Duck Races at Coral Cove Water Park

Join us at Coral Cove on Labor Day, September 7, at 4 pm for the Duck Races to benefit the Carol Stream Parks Foundation. Buy your duck entry today!


Join us for Disc Golf at the new Horizon Park

Play disc golf in Carol Stream at the new Horizon Park

The Carol Stream Park District and the Carol Stream Public Library have partnered to bring you Horizon Park at 460 Kuhn Road, now home to Carol Stream’s first disc golf course.

Bring a disc and join the neighboring residents, library, park district and village officials for a brief ceremony on Monday, August 31, at 6 pm, to formally open the park. Instead of a ribbon cutting, officials will toss discs towards the target on the first hole. A representative from Alchemy Disc Golf Design will be present to give a demonstration.

The walkable course has nine targets, and the game is played similar to regular golf, with the objective being to hit the target and “hole out” in the fewest amount of throws. Each hole is a par 3, meaning that the player wants to hole out in three throws or less. The course at Horizon Park is designed for midlevel skill. Rules of play and etiquette apply and are posted at the park. There is no charge to play.

Complete rules of disc golf can be found at the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website –

Back-to-School hours have started at Coral Cove and Coyote Crossing

Back-to-school hours have started at Coral Cove Water Park and Coyote Crossing Mini Golf.

Hours are as follows as of August 24:

Coral Cove Water Park
Mon-Fri:  4:00 to 7:00 pm
Sat/Sun: 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Labor Day hours: 12 noon to 5:00 pm
*Join us on Labor Day for Duck Races, sponsored by the Carol Stream Parks Foundation.
The water park officially closes at 5:00 pm Labor Day, September 7

Coyote Crossing Mini Golf
Mon-Fri:  closed
Sat: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Coyote Crossing will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
*Buy one round of mini golf, and get one round FREE!

Lifeguards win 5-Star Review Award 2X’s!

Congratulations to our lifeguards! The staff at both our pools received the prestigious 5-Star Review last week, and this week the Coral Cove lifeguards won it again! The aquatics risk management reviewer – Starfish Aquatics Institute – evaluates lifeguards’ performance. Reviewers visit aquatic facilities and evaluate what goes on among the lifeguards, patrons, and supervisors. The reviewers watch how often the lifeguards scan the water, determine the strategies the lifeguards use to remain vigilant, and evaluate the size and features of the zones the lifeguards are assigned. Reviewers then conduct rescue scenarios to assess the facility’s emergency action plan and the competence of the staff. The StarReview wraps up with an assessment of the risk management practices, policies, and procedures in place at the aquatic facility—and the equipment and management staff to back them up. Based on the findings, a remediation plan is suggested, or those individuals and facilities found to exceed standards are recognized with the 3-Star, 4-Star, or prestigious 5-Star recognition award.

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View Fall Activity Guides

Resident registration is now available. Non-resident registration begins August 6. Guide delivery to homes starts July 31. This fall Fountain View Fitness is offering five free health seminars and a family Zumba party. The ActivKids before and after school program has flexible hours to accommodate the new District 93 school schedule. Evening and weekend preschool is now available. Also new for fall is water polo and girls’ lacrosse league.

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Armstrong Park project nearing completion

All three phases of the project are coming very close to completion; it is expected that each phase is at either final completion or substantial completion (all but plantings) sometime next month.  A status update for each Phase is below.

Phase I:  Approximately 96% complete.  Paving of all trails has been completed. Crews are currently working on restoring the shoulders of the multi-use path with seed and erosion control blanket. Remaining work will include paving of the existing parking lot at the entrance to the park (within the next few weeks) and installation of trees and shrubs this fall. In August, this phase will be considered substantially complete and will reach final completion status as soon as all trees and shrubs are planted in the fall.

Phase II: 96% complete.  The contractor is currently working on completing set up of all electrical components within the pump station and completing the necessary tests before the system is considered fully operational. County personnel were trained on a few components of the project earlier in the week (the gates and weirs).  Additional training is expected to continue over the next several weeks. Once all training has taken place and the system is fully operational, the County will be able to operate the facility as designed. Final Completion of this phase is expected by August 2015.

Phase III: nearing 100% completion. All restoration, including wetland plant plugs and a few trees and shrubs, have met the requirements of the contract by passing a 30 day mandatory establishment period. The County expects to take over management of this area starting next week. As soon as an as-built is received from the contractor, this phase will be considered complete.

Year in Review

The Carol Stream Park District is pleased to highlight projects and accomplishments from 2014 in this publication, Year in Review. Inside you’ll find a letter from the Executive Director, awards and honors, recreation statistics and updates, and financial information.  Copies are available at the Fountain View, Simkus and Elk Trail Recreation Centers.

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July is Park and Recreation Month

July is National Park and Recreation month, and we invite you to participate in an activity each day to live healthier, connect with nature, gather with family or friends, and to stay active. This calendar offers some ideas for each day of the month. See how many days you can cross off!

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Armstrong Park Update

A brief update in regards to each Phase for the Armstrong Park project is provided below:

Phase I – Work at the park this week has primarily been on this phase.  The contractor began paving the trails with asphalt, starting by the creek and working their way west towards the reservoirs. They also prepared the surface for paving the path on top of the large reservoir by placing stone. Paving is expected to continue next week and weather-depending will be complete within the next week or two. Restoration is also still under way. The contractor has hydroseeded the inside slopes of the larger reservoir and is following the paving crew by placing topsoil, seed, and erosion control blanket along the shoulders of the path. Here is a picture of this work:

Shoulder Restoration at Gravity Reservoir

Phase II – Most of the components have been installed in the pump station. The majority of the work remaining on this phase includes making the necessary connections for our motor control center to communicate with the pumps. The contractor is expected to be on site over the next few weeks to continue testing various components of this phase and complete set up.

Phase III – Restoration is complete on this phase and the contractor is responsible for maintaining all plantings through the 30-day establishment period. This includes checking on the plantings to make sure that they are thriving and receiving proper care (primarily watering). Also, bank stabilization along the south side of Lake George is still being completed.


Book & School Supply Drive

The Fountain View, Simkus and Elk Trail Recreation Centers are still collecting books and school supplies for recycling through the end of June. Bins are inside each lobby. All items donated will benefit local students and schools in need.

Items to recycle include: Gently used/new books, crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks, coloring books, construction paper, arts and craft supplies, painting supplies, etc.

Take your Dad fishing this Sunday!

Start off Father’s Day at our fishing derby. Enjoy a light breakfast by the pond as you try to catch the “big one”. Prizes awarded to participants who catch the largest fish in each of the age categories, including Dads! Bring your own fishing poles, bait and hooks. Catch and release is practiced. Special event is from 9:30 to 11:30 am and starts at Bierman Park.

Fee is $6 resident, $9 non.  Dads need to be registered, but there is no fee for them.

Register as follows:
42333 – ages 3 to 5
42334 – ages 6 to 7
42335 – ages 9 to 12
42336 – ages 13+
42337 – Dads

Gear up for Mini Indy Bike/Trike Event!

Bring your tricycle or bike to Mini Indy! Located at Hampe Park (297 W. Lies Rd, Carol Stream), on Tues, June 16, from 10am to 12pm – kids travel around stations that include bike washing, license plate making and handle bar decorating. Race obstacle course and visit drive-up snack stand. Event sponsor AAA will be giving away water bottles and fitting each child with a free bike helmet. The police will be available to register bikes and give bike safety tips. For children ages 3 to 7; must attend with adult. Pre-registration required by June 14. Fee is $8 resident, $12 non.

Register now!



Simkus Recreation Center Summer Hours

The hours of Simkus Recreation Center will change for the summer. Starting June 7, the building will be closed ON SUNDAYS until August 30.

Room rentals will still be available with a rental attendant present.

Simkus Summer Hours
Mon – Fri 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday –  CLOSED

Fountain View Recreation Front Desk Hours will remain the same all summer.
Mon – Thu 6:30 am to 10:30 pm
Friday 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Fountain View Fitness Center Hours
Mon – Thu 5:00 am to 10:30 pm
Friday 5:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Check out pictures from JustPlay!

We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who attended JustPlay! 2015 and the sponsors, vendors, volunteers and staff who helped make JustPlay! 2015 possible. Despite the early rain, it turned out to be a beautiful day, and we had a great turnout. We had to sort through hundreds of photos, but we’ve selected the best of the best, and uploaded them to Flickr so you can browse:


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Introducing new features at McCaslin Park

McCaslin Park Improvements are Complete

The final phase of the McCaslin Park redevelopment funded by the 2010 referendum is complete, bringing new and interesting recreation amenities to the park and making it a multi-use destination.

This project added:

  • An additional playground
  • Splash pad water playground
  • Accessible fishing station
  • Two picnic shelters and a permanent grill
  • Bank Shot basketball court – a colorful, trick shot course with multiple baskets
  • Game tables and bags court
  • Sand Volleyball court
  • Two shade features to hub area
  • Redesigned cricket field

Most of the new features are located on the northeast side of the park, east of the parking lot. View photos of the new features on the Carol Stream Park District website

On Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 am, all are invited to join the park district commissioners and staff to commemorate the opening of the new park amenities.

McCaslin Park is a 28-acre park originally opened in 2002. The park features four baseball diamonds in a hub formation, all with artificial turf infields and lighting. A paved trail encircles the ball fields and connects to neighboring trails. A concession stand operated by Rocco Vino’s is open during games. The park is also home to Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, a playground, basketball hoops, a cricket field and a fishing pond. Phase one of the redevelopment funded by the 2010 referendum was completed in 2012.

Read:  McCaslin Park is the new family destination!