Park Ridge Park District

Oct 4

Zombie Tag

Wildwood Nature Center
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Oct 5

Regular Park Board Meeting - CANCELLED

Prospect Park - Wohler's Hall
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Oct 9

Fright Fest Teen Trip

9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Oct 13

Halloween Hoopla

Wildwood Nature Center
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Executive Director Mountcastle Announces Retirement

It is with mixed emotions that the Park Ridge Park District announces the retirement of its Executive Director, Gayle Mountcastle, after 39 years in the parks and recreation industry. Gayle informed the Board she will retire May 17, 2024 to enjoy more time with family and friends, and to continue to enjoy life.

At the time of her retirement, Gayle will have led the District as its top executive for the past 13 years. Gayle has spent almost half of her career at the Park Ridge District, previously serving Park Ridge for six years as the Superintendent of Recreation. Prior to joining our District, Gayle was the Superintendent of Recreation at both the Des Plaines and Streamwood Park Districts, as well as starting her professional career at the Skokie Park District. 

At last night’s Board Meeting, the Park Board approved a proposal with GovHR USA for recruitment and selection of the Park District’s next Executive Director. Further information regarding the search will be posted at when available.

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Candidate Packets for the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election Now Available

Candidate Packets are now available for persons who wish to run for office of Park Board Commissioner in the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election.  The attached Packet is provided as a courtesy, candidates are not required or obligated to use the information provided, and should seek the advice and direction of their own personal attorney.  The Park Ridge Park District is unable to provide any legal advice.



Please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website to obtain a 2023 Candidate’s Guide at:

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Wildwood Nature Center Awarded $750,000 State Museum Grant

The Park Ridge Park District is pleased to announce that the Wildwood Nature Center has been awarded a $750,000 Illinois Public Museum Capital Grant to renovate the property at 531 Forestview that the District acquired at the end of 2020. The property is located adjacent to the Wildwood Nature Center at Maine Park, and will be renovated to function as a visitors’ center for the Wildwood Nature Center.

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Park District Celebrates Restoration of Historic Gate

On Friday, August 20, Park Ridge Park District staff and board members gathered together with the Paul Adlaf from the Park Ridge History Center and Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy to celebrate the restoration of the historic Sunny Playground Gate located in front of Wohlers Hall at Prospect Park.

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