top 5 Reasons to Purchase Your Pool Pass Before Summer
​1.  Pay the Lowest Rates of the SeasonEnjoy the lowest rates of the season! Did you know that most Aquatic Centers provide you and your family a discount if you purchase before summer? At Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center located in Gurnee, IL, you can pay $25 down and pay the remaining balance on April 24! Want to see a full listing of their rat...
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Scott Crowe Receives Jim Berousek Distinguished Alumnus Award

Scott Crowe Receives Jim Berousek Distinguished Alumnus Award
​Scott Crowe, CPRE, Director of Recreation at Gurnee Park District (GPD), is the recipient of the Jim Berousek Distinguished Alumnus Award from Western Illinois University (WIU).The award was created by the WIU Recreation Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) Department Alumni in honor of Jim Berousek, a 1974 graduate of the department, who rose t...
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Why your child should learn how to “code” earlier in life.

​Did you know learning how to "code" in technology is similar to learning a new language? In general, people have an easier time learning new languages earlier in development, and as the digital age continues to grow, it is important that our programs as a park district continue to grow as well. It is our goal to provide you and your family with ac...
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What do iPads, Teachers and Popcorn Have in Common?

What do iPads, Teachers and Popcorn Have in Common?
​Gurnee Park District's Growing Tree Preschool is where learning and fun grow together - along with iPads, teachers and popcorn!Join Growing Tree Preschool on Tuesday, January 24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Hunt Club Park Community Center (920 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee) or on Wednesday, January 25 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Viking Park Community Center (4374 Old...
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Top 7 Ways to Reach Any Fitness Goal – Individual, Community and Agency Related

Top 7 Ways to Reach Any Fitness Goal – Individual, Community and Agency Related
​By Liz Gnippe, Marketing Specialist with Gurnee Park District Successfully reaching any fitness goal, whether it be personal or community related, takes time, effort and dedication. Gurnee Park District (GPD) knows that well. For the past few years, the District has been taking steps to be the health and wellness leader for the Gurnee communi...
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Register Now for Swim Lessons at FitNation Pool and Warren High School – O’Plaine Pool

Register Now for Swim Lessons at FitNation Pool and Warren High School – O’Plaine Pool
​Dive into Gurnee Park District's swim lesson program at FitNation Pool and Warren High School – O'Plaine Pool this winter and spring. Registration is now open, and lessons begin on January 7, 2017.Gurnee Park District has been teaching swim lessons for over 40 years. During this time, they have developed an excellent curriculum based on safety and...
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New Year, New You

New Year, New You
​It is officially 2017, and you are excited at the thought of a brand New Year. You head off to the gym, determined that this year will be different than the rest. But as the days and months pass, you slowly lose the enthusiasm you once had. Sound familiar? This scenario has become all too familiar for most people. And while we'd all love to have o...
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Director's Message: Winter 2017

Director's Message: Winter 2017
​"Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one." - Unknown Dear residents, At Gurnee Park District (GPD), we provide an extensive array of services to our residents – parks, fitness, sports and a wide variety of recreational activities. In order to offer the best experience for our com...
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5 Winter Break Activities for Under $12!

Winter break is right around the corner, and it can be hard to find something fun, affordable and nearby to fill up your kids' days off. Don't worry! We did the planning, and have put together a list of five activities for you and your family to enjoy all winter break long for $12.00 or less!1. Indoor SwimmingFitNation's indoor pool is located...
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Gurnee Park District Working to Improve Decline in Girls’ Athletics

Gurnee Park District (GPD) brings awareness to girls' sports and athletics through girls only open gym times."After opening the Women's Fitness Studio at FitNation, we received a lot of positive feedback from the community. We thought it was important to support not only our fitness members, but the youth of Gurnee as well," stated Christopher Marz...
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Gurnee Park District Receives Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency Award

​Gurnee Park District has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).The two statewide associations administer the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program with the goal of improving the delivery of park and recreatio...
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Gurnee Park District Partners with FBLA Students to Support Youth of Gurnee

​Students from Warren Township High School's Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA, partnered with Gurnee Park District (GPD) to promote LifeSmarts Safety Smart program. This program provides the FBLA students a fun way to mentor younger students as well as practice their leadership skills."FBLA students will be attending and presenting at a var...
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