Holiday Tree Lighting this Friday

Join the park district and the village of Carol Stream for the annual tree lighting ceremony, starting at Town Center at 6 pm this Friday, Nov 28. Santa will arrive at 6:30 pm in firetruck. After the lighting of the tree, the event will move indoors to Fountain View Recreation Center where families can take a photo with Santa and enjoy complimentary refreshments, sweets, popcorn, crafts and games.


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Holiday Facility Hours

For the Thanksgiving Holiday –

Simkus Recreation Center will be CLOSED Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30.

Fountain View Recreation Center will be open on Thanksgiving, November 27, from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm. Friday hours remain the same – 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.

FYI – for Fitness Center members:  The annual holiday tree lighting event will be taking place on the main floor starting at 6:30 pm on Friday. Only Fitness Center members will be allowed upstairs to the fitness center floor.


Resident Registration is Open for Winter 2015 Season!

Carol Stream park district residents can register now for winter 2015 programs that run January through March. Non-resident registration begins December 11. Guides delivered to homes the week of December 8. Don’t receive a guide? Call us at to be added to our list.

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New ActivKids’ Trips next week!

ActivKids Days Off Club is for grades K through 6 with flexible hours to include full day and before or after hours. Kids participate in fun activities each day. Coming up:  rock climbing at Lifetime (11/24), Under the Big Top in St. Charles (11/25), and Jump Zone in Schaumburg (11/26).

Go to our page for a listing of field trip/activities through April of 2015.


Holiday Sports Tournaments

Action! Competition! Cash Prizes! Turkey & more! 

‘Tis the season of holiday craziness! Why not take a step back to ease some tension and have camaraderie with other adults by participating in a sports tournament. Join us today at

Turkey Bowl Flag Football
Saturday, Nov 15
9 am to 10 pm
Teams compete in a double elimination format for prizes.
At Glenbard North High School.
Register by Nov 10

Turkey Shoot 12-inch Softball
Saturday/Sunday, Nov 22-23
8 am to 11 pm
Enjoy a weekend of good fun, competition and TURKEY! Teams compete in a double elimination format. Prizes include t-shirts, cash and a team turkey dinner.
At McCaslin Park
Register by Nov 17

Below Zero Bean Bags
Saturday, Dec 6
12 pm to 5 pm
Compete in our 1-day bean bag blind draw tournament and take on the area’s best bag tossers. For anyone 16+.
At Simkus Recreation Center
Register by Dec 1

Snowball Throwdown Dodgeball
Saturday, Dec 13
9 am to 6 pm
You better move fast in this round robin 6-on-6 tournament. Last team standing after single elimination gets cash prize.
At Evergreen School
Register by Dec 8

Holiday Hangover 3-on-3 Basketball
Saturday, Dec 20
9 am to 12 pm
Compete for cash at this self-officiated contest in a round robin format followed by single elimination.
At Fountain View Recreation Center
Register by Dec 15

Park District receives Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Carol Stream Park District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial reporting (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was presented by Board President Tim Powers to Controller, Lisa Scumaci, the primary individual responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR, at the park district Board Meeting of October 27, 2014.

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Youth Basketball Leagues start soon!

All co-ed and boys games are played in Carol Stream. All girls games are played in various locations. Players wear a reversible jersey available for purchase at Simkus Recreation Center. Practices are twice a week before season starts then one practice and one game per week. Grade 1-6 games are normally played on Saturdays. Grade 7-8 games are normally played on Sundays. Few games on other days possible. All 7-8 boys games will be played on Sundays.

Coach Clinic: December 2 – 12:00-1:30pm
Start Date: January 10, 2015
Player Evaluations at FVRC are on November 8
Meet & Greet at SRC are on November 16

Please refer to our Youth Activity Guide, page 17, for codes, player evaluation and meet and greet times.
Youth Activity Guide

Or, go to the Youth Sports page on this website and find the Winter Basketball League for your child’s age.

View pictures of the weekend’s events!

We just uploaded hundreds of photos from our Halloween events this weekend:  Boo!Fest, Scarehouse of Carol Stream, and the Howl’oweenDog Parade and Costume Contest. You can view them through Flickr using this link:

Or, go to our Facebook account to obtain another way to access the link at:

We hope all who participated in these events enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed creating them for you! It was truly a wonderful weekend! We thank all our staff and many volunteers whose time, talents and efforts brought these events to the community!



Howl’oween Dog Parade & Costume Contest

Dogs get so excited to parade around our Bark Park! Dress them up and join us with your families at this enjoyable event on Sunday, from 1 to 2 pm. Contest categories include best, scariest, funniest and cutest couple (dog & owner). Judges will be looking for creativity and showmanship. Prizes will be awarded. Each dog receives treat bag. Please secure dog on 6-foot leash.

Event takes place at our Bark Park, off of North Avenue and Kuhn Road, Carol Stream.  Park at Volunteer Park, 302  Kuhn Road. Fee is $2 resident dog, $3 non.  For socialized dogs 6 months and up.

Also find us in the Chicago Tribune’s Lifestyle section at:


Another Achievement Scored! A+ in Loss Control

We are PDRMA-accredited with a high score of 96.67 on our Loss Control Review. The Park District Risk Management Agency – PDRMA – is an intergovernmental agency that provides risk management programs for park and recreation agencies. Accreditation is the highest level of achievement a park district can earn. Safety staff worked closely with PDRMA during this 10-month audit process, and we are proud of their hard work and perseverance.


Press Release:  Park District receives high score for 2014 PDRMA Loss Control Review

PDRMA Fact Sheet – TOPIC: Guide for the PDRMA Loss Control Review (LCR)

PDRMA Loss Control Review Brief


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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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:



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 or

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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

On video we are at approximately minute 3:01.

- Resident $5.00
- Non-Resident $8.00

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).



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)