Director's Message

The seasons are changing, and so are we! With fall around the corner, it is the perfect time to highlight the changes we are making at Gurnee Park District to make it a place where everyone feels welcome.

Last fall, we formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The committee is based on Gurnee Park District’s continued commitment to providing all members of our community and workplace with equally available programs, activities, safety measures, and more. As efforts to be more equitable and inclusive is a continued effort, our goal is to make progress towards it on an ongoing basis.

We are extremely proud of our 28 amazing parks. This fall, we plan to replace playground equipment at Kings Park, Prairie Oak Shagbark, and Prairie Oaks Silo. Keeping inclusivity in mind, Kings Park will include several ADA access improvements and all parks will contain ADA compliant playground equipment.

We welcome back our Growing Tree Preschool students and CARE participants this fall. Our preschoolers can plan on many new and fun learning experiences, including diverse literature, art, math, and science units. Similarly, CARE will introduce a mentor/buddy system that will allow more opportunities for participants to connect with each other in new, unique, and meaningful ways.

We continue to listen to the diverse wants and needs of our community. In May 2021, we added a Cricket Pitch at Viking Park after seeing a growing desire for the sport. Likewise, we are looking into providing more inclusive and diverse aspects to our events and outings for families of all cultures to enjoy. Plan on attending our “Trick-or-Treat Street” and meet with several of your favorite characters from all around the world!

Moreover, we understand that health and fitness play a key role in all of our lives. In order to maintain inclusivity at our fitness facility, FitNation, we look forward to including more options for all genders and age groups. This consists of establishing accessibility and inclusion benchmarks by following best practices recommendations from industry organizations such as the “Women in Fitness Association,” “Sports Alliance,” and “The Global Health and Fitness Association” (IHRSA). With that said, please make sure to join FitNation and experience our fitness facility today!

Finally, our staff each bring their own unique qualities to our programming and events. To further welcome each person’s individuality, we are currently looking into new professional development trainings designed to educate our team on fostering an environment built on trust, accountability, inclusion, and growth. This will in turn create a more welcoming experience for all community members and guests who participate in the services we provide.  

Thank you for allowing me to discuss our commitment to making Gurnee Park District a place where everyone feels welcome. If you have any suggestions or feedback on how we can best serve the needs of you, your family, friends, and other community members, please make sure to let us know!

We Take Customer Service Seriously

Our values, affectionately known as "SOFFI Star" are Serve, Ownership, Family, Fun and Integrity. Our staff and volunteers strive for standards that uphold these values both in the workplace and out in our community.

We stand by our pledge to provide the best recreation and programming. 

Americans with Disabilities Act

Gurnee Park District intends to comply with the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. If you need any special accommodations, please call Gurnee Park District, so we can make the necessary arrangements.  

Gurnee Park District works with Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) to provide assistance in our programs.

ADA Officer:
Kraig Owens, CPRP, CPSI, CPO
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Gurnee Park District Policy Manual

It is the purpose of the District to effectively and economically provide recreational programs, facilities, and open space for the residents of the District which are designed to provide wholesome, constructive, and enjoyable leisure time experiences that benefit the individual, the family, and the community. 

The Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners acts as the legislative and policy making body of the District in the operation, control, improvement, and planning of its parks, recreation programs, facilities, personnel and fiscal operations. The Board recognizes the need for a manual that contains Board approved policies that facilitate the operation of the District on a day-to-day basis, and as such, has reviewed and approved this manual. Additionally, the Board will periodically review and revise the policies contained in this manual as it deems appropriate.

Click here to download the Gurnee Park District Policy Manual

Gurnee Park District Ordinance Code

In order to provide safe, accessible, and entertaining parks for all the Gurnee Park District has established an ordinace code. To view the entire ordinance code click here.