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

Greetings everyone,
If you thought you had a wonderful summer with us, wait until you see what we plan for the fall. New programs, returning favorites, and special events to bring families, neighbors and residents from across the Village coming together to celebrate. Page after page of this brochure is filled with opportunities for you and your family.

I have had conversations with many concerned residents about Harrer Pool and its future. Back in the spring, staff and the Board of Park Commissioners decided to open Harrer Pool, it was with the understanding this year would be the last year it would be open in its current condition. The park district was very fortunate the pool lasted this long. Most of us have strong, powerful memories of Harrer. We grew up in this pool, we made friends that remain friends to this day, we played in the water with those friends and family who no longer live here. These memories are hard to let go and can never be replaced. It would be great if we could continue to operate Harrer, but its condition just won’t allow it. The park district plans to replace the pool with a project determined from input from the community. We will be conducting town hall meetings beginning in August to explain the various options and how the district is working toward determining a replacement. Visit our web page to learn more about the projects and town hall meetings.

Our Halloween Family Fest has moved to Friday! Over the last several years, the event has been attended by hundreds of people and it has become too much of a stress on the participants, staff and the community center. We expect mostly Morton Grove residents if we move it to a Friday rather than keeping it on a Saturday. Join us on Friday, October 18 from 5 to 8 pm for a community favorite.

To cap off a wonderful year, celebrate the holidays with us at Holly Days Festival on Saturday, December 7 at the Village of Morton Grove’s Civic Center. Click here to view all the activities and start times. Have a wonderful fall season.

Paul Minx
Park Board President