A Message From the President
The Glen Ellyn Park District is turning 100 years old in 2019! The
Park District has been an integral part of this community since
its establishment in 1919. It all started with the simple purchase
of thirteen acres of land around Lake Ellyn. It has since grown
to encompass 29 park sites, multiple facilities, and hundreds of
events and programs each year. That type of growth occurred
because of the hard work of the Park District staff and the
incredible support of the Glen Ellyn community.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Glen Ellyn
community for many years of incredible support and all the
staff for their hard work over the years. Over the next 12 months
the Park District will celebrate this important anniversary with
many events and programs, and I invite you to join in the fun
Reflecting on this past year, the 2018 Annual Report finds the
Glen Ellyn Park District in excellent financial condition while
also providing opportunities and activities for people of all ages.
The Glen Ellyn Park District continues to achieve important
goals including providing high-quality recreation while lowering
property taxes. The average homeowner experienced an
estimated 30% savings on the park district portion of their
property tax bill over the prior few years.
Following are some highlights of major projects that were
implemented in 2018:
• Lake Ellyn Park paths were improved and expanded with
continuous paths throughout the park. Thanks to the Village of
Glen Ellyn for partnering on these improvements.
• New picnic shelter at Spaulding Park. This is part of our
continuing effort to improve all our community parks.
• Energy-efficient L.E.D. lights were installed on Platform Tennis
courts 1, 2, 3 and 4. All courts have now been converted to
• Two additional platform tennis courts are now at Maryknoll
Park for the general public, funded partially through a generous
contribution by the Glen Ellyn Platform Tennis Club and
• Sunset Pool’s main pool received a new coat of paint.
• New playgrounds were installed at Main Street Recreation
Center and President’s Park.
• New landmark, informational, and interpretative signage was
installed throughout Lake Ellyn Park. This project was funded
through a grant and an anonymous donation.
• The 25th Anniversary of the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta was
celebrated in 2018 with 59 boats entering the event.
• Long awaited improvements to the Ackerman Sports & Fitness
Center parking lot were completed. We appreciate your
understanding, your patience, and your continued patronage
during the improvement project.
• Extensive and collaborative planning took place in anticipation
of implementing major elements of the Ackerman Park
masterplan beginning late spring 2019. These improvements will
include renovation of the softball hub and improvements to the
• Acquired property contiguous to Manor Park to increase open
space in Glen Ellyn parks. Adding open space is an important
part of our mission.
I look forward to witnessing the future growth of the Glen Ellyn
Park District, and I am confident that our strong foundation and
plans will allow the Park District to thrive for years to come.
I hope to see you at our parks,
Rob Weber, President
Board of Commissioners
Glen Ellyn Park District
MISSION STATEMENT: The Park District’s mission is driven to
foster diverse, community-based leisure opportunities, through
a harmonious blend of quality recreation programs, facilities and
open space which will enhance the quality of life into the future.