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

Coach of the Year-2016

Coach of the Year-2016

The Lombard Park District is able to provide athletic leagues to the community because of our volunteer coaches and their assistants. Each year, we recognize and award a Coach of the Year for each sport and season. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our coaches as well as the Coaches of the Year.

Spring Youth Soccer – 2016

Bob Urbain

How long have you been a coach for the Lombard Park District?
I’ve been a coach for 6 years following my daughter through the Lombard Park District Program.

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have lived in Lombard since 1991.

What is your favorite aspect of coaching?
My favorite aspect of coaching has always been watching how the players improve each week. Win or lose there are many things one learns from sports and competition. As a former high school football, basketball, and baseball coach, I love game day and the thrill of competing.

Fall Youth Soccer – 2016

Lorenzo Uplegger

How long have you been a coach for the Lombard Park District?
I have been coaching for the last 3 years at the 1st/2nd grade and 3rd/4th grade levels. Just this last year I coached both my son’s and daughter’s teams at the 3rd grade level. 

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have lived in Lombard since 2004.

What is your favorite aspect of coaching?
I grew up in Italy where soccer is THE sport and when I came here to live I wanted to see more American kids enjoying a sport that is really a lot of fun and can be played with just a ball and 4 coats to serve as goals. I love to see the kids learning and having fun but at the same time give everything they have for their team during the games. I also want kids to spend more time outdoor and less time in front of a computer.

Youth Basketball – 2016

Richard Stachura

How long have you been a volunteer coach?
I have been a coach for 4 years.

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have been a Lombard resident for 15 years.

What do you find most rewarding about coaching?
Watching the kids grow and helping them be the best they can be.

Please share your favorite coaching story or a memorable moment you had as a coach.
I had a chance to coach a team in the Bulls/Sox Academy Spring League this year.

What advice would you have for someone who is coaching for the first time?
Practice and make it fun.

Girls Softball – 2016

Kelli Hartweg

How long have you been a volunteer coach?
I have been a volunteer coach with Lombard Park District for 2 years.

Are you a Lombard resident?
I have lived in Lombard for 4.5 years.  My husband and stepkids have lived here for 10 years.

What do you find most rewarding about coaching?
I appreciate that the athletes come from all backgrounds of experience and skill level.  Watching each of them grow in their physical skills, problem-solving and planning skills related to the game & strategy, and also watching them develop throughout the season as teammates and friends are all rewarding for my husband and me.

Please share your favorite coaching story or a memorable moment you had as a coach.
Our favorite coaching moment probably happened this past season.  We were not very skilled coming into the season in basic softball skills and thinking, but about ⅔ of the way through the season, we watched an opponent hit the ball, and the entire field shifted to catch the ball and cover the throw to the correct bases, as the kids called it and communicated the play!  It was so amazing to watch!!  It was an advanced move for the team, and really showed the level of thinking that they were growing into as players, not just in physical skill, but in their understanding of how to play the game and think one step ahead!

What advice would you have for someone who is coaching for the first time?
I would suggest you be ready for funky weather!  Have a sense of humor!  Remember that you’re working off of building skills development, not necessarily functioning as individual players or as a team at a competitive level yet!

Please add any other information that you’d like for us to know.
It’s been an honor to coach with the Lombard Park District.  Now that my stepdaughter has moved into the high school realm for sports, with their coaches, we will miss getting to know other community members & kids through the park district sporting experience!  We really are grateful for the LPD and all that they offer to our community!


Lombard Park District Earns GFOA Award and CAPRA Accreditation

Lombard Park District Earns GFOA Award and CAPRA Accreditation

The Lombard Park District is proud to have been selected as a recipient for both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) Accreditation.

GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award:

Awarded to the Lombard Park District for a fourth consecutive year by the GFOA, this recognition represents significant achievement in the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Lombard Park District had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.

These guidelines were designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents had to receive a rating of “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was presented to Jason S. Myers, Director of Finance and Personnel.

CAPRA Accreditation:

Awarded to the Lombard Park District by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), CAPRA accredits park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. The Lombard Park District was one of twelve agencies to newly receive accreditation and met all 151 CAPRA standards.

Sara Hensley presented this at NRPA’s 2016 BEST of the BEST Ceremony:

“For 22 years, park and recreation agencies have been inspired and challenged to reach the highest standards in the field. Agencies who achieve accreditation have effectively met ACPRA’s 151 standards related to the policies, planning, management and administration of every part of our field. This is not an easy task.

The CAPRA process requires the involvement of staff, elected officials, citizens and community partners in the development of master plans and programs.

Agencies that complete this process go above and beyond to serve their communities and represent the best in the field.”

The Lombard Park District is honored to be recognized for achieving national standards that benefit the community.