Directors Message

Summer is my favorite season of the year! 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! On April 29, we’re kicking off another season of Go Gurnee.  This year, Go the Distance, our youth walking challenge will encourage the younger members of our community to stay active. Prizes will be awarded to youth walking champions at the end of the summer. 

While accomplishing the walking challenge, be sure to check out your local parks. You might be closer than you think! A recent study about the Gurnee community shows:

  • 80% of the Gurnee community live within a 10 minute walk to their local park
  • 99% of the Gurnee community live within a 20 minute walk to their local park

This year, we’re looking forward to renovating Westgate Park, Shaw Park and University Park.  In addition, a pickleball complex will be added to O’Plaine Park. Eight individual courts will complete the complex, providing opportunities to host outdoor tournaments.   

If you prefer a nature walk or bike ride, Lake County Forest Preserves include 31,000 acres of natural land, while Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is more than just roads, providing about 60 miles of bike paths and bikes lanes.  Overall, Lake County has over 550 total miles of trails and bike ways connecting forest preserves and communities. 

Another way to enjoy the parks is by attending summer camp.  During our nine week summer, over 1,700 children enjoy various activities. From swimming to sports, arts, crafts and adventure there are over 25 camp options to choose from. Most importantly, children make summer memories in a safe environment with their friends.

Support for GO Gurnee, our park improvements, summer camps and more would not be possible without our Board of Commissioners and commitment to fiscal responsibility. For the 20th consecutive year, Gurnee Park District has 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, reflecting commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. I commend the park district team for working hard on continuing to have a balanced budget while offering quality parks and programs for our community.

As always, please feel free to call me or e-mail me with comments and suggestions.  Enjoy your summer!


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 programming. 

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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Gurnee Park District Policy Manual

It is the purpose of the District to effectively and economically provide recreational programs, facilities, and open space for the residents of the District which are designed to provide wholesome, constructive, and enjoyable leisure time experiences that benefit the individual, the family, and the community. The Board acts as the legislative and policy making body of the District in the operation, control, improvement, and planning of its parks, recreation programs, facilities, personnel and fiscal operations.

The Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners recognizes the need for a manual that contains Board approved policies that facilitate the operation of the District on a day-to-day basis. The Board has reviewed and approved this manual and will in the future periodically review and revise the policies contained in this manual as it deems appropriate.

Click here to download the Gurnee Park District Policy Manual

Gurnee Park District Ordinance Code

In order to provide safe, accessible, and entertaining parks for all the Gurnee Park District has established an ordinace code. To view the entire ordinance code click here.