Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Organic Community Garden is open to district residents and other for fees ranging from $25 to $75. The first group work day is April 14.
With temperatures expected to be in the 50s and 60s through the weekend, it's hard not to have the great outdoors -- and gardening, in particular -- on the brain. The Joliet Park District has you covered, especially if you live in a spot where land isn't available or you don't have enough space. Plots are available to rent in the Organic Community Garden, located at 3200 W. McDonough St., across from the Inwood Golf Course and next to the River Valley Detention Justice Center in Joliet. The rental cost is $25 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space and $50 for 10-foot-by-20-foot, if you live in the park district. If not, it's $37.50 for the smaller lot and $75 for the larger. If you're eager to get your hands in the dirt, two work days are …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The nature center has five huge tanks and could use more fish to control the algae.
Pilcher Park Nature Center gave a shout-out to their Facebook friends this morning, looking for their overgrown plecostomus. "They tend to grow bigger than people can keep in their little aquariums and they tend to keep our tanks clean," Debbie Greene, Superintendent Pilcher Park Nature Center said. Usually, the staff at Pilcher Park Nature Center is dealing with the opposite problem. People will drop off unwanted turtles or snakes, etc. The nature center does not need any other animals, but they are looking for plecostomus. The five giant tanks at the center line the walls, where you can see native fish, can learn about what happens to our waterways when they are polluted and just watch the large fish swim around. According to www.…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Staff and an off-duty firefighter rushed to the aid of the man, who had passed out, Joliet Park District officials said.
The details are not clear, but what is known is this: a man in distress at Provena Saint Joseph Inwood Athletic Center was revived. "Everything went the way we wanted it to, thankfully," Brad Staab, Joliet Park District Superintendent of Communications said of the Jan. 21 incident. "He collapsed and staff and the firefighter were able to revive him." The Joliet firefighter, Joel Mauser, was not on duty at the time of the incident. "He passed out on our fitness floor and was revived with an AED," Staab said. An AED, or Automatic External Defibrillator, is a portable electronic device that checks for heart rhythms. It then uses an electric current to "jump start" the heart in an attempt to return it to a normal rhythm. Although some media …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The plan, which includes non-compete clauses for the district's top event sponsors, calls for electronic ad signs on park district sites on Jefferson Street and Route 59.
At the meeting in September, Joliet Park District commissioners decided the ball was in the City of Joliet's court in regard to the electronic billboards the city would like to place on park district property. On Monday night, Assistant City Manager Ben Benson approached park board commissioners with a new plan. "We had had conversations with Dominic (Egizio) and the staff about having digital advertising," he said, addressing board members. "We're proposing a new agreement from three sites down to two." In addition, the city proposed a non-compete clause for the top three park district sponsors. Currently those are Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, D'Arcy Motors and ATI Physical Therapy. After a short address to commissioners, Benson …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Got someone on your list that has everything? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Do you have someone on your gift list this year who has everything? You have scoured the malls, checked local gift stores and shopped around to no avail. What you need is inspiration for items that are unique and, as a bonus, help others as well. Here are some Patch suggestions. Locally, you can adopt any animal at Pilcher Park Nature Center in Joliet for $30. Animals can have more than one owner. According to PPNC superintendent Debbie Greene, the park pays more than $6,000 a year to feed the animals. A little further out, you can adopt animals at local zoos - Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo. Each has selections and information on its Web site. Internationally, the World Wildlife Foundation gives you many options. You can adopt a …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Buy that special someone a Splash Station pass for the holidays.
The weather is unseasonable warm, but it is not warm enough to go swimming outside. However, the seasons will change before you know it. And, this coming season, you can be the first ones to enter the Splash Station Waterpark. Season passes to Splash Station went on sale Dec. 1 for the 2013 season. This year, the Joliet Park District is allowing season pass holders to enter the park 30 minutes earlier than other customers. Prices for the 2013 season are as follows (the first price is for residents, the second is for non-residents): For more information, visit the park district Web site by clicking here. DON'T MISS THE LATEST JOLIET NEWS. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER FOR A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TAKE, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The clubhouse at the Inwood Golf Course Clubhouse is lit for the holidays with lights that are synchronized to music.
Inwood Golf Course has been dressed up for the holiday, one of several ways the Joliet Park District is celebrating the Christmas season. Enter the course from Jefferson Street and you'll be greeted by a light show set up at the entrance, in the parking lot and on the clubhouse, which is decorated with lights synchronized to to music. (Check out our video with this story to get a taste of what it's like.) The district also has other special events planned as part of its "Holiday Extravaganza," such as the screening of holiday movies -- Elf at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 and the classic Charlie Brown Christmas at 4 p.m. Dec. 21. For the adults, there's an ugly sweater party Dec. 7; a holiday party to celebrate Brian Leeg's birthday Dec. 13, and a wine …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Workout for the Cure raises about $5,000.
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- Dawn Aulet
Monday, October 15, 2012
A few years ago, the staff at the Joliet Park District got together to raise money and to honor one of their own. When Joliet Park District employee Kris Toborg was diagnosed with cancer, they began the Workout for the Cure. It became a yearly event. On Oct. 13, the event was moved indoors because of the inclement weather, but Gina Giarrante-Rodriguez, Fitness Coordinator, said it was a good choice. "I think moving it indoors was one of the best things we could have done," she said. Even if there was not rain, the morning was going to be cold, so the fitness fundraiser indoors made participants more comfortable. Participants in Workout for the Cure could choose to participate in Zumba or in intensity fitness. For $30 for members or $35 for…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The two governmental entities cannot reach an agreement regarding three billboards the city of Joliet wants to place on Joliet Park District property.
- Dawn Aulet
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
It has been more than a year since the city of Joliet approached the Joliet Park District about placing three electronic billboards on three park district property sites, but the issue remains unresolved. On Monday night, Joliet Park District commissioners and staff decided the next move will have to be a proposal from the city before the issue can move forward. The two entities cannot come to an agreement about the billboards, two of which are slated for Joliet Municipal Airport land off Jefferson Street and one at the Wedgewood Golf Course at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road. Park board Commissioner Glen Marcum said he was not a fan of the proposal. "I really don't see a benefit for us," he said. District Executive Director Dominic Egizio …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Would you pay more if it meant shorter lines to get in and cheaper tickets online? Take our poll below.
Despite staff recommendations, the Joliet Park Board decided against raising the Taste of Joliet entrance fee in 2013. District staff had recommended the increase only for tickets purchased at the gate, hiking them from $10 to $15 in order to persuade more people to buy them online, where they would remain $10. Attendees were not inclined to buy them online this year because the $3.95 service fee actually made them the more expensive option, park district Executive Director Dominic Egizio said. If the gate price was increased, people would save about a dollar buying them online, he said. "We want people to buy e-tickets; we don't want them to buy at the gate, mainly for security reasons," Egizio said. "We want them to buy the online …