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Scarehouse of Carol Stream not for the faint of heart!

Friday, October 24, 2014
9 – 10:30 pm
Following Boo!Fest but for older ghouls!
Coral Cove Water Park
849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream
adjacent to Simkus Recreation Center

For one night only, Coral Cove Water Park lobby and locker rooms are transformed into a Scarehouse, and we are working really hard to make it really scary. Visitors must be 11 years or older. Challenge your nerves in the haunted graveyard, the mad scientists lab, the zombie dungeon and more. Teens can hang out with their friends in the Simkus Recreation Gym listening to music, while gathering up enough nerve to go through the Scarehouse again. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. No pre-registration required; pay at the door.

Fee first visit $5 resident, $8 non
Fee additional visits $1 resident, $2 non

Seriously, this is not for the feint of heart!

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Boo! Fest this Friday

Friday, October 24
6:30 -9:00 pm
Ages 1-11
Simkus Recreation Center
849 W. Lies Rd., Carol Stream

Enter a spooktacular scene, oozing with Halloween activity, at Simkus Recreation Center this Friday, Oct 24, starting at 6:30 pm. Kids ages 1-11 can visit the mad science lab, make spooky crafts, eat ghoulish snacks and hunt for candy in the haystack. Wear your costume and take a stroll on our Spook Walk! Fest also includes bounce house, ghosts stories, and more!

Fee before Oct 21 is $5 resident, $8 non
Fee after Oct 21 is $7 resident, $10 non

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Bus Driver Wanted

A Bus Driver is needed for the Park District’s 39-passenger bus, primarily for adult day trips but also for occasional summer camp field trips and special event shuttling.  See job description here:  http://www.csparks.org/category/jobs/?category=Bus+Driver

 

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District brings home the Gold Medal Finalist Plaque

October 14, 2014 – The Carol Stream Park District is a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award. The award is given annually to the top performing parks and recreation agencies in the US by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The district won the award two times previously – in 2002 and 2008.

Competing agencies must demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation management over the past five years. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year, and all receive a finalist plaque to mark this high distinction. Winners were announced live during the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 14 at the general opening session.  The Carol Stream Park District faced tough contention with the City of Kettering, Ohio, who won this year’s Gold Medal Award.

The 2014 Gold Medal finalists are listed below with Grand Plaque Recipients noted:

Class I (population 400,001 and over)

  • Winner – Chicago Park District, Illinois
  • Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Georgia
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planing Commission, Maryland
  • Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities, Arizona

Class II (population 150,001 – 400,000)

  • Arlington Parks and Recreation, Texas
  • Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department, California
  • Winner – Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Nevada
  • Plano Parks and Recreation Department, Texas

Class III (population 75,001 – 150,000)

  • Allen Parks and Recreation, Texas
  • Winner – Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation, Indiana
  • Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, Georgia
  • St. George Leisure Services Department, Utah

 Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000)

  • Carol Stream Park District, Illinois
  • Eau Claire Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, Wisconsin
  • Winner – Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Ohio
  • Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, Oregon

 Class V (population less than 30,000)            

  • Frankfort Square Park District, Illinois
  • Winner – Lafayette Recreation Department, Colorado 
  • Middleton Public Lands, Recreation and Forestry, Wisconsin
  • Oak Brook Park District, Illinois

 Armed Forces Recreation

  • Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center , California
  • Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
  • Winner – Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia

 For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org.

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Zombie Survival Training featured in ABC 7 Fall Fun Guide

Zombie Survival Training
Monday, October 13
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ages: 11 Yrs. to 17 Yrs.

Link to ABC 7 Fall Fun Guide by “The Lady with the Alligator Purse” – Donna Bozzo
http://abc7chicago.com/338278/

On video we are at approximately minute 3:01.

Fees:
- Resident $5.00
- Non-Resident $8.00

Description:
Calling all Zombie Hunters. As dusk falls on Hampe Park, you will learn essential skills for surviving the zombie apocalypse. You will be trained on how to identify if your friend is a zombie and how to fight and/or outrun a zombie. Then test your zombie hunting skills in the new zombie maze. Win a prize for wearing your best zombie hunting costume (no weapons please).

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District Earns Best Green Practices Award

October 3, 2014 – The Carol Stream Park District has been named a winner of the Best Green Practices Award by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). The award was given for the environmentally conscious features of the new Fountain View Recreation Center. The center was recently certified LEED Silver and is the first public recreation center in Illinois to be LEED certified.

Read more about the green building features at Fountain View Recreation Center.

The IAPD Best Green Practices Award is presented to a park district, forest preserve, conservation, recreation or special recreation agency that has taken the initiative to incorporate and encourage environmentally-friendly business practices and policies. The award is one of several in the IAPD “Best of the Best” Awards given annually. Winners will be presented with plaques at the annual award ceremony on October 23.

The complete list of 2014 winners:
 (Winning agencies are listed in alphabetical order in each category)

Illinois Parks’ Top Journalist Award
Champaign Park District (The News-Gazette)
Geneseo Park District (The Geneseo Republic/Lisa Depis and Amy Carton)
Mundelein Park & Recreation District (Mick Zawislak, Daily Herald)
Waukegan Park District (Dan Moran with the Lake County News Sun)

Best Friend of Illinois Parks – Small Business
Dolton Park District (Attorney Michelle Broughton-Fountain)
Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks & Recreation Department (Apex Landscaping)
Forest Preserve District of Will County (JULIE, Inc.)

Best Friend of Illinois Parks – Mid-Sized Business
Champaign Park District (Human Kinetics)
Sycamore Park District (National Bank & Trust)
Waukegan Park District (North Shore Gas)

Best Friend of Illinois Parks – Large Business
Bloomingdale Park District (Stratford Square Mall)
Forest View Park District (Belfor Property Restoration)
NWSRA (Mitsubishi Electric Automation Foundation)

Intergovernmental Cooperation Award
Forest Preserve District of Kane County (Citizens Advocate Team, Community Unit School
District 300, Dundee Township and Friends of the Fox River)
McHenry County Conservation District (US Fish and Wildlife Service Hackmatack National
Wildlife Refuge)
Rockford Park District (Reclaiming First Intergovernmental Initiative)
Woodridge Park District (Village of Woodridge)

Partnership Award
Champaign Park District (Champaign Parks Foundation)
Decatur Park District (Millikin University)
Naperville Park District (Naperville Noon Lions Club and Foundation)

Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award
St. Charles Park District
Waukegan Park District
Wheaton Park District

Best Green Practices Award
Buffalo Grove Park District
Carol Stream Park District
Oregon Park District

IAPD Good Sportsmanship Award
Champaign Park District
Decatur Park District
Waukegan Park District

Outstanding Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award
Glenview Park District (Beryl Bills)
Forest Preserve District of Kane County (Bob Lootens)
Rockford Park District (Sherri White)
Wheaton Park District (Ron Ellenbaas)

 

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District Named Finalist for National Gold Medal Award

October 3, 2014 – The Carol Stream Park District has been named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award. The award is given annually to the top performing parks and recreation agencies in the US by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The district won the award two times previously – in 2002 and 2008.

Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year. Winners will be announced live during the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 14 at the general opening session. Park district staff attending the event will immediately notify staff at home of the results. Outcomes will be posted on the district website and other communications.

Competing agencies must demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation management over the past five years. Entries are judged on planning, citizen involvement and support, positive impact on their communities, use of valuable resources, innovations, social equity, addressing of health and wellness, conservation, and overcoming local challenges.

Carol Stream Park District presented several notable accomplishments that earned its finalist status. Foremost was the extensive community involvement and support in successful passage of the $37million referendum in 2010 for recreation improvements. Those improvements resulted in dramatic increases in physical activity for residents. Biking and pedestrian use has increased from newly built and connected trails. The new dog park attracted 500 members. The new recreation center attracted 3,600 fitness members, 400 indoor track users, and 300 lap swimmers. It increased participation in swim lessons by 224%; and open gym by 20% - in just one season.

In addition to improvement of services to residents, the district demonstrates excellence in management practices. The district guides progress through long-term master plans and shorter term strategic work plans. The district’s also has a history of innovation, high productivity, recognition of sound financial practices, and active use of partnerships to improve services and efficiencies.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year.

 The 2014 Gold Medal finalists are:

Class I (population 400,001 and over)

  • Chicago Park District, Illinois
  • Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Georgia
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planing Commission, Maryland
  • Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities, Arizona

 Class II (population 150,001 – 400,000)

  • Arlington Parks and Recreation, Texas
  • Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department, California
  • Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Nevada
  • Plano Parks and Recreation Department, Texas

 Class III (population 75,001 – 150,000)

  • Allen Parks and Recreation, Texas
  • Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation, Indiana
  • Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, Georgia
  • St. George Leisure Services Department, Utah

 Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000)

  • Carol Stream Park District, Illinois
  • Eau Claire Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, Wisconsin
  • Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Ohio
  • Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, Oregon

 Class V (population less than 30,000)            

  • Frankfort Square Park District, Illinois
  • Lafayette Recreation Department, Colorado
  • Middleton Public Lands, Recreation and Forestry, Wisconsin
  • Oak Brook Park District, Illinois

 Armed Forces Recreation

  • Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center , California
  • Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
  • Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia

 A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.nrpa.org/goldmedal or www.aapra.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Park Board Candidate Information

Information for Park Commissioner Candidates

  1. Petitions nominating an individual for a four-year term as Park Commissioner must be signed by a minimum of seventy-three (73) registered voters who reside within the territory of the Carol Stream Park District (two (2) percent of those voting in 2013 Park Commissioner election).
  2. It is recommended that at least twenty (20) extra signatures be obtained for a total of ninety-three (93) in case some signatures are challenged and found for any reason to be invalid.  Petitions may not be circulated until September 23, 2014.
  3. Each individual who signs the petition must sign the petition as his or her name appears on his or her voter’s registration card (written or
    printed).  Each person must also indicate his or her residence, including street, and the signer’s city or village. The address on the petition must be the address shown on the signer’s Voter Registration Card.
  4. A petition circulator must complete the statement at the bottom of each sheet certifying that the signatures on that sheet were signed in his/her presence and are genuine and that to the best of his/her knowledge the persons so signing were duly registered voters of the political subdivision or district at the time of signing for which the candidate or candidates shall be nominated and that their respective residences are correctly stated therein.  This statement shall be sworn to and signed before some officer authorized to administer oaths in Illinois (such as a notary public).
  5. Each candidate must fully complete and execute a Statement of Candidacy.  The candidates’ signatures must be notarized.
  6. All candidates must fully complete and execute a Statement of Economic Interest Form. This statement is to be filed with the DuPage County Clerk, 421 North County Farm Road, P.O. Box 1028, Wheaton, IL  60189.  A copy of the County Clerk’s receipt showing the filing of this Statement needs to be filed with the Park District Secretary or authorized agent.  It does not have to be filed with the Nominating Petitions and Statement of Candidacy but must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. December 22, 2014. The Statement of Economic Interest may be mailed to the above address.
  7. Selected Important Dates Regarding the April 7, 2015 Election:      Monday, December 22, 2014

First day for filing of Petitions of Nomination, Statement of Candidacy and receipt indicating the filing of the Statement of Economic Interest with the County Clerk.  The Park District Secretary or authorized agent will accept these forms beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Should two or more Petitions and Statements of Candidacy be received simultaneously, the Park District Secretary will hold a lottery drawing to be held on December 23, 2014 at 9:00am to determine the order of placement of names on the ballot.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Last day for filing all documents with the Secretary or authorized agent of the Park District at 849 Lies Road, Carol Stream.  The Secretary’s office will accept filing of petitions until 5:00 p.m.  A receipt showing filing of the Statement of Economic Interest must be presented with the Petition of Nomination and the Statement of Candidacy.  This is the absolute last day the receipt may be filed with the Park District Secretary or authorized agent.

On the last day of filing, when two or more petitions are filed within the last hour of the filing period, these shall be deemed as filed simultaneously and the Park District Secretary will hold a lottery drawing to be held on December 23, 2014 at 9:00am to determine the order of placement of names on the ballot.

 Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Last day for filing of objections to nomination papers with the Park District Secretary or authorized agent.  The Secretary’s office will be open until 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Last day for candidates to file withdrawal of nomination papers with the Park District Secretary or authorized agent.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
ELECTION DAY!

 


Grant from Cadence Health Boosts ActivKids Program

The park district’s before and after school program, ActivKids, received a $9,000 grant for sports equipment and nutritional counseling from Cadence Health, a healthcare industry leader in community programming.

ActivKids is operated at six District 93 elementary schools for grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The recreational program accommodates working parents and offers a safe and supervised setting where kids feel at home in their own school. Games, sports and creative activities are arranged by ActivKids’ staff.

The grant is a partnership with Cadence Health and CATCH Kids Club. CATCH Kids Club is an award-winning worldwide physical activity and nutritional education program designed for elementary and middle school aged children. The club is designed to teach kids to make healthy choices and to share those choices with their families.

The grant provides sports equipment, a curriculum of activities and a nutritional manual for each of the six ActivKids locations. Each equipment set is worth up to $1,500 and includes sportsballs, baseball sets, bean bags, jump ropes, cones, pinnies, spot markers, flying discs, volleyballs, hula hoops, music cd’s, a parachute and mesh storage bags to secure the many items.

The curriculum describes different ways to use the sports equipment, whereas the nutritional manual encourages healthier eating. Cadence representatives visit the ActivKids program locations to encourage kids to participate in fun activities and nutritional learning based on CATCH Kids Club ideologies. A “taste test” game is being hosted by Cadence reps at ActivKids in the next month to encourage kids to try new healthy food items.

The CATCH Kids Club uses a coordinated approach to child health that is the “Go-Slow-Whoa” list. “Go Foods” are the least processed and are foods that are the lowest in sugars, salts, unnatural fats and calories. These are the best foods for you and you can eat as much as you want. These foods include fruits and vegetables. “Slow Foods” are foods that contain a small amount of added sugars, fats and calories. These foods may be peanut butter, raisins and popcorn. They are to be eaten in moderation. The “Whoa” foods are foods that contain extra sugar, fats and calories. They are to be eaten infrequently. They include soda, candy, French fries, bacon, hot dogs, etc.

The main goal of CATCH Kids Club and Cadence Heath is to make nutrition fun and to motivate kids to take these messages home to their families. Assimilating these values into the community through programs such as ActivKids, help shape and define the future of health and wellness in our community.

Cadence Health

CATCH Kids Club

ActivKids


Park District Earns State’s First LEED Certification for a Public Recreation Center

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Carol Stream Park District Earns State’s

First LEED Certification for a Public Recreation Center

 CAROL STREAM, IL – The Carol Stream Park District’s one year old Fountain View Recreation Center has been awarded LEED certification at the Silver level. It is the first public recreation center in Illinois to earn LEED certification. Architect Frank Parisi of Williams Architects in Itasca presented the official LEED plaque to park district board at the September 8 board meeting.

When Carol Stream Park District began to plan the new 90,000 square foot recreation center, the board envisioned a building that was environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and healthy for residents. The benefits of building green are multi-faceted. The more efficient building will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of the building. Grants from DuPage County and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation helped to pay for storm water management features and energy efficient systems. Sustainable and site-sensitive construction, reduced chemicals and pollution, more natural light, and better air quality make this earth-friendly building a more comfortable, healthy place for people to play and work.

Fountain View Recreation Center earned the 2014 “Outstanding Facility and Parks Award” from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. It has also been nominated for the Illinois Association of Park Districts 2014 “Best of the Best Awards” for Best Green Practices.

Highlights include:

Water Efficiency

  • Plumbing Fixtures – Low flow faucets, shower heads and toilets will reduce water use by 31%.
  • No Irrigation Needed – Hardy, drought tolerant plants are used throughout the landscape, eliminating the need for an irrigation system and supplemental watering.
  • Water-Saving Pool Filtration – The indoor pools use regenerative media filter that reduces water use by 98% – saving about 195,000 gallons a year.

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Energy Efficiency –
    • Natural Light – Plentiful, floor-to-ceiling windows and light tubes in the ceiling reduce or eliminate use of electric lights during the day.
    • Geothermal – heating and cooling system uses the natural temperature of the earth to save energy year round.
    • Efficient Lights – LED lights are used in the parking lot, low-watt fluorescents and dual level switches in the building keep electricity use low.
    • Extra Insulation – higher than required insulation is used in the walls and roof.
    • Solar power – water heating system is used to supplement hot water heaters.
    • Ozone Protection – Zero use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-based refrigerants in our heating, cooling and ventilation systems helps protect the ozone layer.

Materials & Resources

  • Recycled Content – At least 16% of the materials used in the building are recycled. The structural steel, rebar, and trusses and joists are well over 50% post-consumer content. The concrete, ceiling tiles, running track have recycled content, too.                                                                                       
  • Local Materials – At least 24% of the building materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of here.
  • FSC Certified Wood –More than 50% of the wood in the building is from responsibly managed forests. The wood floors, doors, lockers, and decking on the walls is all FSC certified.
  • Natural Flooring – linoleum, wood and ceramic tile cover 90% of the floor space.
  • Recycling – paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, metals, and plastics are collected in special containers and recycled.

Indoor Environment

  • Air Quality – CO2 sensors measure how much air people in the building are using. The system automatically brings more fresh air in as needed to achieve optimal oxygen levels. No smoking is allowed in or near the building ensuring air brought in is cleaner.
  • UV Pool Disinfection – uses ¼ the chlorine of regular systems.
  • Low-Emitting Materials – Special low-emitting paints, adhesives, flooring systems and wood products were used to help make the interior a healthier place to be.
  • Comfortable Temperature – The building was specially designed with zoned HVAC to provide a comfortable temperature for varying activities.
  • Natural Views – Natural daylight that pours in makes people feel happier even in winter months. The windowed walls offer inspiring views of the surrounding park. Looking at natural scenery has been shown to increase creativity and energy, and relieve stress.

Innovation in Design

  • Educating the Public – Permanent signs, take-away brochures, and tours help inform people about the sustainable design features used in the building.
  • Maximizing Open Space – The footprint of the building was minimized. The site has more than 25% more open space than required by local zoning.
  • Construction Waste Management – 75% of all construction waste was recycled or salvaged for use in other buildings.

Sustainable Sites

  • Encouraging Alternative Transportation – Bike racks and shower facilities, location on highly-used paved trail system, and special parking for low emitting & fuel-efficient vehicles, and charging stations for electric cars (the first in our community) encourage drivers to reduce use of fossil fuels.
  • Storm Water Quality – Permeable pavers in the parking lot and walks, bio-swales, and stone infiltration remove 83% of suspended solids from rainwater. This helps keep pollution and silt out of waterways.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. http://www.usgbc.org/leed

Fountain View Recreation Center is located at 910 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL. The center is open seven days a week and houses two pools, an indoor track, fitness center, two group exercise rooms, a multi-court gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms. Its grand opening was held September 7, 2013.

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From left to right: Park Board Commissioners Dan Bird, Brenda Gramann and Jackie Jeffrey; from Williams Architects, Stacy Snapp and Frank Parisi, holding award with Park Board President Tim Powers; behind Powers is Park Board Vice President Wynn Ullman, and furthest right is Commissioner Brian Sokolowski.

CLICK HERE to see a series of recreation center photos.  Read the 091314 Daily Herald article: Fountain View Recreation Center gets LEED certified


Fall Guided Bicycle Tours

It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over. But don’t worry,  fall is the best time to ride bikes.

There  are only two rides left for the 2014 season.

 1) We will leave at 9am Saturday Sept 27 from the Simkus Recreation Center and ride to the downtown Wheaton Farmers Market. Bring your backpack in case you want to bring home flowers, locally grown produce, jewelry or small crafts. The 16-mile round trip will get us to Wheaton using the Great Western Trail, Timber Ridge Trail and Illinois Prairie Path. We will return before 1130am.

2) The last bike ride of the season will begin at 9am Saturday October 18 at the Simkus Recreation Center and ride through Bloomingdale and Roselle using the Central DuPage Regional Trail. The 22-mile round trip will take approximately 2 hours.

Any riders interested can sign up at either Fountain View or Simkus before or on the day of the ride. Come and bring a friend! Spread the word!

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Fall Season is underway with wide variety of things to do

Try a new hobby through a special interest class this Fall season. Or, try out a sport you’ve always been interested in, such as archery, boxing, or fencing. We have a great lineup of over 200 fun and active programs and events for adults, youth and families. Be sure you don’t miss out. Sign up now before classes fill.Registering now also helps ensure your favorite classes will run. If registration does not meet the minimum enrollment, we will have to cancel the class. Browse the activity guide or register online.


Back-to-School Hours for Coral Cove Water Park

Don’t let the warm days slip by without a “farewell” visit to Coral Cove. For the week of August 25, hours are Monday through Friday 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Saturday-Aug 30 and Sunday-Aug 31, hours are noon to 5 pm. Last day – Labor Day, Monday, Sep 1 – hours are noon to 5 pm.

Saturday, August 24, is Search for Sammy Day! Search for little squishy Sammy Starfish toys!

Monday, September 1, Labor Day – Sammy Starfish’s Birthday – celebration starts at 1:00 pm.  Join Sammy and the lifeguard crew for wacky fun and games.  There will be special performance by Sammy and the Star Girls.

 

 


Meet Jim Reuter, our new Executive Director

Park District Names New Executive Director

 CAROL STREAM, IL – After a nationwide search, Jim Reuter, of Elgin, has been named the executive director for the Carol Stream Park District.

“We are excited about Jim coming to work with the Carol Stream Park District. We know his time here will be well spent in pursuit of Carol Stream’s goals and the residents’ needs and expectations.” said Board President Tim Powers.

Reuter is currently the director for the Village of South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department. He has served there since 1997. During his tenure, he led his department to state accreditation – the first municipal department ever to do so. He is credited with securing $3.6 million in grants, and overseeing multiple construction projects including restoration of shoreline and bike trails along the Fox River. He also founded a supporting 501C3 foundation that raises funds and manages volunteers for the department.

Reuter has served on the boards of the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and its foundation, the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. He is an active member of the National Recreation and Parks Association, the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and Illinois Association of Park Districts.

“I am looking forward to being part of the already awesome Carol Stream community,” said Reuter “and to working with a great park district staff that has accomplished so much already. I am also looking forward to some new challenges and the celebration of successes ahead.”

Finance and Administration Director, Sue Rini, has been serving as interim director for the district since former director, Arnie Biondo, left to head up the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in early January.

“We had an approved temporary succession plan in place, and updated strategic and master plans which we are actively working. This gave the board the ability to take its time with the search” said Rini.

Park board commissioners hired the Illinois Association of Park Districts to help launch a nationwide search for a new director. There were more than 30 applicants from states across the country with three finalists interviewed by the commissioners.

He began on July 21, 2014.

Jim Reuter


“Find 50″ Scavenger Hunt

If you do not get to spend enough time outside, you are not the only one. Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Parks and open space offer numerous benefits to people . . . better health, productivity, creativity and reduced stress. To promote getting people outside, and to promote the benefits of parks, the Carol Stream Park District is participating in National Park and Recreation Month with the theme OUT is IN. The theme encourages individuals, families and coworkers to do something outside every day.

In honor of our 50th anniversary and to promote OUT is IN, the Carol Stream Park District is launching a Find 50 fact scavenger hunt as part of our celebration during the month of July.

A fun Trivia fact will be hidden in 50 park district parks or facilities. Get a scorecard at Fountain View or Simkus recreation centers or print the pdf of the Find 50 Scorecard. The scorecard will contain a listing of parks or other locations and a question about each. The person will need to visit each location, find the trivia fact, and record the answer to the question on the scorecard. (Please do not remove the Trivia fact from its location.) The Find 50 fact scavenger hunt is a great way for individuals or families to get outside and discover our many parks and amenities and learn some community history. The promotion will run from July 1 through September 30.

Participants who complete the scorecard will receive:
-A FREE 50th Anniversary T-shirt
-Have their name displayed on a special poster in our Recreation Centers

Download a scorecard here:  Find 50

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