Letter from the President

Dear Residents,  

It’s that time of the year when the Lemont Park District Commissioners give thanks to the outstanding group of dedicated employees that have made us who we are today. It’s also time to appreciate the accomplishments we have all achieved together. Allow me to share with you some of our most recent endeavors…  

We are pleased to announce the completion of Brown Park. Thanks to the input of local residents and staff, we have a beautiful new neighborhood park complete with all the latest safety and ADA requirement that will last for many years to come. We continue to move forward with “Making Your Parks” with Mayfair Park up next! After meeting with staff and residents we have developed a set of concept plans with the intent of breaking ground in the Spring of 2018.  

In celebration of their 100th year anniversary, the Lemont Lions Club has truly made this a year to remember. Not only were the Lions Club vendors at annual our Independence Day celebration, they also generously offered free hot dogs at Centennial pool on National Hot Dog Day. The group sponsored the Sunset Soiree Summer Concert Series this summer. However, the highlight of this great partnership was definitely being selected as their site for the Lions Club Centennial Community Legacy Project. This five-year commitment to restore the Centennial Grove was initiated with the planting of 100 sapling trees. The Lions Club also donated several larger trees as well. At our May Board meeting, the Lions were recognized for their past and present ongoing contributions with a Proclamation from the Board. With their commitment to continuing to help restore the Grove, the Board and Staff felt it was appropriate to recognize them for their efforts by re-naming this area “Centennial Lions Grove.” In addition, the Lions Clubs contributions were so incredibly stunning that the Illinois Association of Park District’s (IAPD) presented them with the Partnership Award. This state-wide recognition is given to those who have made significant contributions to Parks and Recreation Agencies. This incredible group of men and women with their passionate commitment to make such a profound impact to our community is like no other.  

Who would have ever of thought that “Lemonster Days,” which started as a two-week series of family fun would have turned into an entire month of festive entertainment. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of numerous groups and agencies such as Lemont/Homer Glen Rotary, Lemont Historical Society, Lemont Public Library, Lemont Chamber of Commerce, Lemont School District 113A, Lemont Township, the Village of Lemont and the Lemont Park District. This is a living testament to what a community can achieve when they all work together.  

We also took time to remember our veterans and those who were still missing in action as we celebrated Veteran’s Day. These brave men and women have given us freedom and security. They have made our armed forces the most respected in the world. They are true American Heroes! Special “Thanks” to those who purchased the “Thank a Vet” commemorative t-shirts at the District which all profits will fund events for the veterans in the community.  

As you look through this edition of the Memory Maker you will notice several familiar programs that are “back by popular demand!” Daddy Daughter Date Night, Mother and Son Night, H2O Egg-Venture, Teen Flashlight Eggstravaganza, Adult Egg Hunt and the Community Showcase Expo to name a few. New programs include “Look What I Painted” for early childhood, a variety of sports programs for kids of all ages, adult dance lessons and our Seniors have numerous trips to choose from including “Cabaret at the Paramount,” the Peabody Estate Tour and Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan.  

As another amazing year of memorable experiences comes to an end, may peace, happiness and goodwill be with you and your family not only on Christmas, but throughout the year and beyond.  

On Behalf of the Board of Commissioners,  

Brian Pepich, Board President