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FOUNDATION BOARD MEETINGS

Regular meetings of the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation Board are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm. The August 4, 2021 Foundation Board Meeting will be held using remote participation. For access to this remote meeting, please contact Mary Liz Jayne at mljayne@lisleparkdistrict.org by 9:00am on August 4. You will be provided a link to join the meeting and will be able to participate during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. Public comments may also be emailed in advance of the meeting to mljayne@lisleparkdistrict.org and will be entered into the public record.

Our next meeting will be on:

  • Wednesday, November 3
  • 12:00pm
  • ZOOM


FEATURED NEWS

Lisle partners for parks foundation supports new inclusive playground in community park with a $100,000 donation

Lisle, IL – Lisle Park District, in partnership with Unlimited Play Playgrounds, is excited to announce the opening of the community’s first, universally accessible playground, aptly named “Discovery Playground,” located in Community Park (1825 Short St., Lisle).

With the help of the nonprofit, Unlimited Play, a generous $100,000 donation from Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, and overwhelming support from local businesses and residents alike, the project broke ground late summer, 2019. While there were some speedbumps along the way, the community came together to make the vision of an inclusive playground possible. Thanks to the tireless efforts and impressive skill of Lisle Park District Parks and Playground Specialists, the playground was constructed and officially opened to the public at a ribbon cutting on Saturday, August 29.

As mentioned during the small ceremony by Lisle Park District Director, Dan Garvy, none of this would have been possible without the support of local organizations, in addition to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, like SEASPAR, The Main Street Organization of Realtors, as well as great support from the Lisle community and beyond. The park district is proud to provide an inclusive, safe play space for all ages and abilities, and could not be prouder of the work done by parks staff to make the mission a reality.

Director Garvy summed up the opportunity to bring this project to the community, particularly during this difficult time period, saying “Let Discovery Playground, Opportunities without Boundaries, serve as a testament to what a community can do together, and be a beacon of inspiration and hope moving forward.” Children and adults, with and without disabilities and/or critical illnesses, will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow, in a space specifically designed to remove physical and social barriers.

Unlimited Play is a nonprofit organization that works with communities to build universally inclusive playgrounds to promote health and wellness and change communities by providing freedom of play for all children. The organization helps plan, design, and build fully accessible playgrounds, allowing children – regardless of their abilities – to play together.

Donations are still being accepted, so please share, donate, and/or spread the word - every penny counts!


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Public Boat Launch in Lisle Community Park

In August 2021, the Lisle Park District completed construction of the Lisle Community Park Public Boat Launch on the East Branch of the DuPage River, located in Community Park just south of Short Street and west of the Short Street bridge accessible from the parking lot near ball field #1 (1825 Short Street, Lisle).

With a generous $15,000 contribution from the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation and a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) through the Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) program, the project, which was first presented for consideration back in 2007, became a highly anticipated resource to the greater Lisle community in the summer of 2021.

On Saturday, September 11, the Lisle Park District officially opened the Lisle Community Park Boat Launch for public use with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00am. All are welcome to celebrate the Lisle Park District’s new public boat launch intended for use of personal, non-motorized boats or floating vessels, such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. The boat launch is in Lisle Community Park just south of Short Street and west of the Short Street bridge and accessible from the parking lot located near ball field #1 at 1825 Short Street in Lisle.

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Lisle Park District Offers Free Public Sunscreen through Donation from Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation

The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, a non-profit aimed at enriching the quality of life in the greater Lisle community, has provided four sunscreen dispensers to the Lisle Park District for public use, part of the nonprofit's initiative to make a positive impact on the health of the greater Lisle community by installing convenient sunscreen dispensers in high-traffic areas and outdoor spaces.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

Financial Assistance

Annually set aside $12,000 for financial assistance to Lisle Park District families who otherwise could not afford to participate in recreation programs.


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PAST PROJECTS

Since 2003, the Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation has raised and provided:

Financial Assistance

Annually set aside $12,000 for financial assistance to Lisle Park District families who otherwise could not afford to participate in recreation programs.

Playground Equipment

Provided all funds to construct an outdoor safe and secure playground for Lisle Park District's Gentle Learning Preschool.

New Bus for Teen Programs

Provided funding to purchase a new bus for the Lisle Park District to use for teen programs.

Fitness Equipment

Provided funds to install outdoor fitness equipment at Lisle Community Park and Surrey Ridge Park.

Outdoor Lighted Sign

Provided funds to install a new outdoor lighted sign outside of the Lisle Community Center.

Boat/Kayak Launch

Earmarked $15,000 to be used for constructing a boat/kayak launch on the East Branch of the DuPage River in Community Park.

New Inclusive Playground in Community Park

Donated $100,000 towards the Lisle Park District's renovation of a new fully inclusive playground in Community Park.