Downers grove park District's 75th anniversary celebration

Inspiring memorable experiences since 1946

For the last 75 years, the Downers Grove Park District has enriched our community through natural area preservation and exceptional recreation, parks, and facilities that inspire memorable experiences. With almost 600 acres of parks and facilities, there are thousands of opportunities for individuals of all ages and interests to grow, play, imagine and explore.

Downers Grove Park District is celebrating our history with a look ahead to the future through a plethora of events and activities over the coming year.

Upcoming Events & Activities

Date Event/Activity Information
Dec. 5, 2021 "It's a Wonderful Life" Trivia Night Register
April 30, 2022 Growing the Grove Reception By invitation only
May 14, 2022 The Big Bash: 75th Anniversary Celebration Coming soon!

THE BIG BASH: 75th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, May 14, from 12-7pm
McCollum Park

Join us for a celebration of epic proportions as we cap off a year of activities and programs celebrating the Downers Grove Park District's 75th anniversary! Party the day away with free activities for the whole family at McCollum Park. Listen to live music, enjoy tasty eats from local food trucks and sip some wine and beer. Visit the kids' area including inflatables, games and crafts. Compete in yard game tournaments including bags and more. Stroll the Sponsor Showcase to receive goodies from local businesses. It's a day of celebration not to be missed! More info is coming soon.

DGPD 75th Anniversary Exhibit

Open through June 2022 in the Montrew Dunham History Center
Learn about the history of the Downers Grove Park District as we celebrate the development of the District's parks, facilities, and experiences over the last 75 years. The 75th Anniversary Exhibit will be on display June 2021-22.

The Downers Grove Museum is open by appointment/reservation only. This includes self-guided and guided tours, along with access to the Museum's research library and archival collection. A face covering is required to be worn at all times while inside the facility and hand sanitizer will be available. To make a reservation, please call us at 630.963.1309 or reserve a time online.


Growing the Grove Tree Donation Program

For the last 75 years, the Downers Grove Park District has enriched the community through natural area preservation. Beginning in June, the Downers Grove Park District will celebrate its 75th anniversary by planting 75 trees! Together, we can expand the urban canopy in Downers Grove and enhance our natural areas through a year-long tree donation program. Downers Grove Park District will match $75 donations to plant 75 new 15-gallon trees throughout the community's parks in addition to planting two new groves at O'Brien Park and Hoopers Hollow Park.

click to donate to growing the grove tree program

$75 tree donors will receive:

  • Donor recognition on the District's website.
  • An invitation to a special outdoor reception to be hosted at O'Brien Park from 2 to 3pm on April 30, 2022, featuring:
    • Refreshments
    • Commemorative 75th Anniversary Tree Donor Pin
    • A Certificate of Appreciation
    • Recognition on permanent signage at O'Brien Park and Hoopers Hollow Park