Green Team Tips of the Day – Get them all here!

As a protector of parks, nature and our environment in general, it is our duty as a park district to exercise green initiatives any way we can. We are fortunate to have an in-house Green Team dedicated to make sure we maintain those initiatives. Our recycling efforts, both in-house and those we share within the community (electronics, shoe, coat recycling, for example), come from their ideas and coordination.

If you are one of our Facebook friends, you may have noticed a “Green Team Tip of the Day” post that offered great ideas on being green. Some you may have known already, some may have served as a reminder, and we’re sure some were interesting and new. We posted one tip a day during April in honor of Earth month. We are pleased to link you to the full list:  Green Tips for Earth Month

Become a Carol Stream Park District Facebook Friend and stay on top of Green Initiatives and everything else going on here at Your Park District!

Recycle for Recreation

We are collecting for crafts! Our next recycling project benefits park district programs for our kids – ActivKids, Preschool, Summer Awesome Adventure Camp, and Special Events. Drop off your cardboard rolls, newspapers, egg cartons, cereal boxes or anything else you think would benefit crafts at Fountain View or Simkus Recreation Centers from now until May 22. Thanks!


Mom & Son Prom, this Saturday, April 30

A fabulous mother-son event, this formal evening creates lasting memories! Couples enjoy DJ-music, entertainment, dancing, appetizers and a special dessert. Mom’s receive a specially made commemorative gift from their sons. This special event is at Fountain View Recreation Center. Please register by April 28.


Because of registration software maintenance this week, our online registration is down until Friday, April 29. We need you to register for this event by April 28, so please call us at 630-784-6100 or come into the Fountain View or Simkus Recreation Centers, and we’ll take care of you. We apologize for any inconvenience.


UPDATE: Simkus Parking Lot reconstruction


Simkus Recreation Center, 849 W. Lies Road
Parking Lot Reconstruction

April 25 – week of:
Cement work begins.
This cement work will not affect vehicle entrances from Lies and County Farm Roads, nor will it affect parking.
It will affect pedestrian entrances into the building, but work will be staggered and not all at the same time.

May 2 – week of:
East lot is paved.
Lies Road entrance/exit closed.

May 9 – week of:
North lot is paved.
County Farm entrance/exit closed.

This job will be done in phases that allow visitors to park on one side of the lot one week and then on the other side of the lot the next week. We appreciate your patience during the next few weeks. Thank you.

If you have any concerns, please contact us at 630-784-6100.


Memorial Park renovations

Carol Stream’s Memorial Park, located at 342 Thunderbird Trail, is scheduled for a renovation to further honor the community’s brave individuals and stand as a tribute for years to come. This Memorial Day, May 30, the Memorial Park Task Force will roll out a plan to include an improved walkway, small shelter, new landscaping and lighting.

Plans also include reconfiguration and improvement to the existing Memorial, which was dedicated to the first Vietnam Vet from Carol Stream to be killed in the line of duty. Since then the Memorial has recognized fallen police officers, veterans and firefighters for their service and duty.

Decorative features in the planning include a veneered limestone capped seat wall, flag poles and granite markers, recognizing the different military branches.

The Memorial Park Task Force includes members from the Carol Stream VFW, American Legion, Village, Park District, Chamber of Commerce, and includes one volunteer.

Funds are being raised for this renovation, which is scheduled for unveiling on Memorial Day, 2017. To make a charitable contribution to the enhancements and beautification of Memorial Park, send your tax deductible donation to the Carol Stream Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Carol Stream Parks Foundation
c/o 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188

If you are interested in helping with this meaningful project, please contact Jim Reuter, Executive Director, Carol Stream Park District.


Knock one off your Bucket List and come with us Indoor Skydiving!

Feel the exhilaration of skydiving without the fear of jumping out of an airplane 12,000 feet in the sky! iFLY Rosemont makes this dream a reality in a safe and fun environment. Join us as we take you there – ages 3 years and up welcome!

Our new Bucket List series of trips for thrill-seekers takes you on an adventure of a lifetime!  iFLY in Rosemont makes the dream of flight a reality with indoor skydiving! Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air in a vertical wind tunnel. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. You’ll have two 1-minute flights along with a pre-flight training and the opportunity to watch your friends skydive while in the flight deck viewing area. A video clip of your flight can be emailed to you or a loved one. Lunch after our adventure is on your own at Baker’s Square. Check with your doctor if you have a recent shoulder dislocation or back, neck or heart problems. Participants must weigh less than 250 lbs. A completed iFly waiver is required. Extensive Activity.


Washington DC Overnight Trip

Explore our nation’s capital with guided tours featuring awe-inspiring sights of the White House, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Kennedy graves, and Iwo Jima Memorial. Visit the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Discover the life and legacy of George Washington at Mount Vernon estate, museum and gardens. Enjoy the waterfront setting of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, a historic seaport transformed into a world-class center of shopping, dining, museums, and more. Our seven day trip includes nine meals, six nights lodging with four consecutive nights in the D.C. area and deluxe motorcoach transportation.

REGISTER: Washington, D.C. Overnight Trip – 45850
All Ages

– Resident Double $719.00
– Non-Resident Double $729.00
– Resident Single $919.00
– Non-Resident Single $929.00

Final payment is due 7/1. Detailed flyer with itinerary is available at Simkus & Fountain View Recreation Centers or by calling (630) 784-6100.


Spring into Summer with Coral Cove Water Park Super Early Bird Special!

Now that it’s really spring, we can “spring” into Summer! Coral Cove Water Park has been offering it’s Super Early Bird pass sale rates since the first of the year! This sale will end before May 1, so don’t let it slip by. A family of four can save $33, a family of five $44, and so forth.

Pass holder benefits include early entry into the park, 20% off Cabana rentals, 10% off birthday parties and rentals, and “Bring a Friend” days.

You can purchase your season passes at Fountain View or Simkus Recreation Centers.

Coral Cove Water Park opens on Saturday, June 4.


Now is the time to book summer outings for your camp, company or group


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Lose to Win and Get Fit for Life!

Go to Fountain View Fitness to download registration forms. 
Must register by March 26!
Enter the 12-week Fit For Life team competition meant to help you lose weight, educate you on proper nutrition and build a life-long healthy lifestyle. This program is intended for participants that are struggling to achieve a healthy lifestyle and weight.
Fit For Life is a 12-week program that will put the highest loss of body fat percentage to the challenge. All contestants are to attend a mandatory orientation information session scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016 at either 8:00am or 1:00pm in Rooms 120, 121 & 122 of the Fountain View Recreation Center, 910 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. The organized workouts and nutrition sessions kick-off the week of April 4 and run through the Fit For Life team obstacle course challenge on Saturday, June 25.
The Fit For Life winners will be determined by the top three contestants with the highest percentage of body fat loss. The winning team will be determined by the combined total of the highest percentage of body fat loss. Please note that there is a points systems associated with the teams. Each team members will have the opportunity to earn one point a week by attending both workout sessions and nutrition session each week. If a team member does not/is unable to attend all three sessions, no point will be earned-no exceptions. Each team member has the possibility to earn 12 total points (1 point per week x 12 weeks) and each team can earn a possible 120 points (10 teammates x 12 points). Each teammate of the team that earns the most points within the 12 week challenge will earn a -1 lb advantage at the final assessment. THE -1 LB ADVANTAGE ONLY APPLIES TO TEAM RESULTS–NOT INDIVIDUAL RESULTS


The winners of the Fit For Life competition will win the following:

 1st: Fountain View Fitness Annual Membership + Personal Training/Nutritional Counseling12 pack +
$250 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card ($1,300)
2nd: Personal Training 16 Pack + $150 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card ($950)
3rd: Nutritional Counseling 12 Pack + $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card ($550)
1st Place team: $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card for each team member


**Registration begins Fri. Feb 26 for Residents and Fri. Mar 4 for Non-Residents**

Red Team: Code 45521
Personal Trainer: Samier Mahdi
Nutritionist: Christina Montalvo
Workouts – Tue & Thu 6:30pm
Nutrition – Wed 7:00pm
Green Team: Code 45522 
Personal Trainer: Heather Holtz
Nutritionist: Katisha Nielsen
Workouts – Mon & Wed 5:45am
Nutrition – Thu 6:00am
Orange Team: Code 45523 
Personal Trainer: Claude Castro
Nutritionist: Cathy Kyros
Workouts – Wed 7:00pm & Sat 9:00am
Nutrition – Thu 7:00pm
*Trainers and Nutritionists are subject to change


Program is for ages 12 year and up

$345 Resident / $365 Non-Resident

Registration deadline is March 26

We painted a tree!

We recycle, reuse, compost, collect rain water, donate gently used – we are all much more environmentally conscious today than we were just ten years ago, collectively speaking. So park districts, cities and towns nationwide have been finding ways to turn dead trees into art. Whether by sculpting, painting or decorating, dead trees are given new life with color and movement that stimulates interest, emotion and conversation amongst observers.

The Carol Stream Park District has jumped on this new trend and planted its first painted tree at 849 W. Lies Road, just south of the Simkus Recreation Center facility, on the east side of Coral Cove Water Park. It is a deceased ash tree, one of hundreds that died and were removed due to the invasive Emerald ash borer beetle.

The tree is displayed in the park district colors of green and blue, and the district’s logo is carved into the trunk. The tree is unique to the park district as it represents a first “artistic” action in our efforts to maintain an aesthetically pleasing environment. We are planning to plant one “art” tree a year for the next three years.

We would like to thank our Parks crew for painting and planting the tree and horticulturist Jared Zaino who headed up the project. This idea first came to us from the Chicago Tree Project and the Chicago Park District. Read more about the project and view pictures of the many tree sculptures here.

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Here’s our tree:

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Pictured above, from left to right:  Rich Kruse (retired parks staff who likes to visit), Rafael Zuniga, Matt Slanker (who is holding up the tree until the cement is poured), and Jared Zaino, our horticulturist who supervised the project.


Spring Registration is Now Open!

Spring guides are in the mail and residents may register for Spring activities. Nonresident registration begins March 4.

A busy season that leads us into the summer, the Spring guide features some great family “bunny” events, spring break camps, Days Off Club trips for school-age kids, early bird registration/pricing for Awesome Adventure Summer Camp, four Shrek Jr performances, annual May dance recital, Fitness center benefits (personal training, free seminars), sports leagues and tournaments for both adults and youth, trips and adventures for our Forever Young, early bird pricing for Coral Cove Water Park membership, events at Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, and so much more! Give us a browse today!


register button online or download Registration Form.


Have a great weekend!

Enjoy this unusually warm weather this weekend. Dust off your bike or get your walking shoes on and just get out! Breath in the air while you take advantage of the many parks and trails around town. Dogs with Bark Park memberships can meet their friends to run around and play. We wish you a fabulous weekend!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

We have a bit going on this weekend and upcoming week that you may be interested in:

Give the gift of health and fitness this Valentine’s Day! Become a member or purchase a membership for your significant other for Fountain View Fitness Center on Feb 14 and pay only $14 enrollment fee, a savings of $21.

Sign up your kid(s) for youth baseball, softball or soccer by Mon, Feb 15 and save $20 with early bird special.

Kids home from school but you have to work? Bring them to ActivKids Days Off Club for games, fun and a movie this Mon, Feb 15, Presidents’ Day.

Learn about the trending Paleo diet at our free seminar, Feb 16, from 7 to 8 pm at Fountain View Recreation Center.

Teen weight training starts Feb 18. Is your kid registered?

Have a great Valentine’s Day! heart



Kids Days Off Club – Monday, Feb 15

We’re going to The Picture Show on our day off, Monday, February 15.  For grades 1-6, Days Off Club accommodates working parents or a parent who needs a day off without the kid(s). The day is filled with fun activities. The Club offers flexible hours to include full day and before or after hours.