Fall 2018

The warm summer months are coming to a close, and the days are growing shorter as fall is on the way. At the Park District, we had a wonderful season with summer camps, outdoor concerts, playing in the parks, picnics at the beach and afternoons by the pool.

Our open-air venues at the Wallace Bowl and Mallinckrodt Gazebo offered wonderful performances and shows for all ages and interests. And, the Center for the Arts put on several performances of their summer theatre show, Footloose. Everyone who participated did a wonderful job.

Heading into fall, we begin an exciting new project at Gillson beach. Get ready for a whole new experience next summer. I am so excited to share with you that the beach house, parking lot and surrounding grounds will be receiving a thorough update and renovation in preparation for the summer of 2019. Expect wonderful new amenities including a new beach house, modern bathrooms and concessions, a new pedestrian and bike path to access the park, additional bike racks and more. Gillson will have an impressive facility to complement the natural beauty of the landscape. To learn more about the project and improvements, visit our website, www.wilmettepark.org.

While the plans for Gillson Beach get underway, programs and events are picking up again at all of our other facilities as well. As the kids return to school, we have plenty of events, classes, sports, workshops, programs and clubs to keep you and the family busy and active throughout the fall season. Take a look through the following pages to see what interests you!

This fall, we will bring back favorites such as Halloween Happening, Worldwide Day of Play and Spooky Skate, and you can expect to see some new offerings including several unique Visual Arts programs to spark your creative side. There is something for everyone.

At this beautiful time of year, we encourage you to get outside, enjoy the parks and watch as the leaves turn. As always, I want to thank you for your continued support of the mission of the Park District to provide exceptional recreational facilities and programs. Your comments are always welcome: please feel free to contact me at awolfe@wilpark.org.

Stay active and enjoy the season!

- Amy L Wolfe
Board of Park Commissioners