Fall 2019

Well, hello fall! The leaves are dropping, twigs are snapping, and the winds are starting to blow. Fall is upon us, and there's a lot of planning to do. We hope you had a great summer with us and made some exceptional memories.

Did you get the chance to explore and enjoy our beautiful new Gillson beach house? We are so proud of our new addition to the lakefront, and hope you had the opportunity to check it out after you slipped your toes in the sand or splashed in the lake. We are beyond grateful to the Ouilmette Foundation for throwing the first ever Beach Bash in June, with live music, food, drinks and family fun. Nearly 1200 people made their first memories of the new Gillson beach experience at this fabulous party. We hope to make it an annual event, so be on the lookout for a date in 2020.

When summer finally did arrive, our amazing staff pulled out all the stops for July 3rd and hosted a full day of patriotic celebration. The day began with the newly formatted Yankee Doodle Dash 5k, which included food trucks, beer, music and a costume contest. After a brief afternoon break, Gillson Park was packed all over again for our community's favorite tradition--the Fun & Fireworks Celebration! It was fun for every member of the family, and a great way to celebrate our national holiday.

As we wind down the summer, we want to remind you the pools at the Centennial Family Aquatic Center now offer an all-new Sizzlin' September pass to extend your enjoyment of our pools through the month of September. Take advantage of those last few warm days of summer, as it can be some of our best weather in Chicago!

Onto fall, we're looking forward to "back to school" and all the great activities for autumn. Take a look through Explore! and find your traditional favorites like the Mother & Son Dance, Community Garage Sale and Halloween Happening...or find something new! Interested in a Father & Son Nerf Battle? How about an all-new dance class, a pop chorale program or even a theatre alumni production? There is something for everyone!

As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of the mission of the Park District to provide wonderful recreational facilities and programs. Your comments and ideas are always welcome: please feel free to contact me at awolfe@wilpark.org.

Have fun, stay active and enjoy our parks!

- Amy L Wolfe
Board of Park Commissioners