Reflections on 2017

As 2017 is drawing to a close, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on what a wonderful and transformational year it has been for the Grayslake Park District. I also want to thank you – the residents – for your continued support and commitment to Parks and Recreation. You are what makes this District truly special.

The Park District has seen several positive transitions in the leadership team, with my own promotion from Deputy Director to Executive Director, Shelly Regnier’s promotion from Recreation Supervisor to Superintendent of Recreation, the hiring of both Business Manager Janet VanZant and Marketing/Community Relations Coordinator Dana Olson, as well as the promotion of Brett Muhr from Seasonal to Full-Time Parks Department Staff. Additionally, we bid farewell to long-time Customer Service/Registration Coordinator Tena Chirempes who retired in August after 16 years with the District. Laurie Grim was promoted to Full-Time Registration Coordinator to fill Tena’s position. Transitions have been seamless for all positions. The entire Park District staff is more committed than ever to making a difference in our community and providing the best possible recreation activities and facilities to you, the residents.

Not only did 2017 see changes to staff, but numerous capital improvement projects were completed, as was the addition of new recreation programs, special events and enhanced parks and facilities. A few highlights include:

  • Addition of a brand new playground at Tooterville Park.
  • Continuation of Phase 3 of Alleghany Park, including grading, seeding and installation of an irrigation system for the soon to be four new soccer fields and two small t-ball/baseball fields.
  • Installation of a lightning detection/warning system at Alleghany Park by the end of the year (to be fully operational for the spring 2018 season).
  • Repaving of the bike path/walking trail in Central Park, making this an excellent location to exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Installation of new LED lights in the Recreation Center Gymnasium, which will save the District significantly on energy bills and maintenance costs.
  • Dance studio floor will be refinished over winter break and ready for dancing feet in January.
  • Most recently, the District received a playground grant from GameTime to purchase new playground equipment for Cambridge Park (to be installed in the spring).

As 2018 is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to recommit your entire family to recreation, fitness and healthy living. Our recreation team has been working hard to develop and create the wide variety of programs, special events and classes that fill the pages of this 2018 Winter Program Guide. With everything from Family Bingo Night to Yoga Class, Adult Basketball Leagues to Spring Break Camp, there really is something for every member of your family! Come join us and make this winter the season for fun.

I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, and a fabulous 2018!

Yours Truly,

Kristin Splitt
Executive Director