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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Country Farm Fair this Saturday!

Pet cows, chickens, goats, and more in a petting zoo featuring over 20 animals at the Country Farm Fair on Saturday, August 1. The event, located at Wildwood Nature Center, 529 Forestview Avenue in Park Ridge, begins at noon and ends at 3:00 pm.  Cowpokes big and small can try their hand at fun free activities, such as a pie eating contest at 1:00 pm, potato sack races at 1:30 pm, a tug of war at 2:00 pm, and a water balloon toss at 2:30 pm.  Additionally, families can head out on a hayride through Wildwood for just 50¢ per person, and the youngsters can hop on a pony ride for $5 per ride. Everyone will have a rootin’ tootin’ good time playing bingo, watching pig races, and participating in games, activities, and crafts. Food and drinks, including lemonade shake-ups, are available for sale.

Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks!

Park District Breaks Ground at Prospect Park

On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners along with Executive Director Gayle Mountcastle, Senator Dan Kowtowski, and donor Paula O'Connor officially broke ground at Prospect Park. Park Board President Jim O'Brien thanked all those who were instrumental in getting the project to this point, including the Youth Campus board members for their foresight to think of the Park District when the land became available, the “Our Parks Legacy” group who advocated on behalf of the District, the residents who voted to approve the referendum, the Historical Society, Representatives Marty Moylan and Michael McAuliffe and Senators Dan Kotowski and John Mulroe, and the Park District staff. O'Brien also thanked Paula O'Connor for her generous donation towards naming the Paula O'Connor Community Building.

Click here to keep up to date on the progress of the Park Development.

Park District Presents Community Service Awards

At the Park Ridge Park District Board meeting on Thursday, February 5, President of the Board Mel Thillens presented Community Service Awards for 2014 to President of the Park Ridge Historical Society Paul Adlaf, and the members of the Park Ridge Friends of the Parks.  Community Service Awards are provided each year through the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and the local park districts.  The purpose of the Award is an opportunity for the Park District to recognize individuals or groups that have gone above and beyond in volunteering their time and talents towards the betterment of the Park Ridge Park District. Adlaf and the Friends of the Parks not only met this criteria, but were also instrumental in furthering the mission of the Park Ridge Park District – to enhance Park Ridge’s quality of life by providing Park and Recreation opportunities for all residents while being environmentally and fiscally responsible.

District Awarded Outstanding Facility & Park Award

On January 23, Commissioners Joan Bende and Mary Wynn Ryan along with Executive Director, Gayle Mountcastle accepted the Illinois Park & Recreation Association's Outstanding Facility & Park Award in the aquatic facility category for Centennial Aquatic Center on behalf of the District. The purpose of the Outstanding Facility & Park Award is to recognize public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in design and development.

David Santee Inducted into U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame

On Friday, January 23, David Santee was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.  David is the 1981 World Silver Medalist, a seven-time U.S. World team member, and a two-time Olympian, taking 4th Place in Men’s Singles at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. The youngest male to win U.S. Junior Championship, he is a 13-time U.S. medalist, ranking 3rd all time. David participates in an advisory capacity with the International Skating Institute and Professional Skating Association. He also is the Instructors Representative on the Board of Directors of ISI.  We are so proud to have David as our Director of Skating!  Congratulations, David!  (Click here to view the introduction video played during the ceremony.)


District Receives $400,000 OSLAD Grant

On Saturday, January 3, Governor Quinn held a press conference at the Park District of Oak Park where it was announced that the Park Ridge Park District is one of the 75 park and recreation agencies throughout the state to receive an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant for fiscal year 2015.  The Park Ridge Park District has been awarded $400,000 to be used towards the development of Prospect Park located at 733 N. Prospect Ave. (formerly the Youth Campus property.)

“The Park District is grateful to receive this grant,” stated Executive Director Gayle Mountcastle, “The Park District thanks Governor Quinn, State Senators Dan Kotowski and John Mulroe, and State Representatives Mike McAuliffe and Marty Moylan for their continued support of grant programs that improve Illinois Park and Recreation agencies.”

The park district plans to create open space and recreational activities at Prospect Park.  Asbestos abatement is planned to begin soon on the property, and the project is anticipated to go out to bid at the end of January.  Follow the progress of this project at prparks.org.

Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has everything?

Honor a friend or family member by donating to the 100 Trees for 100 Years Program. Donations made to the 100 Trees Program will create fund to replace trees lost to disease throughout the Park Ridge parks.  Your donation help us enhance areas within our parks, reduce soil erosion, recycle carbon dioxide, and contribute to overall community health. Your contribution to the 100 Trees for 100 Years program is tax deductible according to the IRS laws applicable to the Park Ridge Friends of the Parks Foundation and Park Ridge Park District.

You may make your donation online with the following links, or by check with this form.  Donations are recognized at the following levels:

Park Ridge Park District Awarded $1.6M In PARC Grant

Governor Pat Quinn visited the Park Ridge Park District on October 4 to announce the awarding of a Park and Recreation Construction (PARC) grant in the amount of $1.6 million to the District for renovation of the Maine Park Leisure Center.

“This grant will allow us to accommodate the growing recreation needs of our community,” said Executive Director Gayle Mountcastle, “We thank Governor Quinn for the PARC Grant and are very grateful to Senator Dan Kotowski and Representative Marty Moylan for their help in securing these much needed funds.  We are also appreciative to Senator John Mulroe and Representative Michael McAuliffe for their continual support of the Park Ridge Park District.”

Park District Receives Grants for Wildwood Nature Center

June 16, 2014 – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that 47 Illinois museums will receive $20 million in state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program - an effort to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward. The Park Ridge Park District’s Wildwood Nature Center, a recipient of this grant, will receive $225,000 for new exhibits and interpretive signs, a new kiosk and map, ADA accessible trails, and an open air shelter. Click here to read the full story.

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