About the Morton Grove Park District

The Morton Grove Park District has been providing memorable experiences in parks and recreation since its inception in 1951. Located 10 miles northwest of Chicago, the District serves an active and engaging community of 23,000. As a separate municipal governing agency, the District is responsible for providing parks, facilities and recreational programs for the community.

The organization is led by five (5) elected park commissioners, 24 full time staff and nearly 200 seasonal and part time employees. The district owns and maintains ten facilities including two outdoor pools, a museum, four field houses, a 50,000 square foot community center and 14 parks totaling over 70 acres. The District is a member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) and the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). The District also contracts with the Maine Niles Association of Special Recreation to provide for recreational services to individuals with Special Needs.

Mission Statement

The Morton Grove Park District is committed to enrich the quality of community life and promote recreational activities through creative programming for people of all ages and abilities, while protecting open space and natural resources for future generations.

President’s Message

Dear Residents of Morton Grove,
With the cold and snow of winter behind us and the days getting longer, now is the time to plan your summer at the Morton Grove Park District.  I urge everyone to read this brochure carefully, pick your programs and activities and sign up early. Everyone loves the parks in the summer.

Spring Dance Recital – May 7 – Maine East HS
Sizzle into Summer –  June 17 –  Harrer Park
Summer Concert Series –  June 13 through July 25 – Harrer Park
Movies in the Park  – June 23, July 28, August 11 –  Harrer Park
Classic Car Show  – July 20  – Harrer Park
Family Campout  – August 19-20 –  Harrer Park
Gymnastics Summer Camp  – June 12-August 4  –  Niles West HS
Get Ready for Kindergarten  – June 12-July 6  – Park View School Day Camps June 12-August 18 Various Locations
Swim Lessons – June 12-August 5  – Oriole Aquatic Center
Adult Aqua|Aquacize –  June 6-August 11 – Harrer Pool
Bike the Parks  – August 26 –  Harrer Park
Celebration in the Parks –  June 16, July 14, August 11 – Oketo, Mansfield, Harrer

I want to welcome two new Park Board Commissioners both of whom are lifelong residents, Keith White and Steven Schmidt. Keith’s parents, Clyde and Joan, both served on the Park Board for many years. Keith is keeping the family tradition of public service alive. Keith was appointed to the Board after the passing of Eileen Coursey. One of Eileen’s last wishes was for Keith to replace her on the Board.

Steven Schmidt grew up and still lives on the far west side of our town. He spent his youth playing Morton Grove Baseball and swimming in Oriole Pool. Steven was appointed to finish Commissioner Dan Ashta’s term of office when Dan took employment in Florida.

I also want to thank Commissioner Georgianne Brunner, who will be leaving the
Park Board, for stepping in to finish Commissioner Dominic Burdi’s term of office when he resigned. Georgianne Brunner was an engaged and competent Park Commissioner. She will be missed.

Everyone have a safe & fun summer!



Dan Staackman
Park Board President