Park Ridge Park District

May 29

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Centennial Activity Center
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Jun 4

Zombie Tag

Wildwood Nature Center
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
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Jun 5

Murtle the Turtle's Birthday Party

South Park Wading Pool
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Jun 7

Backyard Campout

Wildwood Nature Center
5:00 PM - 10:00 AM
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Board Announces New Executive Director

The Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners is excited to announce John Shea, Jr. as its new incoming Executive Director of the Park District. This appointment comes as the District prepares for the retirement of their current Executive Director, Gayle Mountcastle, who is embarking on her well-earned retirement starting in May.

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Executive Director Search

The Park Ridge Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking to hire a forward-thinking Executive Director with a proven record of being a collaborative and innovative leader who can combine vision, strategy, and effective governance in the oversight of the agency. The Park Board has selected GovHR USA to lead the recruitment and selection efforts for the Park District’s next Executive Director.

All applications must be directed to GovHR. Applicants submit a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by January 8, 2024 to the attention of GovHR USA Steve Scholten or Chuck Balling, Vice Presidents, and Executive Recruiters, GovHR USA. TEL: 847-380-3240 ext. 185 or ext. 130.

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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. Job post is available by clicking here. A brochure about the position is available by clicking here

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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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