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.

Beginning in June, the Downers Grove Park District will celebrate our history and look ahead to the future through a plethora of events and activities over the coming year.

Summer Events & Activities

Date Event/Activity Information
June 8 Mini golf for 75 cents at Miner Mike's Adventure Golf Learn more
June 17 75 cent concessions at Miner Mike's Adventure Golf Learn more
June 19 DGPD History Exhibit Opening & Reception at Downers Grove Museum Register
July 1 Picture This! 75th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt Begins See below
July 13 Mini golf for 75 cents at Miner Mike's Adventure Golf Learn more
July 21 Party in the Park: Hoopers Hollow Park Register
July 22 75 cent concessions at Miner Mike's Adventure Golf Learn more
July 24 McCollum Madness Basketball Tournament CANCELED
July 29 Party in the Park: Prince Pond Grand Re-opening (Rescheduled) Learn more
Aug. 3 Mini golf for 75 cents at Miner Mike's Adventure Golf Learn more
Aug. 12 75 cent concessions at Miner Mike's Adventure Golf Learn more
Aug. 28 BBQ Bolt Run/Walk Register beginning May 1

picture this! dgpd 75th anniversary scavenger hunt

JULY 1 TO SEPT. 6

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Downers Grove Park District as you discover secret spots, explore hidden landmarks and delve into the history of the Park District on this mobile photo scavenger hunt for all ages! Participate as a family, team or as an individual.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Beginning July 1, click the link to register and download the FREE Scavr app (available through your Apple Store or Google Play).
  • 12 challenges with instructions and clues will be released on July 1 through the Scavr mobile app.
  • Post photos of your completed challenges by Sept. 6.
  • Complete 10 of the 12 challenges and win a DGPD 75th Anniversary T-shirt. (Participants will be emailed on Sept. 7 for t-shirt pickup instructions.)
  • All participants will be entered for a chance to win a special grand prize giveaway.


july is park & recreation month

July is Park & Recreation Month! Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life's special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services and so much more.

In honor of Park & Recreation Month and to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Downers Grove Park District, we are asking YOU to share your special parks and recreation stories. If you are interested in sharing your favorite memories of participating in DGPD programs, visiting parks or playgrounds or experiencing special events and more, please complete the "Our Park & Recreation Story" form. Responses may be shared on social media throughout the coming year as we honor the history of the Downers Grove Park District.

"Our Park & Recreation Story" Form



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.

MAKE A RESERVATION


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:

  • An invitation to a special outdoor reception to be hosted at O'Brien Park in April of 2022
  • Commemorative 75th Anniversary Tree Donor Pin
  • A Certificate of Appreciation
  • Recognition on permanent signage at O'Brien Park and Hoopers Hollow Park
  • Donor recognition on the District's website and in the 2022 Spring Recreation Guide
  • Satisfaction in knowing you helped to make our parks a more beautiful and healthy place for the community to enjoy