History, Mission, Vision and Values



In 1963, The Lemont Township Park District originated as an idea which was formed by Township Supervisor, Lewis N. Ruppert during his first year in office.

In his first year, he received many inquiries from township residents regarding recreational facilities. He realized as Township Supervisor he could not legally do anything to satisfy the recreational needs and requirements of the citizens. So, he proactively suggested to them that the Township needed a Park District. 

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The original Lemont Park District Board with Founder Lewis Ruppert in April 1966. From left to right, Ronald Weber, Norbert Kluga, Rudy Gotlund, Phil Smith and Lewis Ruppert (Norbert Lesnieski not pictured)


The Mission of the Lemont Park District is to enhance the quality of individual experiences by providing safe, accessible and premium facilities, parks and programs to the community while being fiscally and environmentally responsible.


The Lemont Park District strives to be collaborative, proactive and progressive in serving our community.

Lewis Ruppert Signing 1966 original

Park District Officials finalizing purchase of land for Centennial Park in the summer of 1970


  • Valued Community
  • Accountability & Fiscal Responsibility
  • Lasting Partnerships
  • Ultimate Guest Services
  • Exceptional Communication
  • Safety First

Lemont Park District Founder honored with plaque and tree dedication on Centennial Campus in 2016.