The Season of Paradise!

The Season of Paradise!

Paradise Bay opens May 26 and that means being transported to a place of palm trees, slides, waterworks, and fun nights of activities! This summer there will be Teen Nights at the pool, a pirate party, a float night, Star Wars night, Harry Potter night, swim lessons, and a day just dedicated to customer appreciation!


While you are waiting anxiously outside the pool, we encourage you to pick up a 2018 Summer Activity Guide to see all the other programs that are available this summer, as well as information on rentals, day camp pool days, swim lessons, and joining the Lombard Waves swim and dive team. This information is also available online. So don’t forget to apply plenty of sunscreen, plan your family outings, and get your gear ready for an amazing season at Paradise Bay Water Park!

Lombard Park District Celebrates 90th Anniversary Today!

Lombard Park District Celebrates 90th Anniversary Today!

Since its founding in 1927, the Lombard Park District has provided our 44,000 residents with 450 acres of open space, playgrounds, an award winning state-of-the-art water park, a 3,000 yard 9-hole golf course, a recreation center and other rental facilities. We also provide over 2,000 programs annually which focus on the health and wellness of our participants and our dedicated staff. Residents can also enjoy free events including: the Winter Carnival, Holiday Lights in Lilacia, our annual Egg Hunt, Movies and Concerts in the Park, and Community Play Day to name a few. None of what we offer would be possible without our commitment to our vision of Public Trust, Environmental Preservation, Human Dignity, Recreation Opportunities, and Customer Satisfaction.

Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips

Fun in the sun

  • On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays to prevent sunburn.
  • Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, and after swimming in Paradise Bay Water Park or sweating at camp.
  • Kids should always have water or sports drink available and take a break to drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.

Water Safety 

  • Make sure to have someone with you whether you’re in Dolphin Cove’s 8-lane lap pool or Hurricane Cove’s leisure pool. Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
  • Never leave children alone in or near water, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
  • It is best to wait a half an hour after you grab a snack at Paradise Bay’s full-service concession stand before getting in the water.
Park District Welcomes New Commissioners

Park District Welcomes New Commissioners

On May 23rd at the Board of Park Commissioners meeting, Pete Nolan (left) and Bob Bachner (right) were congratulated and took the Oath of Office as reelected Board of Park Commissioners. Elections were also held that same night for President Dave Kundrot and Vice-President Mike Kuderna that went uncontested. Dave Kundrot went on to thank Pete Nolan for his work as President from May 24, 2016 – May 23, 2017.

During President Nolan’s term, the Board of Park Commissioners and the Lombard Park District were able to accomplish a number of agency goals including:

  • Arranging an agreement with Glen Ellyn Park District for Lombard Park District residents to use the Spring Avenue Dog Park
  • Receiving CAPRA Accreditation awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association
  • Negotiating a successful land swap with School District 44 for the new recreation center at Madison Meadow
  • Successfully bidding for the new recreation center at Madison Meadow
  • Successfully processing the budget and receiving the GFOA Distinguished Budgeting Award
  • Selection as a Gold Medal Finalist, the highest honor to be received by NRPA

The Lombard Park District is looking to continue on the path of achievement with the utmost confidence in the new Board of Park Commissioners.

Park Board of Commissioners Statement on Lilacia Park

In 1927, Colonel Plum provided Lilacia Park for the establishment of a Park District in Lombard. He also provided his home to establish a free Public Library. From that time, the Library resided in Colonel Plum’s home. During the 1960’s, the Library District grew out of their building and the Park District agreed to provide them with additional land to support the construction of a new 12,000 square foot, two-story building which Helen Plum Library currently resides. During the late 1970’s, for the second time, the Library District requested additional land at Lilacia Park to provide for a 22,000 square foot addition to their facility, and once again the Park District agreed. During these 1978 discussions, the Library Board and Park District Board, noting the value and historical significance of Lilacia Park to our community, agreed that for the additional property, the air rights above the expansion would be protected from any future development. Both parties have known the ramifications of that mutual understanding and agreement for almost 40 years. Years later, after their 2004 unsuccessful referendum, the Library District felt one of the reasons for their defeat was that they didn’t hold title to a driveway (owned by the Park District) which cut the Library District’s property into two halves. In the spirit of cooperation and for the third time, the Park District deeded the Lilacia Park driveway to the Helen Plum Library in 2008.

On February 16, 2016, over one year ago, the Library District was notified that the Park District was concerned about the possibility of any new library expansion into Lilacia Park and were told that any new building should not encroach into Lilacia Park. During the following nine months the Library District presented to the residents elevations and floor plans for a new library that encroached into Lilacia Park and was not within their property lines.

Once the Library District moved forward by publicly releasing their development plans and holding informational meetings on a possible referendum, the Park District remained silent on the issue to avoid accusations of tampering with their referendum. In an effort to avoid even the slightest appearance of impropriety, on April 25, 2016, the Park District informed the Library District that we deemed any contract, intergovernmental agreement or joint position statement with the Library District prior to referendum as potential violations of the Illinois Election Code and as such could not agree to any at that time. We also reminded the Library District that the Park District has historically stayed away from any communications that could be deemed as a political endorsement for or against a referendum. There were no discussions between any staff or Board members regarding the Library District’s expansion, waiving of air rights, or providing them more of Lilacia Park from the time they initially presented their plan to the Park District Commissioners on March 29, 2016 until after the November 8, 2016 election.

The protection of Lilacia Park from further development has been a priority of the elected officials who represent the Lombard Park District and in that spirit, we have made every effort to work cooperatively with the Library District. The Park District began presenting options to the Library District on November 28, 2016. Three weeks later, on December 22, 2016, a combined committee of representatives of the Park and Library District’s met to discuss options. At that meeting, the Park District reaffirmed to the Library District that they could build any building on their site as provided by Village zoning, but they simply needed to respect the property lines that have been established including the 38 year air rights agreement above the 1978 expansion.

The Park District has provided options that could potentially save taxpayers’ dollars in moving, book storage and temporary site costs; and assist with their parking and storm water issues. During this current, and on-going process, we have continued to remind them the Park District would do our best to support any library they chose to construct within their property lines.

The Park District and Library District have been partners at Lilacia Park for 90 years and no matter where a new library is constructed, the Park District plans to continue this valued and important relationship.

-Lombard Park District, Board of Park Commissioners