Opportunities in the Parks

UnPlug Illinois! What's Your Outlet?

Unplug Illinois is an effort to communicate and educate communities about the value of parks and recreation. Your Park and Recreation agencies provide unlimited “outlets” that lead to:  Healthier Lifestyles, Sustainable Environments, Thriving Economies, and Engaged Communities. We want you to “unplug” from the daily grind and allow yourself to “recreate”.

We have miles of trails in Carol Stream. Take a walk, jog or ride your bike. Walk around a neighborhood lake; visit a park. Grab a basketball and shoot some hoops, or grab a disc for disc golf at Horizon Park. Stop and consider the value of resources provided by the park district. Take a look and breathe! Embrace the wellness you feel.

The infographics draw attention to the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Don’t be one of these statistics! UnPlug today!

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Garden Plots Rental

Slepicka Homestead Park has sixteen ground level plots and six raised garden beds available to rent. Slepicka Park is located at 1301 Lily Lane in Carol Stream. 

Raised Garden

$35 R / $45NR
Ground Garden $55 R / $65NR



Reserve Plots Starting:
One (1) plot per household. Note: If garden plots are still available after April 15, renters will be allowed a maximum of two (2) plot rentals per household.

  • January 1 for returning renters
  • February 1 for new renters


Plots are available for use from April 15 to October 15, depending on weather and ground conditions.

There are sixteen (16) ground-level plots and six (6) raised garden beds.

Garden plots are identified by signs.  Boundary lines will be marked by corner posts or flags.

Gardeners are responsible for planting in their own plots.  If unsure of your location, please contact the Park District.  The Park District is not responsible for any cost associated with planting in the wrong area. The corner stakes and number stakes must not be removed.

Gardeners must maintain their plot to its boundaries.  When selecting planting materials and planting location, please ensure that the plants won’t encroach over the boundary lines. Please be considerate of stepping on other gardeners plot areas when planting your garden plot so as not to disturb their plantings.

Gardeners are expected to weed their garden and keep it neat.  Landscape waste can be disposed of in trash barrels labeled for landscape waste.  If weeds grow 12 or more inches tall, the Park District has the right to mow the entire plot.  In such cases, the gardener will be contacted by phone.  The gardener will then have one week to comply before the entire plot is mowed.  If the Park District has to take over your plot due to lack of maintenance, you will not receive priority registration for the following year.  No refunds will be given.

Water is available at the park site, however hoses are not allowed.  You must transport your water using other means. At time of rental payment, renters will be given access to the water box for the current rental season.

All materials must be kept off paths, including plastic bags, rocks, strings, wood stakes and / or other materials.  These items may cause a tripping hazard.

Gardeners must park in designated parking stalls and not in roadway.

Gardeners may share their plot.  The individual who rented the plot will be responsible for the plot maintenance.

The Park District is not responsible for theft, damage, vandalism or any other acts of destruction, loss or irresponsibility.  Report any damage or loss to the Carol Stream Park District at 630-784-6100.

Gardening Tips

  • Gardeners may wish to till the soil before planting.
  • Mulching gardens retains moisture in the soil, reduces weed growth and helps to moderate soil temperature.
  • Gardeners should plant their gardens according to plant growing habits.   Plants that mature early can be planted among plants that mature later in the season.  Taller plants should not be planted where they can shade smaller plants.  Vines should be planted where they will not encroach on paths or into neighboring gardens.


Learn to Care for Prairie Plants

Jan Smith Park: Native Plant Museum

Jan Smith Park is a four-acre outdoor museum of native Illinois prairie plants. Each fall, on the annual harvest day, local gardeners collect the seeds and take them home to use in their gardens. The park is also a certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation.

Learn about natural wildflowers and prairie grasses and how they grow by becoming a volunteer. Hands-on experience is one of the best ways to discover the process of planting and caring for prairie gardens. Volunteers are needed for weeding and caring of the gardens during the growing season.

Tours are available for groups. Just give Jan a call. You will often see her at the park caring for the grounds.

Tour or Volunteer

Contact Jan Smith  – 630-690-0633


Stop Vandalism - See Something, Say Something!

Dear Neighbor,

Your park district is asking for your help. Vandalism in our parks has unfortunately become
commonplace in our community. Graffiti and spray paint on playgrounds, damaged park
amenities, burned port-o-lets, tire ruts on ball fields – these are just some of the incidents
we deal with weekly as we work to maintain our parks and playgrounds. Repairing damage
caused by vandalism costs us money in staff time and in replacement or repair of property.

Park District property is community property – parks, playgrounds, ballfields –
for your enjoyment. You help us pay for it on your tax bill. Help us protect our shared property.
If you see vandalism happening, call 911. The police need to know when vandalism is happening
so they can catch the culprits. If you see vandalism after it has happened – for example,
you’re with your kids in the morning at your local park and you see obscenities sprawled on
playground equipment – call us at 630-784-6100 so we can photograph and report the damage
to police and work to clean up the vandalism.

The faster we catch those who feel the need to vandalize and the faster we can clean it up,
the less vandalism we see. Your awareness is very important in the preservation of our
parks and community.

Thank you for your help!

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