Posted on March 4, 2019
Volunteers – “Helping our neighbors and building our community” – The commitment to bring a variety of quality programs, activities and services was made possible in part by volunteers who gave their time and talents to help. The 2018 Year in Review highlights these efforts. In addition, the Year in Review highlights program, finance, parks and facility projects and successes.
Here’s a letter from Board President, Brian Sokolowski:
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the Carol Stream Park District’s 2018 Year in Review. In addition to highlighting the past year’s programs and activities, I wanted to take the time to thank our volunteers. Our success would not have been possible without the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time, experience and efforts to build lifelong memories for our friends and neighbors.
The District provided a wide variety of sport teams and programming for children and adults. McCaslin and Armstrong Parks were home to many in-house recreational leagues as well as tournaments. The District took over concession operations at McCaslin and Coral Cove Water Park in order to offer affordable, improved food. Fountain View Fitness Center continues to shine as the community’s center for health and fitness with 3,300 overall members. Coral Cove Water Park and Coyote Crossing Mini Golf provided hours of family fun for all ages! Special Events like the Daddy Daughter Dance, Boo Fest and Polar Express brought many smiles to our young residents. The “Movie in the Park” event at McCaslin Park brought families together for an evening of fun and relaxation while viewing the ever popular “Sandlot” movie. Our adult residents enjoyed sports leagues, special interest programming and family trips. Our seniors participated in trips and events throughout the year; they traveled as far away as Maine and New Orleans, and also enjoyed local events like the play “Hamilton”, and local casinos. The District’s theatre program tapped into the talents of over 200 youth actors! From preschool programs, to Before and After School Care, to day camp – the District provided fun and learning for our school age residents.
With the support of the Carol Stream Parks Foundation, Village of Carol Stream, VFW, American Legion and many local businesses and sponsors, Town Center will soon be the home to a new Veterans’ Memorial. The Board and staff of the Carol Stream Park District are proud to have worked with our partners to bring much deserving recognition and respect to those who served our country. After years of fundraising, we broke ground last year with a targeted completion date of May 2019. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this important project.
The Park District takes it fiduciary responsibility very seriously. We continue to work diligently to control expenses, and provide outstanding services. We are fully committed to following our residents’ direction to “take care of what we have”. We appreciate your trust and confidence in our ability to enrich our community by fulfilling our residents’ needs for health, accessible, quality recreation activities, parks and facilities, and to be responsible stewards of our community resources.
It’s been a wonderful and exciting year. With the continued support of our residents and volunteers, the staff and Board look forward to 2019 and all it will bring to our community!
Carol Stream Park District Board of Commissioners