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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 9:15am - 10:15am
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Discover The Fun

New Playground at Southwest Park

On Tuesday, September 29, the Park District will begin removing the old playground at Southwest Park in anticipation for installation of a new one. Work will typically take place Monday,September 28 through Friday, October 2 from 7:00am-3:00pm.   We are excited to move forward with this project and anticipate completion mid-to-late October, dependent on weather. 

Volunteers Needed!

You can make a difference! The Park Ridge Park District is looking for enthusiastic, engaged residents to serve on two of our Citizen Advisory Councils: the S.T.A.R. (Seniors Together At Recreation) Advisory Council and the Finance Advisory Council.  If you want to make a difference in your community consider serving as a member! To be considered, please contact Maryanne Lucarz at 847-692-3482 or mlucarz [at] prparks [dot] org.

Centennial Parking Lot Sealcoating

Please be aware, beginning Saturday, September 26 through Friday, October 2 the parking lot at Centennial Park will be sealcoated. To minimize disruption in services to our patrons, the parking lot will be sealcoated in phases. At times, certain sections will be unavailable for parking. However, at all times adequate parking will be available.

Thank you for your patience during this project!  

Park District Breaks Ground at Prospect Park

On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners along with Executive Director Gayle Mountcastle, Senator Dan Kowtowski, and donor Paula O'Connor officially broke ground at Prospect Park. Park Board President Jim O'Brien thanked all those who were instrumental in getting the project to this point, including the Youth Campus board members for their foresight to think of the Park District when the land became available, the “Our Parks Legacy” group who advocated on behalf of the District, the residents who voted to approve the referendum, the Historical Society, Representatives Marty Moylan and Michael McAuliffe and Senators Dan Kotowski and John Mulroe, and the Park District staff. O'Brien also thanked Paula O'Connor for her generous donation towards naming the Paula O'Connor Community Building.

Click here to keep up to date on the progress of the Park Development.

Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks!

Park District Presents Community Service Awards

At the Park Ridge Park District Board meeting on Thursday, February 5, President of the Board Mel Thillens presented Community Service Awards for 2014 to President of the Park Ridge Historical Society Paul Adlaf, and the members of the Park Ridge Friends of the Parks.  Community Service Awards are provided each year through the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and the local park districts.  The purpose of the Award is an opportunity for the Park District to recognize individuals or groups that have gone above and beyond in volunteering their time and talents towards the betterment of the Park Ridge Park District. Adlaf and the Friends of the Parks not only met this criteria, but were also instrumental in furthering the mission of the Park Ridge Park District – to enhance Park Ridge’s quality of life by providing Park and Recreation opportunities for all residents while being environmentally and fiscally responsible.

District Awarded Outstanding Facility & Park Award

On January 23, Commissioners Joan Bende and Mary Wynn Ryan along with Executive Director, Gayle Mountcastle accepted the Illinois Park & Recreation Association's Outstanding Facility & Park Award in the aquatic facility category for Centennial Aquatic Center on behalf of the District. The purpose of the Outstanding Facility & Park Award is to recognize public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in design and development.

David Santee Inducted into U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame

On Friday, January 23, David Santee was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.  David is the 1981 World Silver Medalist, a seven-time U.S. World team member, and a two-time Olympian, taking 4th Place in Men’s Singles at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. The youngest male to win U.S. Junior Championship, he is a 13-time U.S. medalist, ranking 3rd all time. David participates in an advisory capacity with the International Skating Institute and Professional Skating Association. He also is the Instructors Representative on the Board of Directors of ISI.  We are so proud to have David as our Director of Skating!  Congratulations, David!  (Click here to view the introduction video played during the ceremony.)


District Receives $400,000 OSLAD Grant

On Saturday, January 3, Governor Quinn held a press conference at the Park District of Oak Park where it was announced that the Park Ridge Park District is one of the 75 park and recreation agencies throughout the state to receive an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant for fiscal year 2015.  The Park Ridge Park District has been awarded $400,000 to be used towards the development of Prospect Park located at 733 N. Prospect Ave. (formerly the Youth Campus property.)

“The Park District is grateful to receive this grant,” stated Executive Director Gayle Mountcastle, “The Park District thanks Governor Quinn, State Senators Dan Kotowski and John Mulroe, and State Representatives Mike McAuliffe and Marty Moylan for their continued support of grant programs that improve Illinois Park and Recreation agencies.”

The park district plans to create open space and recreational activities at Prospect Park.  Asbestos abatement is planned to begin soon on the property, and the project is anticipated to go out to bid at the end of January.  Follow the progress of this project at prparks.org.

Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything?

Honor a friend or family member by donating to the 100 Trees for 100 Years Program. Donations made to the 100 Trees Program will create fund to replace trees lost to disease throughout the Park Ridge parks.  Your donation help us enhance areas within our parks, reduce soil erosion, recycle carbon dioxide, and contribute to overall community health. Your contribution to the 100 Trees for 100 Years program is tax deductible according to the IRS laws applicable to the Park Ridge Friends of the Parks Foundation and Park Ridge Park District.

You may make your donation online with the following links, or by check with this form.  Donations are recognized at the following levels:

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