Plainfield Park District  •  23729 W. Ottawa St.  •  Plainfield, IL 60544  •  (815) 436-8812  •

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March 1, 2017
Hop into Spring with Upcoming Events at the Plainfield Park District!

The Plainfield Park District has an abundance of family fun activities and events for all ages to enjoy this spring!

April 7 from 8-9p children ages 7-12 w/parent are invited to join the Park District in a Flashlight Egg Hunt (program #66404) at Clow Stephens, 16650 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight! Kids will have the opportunity to hunt for eggs filled with prizes and candy! If you get a special prize ticket in your egg, return to the pavilion to collect your prize! Cost R $6/NR $7.50 per person.

Visit the Easter Bunny at EGG-citing Activities (program #66403) on April 8 from 11a-Noon! Hop on out to Clow Stephens Park, 16650 S. Lily Cache Rd. (located on Lily Cache Rd. South of Rt. 30) to see the Easter Bunny and hunt for colorful eggs that the bunny has “hidden.” Make sure you remember your basket for the Egg Hunt! In addition to the egg hunt, you will receive a craft and snack that you can do at the park or take home. Parents - remember your camera as the Easter Bunny will pose with your child and family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. You MUST pre-register to participate. The event is geared for 1-7 years of age. Event will be held rain or shine. Cost R $6/NR $7.50 per person.

Have a horse lover in your family? Come and visit the ponies at the Normantown Equestrian Center on April 9 from 2:30-4p for Spring Pony Rides. Our horses are dressed up in their springtime best and are waiting for you to come take a ride! Rides will last for 10 minutes and helmets are provided. Don’t forget to bring your camera to snap some great pictures! This is a great event for ages 3 & up. Cost per participant is $10.

NEW this year! Bunny-licious Luncheon (program #66411A1) April 15 from 12:30-2:30p at the Plainfield Township Community Center, 15014 S Des Plaines Street, Plainfield. Hop down to the Plainfield Township Community Center for a pizza lunch, drink and snack. Kids will celebrate with games, a craft and time with the Easter Bunny. Parents don't forget to bring your cameras for pictures with the bunny! $10 per child (ages 12 & under) | $5 per adult.

Don’t forget! Register early for all programs and events before they fill up!


February 9, 2017
Plainfield Park District Awarded Walk with Ease Grant

The Plainfield Park District has been selected as a recipient of the Walk With Ease (WWE) Instructor Training grant through National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). Park District Manager Kathy Whalen applied for the grant to train two current Park District Active Adult fitness instructors. The training is web based and will prepare the instructors to begin offering the Walk With Ease program in summer 2017. Walk With Ease is a six week walking and fitness program of the National Arthritis Foundation that is proven to reduce the pain of arthritis and improve your overall health. Look for this new program in the 2017 summer program brochure, being delivered to residents’ end of April.

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January 23, 2017
Plainfield Park District Soared to New Heights at State Conference!

In January many of the Plainfield Park District staff attended the IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, the premier state conference for parks and recreation, forest preserves and conservation agencies in Illinois. At the conference the Plainfield Park District was recognized in many different areas.

The District was recognized with the Exceptional Workplace Award. The criteria applicants were scored on included staff wellness programs, continuing education, team building, community involvement, environmental policy, risk management, professionalism and more.

The District also received the Game Time Park Build Grant. The District was awarded the matching amount of $40,000 towards the redevelopment of Kendall Ridge for the purchase of playground equipment.

The Executive Director, Carlo Capalbo, was presented the Chairman’s Award. This award is presented by the outgoing chair of IPRA to select individuals who have gone above and beyond service to IPRA in its membership and in the profession.  

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December 6, 2016
Plainfield Park District receives recognition for excellence in financial reporting for 11th year in a row

The Plainfield Park District has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the eleventh year in a row. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

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November 28, 2016
Plainfield Park District lights up the holidays at Village Green Park!

By: Felix Sarver | Published: Sunday, Nov. 27 at

PLAINFIELD – Plainfield residents celebrated a new holiday tradition Saturday evening that lit up Village Green Park with Christmas spirit. 

Residents cheered and clapped as the lights on Christmas trees decorated by community groups were turned on by a special guest – the Grinch.

Dressed in a Santa outfit, the Grinch triggered the lights after the residents counted down from 10. 

The infamous Dr. Seuss character starred in a TV movie that – like the Plainfield Township Park District itself – turns 50 this year. 

“He looks pretty good for his age, doesn’t he?” said Cheryl Crisman, the park district’s recreation director, to a crowd gathered around the main 12-foot-tall center tree. 

Crisman said the park district decided to do the inaugural tree-lighting ceremony for its 50th anniversary, blending the district’s anniversary with that of Dr. Seuss’ Christmas tale, while also complementing the Candlelight Christmas event held the same evening in downtown Plainfield. 

“The [park district] is pleased to celebrate our 50th anniversary by starting a new tradition here in Plainfield,” Crisman said.

Residents appeared to enjoy not only the sight of bright Christmas trees, but also coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a viewing of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Crisman said 24 community groups decorated the trees at Village Green Park. Those groups included families, businesses and others such as United Way of Will County, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the Association of Plainfield Teachers. Some of the businesses with trees included Heartland Bank & Trust and Associated Orthodontists.

“It’s just a good sampling of the different businesses in our community,” Crisman said. 

Crisman said during Make A Difference Day in October, volunteers from St. Mary Immaculate Parish painted the light bulbs, stockings and other decorations at the park. 

Friends of the Plainfield Park District Foundation, which donated the center tree, were serving hot chocolate and cookies. The cookies were donated by Eich’s Sports. Coffee came courtesy of Starbucks, and MetroNet sponsored Saturday’s movie, Crisman said.  

Mimi Poling, park district board vice president, was at the event to show off her Whoville gingerbread house, which was a couple months in the making. 

Inside the Village Green Park pavilion, families stopped by her table to observe the level of detail Poling put into the Dr. Seuss-inspired house. The Whoville Gingerbread House will be on display at the Plainfield Township Community Center.

“There’s a lot of swirls and things in Dr. Seuss, and everything is off-kilter. ... It’s the first time I’ve ever built a house that wasn’t straight and square,” Poling said. 

She said she’s been making gingerbread houses for 50 years. 

“This is the most unique one I’ve ever done,” she said. 

Plainfield resident Chamus Burnside-Savazzini came to the event with her husband and daughter after learning about it from a flier.

“This is fun. ... I think it’s a really good event,” she said. 



November 9, 2016
Give the Gift of Play & Get a Holiday Ornament from Park District!

Give the gift of play this holiday season with a Plainfield Park District gift card and receive a commemorative 50 year Park District ornament with gift card purchase of $25 or more. Gift cards are good for use at our facilities and programs including Normantown Equestrian Center, Ottawa Street Pool, Great Adventures, picnic rentals, special events and more.

The card may be programmed to store $10 or more; from a $10 teacher’s gift or week of camp to a pool pass. In short, it’s good for whatever programs, events, or activities you desire.

Gift cards are not available online, but can be purchased in person at the Plainfield Park District Recreation Administration Center, 23729 W. Ottawa St., Plainfield. Ornaments will be made available until December 23, while supplies last.

Card is transferable but not replaceable. Valid at Plainfield Park District only. Not valid with any other offer. Cannot be redeemed for Cash. $10 minimum card purchase.

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November 4, 2016
Plainfield Park District Dance Apparel Available Online

Looking for perfect holiday gift for your little dancer? Participants in Dance programs and their families can now strut their stuff and show their pride by purchasing Dance program clothing online through November 27.

T-shirts and Hoodies are available in a wide range of sizes, and are adorned with the Park District embroidered Dance program logo.

Anyone interested in purchasing Park District dance clothing are urged to visit the store site at and follow the simple instructions.

Remember, that the store site will only be available online through November 27.

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October 24, 2016
Plainfield Park District honored at Best of the Best Awards Gala

On October 21 the Plainfield Park District was honored at the Illinois Association of Park District’s (IAPD) Best of the Best Awards Gala for their partnership with Louis Joliet Mall and for their 50th Anniversary.

The Best of the Best Award, for partnership, was awarded to four park districts in the state of Illinois. According to Corinne Vargas, senior graphic designer at the Park District who secured the partnership with the Louis Joliet Mall “This is a great honor to be recognized for our efforts in finding creative ways to bring parks and recreation to the community; I am very proud and humbled to be honored for doing something I love doing.”

In early 2016, Plainfield Park District began conversations to work with Louis Joliet Mall and it was through these discussions that a partnership was born. In this agreement, the Plainfield Park District provides free family events to the community, once a month, along with staff and supplies and Louis Joliet Mall provides space, tables and advertising in return. Both entities accomplished a significant feat with this new partnership.

Along with being honored for the Best of the Best Award, the Plainfield Park District was honored for their 50th Anniversary by IAPD. Board President, Mary Ludemann and Executive Assistant, Wendi Calabrese were on-hand to accept the award on behalf of the Park District.

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September 26, 2016
A Celebration 50 years in the Making: Plainfield Park District’s 50th Birthday Bash October 22.

Join the Plainfield Park District on October 22 from 12-3p to celebrate the Park District’s 50 year birthday at Bott Park, 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield. Enjoy refreshments, birthday cake and inflatables! Take joy in the journey down memory lane when the Park District dedicates a time capsule, to be opened in 2066.

This is a FREE FAMILY EVENT for all to enjoy. Open play will begin at noon, birthday cake will be served at 1p and the time capsule dedication will be at 2p. It will be a birthday jubilation for all!

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September 26, 2016
Information Session on Park District Bond Referendum set for Sept. 28.

The Plainfield Park District Board passed, at their August board meeting, to seek a bond referendum to replace expiring referendum bonds from 2001. The question is to be featured on the November election ballot.

The community is invited to attend a public meeting on September 28, 6p at the Recreation Administration Center, 23729 W. Ottawa St., Plainfield. This community information session is to discuss, if approved, what the District will do with the funds and how the referendum will affect the taxpayer. All comments, suggestions and questions are welcomed.

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September 9, 2016
Consolidated Election

Nominating petitions are available for circulation for the positions of Commissioner of the Plainfield Township Park District beginning September 20, 2016.  Three commissioners will be elected to six-year terms and one commissioner will be elected to a two-year unexpired term in the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election.

Petitions may be picked up at the Recreation Administration Center, 23729 W. Ottawa Street, Plainfield, IL, Monday-Thursday 8:30a-6p and Friday 8:30a-4:30p.

The first day for filing petitions is Monday, December 12, 2016 beginning at 8:30a, and the last day is Monday, December 19, 2016 until 5p.

If you have any questions, please call the Illinois State Board of Elections, 217-782-4141 or visit their website at

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