This has been no ordinary year for the Crystal Lake Park District. In fact, it’s been an extraordinary 100th anniversary year for celebrating parks, recreation and nature.
With humble beginnings, the Crystal Lake Park District was formed to provide public access to Crystal Lake’s beach.
Today, area residents can enjoy 42 parks, including Main and West Beaches on the lake, and more than 1,400 acres of open space and parks. Park District facilities are home to programs of all types: aquatics, day camps, preschool, youth and adult athletics, nature, dance, music, art, and a wide array of special events.
“To honor our 100-year anniversary, we have hosted a number of special events throughout the year to engage our residents and businesses,” says Jenny Leech, marketing manager for Crystal Lake Park District.
The fun continues this season with many special events for residents and non-residents alike.
Visit the park at Main Beach and take a photo in the super-sized Adirondack chair. Visit the Main Beach Chair Fair while you’re there and find approximately 60 Adirondack chairs, all decorated by area businesses and individuals. Sit in the chairs along the lake and soak up a dramatic sunset.
A Pop-Up Party in the Park is scheduled for Sept. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Woodscreek Park. It includes music, a bubble party and light refreshments. The splash pad will be open, too.
Drop in to the popular Truck or Treat event on Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, and enjoy all of the family-friendly costumes on display.
How about a team jigsaw puzzle competition at Puzzle Palooza on Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Grand Oaks Recreation Center?
Topping off a great year, the Park District recently received the Pride in Crystal Lake Award from the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.
View a timeline of the Park District’s history at crystallakeparks.org/100-year-anniversary-timeline. ❚
The Crystal Lake Park District administrative office is located at 1 E. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake, (815) 459-0680. Find more at crystallakeparks.org.