Letter from the President

Dear Residents,

 

What a GREAT summer, even though it flew by, it was packed with so many inspirational and memorable events. Let’s take a look at what made this summer so special…

 

The Sunset Soirees concert series in Lemont continue to attract residents in numbers beyond our expectations. Thanks to the ongoing partnership with the Village of Lemont, we have been able to bring residents this series of free concerts in the tranquil setting of historic downtown Lemont. Pack the Park is the perfect opportunity for a family evening together. What a great way to enjoy nature, family and a popular movie all at the same time. Then we have the week everyone looks forward to with great anticipation, Freedom Days and the Independence Day Extravaganza. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Village of Lemont, Lemont Township and the Lemont Park District, this event continue to please the masses year after year. Special THANKS to this year’s event sponsors: Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria and Pub, Zlan Partners, Citgo Refinery, Kids Plus Pediatric Dentistry and Lemont Bank and Trust. A special thanks goes out to the Lemont Park District staff, Lemont Park Foundation and the members of our give Volunteer Program. Their commitment, compassion and dedication are like no other and their efforts have made a profound impact on our community. We are so fortunate to have you all.

 

On June 1, 2017, we officially opened the newly renovated Northview Park. This is truly a local destination point you will all want to visit. A special dedication of the flagpole was made honoring the Lemont Police Department and Lemont Fire District. With that site being ground zero for a tornado that struck over 40 years ago, it was appropriate to acknowledge these men and women for all they do. The fun aquatic feature and zip line, are ranking tops at this location with the playground not far behind. Stop by with the family for a picnic lunch one day and enjoy all the features the park has to offer. The Brown Park renovation has begun with a scheduled completion set for late fall. The new Mayfair Park’s preliminary plans are in with groundbreaking plans scheduled for the spring of 2018. Thank you to all the residents who have been involved with our Make Your Park program. Your feedback is essential to the development of your parks!

 

In May we took the opportunity to reflect on the numerous contributions the Lemont Lions club has made to the park district and provided them with a Proclamation. From Abbey Oaks Park to Centennial, Hilltop, Virginia Reed, and Lion’s Park, this organizations has been a great supporter of the Lemont Park District for many years. They have also been supporters and sponsors of our Special Recreation agency. This year they have partnered with the District on the Independence Day Celebration, Sunset Soiree, National Hotdog Day and the Centennial Legacy Project providing 100 sapling trees for the Centennial Grove. It gives us great pleasure in announcing that the Centennial Grove is now officially known as the “Centennial Lions Grove.” The Lions have committed to another four years of assistance to restoring this area after it was decimated by the Emerald Ash bore. Thanks again to the Lemont Lion’s Club – we are lucky to have your continued support.

 

After 38 years Susan Friend, the Executive Director of our Special Recreation provider – SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation) retired from her position. Earlier this year at the Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Park and Recreation Association conference she and her staff received a first place award for “Social Media Campaign and Therapeutic Recreation program” and an Outstanding Program award for their Adapted Music program. Matt Corso, SEAPAR’s Superintendent of Programing and Public Information, will be taking her place. Susan is an exceptional lady with a heart of gold. She will be missed.

 

Our board and staff, along with the Lemont Park Foundation, would like to thank the Santos family for their generous contribution to Santos field. Fence improvements, new dugouts, new benches and re-routed walking path are a few of the improvements you will notice allowing this field to resemble a more professional baseball setting.

 

As you look through this Memory Maker all of your favorite events are back. Lemonster Days, Lemont Park District’s Fall Fest, Family Fun Night, Veterans Luncheon, Breakfast with Santa , Frigid 5K and the New Year’s Eve Bash to name a few. New programs for kids include Read, Sing and Rhyme, Kids Bootcamp and a variety of evening early childhood programs. For adults you may be interested in our Full Circle Barre fitness class. Our seniors are invited to join us on a variety of trips such as the Million Dollar Quartet show and Illuminations at Morton Arboretum.

 

We hope you enjoy all the fun things we have in store for this colorful season and we hope to see you soon.

 

On Behalf of the Lemont Park District Board of Commissioners,
Brian Pepich, President