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Geneva Park District Achieves Financial Achievement For Sixth Consecutive Year

The Geneva Park District has once again received The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  This is the sixth consecutive year that the District has received this prestigious award.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the Geneva Park District.

“The District is extremely proud of this prestigious award and will continue to work to provide financial reports that demonstrate fiscal responsibility and transparency, said Christy Powell, Superintendent of Finance & Personnel.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. 

For more information, please visit www.genevaparks.org or call (630) 232-4542.

Geneva Park District Sunset Dance Company Receives High Honors at Dance Competition

The Geneva Park District Sunset Dance Company including Lyrical Company, Finale Company
and Musical Theatre Company competed at the “Beyond the Stars” Dance Competition on
Saturday, February 12, 2017 held at Batavia High School. 

Awards received included: Lyrical Company and Finale Company receiving High Gold and the Sunset Dance Musical Theater Company received Gold.  Lyrical Company also won a teachers award for Costume and a Judges award for best “Committed and Connected”. 

“We are excited to participate in this competition each year and thrilled to see the talent our girls bring to the competition. It is great they were awarded with Gold and High Gold Awards.   We are so proud to receive such high honors.  We have Top Notch instructors with Haleigh Hutchinson and Ryann Marszalek instructing our amazing Sunset Dance Company, said Beth Keen”, Recreation Supervisor.

For more information on Sunset Dance Company or Sunset Dance Academy classes, please call 630-232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org .  Open enrollment will be in August for next year’s Dance Company.

Dancers- from left:  Fiona Weisserth, Rashika Goyal, Madeline Sawitz, Miss Ryann Marszalek, Emma Haycox, Delaney Cunningham and Aubrey Dieckmann.

Geneva Park District Receives Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency Award
The Geneva Park District has been recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois2016 Illinois Distinguished Agency Award

Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).

The two statewide associations administer the Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program with the goal of improving the delivery of park and recreation services to Illinois residents. “Illinois has a reputation for the best park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies in the nation,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and CEO.  “The Illinois Distinguished Accreditation program provides an opportunity for these agencies to undergo a voluntary, comprehensive evaluation process to demonstrate that they have met state guidelines to provide exceptional park and recreation services to their community.  The end result is to improve the quality of life for Illinois residents.” 

“This program gives recognition to park and recreation agencies that go above and beyond in dedicating themselves to offering quality programs and services designed to fulfill their community’s needs,” said Debbie Trueblood, IPRA Executive Director.

A park district or recreation agency interested in applying for Distinguished Accredited Agency recognition undergoes a detailed, lengthy process of application and evaluation.  A Joint Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Committee (JDPRAC) comprised of members from IAPD and IPRA coordinates the process. “Agencies submit a self-evaluation and a formal letter requesting admission into the process,” said Penny Randel, IAPD Co-Chair of the JDPRAC.  “If the committee determines the agency is eligible to continue the process, we send them an evaluation date.” 

According to Randel, on the day of the evaluation, the agency presents documented information and gives a tour of pertinent facilities and parks for the evaluation team’s review.
The team reviews general management procedures, finance and business operations, facilities and parks, personnel, recreation services, legal documentation and other materials including mission statements, goals
Upon completion of the evaluation, the agency is notified in writing of the official results within ten days.  Agencies that have achieved Distinguished Accredited status were recognized with a plaque at the IAPD/IPRA Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on January 20, 2017. 
 

“There are tremendous benefits for an agency that achieves Distinguished Accredited status,” said Dan Jones, IPRA Co-Chair of the JDPRAC.  “The agency’s application and review process is an excellent self-evaluation and agencies that apply realize increased operational efficiency and effectiveness.  Communities can have confidence that their park district or recreation agency employs qualified professionals and has met professional standards.”        

“I am very proud to have the Geneva Park District recognized as a leader in the Parks and Recreation fieldmeeting the highest standards of our profession.
This program provided us with a process to perform an internal review to ensure that we are providing our community with exceptional parks, programs and facilities,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Geneva Park District Executive Director. 

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Geneva Park District Board of Commissioners and to belong to such an outstanding Park District,” said Susan Vanderveen, Board President.

Oaktober PlantingGeneva Park District Plants 60 Oak Trees in honor of “Oaktober”
In response to advocacy from the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and its partners across the state, Governor Bruce Rauner has designated October OAKtober, Oak Awareness Month in Illinois! On October 25, 2016, the Geneva Park District Parks Department assembled at Sandholm Woods Park on the east side of Geneva and planted 60 White Oak trees to acknowledge Governor Rauner’s proclamation and to celebrate OAKtober.

“Sandholm Woods was selected as the inaugural site for OAKtober tree plantings as there are already several mature white oak trees within the park and on the property,” said Larry Gabriel, Superintendent of Parks and Properties. As stewards to the public, it is important to preserve and maintain such properties for future generations; hence, the decision to add additional younger oak saplings. “The oak saplings were purchased as small seedlings and grown to size in the Geneva Park District greenhouse. The Parks staff was involved in the planting of the trees to allow each staff member to have a degree of “ownership” of the project. In future years, other sites will be selected for planting,” said Larry Gabriel, Superintendent of Parks and Properties.

Oak-Awareness month is vital in Illinois because oaks are critical to healthy woodlands. They are a keystone species, providing food and shelter for more than 500 animals and habitat for numerous plants and fungi. “We hope to engage the community in OAKtober. Our goal would be to reach out to our residents, as well as, school and scout groups to assist our parks staff,” said Gabriel.

Historically, oak ecosystems were the most abundant forest type in the Chicago region, but in the last 150 years, development, changes in fire regime, and the prevalence of invasive species has caused dramatic reductions in their abundance. In the 1830’s oaks made up 60% of the region’s trees, but currently they account for only 5% of the region’s trees. Oaks are not regenerating in our natural areas, and without action we could lose our oak dominated forest.

OAKtober is a perfect way to preserve our land and these essential ecosystems for future generations and we look forward to involving the public in the upcoming years as we continue to fortify our oak tree population at different sites throughout Geneva,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director of the Geneva Park District.

Playhouse 38 Moves to New Location and Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, July 8, 2016

Playhouse 38, a facility of the Geneva Park District, which is host to the District’s cultural arts program has moved to 321 Stevens Street, Suite P in downtown Geneva.
The public is invited to attend a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, July 8 at 5:30 pm.

“Those who attend this exciting event will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with the young talented stars of Disney’s Mulan Jr., speak with our show directors and enjoy light refreshments including cotton candy and popcorn. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to enjoy the opening night of the youth production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. following the ribbon cutting at 7:00 pm. Other performances include July 9 at 3:00 and 7:00 pm and July 10 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance at Sunset Community Center or at the Playhouse 38 box office,” said Traci Wicks, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.

The next production scheduled at Playhouse 38 will be an adult production of the comedy “Calendar Girls” August 25-28.

This is based on the true story of eleven members of the Women’s Institute who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. The story starts When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.

“The public is invited to attend a second grand opening celebration in conjunction of the adult community theatre opening night performance of “Calendar Girls” on Thursday, August 25 at 5:30 pm kicking off the opening night performance,” said Wicks.

The new location, at 321 Stevens Street is larger and can accommodate 100 seats per performance. “We now have the space to accommodate performance prep areas (green room), concession sales, and have improved sound and lighting. Most importantly, this new location is home to a larger stage with a permanent base structure that is ADA accessible. This new location allows us to meet the community’s needs and expand our cultural arts program offerings without our previous space limitations.” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director.

For more information on the Geneva Park District Cultural Arts programs or Playhouse 38, please, call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.  

Teens Debut 1st Edition of "Geneva Insider"

Check out the 1st edition of the Geneva Insider, a newspaper created by teens ages 10-16 who let their creativity shine in the Harry Potter themed newspaper. For more information on the Teen Newspaper Club, please call (630) 232-4542.

2nd Edition of "Geneva Insider"

3rd Edition of "Geneva Insider"

Geneva Park District hosts 6th Annual Super Shuffle

The Geneva Park District hosted the 6th Annual 2016 Geneva Park District Super ShuffleSuper Shuffle 5k on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Over 730 participants enjoyed the challenging course that started on Viking Drive by Geneva Middle School South and wrapped around scenic Peck Farm Park! The runners crossed the finish line and headed to the Stephen Persinger Reccreation Center for the Game Day Party. Farm Park. The run kicked off on Viking "The Super Shuffle 5k is a great way for friends and families to bond, burn calories and have a blast before the big game," said Traci Wicks, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.

Special thanks to volunteers, sponsors, staff and participants who make this an awesome event year after year. Click here to see the ABC 7 News Video promoting the event

Geneva Park District Honors Two Long Time Board Members

Peggy Condon and Susan VanderVeen recognized for 15 years of serviceThe Geneva Park District Board and staff recognized Park Board President Susan VanderVeen and Park Board Vice President Peggy Condon for 15 years of commitment to the Geneva Park District and community at the Park Board meeting, Monday, October 20, 2014.  

“It does not feel like 15 years!  “I have enjoyed serving on the Park Board and look forward to the future, said Susan VanderVeen. 

“It has been a pleasure and an honor serving on the Board,” said Peggy Condon.

According to Nicole Vickers, Superintendent of Recreation, 15 years equates to over 750 hours of unpaid time in the quest to continually elevate the community!  “That is over 30 days; over 45,000 minutes, over 2.7 million seconds, however, for the staff, your time, dedication, wisdom, and energy is immeasurable!” said Vickers.

“Susan and Peggy have been steadfast in their support of parks, recreation, open space and conservation. It is my good fortune to work with such dedicated community leaders,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director of the Geneva Park District.

The Groom Has Cold Feet Debuts to Three Sold Out Crowds!Playhouse 38 Debuts First Murder Mystery to Three Sold Out Crowds

ENCORE PERFORMANCE Scheduled for The Groom has Cold Feet

Due to popular demand, an additional encore performance of Geneva Park District’s Adult Murder Mystery Production: The Groom has Cold Feet has been scheduled for Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. at Playhouse 38, 524 W. State Street, Lower Level.
When the reviled Albert Webster turns up murdered the morning of his wedding to local sweetheart Kayla May Blossom, there’s no shortage of suspects in the sleepy town of Pine Grove.  It’s going to take all of Sheriff Tickle’s investigative skills and a little extra help from the audience to solve this hilarious whodunit.  With all the fun characters of a western and the twists and turns of a murder mystery, this show is a real hoot! “This comedic whodunit is a great way for adults to celebrate Halloween and enjoy a night out in downtown Geneva,” said Lisa Pivaronas, Cultural Arts Coordinator and Show Director.

The two leads are played by John Frankenthal (the Sheriff) and Crystal Skipworth (Sarah, the Sheriff’s daughter).  The talented actors are both long-time residents of Geneva whose enthusiasm for this production captivated the audience.

“I auditioned for “The Groom Has Cold Feet” because I've never been in a murder mystery before! I'm an actor who has the most fun onstage performing comedy and improv, and fortunately for me this show combines both of those elements,” said Crystal Skipworth.  “The Sheriff's daughter is the only character that directly interacts with the audience. During the show I turned to the “wedding guests” to recruit their help solving the crime, and boy, oh boy, did we have some hilarious results. Because it was all improvised it was different every night, depending on their observations. It was such a blast playing along with the audience,” said Skipworth.

“This show was fun, clever and witty.  I especially enjoyed the interactive part, said Glynn Wade, who attended to support her husband in the cast. I enjoyed the performance so much on Friday; we invited our friends from Elgin and Bloomingdale to join us for the Saturday, October 18 performance,” said Wade.

“Involving the audience distinguishes this show apart from other theatre performances in the area, not to mention the talent of the cast is extraordinary, it is really a must-see!” said Traci Wicks, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Geneva Park District.

Tickets for the special encore performance, October 25 are available at Sunset Community Center, or by calling 630-232-4542 for will-call tickets. Any remaining seats the day of the show will be sold at the Playhouse 38 box office. Concessions are available.

“It is thrilling the community is embracing cultural arts and Playhouse 38, having our performances debut to sold out crowds is exciting,” said Wicks. Annie Jr. will debut at Playhouse 38 for two weekends: December 12-14 and December 19-21.Upcoming auditions include Steel Magnolias and the Roald Dahl’s Musical Willy Wonka in early December.  For more information regarding Playhouse 38, call (630) 232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org.

Board Approved Peck Farm Park Courtyard Paver Brick Replacement

Over 50,000 guests have enjoyed hiking through the natural prairie, visiting the unique Butterfly House, exploring Hawks Hollow Nature Playground and enjoying the scenic views of the tri-city area in the silo at Peck Farm Park this year. Now visitors will be greeted with an enhanced experience that includes new permeable brick pavers throughout the courtyard, around the silo and by the entrance of the historic Peck House.
The Geneva Park District Board of Commissioners approved bids totaling $378,500 to complete the Courtyard Brick Paver Project and the Permeable Paver Terrace Project at Peck Farm Park at the September 15, 2015 board meeting. Construction is slated to begin on Monday, September 29 and be complete by early December. During the construction, visitors can access the historic Peck House and Hawks Hollow Nature Playground using the bike trail near Kaneville Road. 
“The bricks in the Peck Courtyard were over 20 years old and were damaged by the severe winter. The disintegration of the pavers was becoming a safety concern and we had to take action, said Trish Burns, Manager of Peck Farm Park.
“Closing Peck was not an option during our high traffic season; therefore, we replaced the damaged bricks temporarily while investigating a solution to replace the existing brick pavers. It is extremely important that we maintain the historic integrity of Peck Farm Park, but also use a long-lasting durable option,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director for the Geneva Park District. 
“The permeable pavers that we have chosen for the Courtyard provide a solid ground surface, strong enough to take heavy loads, like large vehicles, while at the same time allowing water to filter through the surface and reach the underlying soils. Not only, will the new pavers enhance the visitor’s overall experience, but they follow the District’s environmental policy, said Lambillotte.

For more information, please visit www.genevaparks.org or call (630) 232-4542.

Geneva Park District Honors Larry Gabriel for 35 years of service

Geneva Park District Board and Larry GabrielThe Geneva Park District Board and staff recognized Superintendent of Parks and Properties, Larry Gabriel at a Park Board Meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014. 

Gabriel has worked for the Geneva Park District for 35 years. The board and staff had several comments for Larry as they reminisced on his career in Geneva over the past 35 years.  Larry started as a laborer in the parks department when he was 22 years old and he has a big heart not only for the Geneva Park District, but for the community as a whole. He has been an instrumental foundation of the Geneva Park District’s success, said Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte.

Larry’s loyalty, reliability and excitement for his position are demonstrated in his superior work ethic that filters down through the entire district, said Lambillotte.

Larry was honored as his wife Maureen and youngest son James were in attendance.

The Shodeen Family’s Donation of Mill Creek Pool to Geneva Park District is Official.

The Mill Creek Pool was officially named a facility of the Geneva Park District at the closing on July 28, 2014. Discussions began this past winter as Shodeen approached the Geneva Park District regarding taking over the daily operations and management of the pool. “On behalf of our community, the Geneva Park District Board and Staff are grateful to the Shodeen family for their generosity in donating the Mill Creek Pool to the Geneva Park District.,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director of the Geneva Park District.

“Having an additional pool allows us to increase our community outreach through offering expanded options for lap swim as well as our nationally recognized swim lesson program,” said Lambillotte.

This summer has proven to be successful for the transition of ownership of the Mill Creek Pool. Over 180 Gold Pool Passes were sold this summer and nearly 300 children participated in swim lessons. Gold Pool Passes allow residents and non-residents to be members at both Sunset and Mill Creek Pools.

The Geneva Park District has been operating Mill Creek Pool since its opening day of June 7.  The Pool will remain open through Sunday, August 24. Mill Creek Pool is open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunset Pool will remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 6.

Pictured above: Sheavoun Lambillotte presents Anna Harmon and Megan Shodeen with Resolution at
August 18, 2014 Board Meeting.

Refinancing saves Geneva Park District over $600,000

The Geneva Park District Board approved the refinance of the Series 2006 General Obligation Bonds used to fund the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center at the June 16, 2014 board meeting.

“The refunding resulted in debt service savings of $600,858 at an interest rate of 2.4%. Having the ability to take advantage of lower interest rates results in lower borrowing costs and a brighter financial outlook for the future,” said Christy Powell, Superintendent of Finance and Personnel for the Geneva Park District.

For more information, please visit www.genevaparks.org or call (630) 232-4542.

Geneva Park District Receives High Honor Financial Achievement For Third Year

The Geneva Park District has once again received The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  This is the third consecutive year that the District has received this prestigious award.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the Geneva Park District.

“The District is extremely proud of this prestigious award and will continue to work to provide financial reports that demonstrate fiscal responsibility and transparency, said Christy Powell, Superintendent of Finance & Personnel.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. 

For more information, please visit www.genevaparks.org or call (630) 232-4542.

New teaching dock at Peck Farm Park honors Former Alderman Ralph Dantino.

Ralph Dantino The Geneva Park District will unveil the New Ralph Dantino Teaching Dock at a dedication ceremony Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Peck Farm Park.

Dantino was passionate about the community and served as a founding member of the Geneva Park District Foundation from 1994-2009. In addition to serving on the Foundation Board, he played pivotal roles in gaining community support for two successful Park District referendums.

Several influential community members will be in attendance to honor Dantino and his contribution to Geneva.

“Not only was Ralph passionate about Geneva as a whole, but he was dedicated to preserving open space. Keeping his memory alive with the dedication of the Ralph Dantino Teaching Dock is a perfect tribute,” said Stephen Persinger, former Executive Director of Geneva Park District.

“The addition of the Ralph Dantino Teaching Dock will create the next generation of environmental stewards and provide numerous benefits to our community,” said Trish Burns, Manager of Peck Farm Park. The new dock provides easy access and ADA accessibility to the water’s edge. “Children need to experience nature first hand, see the ways our lifestyles are affecting the environment, and understand the impact of the choices they will make. This kind of exploration and engagement will heighten awareness, promote social responsibility and create opportunities for more outdoor activities,” said Burns.

“It is with mixed emotions that we pay tribute to such a great advocate for the community, and specifically for the Geneva Park District. This is an exciting time to dedicate the Ralph Dantino Teaching Dock, and allow his legacy to shine through for future generations,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director of the Geneva Park District

The Geneva Park District is proud to be a leader in our commitment to the preservation of open space, as we maintain over 48 parks, covering 700 acres of land to enhance our community’s quality of life. The addition of the Ralph Dantino Teaching Dock reaffirms our commitment to this mission. 

Following the Ralph Dantino Teaching Dock Dedication ceremony, people are encouraged to stay at Peck Farm Park for the annual Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights include free bicycle tune-ups, food from local vendors, rain barrels and compost bins for sale, information from vendors supplying green-friendly products, free chair massages and health scans, chalk art, and children’s entertainment.
Also, as part of Peck Farm Park’s Earth Day Celebration, Geneva Park District will celebrate the re-opening of Hawks Hollow Nature Playground with a Grand “Hatching” Event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore the playground with a nature scavenger hunt through its eight interactive learning stations featuring native bird species and natural elements. Hawks Hollow Nature Playground is a 2014 Illinois Parks & Recreation Outstanding Facility that engages visitors in environmental education through hands-on activities and unstructured play.
Peck Farm Park is located at 4038 Kaneville Road. For more information, call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.

Shodeen family set to gift the Mill Creek Swim Club to the Geneva Park District

The Geneva Park District and the Shodeen family are working out the details regarding the donation of the Mill Creek Swim Club. “We anticipate the transfer of pool ownership to the Geneva Park District to be complete by mid-April or early May, with an opening date of the second week of June,” said Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director of the Geneva Park District.

The Mill Creek Swim Club features a 5 lane lap pool with a maximum depth of 5 feet, a toddler pool, dry playground and clubhouse facility.

“We are grateful to the Shodeen family for their generosity in donating the Mill Creek Swim Club to the Geneva Park District. The addition of this pool allows us to address the high demand for our current swim lesson program by adding evening and weekend swim lesson options as well as additional hours for lap swim,” said Lambillotte.

“In addition, with the acquired Mill Creek Swim Club, we can expand our birthday party and rental options. In the future it may provide us with the option to open Sunset Pool earlier for open swim. This addresses a need within the community, which residents have expressed through past surveys and evaluations,” said Lambillotte

The affordable fee structure will include a Sunset Pool Membership as well as a Gold Membership, which includes admission to both Sunset and Mill Creek pools. Memberships will be available for both Geneva Park District residents and non-residents. Early Bird pool passes for Sunset Pool are currently available through April 25, with regular rates effective April 26. The Gold Pool Membership option will be available after May 1. “We anticipate the Mill Creek Swim Club season being mid-June through mid-August. Sunset Pool opens May 24 and will remain open through Labor Day weekend”, said Lambillotte.

Hawks Hollow Nature Playground Recognized as the Outstanding Facility

The Geneva Park District’s Hawks Hollow Nature Playground will be honored by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association with an Outstanding Facility and Parks Award. The award recognizes public agencies for their exceptional and unique achievements in design and development. After scoring the highest total points among entries submitted in its division and category from across Illinois, Geneva Park District will receive its award at the IAPD/IPRA Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, January 24, 2014.

The Hawks Hollow Nature Playground, the newest addition to Peck Farm Park, welcomes children and families to engage with nature through hands-on activities and unstructured play. Visitors learn about native bird species and the environment at eight interactive learning stations featuring mud, water, wood, plants, and other natural elements located throughout the park. The one-acre site includes a life-sized bird nest and beaver lodge for children to add to using materials found on-site, a songbird stage with musical instruments, a mud wall canvas, a stream, a log balance beam course, a splash pad, and the custom-built Raptor’s Roost play structure with net climbers, pulley systems, look-out points and a slide.

Receiving this award emphasizes Geneva Park District’s commitment to fostering a legacy of environmental education. Research shows that direct exposure to nature is essential to healthy childhood development as it decreases stress, increases concentration, inspires creativity and improves self esteem.

“When I was a child, we spent entire summers outdoors exploring with friends. The only reason we came home was when mom called us in for dinner or to grab a jar for fireflies,” says Sheavoun Lambillotte, Executive Director at Geneva Park District. “Our goal with Hawks Hollow is to help children rediscover those simple pleasures— getting a little dirty, a little wet, a little creative, and learning something along the way. This award recognizes the importance of reconnecting with the childhood instinct to get outside and play.”

The naturalist staff at Peck Farm Park has designed educational programming for classes, field trips and birthday party rentals at Hawks Hollow. Hawks Hollow is open for play year round during regular park hours, from dusk until dawn, weather-permitting. Peck Farm Park is located at 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva. For more information, please call (630) 262-8244 or visit genevaparks.org.

 

 

 
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