Gurnee Park District News

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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Plan Summer on February 5th!

​Plan your best summer ever! Register now!  Here are five reasons why:  1) Don't Miss Out  Many camps have limited availability. Make sure to secure your spot for the best summer ever! Registration starts on February 5. Be sure to save the date. 2) Extend Your Camp Day  Before care, after camp care and morning swim lessons ...
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Exceptional Workplace Award Winner

​ Illinois Park and Recreation Association awarded Gurnee Park District, Exceptional Workplace Award. "We're proud of this award and continue to strive to adapt to the ever changing needs of our employees and our customers," shared Scott Crowe CPRE, Director of Recreation. Winners were selected by meeting a certain percentage of 50 criteria ranging...
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Gurnee Preschool - Start at Growing Tree Preschool

Learn more at Open House to start at Growing Tree Preschool on January 23 and January 24!  Find the perfect preschool fit for your family. From full day to half day and extended care, Growing Tree Preschool looks forward to educating 2 to 4 year olds in a play-based, creative, safe and nurturing atmosphere.  Come grow with us. Here's why!...
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Learn Self Defense

Educate yourself and be aware of your surroundings. By learning self-defense, you're able to have a sense of security, enhanced peace of mind, reduced fear and improved confidence. Take the time to learn how to protect yourself with one workshop at Hunt Club Community Center! Learn more and register for your two hour workshop today. ​ January 8&nbs...
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Spotlight on Performing Arts

​Through theater, music and dance programs children are able to express creativity, learn, develop useful skills, and spotlight their talents. Learn the top five reasons why your child should enroll in one of the performing arts programs offered by Gurnee Park District. 1) STAY ACTIVE  Get moving and hit the dance floor.From ballet to tap...
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