Elmhurst Park District News
Become eligible for exciting prizes like free golf for a year and a 43” LED television by helping Sugar Creek Golf Course celebrate its 40 year anniversary! To celebrate this anniversary, golfers will receive a raffle ticket with each round of golf they purchase at Sugar Creek from Saturday, August 1 thru Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Raffle prizes include free golf for a year, a 43” LED television and a $100 E-Key gift card good for use at the driving range. Winners will be announced Saturday, September 12 at the Anniversary Open House.
The Park District is excited to introduce Elmhurst families to the first ever Eco’s Adventure, a new way to discover our parks with your kids! Participating is simple and will lead to fun expeditions all over town, as well as the opportunity to be entered into a drawing to win a GOPro Camera, the perfect accessory for outdoor adventures.
Kids aren’t the only ones allowed to have fun in our parks. We offer equal opportunities to everyone when it comes to having fun. In fact, one of the Park District’s most successful programs is our Adult Sports Leagues, which has over 3,500 participants each year. There are 31 leagues for various sports, including softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer. You might think this is only a summer activity, but there are opportunities to play throughout the year, such as winter basketball and volleyball leagues or fall soccer leagues.
Don’t miss attending one of the many fun-filled days planned for July at the Park District pools. Visit East End Pool on Sunday, July 12 or Smalley Pool on Sunday, July 19 for Pass Holder Appreciation Day, which include raffles, prizes and other fun surprises that show how much we appreciate our Pass Holders. If you love floating away on the water, you won’t want to miss Inflatable Fridays, July 10 at Smalley Pool and July 17 at East End Pool, when visitors are welcome to bring in their pool noodles, beach balls and other inflatable toys.
The 3rd annual Elmhurst Cycling Classic will take place on Friday, July 24th. Spectators will thrill to watch amateur and professional bike racers race around Elmhurst College and Wilder Park. Races begin around 11 a.m., but this year, many of the fastest races will occur after 5 p.m., giving those coming home from work a chance to watch the action. Adding to the excitement, the last race will occur after sunset, making for a gripping and unique final race under the twilight sky.
Visitors to Wilder Park Conservatory can now look forward to a recently planted butterfly garden, located near the south wall of the greenhouse. The garden is one of the last pieces of the Conservatory’s restoration project to come into place, although it already looks as natural to the setting as the redwoods which nestle this serene alcove. In the garden, visitors will find many native ornamentals which attract butterflies and hummingbirds and should help to grow the butterfly population in the area.
Grab a blanket and popcorn and join us for Movies in the Park, presented by the Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst Public Library and Elmhurst Art Museum. A movie will be projected onto the Elmhurst Art Museum patio wall in Wilder Park at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.).
Five Elmhurst Gymnastics Center coaches took time to volunteer as officials for the Special Olympic Summer Games recently. Held June 12-14 at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, the games brought together more than 4,000 athletes competing in 6 different sports. The coaches, Annette Nocek, Michelle Swanberg, Keawe Winstead, Bret Golz and Sam Bode, volunteered as judges for the gymnastics events, with one volunteer describing it as an “awesome” experience, which they hope to take part in again next year.