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

Morton Grove Residents,
Little by little our days are getting shorter, and you can begin to feel it getting colder and colder. Before we know it, the snow will be hitting the ground and the holidays will be upon us. Spring will be just around the corner. I hope you and your family had a chance to attend and enjoy one of our fall activities. We strive always to offer something fun for all our residents. To this end, we present to you our new brochure of events and exciting programs that the staff has worked hard to put together for you. I hope that you and your family will have a chance to enjoy all that we have to offer.

Thank you to our dedicated staff for their continued teamwork and our Executive Director, Jeff Wait, for his exceptional leadership in helping to keep our parks running effectively and efficiently. We offer our best wishes to our Finance Coordinator, Margarita Algarin, on her retirement. We thank her for her many years of dedicated service.
In September, we hosted a Community Input Meeting to discuss the renovations at Pioneer Park. We had many residents who provided us with some great feedback. We encourage you to continue reaching out to us with all your comments, concerns, and ideas for all our parks and programs. We plan to begin construction this April. The final version of the renovation is posted online at mortongroveparks.com.

As we look ahead to 2018, we have many improvements planned. Therefore, the Park Board welcomes your attendance and feedback at all of our board meetings which are held on the first and third Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm at the Prairie View Community Center. Please also visit us at mortongroveparks.com for any additional updates, improvements or activities planned. You may also contact me via e-mail at mmanno@mortongroveparks.com.

On behalf of the entire Park Board, we want to wish you and your family a very healthy and Happy New Year.

Mark Manno
Park Board President