Wed April 8, 2020


We miss seeing you! We are excited to begin connecting with you virtually with the ABCs of DGPD!

Starting April 9, our Park District staff will introduce you to the letter of the day and share new ideas and experiences we are preparing in anticipation of your return.

We want to hear from you, too! Feel free to share your ideas through Facebook comments or email us at #ABCsofDGPD #LetteroftheDay

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A is for Arts

Anna Fontanetta, Cultural Arts Recreation Supervisor

B is for BEES

Ryan Maywin, Recreation Supervisor, Outdoor Education

C is for Community Athletics

Anna Kish, Community Athletics Supervisor

Even though Community Athletics in groups and out the parks is not possible right now, we still hope you are staying active by playing games as a family at home. Being in your yard together to shoot hoops, hit a whiffle ball or kick around a soccer ball are great ways to stay safe and still get some exercise. Keeping your family active will help you stay healthy, but also prepare everyone to be ready to get back to activities once things resume.

We not only look forward to getting back to work in a usual way but we are really excited to get our programs and activities going again and we can’t wait to see you all soon.



D is for Design

Danielle Strohmier, Marketing & Creative Development Specialist

E is for Events

Darby Beasley, Community Events & Sponsorship Specialist

F is for Fitness

Luke Wyss, General Manager at 4500 Fitness

F is for Facilities

Kevin Rozell, Superintendent of Facilities

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe with your families during this unfortunate time. We miss seeing all of you in our Parks and Facilities. During this time of working at home, I am planning for the future and when we reopen. In addition, I am monitoring all of our buildings weekly to try and prevent any unforeseen issues. We are well aware of things changing of how we operate on a daily basis moving forward. We are looking forward to seeing all of you back in our parks and facilities soon. Stay safe and we will get through this crisis together as a community.





G is for Golf

Ken McCormick, General Manager at Downers Grove Golf Club

H is for History

Felicia Camacho, Recreation Supervisor, Historical Programming

I is for Interactive Tree Map

Mike Stelter, Superintendent of Natural Resources

J is for Join Our Team

Marian Olund, Director of Human Resources

K is for Kid Events

Amy Shearer, Recreation Supervisor, Gymnastics and Events

L is for Leagues

Liz Frazier, Athletic Supervisor

The Downers Grove Park District offers many athletic leagues throughout the year! We offer six athletic leagues for adults - bags, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. And for our youth participants, we offer three athletic leagues - basketball, flag football and soccer. We are eager to get our leagues up and running again as soon as possible! Liz Frazier, Athletic Supervisor at DGPD, hopes everyone is staying healthy and is looking forward to seeing you all again real soon!





M is for Miner Mike's

Josh Williams, Athletic Supervisor

N is for Nature

Kate Johns, Recreation Supervisor, Outdoor Education

O is for Open Space

James Less, Landscape Architects

Open space is essential for our well being. During these unusual times we are experiencing today, open space provides an essential playground for both physical and mental expression while maintaining social distance under current CDC guidelines. The Park District offers various open space opportunities including Patriots Park, Lyman Woods and Belmont Prairie. Whether you are walking, biking, hiking, birding or fishing, open space provides a connection with nature and benefits your overall well being. During these challenging times, we hope you and your family are healthy and look forward to a return to activities when this pandemic passes.




P is for Preschool

Sara Cunningham, Recreation Supervisor, Early Childhood

Q is for Questions

Sally Hayduck, Superintendent of Customer Service

R is for Recreation

Michelle Pusateri, Superintendent of Recreation

S is for Summer Camp

Sam Donovan, Recreation Supervisor, Teen & Youth

T is for Trees

Jim Weimer, Park Forester

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Arbor Day Giveaway Program. You've helped to plant 391 new trees in the Downers Grove community! During this challenging time, we thought it was important to give back to our residents and provide a positive way to promote hope and growth in the community. Here at the Downers Grove Park District, I’m making sure that the trees in our parks are well taken care of so that you'll have a beautiful place to visit if you want to get out of the house during the Stay at Home Order. I can’t wait to see everyone's smiling faces out in our parks soon!





U IS FOR urban forest management plan

Mike Stelter, Superintendent of Natural Resources

I hope “U” all are doing well during this unprecedented time. The District’s UFMP was completed in Fall 2019, based upon information collected during our comprehensive tree inventory. It serves as a flexible road map for tree management in the District for the next 25 to 30 years. Downers Grove Park District currently cares for and manages 5,169 trees spreading over 600 acres of open space.

The long-term Urban Forest Management Plan will help the District:

  • Prepare for, and perpetuate the future of the Urban Forest by ensuring continuity in tree care, guide our future tree planting efforts
  • Improve the resiliency of the tree population by increasing diversity
  • Plan for the reduction of invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle in the parks


Interested in learning more? Visit

Take care of yourselves and your families, stay healthy and we hope to see “U” in the parks real soon!"

V is for Volunteers

Ryan Maywin, Recreation Supervisor, Outdoor Education

V is for Values

Geooff Penmann, Director of Parks & Planning

W is for Woodlands & Wetlands

Paul Fyle, Superintendent of Planning

X is for eXCEL

Erik Brown, Director of Finance and Technology

Y is for Youth License Plate Program

Dave Haring, Director of Recreation

Z is for Zoom

Dawn Hartman, Director of Marketing & Community Engagement