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

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.

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!


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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Teddy Bear Picnic

Bring your favorite teddy bear and picnic blanket for a morning full of fun and adventure. Enjoy storytelling, cookie decorating and crafts. Hunt for Teddy Bears in the trees and march in the parade. Hot dog lunch included. Event is Thursday, July 10 at Hampe Park from 10:30 am to 12:30pm. Fee is $10 resident, $15 non, $3 adult lunch. For ages 1 to 8. Please register by July 8.


Guess the Gallons Giveaway!

Come to Coral Cove Water Park to guess the number of gallons of water it takes to fill our new drop bucket and win your choice of one of the three following prizes:

  • 2015 Coral Cove Water Park family pool membership
  • Coral Cove Water Park Pool Party
  • Refund of this year’s membership fee

Ask the deck attendant for a ticket to complete and place in the drop box. This promotion runs through July 11. Winner will be contacted and announced on July 12 – Deck Art Day!

New features at Coral Cove Water Park include an interactive spray/play/splash area that has a large bucket that fills with water, tilts and then pours out. Kids love the anticipation of the bucket spilling out, as warning bells get them ready. Tots will enjoy a new tot slide, and patrons can stay cool while they eat at the poolside cafe under the new large contemporary canopy.

Project Update – DuPage County Flood Control Project in Armstrong Park

June 13, 2014 - Construction has begun on DuPage County’s flood control reservoir project in Armstrong Park. The south end of the park will be closed for the building of two storm water holding features. The Armstrong Park transformation is actually two projects. One is being developed by DuPage County; the other by the Carol Stream Park District.

The DuPage County Flood Control Project at the south end of Armstrong Park is expected to eliminate the vast majority of flooding in the area. The county flood control project will reduce flooding with a two stage water-holding system. During a rain event, overflow from the adjacent creek will run into a new wetland-like retention area in the southeast section of the park. Once that feature fills, water will be actively pumped to a larger, raised reservoir on the southwest portion of the park. The water will be held there and slowly released. The large reservoir will be surrounded by a 16 foot berm and planted with native plants. A gravel trail will encircle the reservoir at the top of the berm. This project is expected to take about 18 months to complete.           Images:                   overview               elevations

The park district deeded the southwest portion of the park to the county for the large reservoir. The two southernmost ball fields will be removed to make way for the county project. The sled hill will be relocated to the north end of the park. The other amenities in the park, including Gretna Station and the Caboose, the inline skating rink, and the south playground will remain intact, but will be temporarily closed and inaccessible during construction.                  Link: DuPage County Klein Creek Flood Mitigation Project

The park district’s Phase I plans to renovate the north end of Armstrong Park will also soon be underway. Final bids have been received and could be approved as soon as June 23. The plan calls for the relocation of the sled hill to the north end of the park, just south of the Kids World playground. The three ball fields surrounding the current hub will remain. The hub will be improved with new pavers and landscaping, and current Field 4 will be re-graded to make the outfield level, and have a new fence at 300 foot depth. Field 3 will get a 250 foot fence. A new practice area will be added to the hub with potential to be developed into an additional field in the future.  Images:  overview of Armstrong Park Phase I

Three features that are not included in Phase I of the park district’s Armstrong Park renovations may be added in future phases. KidsWorld playground is planned to be renovated in 2015. Plans for a small building with flush toilets and restoring lights to the ball fields are also being considered for future phases. ####


Golf all summer at Coyote Crossing Mini Golf

Take the family out or meet up with friends to enjoy a round of mini golf at Coyote Crossing.  Open every day at 11 am, it’s a fun place and great activity for the family and kids of all ages. Challenging holes with obstacles will throw off even the most seasoned putter. Come on over to practice your putts, enjoy a date or a night out with friends.

We have some fun special events scheduled, such as Cosmic Golf Night on July 19. Golf in the dark with glow-in-the-dark golf balls.

Go to to see summer hours and more special events.


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Coral Cove Water Park is Open

Coral Cove features include a newly constructed interactive spray playground with slide and a big bucket that fills, tilts and drops water. Kids love the anticipation of the drop! Younger kids can enjoy a new tot play area with a small slide. The climbing wall debuted last year along with a dry playground. There is something for everyone at Coral Cove. Get your pass today!

Go here to check out our hours and special events:


CSPD Preschool is “Most Loved”

The Carol Stream Park District’s Preschool program was named the “Most Loved” on Hulafrog.  The new local site compiles and lists things to do with kids in the area.

Be the Early Bird for Awesome Adventure Camp

Awesome Adventure Camp is every working parents’ dream! Knowing your child is safe and having fun all day long is a weight off your shoulders. We are offering early bird rates for each week that will save you $10 for full day, $5 each for before or after camp hours, and $3 on hot lunch. Camp starts on June 16, and the early bird rate for that week has passed; but you can still take advantage of the next week’s discount by registering by June 1 for camp week June 23-27.
See chart below for early bird discount deadlines:
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Photo: Don't let the 15th pass you by if you're planning to have your child participate in full-day Awesome Adventure Camp. Save $10 for full day, $5 each for before or after camp hours, and $3 on hot lunch. May 15 is the last day to register for the first week of camp - June 16-20 - to take advantage of the early bird rate.
Check out the summer youth program guide, pages 6 and 7, for detailed information and to see a sample of camp activities or click here:

Guided Bicycle Tours

Did you know that DuPage County currently has 486 miles of bikeways? The bikeway system includes 349 miles of trails and side paths (exclusive of sidewalks) and 137 miles of bike routes and bike lanes. An additional 88 miles of trails and 90 miles of bikeways, in addition to bridges and safety improvements are planned.

If you have been wanting to get out and try some new trails, take a guided bike tour with the Carol Stream Parks Foundation. Two rides a month are being planned. On Thursday, May 8, ride twelve miles to Winfield following the Great Western and Illinois Prairie Path trails. On Saturday, May 24, ride twelve miles to Bloomingdale following the Central DuPage Regional trail.

Registration for these tours is taking place at Fountain View and Simkus Recreation Centers. Registration requires a yearly fee of $20 per rider or $35 per the entire family. All proceeds go to the Carol Stream Parks Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing financial support for public parks, residents in need, and recreation programs of the Carol Stream Park District. Contact Steve at 630-726-7119 for more information about the Carol Stream Parks Foundation Bike Club Tours.

CS Parks Foundation Bike Riding Club Flier and Registration Form

May 8th CSPF Foundation Ride Map

May 24 CSPF Foundation Ride Map

Dolphins Swim Team Parent Mtg – May 5

New and returning swim team parents and swimmers are requested to attend the informational meeting to learn more about swim team season practices, seasonal swim meets, volunteer requirements, additional team fees and meet the coaching staff. Swim suit sizing will be held immediately following the meeting.

Go here for more information about the team -

Monday, May 5, 6:30 pm, Fountain View Recreation Center