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Grab your fishing poles – we’re teaming up with our favorite local heroes from the Gurnee Police Department for our FREE Cops & Bobbers Fishing Event!
Officers and Gurnee Park District staff will be onsite throughout the event to help reel in the biggest catch, create fun crafts, announce raffles, and MORE!

Please note: while we will provide a limited number of fishing poles and bait on a first-come, first-served basis, we encourage you to bring your favorite rod to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate in the fun.

This event is designed with young anglers in mind, welcoming children ages 5 -15 years old.

Event Details:

When: Wednesday, July 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Hunt Club Park (at the pond) | 900 N. Hunt Club Road

Check-in: 5:00 – 5:30 pm
*A waiver must be signed for all participants by a parent/guardian prior to fishing. Skip the line and sign up online!
Prepare fishing poles/bait: 5:30-5:45pm
Find fishing spot around pond: 5:45-6:00pm
Fishing begins: 6:00pm
Fishing ends: 7:00pm
Announcing of prizes & raffle winners: 7:00 – 7:30 pm
*Prizes will be awarded for the biggest, smallest, and most fish caught in each age group.
Age groups include: ages 5-8, 9-11, & 12-15.

This event is FREE to attend & for Gurnee residents only. 

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Gurnee Park District Newsletter – June 2024

While summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, it’s safe to say it is officially feeling like summer! The trees are fully boasting their summer flair and the temperatures are slowly rising higher and higher! Make sure to soak up those rays and beautiful days by taking a visit to one of our amazing 28 parks (see this month’s Park Highlight below)!

We have a lot in store this month! Mark your calendars for our upcoming June events and MORE!

MAKE A SPLASH AT THE AQUATIC CENTER!

The Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is NOW open! Enjoy fun all summer long!

Hours include:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
*passholder only entry 11:00am-12:00pm
Holidays: 11:00am – 7:00pm

We have a busy summer planned! Visit our Aquatic Center event calendar here!

Visit for the day, or all summer long by purchasing your online day pass or 2024 season pass!

Online Day Pass
2024 Season Pass

*Don’t forget to check Rainout Line for all weather-related updates!

FAMILIES ON THE FAIRWAY – 6/7

This Friday (6/7), get ready for our annual Families on the Fairway event at Bittersweet Golf Course! This event is FREE and FUN for the whole family! Friday, June 7
7:00-9:00pm
Bittersweet Golf Course | 875 Almond Road

Learn More!

MONTHLY MIXER – 6/14

Grab your friends as our popular monthly mixers have been extended through July!

NEW summer location: Gurnee Community Church | 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. 60031

As summer begins, let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned picnic, indoors of course! Lunch will include fried chicken, potato salad, vegetable and fruit trays, and dessert. Following lunch, we’ll play “Name That Tune” with singer and piano player, Robb Pedraza. 

Friday, June 14 – 11:30am-1:00pm
*Doors open: 11:00am/lunch service begins at 11:30am

Registration deadline: 6/10

Save Your Seat

SOUNDS OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Our Sounds of Summer concert series begins this month! See below for our upcoming June concerts:

June 13: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “90s Pop Nation” at Viking Park
(7:00-8:30pm)

June 18: Sounds of Summer Children’s Series: “Mary Macaroni” at Viking Park
(10:30-11:15am)
* We’re proud to partner with our friends at Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. 
Forest Orthodontics & Pediatrics’ SMILE Ice Cream Truck will be onsite! The team will be serving up FREE, sweet treats to guests (while supplies last)!

June 27: Sounds of Summer Evening Concert – “Radio Gaga” at Viking Park
(7:00-8:30pm)
*thank you to our sponsor, Old National Bank, for making this event possible!

Special thank you to the Gurnee Exchange Club, who will be onsite for our evening concerts selling concessions!


DEI CORNER – PRIDE MONTH

As we welcome the month of June, we also welcome Pride Month, a time to celebrate, remember, and continue the progress toward equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. Here at the Gurnee Park District, where the heart of our mission lies in fostering a welcoming environment for all members of our community, we embrace the significance of this month by reflecting on its origins and celebrating its importance.

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PARK HIGHLIGHT – SHAW PARK

Head on over to the east side of Gurnee, just past Route 41, down Belle Plaine Avenue, and you will find…Shaw Park!

Tis’ the season to get outside, and Shaw Park is a great place to do just that! Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood near Spaulding School, Shaw Park is another one of Gurnee Park District’s finest locations. The park boasts an inviting playground for all ages, plenty of shade from mature trees, as well as a wooded walking path. If you’re looking to get in some extra steps, hop on over to the “Boulevard View Trail,” which connects to the park for an extra ¾ mile walking adventure.

Did you know? In 2018, the park received a makeover to its playground structures, including new slides, climbing features, a merry-go-round, a swing set, and a tot lot. In addition to plenty of new and exciting play features, our Parks Teams also added a large shade sail or kite, making picnics at the park the perfect summer activity!


UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS

Mark your calendars for MORE fun throughout the summer!

Special Event Calendar

Looking for a FUN and REWARDING job? We’re hiring!
Available positions include:

Business Services Specialist (FT)
Facility Maintenance I & II (FT & PT)
FitNation Childcare (PT)
Fitness Attendant (PT)
Group Exercise Instructor (PT)
Park Ambassador (PT)
Personal Trainer (PT)
Special Events Coordinator (PT)

Apply today!

Have a great month! We look forward to seeing you out and about at Gurnee Park District!

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
Families on the Fairway 6/7
Monthly Mixers 55+

Join the GO Gurnee Walking Club at Leo Leathers Park (Buckingham Way and Manor Lane, Mundelein, IL)!

View map location here!

Directions/Walk Details: The park is located near Route 60/83 & Route 176 in Mundelein. The official address on Google is Buckingham Way and Manor Lane. From the Walgreens on the corner of 60/83 and Route 176 take Route 176 EAST about a mile to Barnhill Drive. Turn Right then turn right on Buckingham. The park will be on your left. 1-mile paved loop to Mundelein High School & back then another 1-mile paved path to the water tower on 60/83 and back for a total of 2 miles. Kind of hilly. Pets allowed. No restrooms. Overflow parking is on the street.

Not a Walking Club member? Join for FREE today!

Join your friends for a night at the pool! 

Friday, June 7
7:30-9:30pm
Ages 11-14

$14 pre-registration / $16 at the door
*registration includes a pizza slice meal

Register today!

Calling all Pickleball enthusiasts! Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting to “dink” and “slam”, get ready to unleash your skills & compete against fellow pickleball enthusiasts at our upcoming Pickleball Tournament!

Date: Saturday, August 24
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Location: O’Plaine Community Park
Fee: $65 (one registration per team of 2)

This men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles tournament is designed for adults ages 18+. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Once registered, email shirt sizes for you and your teammate to Chris Poole.

*Bring your own paddle and plenty of enthusiasm!

Take a swing and secure your spot TODAY!

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Calling all Pickleball enthusiasts! Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting to “dink” and “slam”, get ready to unleash your skills & compete against fellow pickleball enthusiasts at our upcoming Pickleball Tournament!

Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Location: O’Plaine Community Park
Fee: $65 (one registration per team of 2)

This men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles tournament is designed for adults ages 18+.  All participants will receive a t-shirt. Once registered, email shirt sizes for you and your teammate to Chris Poole.

*Bring your own paddle and plenty of enthusiasm!

Take a swing and secure your spot TODAY!

Get ready to make a SPLASH during the Aquatic Center’s opening weekend! 

Hours include:

Saturday, May 25 – 12:00 – 7:00pm*
*11:00am-12:00pm passholder entry only
Sunday, May 26 – 12:00 – 7:00pm*
*11:00am-12:00pm passholder entry only
Monday, May 27 – 11:00am – 7:00pm

*Visit Rainout Line for all weather-related updates!

Make sure you and the family are ready for the summer season – purchase your Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center 2024 season pass today at reduced rates now – 5/31!

Purchase your 2024 season pass!

Join the GO Gurnee Walking Club at Leo Leathers Park in Mundelein!

View map location here!

Directions/Walk Details: The park is near Route 60/83 & Route 176 in Mundelein. The official address on Google is Buckingham Way and Manor Lane. From the Walgreens on the corner of 60/83 and Route 176 take Route 176 EAST about a mile to Barnhill Drive and turn right. Then, turn right on Buckingham. The park will be on your left. 1-mile paved loop to Mundelein High School & back then another 1-mile paved path to the water tower on 60/83 and back for a total of 2 miles. Kind of hilly. Pets allowed. No restrooms. Overflow parking is on the street.

Not a Walking Club member? Join for FREE today!

Join the GO Gurnee Walking Club at O’Plaine Park (235 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee)!

View map location here!

Directions/Walk Details: Paved path. From the park we’ll walk along the nature path (entrance on the South side of O’Plaine Park) to Route 120 and back and will have a nice 2.5-mile walk. Pets allowed. Mostly shaded.

Not a Walking Club member? Join for FREE today!

Join the GO Gurnee Walking Club at Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve (20160 W. Washington Street, Grayslake)!

View map location here!

Directions/Walk Details: Please use the Washington Street entrance. This is an open, gravel trail with very little shade. 2 trails from which to choose. The big loop is 3.5 miles but if you prefer there is a smaller loop that breaks right (when going counter-clockwise, near the creek) that is roughly 2 miles total. May be buggy, so please bring protectant. Pet friendly.

Not a Walking Club member? Join for FREE today!