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5 Reasons To Learn To Swim

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No matter your age or ability level, it is never too late to learn to swim. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should learn to swim this fall! Lessons are being offered indoors at FitNation Gurnee's indoor pool. Additional safety precautions are being taken, aligning with the Governor's Restore Illinois plan. Learn more about swim lessons or enroll...
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FREE - Virtual Art Show For All Ages

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On Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm, talented local artists will be featured in a Virtual Fall Art Show. Virtual Fall Art Show will be shown as a live stream on Gurnee Park District's Facebook Page. All ages, adults and children are eligible to submit a fall themed entry. Entries are due by 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 12.  "Since our Spring ...
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RAINED OUT - 4th Annual GO GURNEE StoryWalk with Warren-Newport Public Library

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This year's StoryWalk is rained out. Due to inclement weather, the storyboards are no longer available. Stay tuned, a spring StoryWalk is in the works! You can still listen the story by downloading with the links below. Warren-Newport Public Library featured I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison with illustrations by Frank Morrison. "Now, m...
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Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP Appointed to the National Recreation and Park Association's Board of Directors

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Gurnee Park District is proud to announce that Susie Kuruvilla, Executive Director, CPA, CPRP has been appointed to the National Recreation and Park Association's Board of Directors for the 2020-2023 term.   For twenty-three years, Susie has been a part of Gurnee Park District; fourteen of which as the agency's Executive Director. During her t...
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Congratulations to Above the Barre

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Above the Barre had been rehearsing for two upcoming competitions. While one was cancelled, the other, Spotlight Dance Cup, was rescheduled with safety precautions put in place. Despite time off during the pandemic, dancers were ready to safely return for rehearsals. Routines were reworked ...
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Certainty In Times Of Uncertainty

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At the time I am writing this message, we are in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. It's hard to believe that we have been living with stay-at-home orders, limited access to stores/businesses and a lot of mask wearing/hand sanitizing for almost 6 months! Many programs, special events and sports were unable to take place this summe...
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This July, We Are Parks and Recreation at Gurnee Park District

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Month-long celebration highlights the essential services of local parks and recreation.  This July, join us for Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate the selfless, passionate and essential work of park and recreation professionals who are providing services that are vital to the health of Gurnee. Four Gurnee Park District employees a...
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FitNation Reopening in Phase 4

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UPDATES: SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 Please review our hours of operation. In addition, on October 1, 2020 FitNation Gurnee on Nations Drive will reopen KidNation, our childcare facility and provide limited access to our locker rooms.  Temporary Hours - FitNation on Nations Drive  In order to complete more frequent and deeper nightly cleaning to e...
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Message from Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla

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Summer 2020 is a new experience for everyone and while many programs, facilities and playgrounds remain closed due to COVID-19, Gurnee Park District is committed to providing various opportunities for our community. These are trying times for each of us and it is important to seek positive experiences in the midst of all of this. "As the phases of ...
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Growing Tree Preschool Hosts Drive-Thru Graduation

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Today is the day! Growing Tree Preschool will host a drive-thru graduation ceremony for students. All graduations will start at 5:30 pm. On May 18 and May 19 drive-thru graduation will take place at Hunt Club Park Community Center (920 Hunt Club Rd, Gurnee, IL). May 20 drive-thru graduation will place at Viking Park Community Center (4374...
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COVID-19 Gurnee Park District Updates

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August 31, 2020  The health and well-being of our community is our utmost priority, and all decisions on how the District can meet recreational needs continues to focus on maintaining public health. Please continue to visit our parks regularly while practicing social distancing and participate in our virtual and/or in person pro...
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Guest — Janet Sweeney
This is what is currently posted for the FitNation pool - it is not current. The pool will open July 6th, one person per lane, wh... Read More
Friday, August 21 2020, 3:02 pm
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One location for all Virtual Programs. Check out Gurnee Park District’s Virtual Program Web Page.

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We're here for you! Hope you join in the FUN! The virtual program page is a great way to see everything that is offered in one place. From Friday night game nights, to virtual dance lessons and ESports, there is something for everyone to keep busy, stay active and have FUN. Friday Night is Game Night Play BINGO or test your skills at a family trivi...
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Things to do from the comfort of home. Gurnee Park District is here for you!

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Gurnee Park District is proud to provide a variety of things to do at home. From adults to kids, we're here for you. Keep yourself busy by staying strong with FitNation FREE classes, get creative or share your culinary skills. We're here for you! Hope you join in the FUN! Scroll down to learn more about our Virtual Art Showcase, Family Game Nights,...
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Outdoor paths and trails in Gurnee.

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14 Gurnee Park District parks provide trails and pathways for you to enjoy. Again, please be sure you're 6 feet a part from other park guests. Should the trail be crowded, we recommend selecting another location and/or coming back at another time. Your health is our top priority. Please note that many Gurnee parks provide other amenities. Agai...
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Preschool activities for your child. Join Gurnee Park District for virtual FUN!

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While at home with your family, we're proud to provide fun, LIVE activities for you to schedule throughout your busy day. Can't make it at the scheduled time? No problem! Growing Tree Preschool videos will stay up on Gurnee Park District's Facebook page.  From e-learning, to new recipes, we're all looking for ways to stay active and engaged.&n...
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Should we go outside? How trails and paths in Gurnee provide the opportunity for social distancing and recreation.

Viking Park Playground is closed, but the paths and trails remain open to those practicing social distancing.
As your Park District, we believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner. In doing so, we recommend that you continue to follow local, state and national ordinances. Please use the guidelines below prior to or during your visit to one of our parks. Please remember that all shelters and playgrounds are close...
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Guest — Jean
I'm wondering if the regular maintenance of park areas will still be done (ex. mowing open spaces, etc)
Tuesday, April 7 2020, 11:44 am
Guest — Gurnee Park District
Hi Jean, Great question! Our parks team continues regular maintenance of our parks, while practicing social distancing. Hope you... Read More
Tuesday, April 7 2020, 11:50 am
Guest — JG
will regular maintenance of park areas be done during the stay-at-home period? (ex. mowing open grassy areas)
Tuesday, April 7 2020, 11:48 am
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Adjusting to working from home? Ways to stay productive, healthy and organized.

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Many professionals in our community have found themselves working from home. No time for your usual morning workout, no lunch break with co-workers, team collaborations, and forget about the time in the car after a long day to decompress before being greeted by your pet, baby sitting mother-in-law, or children. This blog will provide ways for ...
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Cold, flu and COVID-19 - Ways to keep yourself and your community healthy.

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Due to the COVID-19 National State of Emergency, Gurnee Park District will be closed effective Saturday, 3/14/20 through Sunday, 3/29/20. All facilities including Hunt Club Community Center, Viking Park Community Center and FitNation will be closed; all programs and services held at Gurnee Park District facilities will be canceled during this time....
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Spring Into Nature This Season

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​Blog author Executive Director, Susie Kuruvilla, CPA, CPRP ​This past fall, our Parks Team planted thousands of tulip bulbs at each of our facilities. I am eager to see these first signs of spring, as they always bring a sense of excitement of what's to come here at Gurnee Park District. With that said, I am thrilled to share with you some of our ...
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Keep Your Heart Healthy

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February is heart health month. According to The Heart Foundation, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.There are many ways to reduce your risks and live a heart healthy life! As your Park District, we're proud to provide a variety of resources for you to keep your heart a bit happier and healthier! Spend time with loved...
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