July 4 weekend specials

Coral Cove Water Park
July 3 – Climbing Wall Contest
The climbing wall will be open all day and staff will be timing participants to see who can reach the top the fastest! Best times win a prize.

Weekend hours for the water park:
July 3, Friday – 11:00 am – 8:00pm
July 4, Saturday – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
July 5, Sunday – 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Pass holders get in 30 minutes before general admission

Click CORAL COVE for more information to include admission fees and special events.

Coyote Crossing Mini Golf
July 4 – Independence Day special:  buy one round and get one FREE!

Weekend hours for mini golf:
July 3, Friday – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
July 4, Saturday – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
July 5, Sunday – 11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Click COYOTE CROSSING for more information to include admission fees and special events.

Coming July 17 – Cosmic Golf Night: Play glow-in-the-dark golf!


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!


Get up-to-date info about special events all summer

Join our Facebook pages to keep up to date about special events and sales all summer long! Coral Cove Water Park has many new events this summer that include a climbing wall contest and a country music day. Coyote Crossing Mini Golf is hosting Mom & Son date night, Christmas in July and cosmic golf night. These special events and more will be posted to our Facebook pages weekly. JustPlay! Sports & Recreation Festival, May 16, is featuring new activities you can view from the JustPlay page. The Carol Stream Parks Foundation is always up to Good! Watch their Facebook page for upcoming Bike Club rides and fundraisers.

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Coral Cove Water Park
Coyote Crossing Mini Golf
JustPlay! Sports & Recreation Festival – May 16, 10am-5pm
Carol Stream Park Foundation
Carol Stream Park District


Bierman playground construction UPDATE

The current Bierman Park playground, which has aged and languished, was torn down April 21. A new playground is being built to include a large play feature and spider web climbing component. With your referendum dollars at work, the park district was able to purchase the playground through a joint purchase program which enabled us to obtain a much larger play feature. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of May.

UPDATE:  The playground was missing an important piece and construction has been stopped until approximately May 15. We still anticipate completion at the end of May.


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Coral Cove Early Bird pass sale

The month is flying by! Don’t let it slip away without taking advantage of the early bird sale on Coral Cove Water Park summer passes. A family of three saves $15, family of four $20, family of five $25, and so forth. That’s a huge savings! With many new amenities and special events scheduled all summer long, the water park is the place to be with your family on those hot days! Sale ends May 31.

Coral Cove has many fun features:

  • NEW!  Rent a Cabana!
  • A large walk-in swimming pool
  • Two awesome water slides – the tallest in DuPage County!
  • A deep-water plunge pool with a 15 ft climbing wall, drop-slide, and diving board
  • A dry playground
  • An interactive water playground with a dumping bucket
  • A new slide in the water  playground for toddlers
  • Large shaded concession eating area
  • Rocco-vino-logoPoolside cafe operated by RoccoVinos Restaurant. Menu items include pizza, salads, drinks and ice cream.
  • A grassy sun hill and large patio deck with chairs for relaxing
  • Coral Cove has a Five Star Lifeguard Safety Rating
  • Group swim lessons will be held at new indoor pool at Fountain View Recreation Center and will no longer interfere with Coral Cove fun!

For hours, rates, location, parties, rentals and more, check us out here:




Browse Summer Activity Guides!

The summer activity guides are online! Residents may now register for summer programs. Guides scheduled to arrive in homes the week of April 20. Non-resident registration begins April 30. Summer programs begin June 1.

Summer 2015-Adult Guide   Summer 2015-Youth Guide

We want your shoes!

For the whole month of April, we are collecting old or unwanted shoes to be reused, repurposed or recycled. All types of shoes are accepted. Shoe collection bins are located at the Elk Trail, Fountain View and Simkus Recreation Centers.

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Make full-day summer camp an “Awesome Adventure”

Now is the time to start planning for summer camps. If you are a working parent, Awesome Adventure Camp is for you. Starting the week of June 8 and running through August 21, this camp is a great summer experience for kids entering grades 1 to 6. Register your child(ren) by May 15, and you can receive up to $23 off per week (depending on your planned schedule).

Check us out! Awesome Adventure Camp

Note:  Actual start date of camp will follow D-93’s last day of school. First week will be prorated based on the number of days camp is held.

Note:  Also, discounts are available for non-residents currently attending D-93, D-25 and Pleasant Hill schools. Employees of businesses in Carol Stream are also eligible for discounts. Contact our Service Team at 630-784-6100 for more information.