Directors Message

“Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are and move toward where you are going.” – Penelope Trunk

Last 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 grown and has been embraced by many other communities and organizations such as Antioch, Waukegan, Lincolnwood and Lake County.

This spring, we are taking the lessons we learned from the first year of GO GURNEE, and we are continuing to move forward and positively touch more lives. In the past year, we have impacted over 1,000 Gurnee residents.

In appreciation of your confidence and commitment, we will be having a celebratory anniversary event on Sunday, May 7 at Viking Park. We will be walking for 30 minutes, having a free raffle and T-shirt launch. Please visit for more event details and fun walking tips.

For the past several months, we had been working on a strategic plan for the District for the next five years. With suggestions from the Board of Commissioners, staff and community members, we have created a plan, a copy of which can be found on the website. This plan is currently in draft form and is scheduled to be approved by the Board of Park Commissioners at the March 21, 2017 Board Meeting. If you have any suggestions or comments on the plan, please feel free to reach out to me. This new plan outlines seven initiatives that the District will be focusing on in the next five years.

I also hope you will join us at some of our annual favorites and new events – new Kids Garage Sale, Easter Egg Hunt and Italian Fest. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions to further enhance our services. Please feel free to call me at 847-623-7788 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me.


Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP
Executive Director

We Take Customer Service Seriously

Our values, affectionately known as "SOFFI Star" are Serve, Ownership, Family, Fun and Integrity. Our staff and volunteers strive for standards that uphold these values both in the workplace and out in our community.

We stand by our pledge to provide the best recreation and programing. 

Americans with Disabilities Act

Gurnee Park District intends to comply with the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. If you need any special accommodations, please call Gurnee Park District, so we can make the necessary arrangements.  

Gurnee Park District works with Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) to provide assistance in our programs.

ADA Officer:
Jeff Reinhard, CPRP
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