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Special Recreation Dance

Special Recreation Dance

The 4th Annual Special Recreation Dance, Hawaiian Beach Night was held at Bulger Park in Melrose Park on Friday, January 13th. The dance was a great success! Participants enjoyed a truly delightful dinner catered by Cuomo Catering and danced the night away to the music of DJ Rich Stachon.

Thanks to our sponsors for providing our guests with a souvenir ceramic tiki cup, delicious desserts, great prizes and a memorable evening. A special thank you to Pan American Bank for donating the fabulous sweet table and helping out at the event! Thank you to our generous sponsors: Action Painting, CMS Corporation, County Line Pizza, Denise Knox (Veterans Park District Commissioner), Korab, Inc., Leyden Bears, Mackie Consultants, The Village of Melrose Park, The City of Northlake, Thomas D. Olson (Veterans Park District Board Treasurer), William Otte (Veterans Park District Superintendent), Donna L. Peluso (Veterans Park District Executive Director), Precision Repair, Premier Insurance, Signco, and Special T Unlimited.

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2017 Veterans Park District Youth Basketball League

2017 Veterans Park District Youth Basketball League

Our ever popular VPD Youth Basketball league scored strong again this year. Parents and spectators packed the gym on Saturdays throughout the season. We would like to thank all the volunteer coaches, parents and players who made this year a success.
Congratulations to the League Champions!
1st and 2nd Grade Team: Warriors
3rd & 4th Grade Team: Thunder
5th & 6th Grade Team: Purdue

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Veterans Park District Donation Boxes for Special Recreation

Veterans Park District Donation Boxes for Special Recreation

Veterans Park District Donation Boxes for Special RecreationPlease help us support our Special Recreation Programs including Magical Holiday Lights, Horseback Riding, Dinner and a Movie, Sporting Events, and many more.
Our programs provide opportunities to people with special needs in our communities to be a part of activities that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy.
When attending our special recreation programs, persons with developmental disabilities not only enjoy each other's company and develop new friendships, but they also feel that they are a part of the community and are able to enjoy all the things that people without disabilities can.

Special Recreation Donation Boxes are placed at the front desks of the following locations:
Bulger Park, 1601 Hirsch Street, Melrose Park
George A. Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue, Melrose Park
Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview Drive, Northlake

Expansion of After School Care Program at Grant Park

Expansion of After School Care Program at Grant Park

Expansion of After School Care Program at Grant Park

We can now accommodate 100 children!
Veterans Park District has been granted a license extension from the Department of Children and Family Services, (DCFS), to expand from 42 children to 100 children in the After School Care Program at the Grant Park Location. This successful program gives parents peace of mind and a safe place for their children to gather after school.

Look to After School Care page for more information and other options in the Beyond the School Bell program.

Registration opens on July 1st.

Leyden Township & Veterans Park District Annual Firework Show

Leyden Township & Veterans Park District Annual Firework Show

emptyWe are looking forward to the 8th Annual Fireworks Display partnered with Leyden Township on July 1st. It's a great event that takes place at the Leyden High School's West Campus, located at 1000 N. Wolf Road in Northlake.
Gates open at 6 p.m. with live music from 7 to 8 p.m. and again from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. ending just prior to the fireworks display.
Jesse White and Jesse White Tumblers will perform from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Should a rain date be required, only the fireworks display will go on and the gates will open at 8 p.m.
Be a part of what has become an exceptional local tradition in the celebration of the birth of our wonderful country. We look forward to seeing you there!

Great Things Are Happening at Our Parks!

Great Things Are Happening at Our Parks!

Veterans Park District is in the process of giving some of our parks a face lift. The Gouin Pool Building in Franklin Park is getting painted and new flooring. The Mushroom in the pool is getting painted as well. It will be refreshed and ready for our pool goers in May. Cimbalo Fitness Center will get interior paint throughout the building, new lockers and a completely renovated Women's Locker Room.

Thanks to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources/Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant, Bulger Park is getting an extensive renovation; with a new walking track, a new kiddie area at the playground, new poured-in rubber safety surface in the existing playground, field renovations with new baseball backstops, an outdoor area with exercise equipment and a new parking lot!

VPD Awarded IDNR/OSLAD Grant to Renovate Bulger Park

VPD Awarded IDNR/OSLAD Grant to Renovate Bulger Park

Veterans Park District is moving forward on the renovation of Bulger Park after funds were released from Illinois Department Natural Resource /Open Space Land Acquisition & Development Grant.
The project includes the removal and relocation of the existing kiddie play area and construction of new ADA kiddie play area with pour-in-place surface; a newly sodded and striped multipurpose practice area for youth soccer, football and lacrosse, with portable football & soccer goal posts; construction of two new backstops and dugouts with new fencing and shade structures; reconstruction of an existing 1/3 mile walking/running track; addition of an Outdoor Fitness Health Beat System with 11 workout stations adjacent to the walking/running track offering another free outlet for our residents to participate in fitness activities and 45 new parking spaces offering additional ADA parking adjacent to our 10,000 sq. facility with solar powered lighting, new landscaping and planting of over twenty new trees.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in the June 2017.

Veterans Park District Awarded Power Play Grant

Veterans Park District Awarded Power Play Grant

Veterans Park District recently was awarded the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Power Play Grant. Funding and materials for this program are provided through the sale and subsequent renewals of the Park District Youth License Plate and through Friends of Illinois Parks. Veterans Park District was one of 35 other parks to receive a $1000 PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant.
Veterans Park District will be using the Grant to provide our After School Care participants with more healthier and nutritious snacks.
Support grant funding by purchasing a Park District Youth License Plate for your vehicle. For more information go to www.4KIDSplate.com or call toll free: 1(877) 783-KIDS.

Gouin Pool Receives the 2016 Gold International Aquatic Safety Award

Gouin Pool Receives the 2016 Gold International Aquatic Safety Award

Veterans Park District Gouin Pool Lifeguards have been awarded the Jeff Ellis & Associates prestigious "Gold International Aquatic Safety Award". This award recognizes the professionalism and outstanding safety standards that our lifeguard staff is committed to, while providing the highest swimmer protection at Gouin Pool.
Thank you 2016 VPD Gouin Pool Aquatic Staff!

Bulger Park Construction Moving of Leagues at Bulger

Bulger Park Construction Moving of Leagues at Bulger

Due to the renovations at Bulger Park in Melrose Park, the Men's 16" and Co-Ed 14" softball games will be moved to Gouin Park at 2400 Scott Street in Franklin Park.
We will be up and running for the Softball Tournaments in August.
See you there!
Please contact Connor Graham at (708) 716-4822 for additional information on league registration.