Director's Message

There is something about fall that always brings forth a sense of peace and tranquility, whether it be the autumn palette that brightens the horizon, or the refreshing cool, crisp air that rustles fallen leaves, or even the smells of bon fires and s’mores with friends after dark. Fall reminds us to pause, enjoy our surroundings, and take time to give thanks. And as we move closer and closer to the “normal” we knew before the Covid-19 pandemic, I am so grateful for the opportunities that Gurnee Park District is able to provide for its members and community this fall.

Over the past several months, we have been pleased to be operating without capacity limitations. The summer included the return of more of our many summer camps, as well as the re-opening of our Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center at full capacity. It was a pleasure to once again hear the bustling sounds of campers enjoying numerous outdoor activities, as well as see our many patrons splashing and wading about the pool.

FitNation also saw a lift on pandemic related limitations. Our members have been enjoying the re-opening of amenities such as KidNation, sauna/spa rooms, Jacuzzi/hot tub, and more that had been closed due to the pandemic. With this said, there is no better time than now to get back into the gym! We offer a variety of group exercise classes, two convenient locations, pickleball and basketball courts, an indoor track, and so much more to make it easy to stay active and achieve your fitness goals.

Another way to stay active this fall is by taking time to visit one of our many parks. Gurnee Park District hosts a variety of playgrounds and walking trails where you can enjoy all the sights, sounds, and smells of fall all season long. Additionally, we are excited to offer our FREE GO Gurnee Walking Club. With weekly meetings every Saturday throughout the year, our Walking Club provides an opportunity to enjoy the autumn surroundings, while also meeting new friends along the way!

Speaking of new friends, I am eager to welcome back our Preschool and Before and After School CARE students. Our staff have been working hard all summer to come up with unique ways to provide meaningful lessons and activities, and I know this will be one of the best years yet!  Along with the start of our school programs, we are also pleased to kick off our fall youth soccer league, indoor Swim School, youth dance, and many other programs.

In addition to our facilities and program offerings, we will also be hosting one of our favorite fall traditions—the “Trick-or-Treat Path.” This event is one that brings smiles to the faces of young and old, and one that we look forward to providing for you and your family once again.

Finally, in a time where there is so much to be thankful for, I would like to say, to all of our staff, volunteers, members, and community: “thank you.” Thank you for all the work you do on a daily basis, thank you for your time and contributions to programs and events, and thank you for choosing Gurnee Park District.

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.