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Apr 18

Directors Blog

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 8:12 AM by Emileigh Hillstead

January 2019

We just finished Healthy Evanston with the Evanston Parks and Recreation District.  What a great day!  We had 150 people attend that enjoyed FREE admittance for the day as well as FREE Fitness Classes and activities.  Kim Proffitt, her staff and the Recreation Center Staff did a wonderful job of explaining fitness and the different classes used to become more fit.  For all of your fitness needs, visit the Evanston Parks and Recreation Center.   We have everything from an indoor walking track, a pool, fitness equipment, fitness classes and fitness instructors to help with all of your questions.  Our staff is anxious to help you start down the path of becoming healthier and feeling better.

September 21, 2018

Congratulations to the following employees and organizations for their hard work in the field of recreation.  The Evanston Parks and Recreation District is a better place because of everything you do. Nice job everyone, you have represented us well!


1.    Caroline Goick is the WRPA 2018 Outstanding Young Professional. Caroline also received a $500 scholarship for the training of her choice.                                                                                               

2.    The Evanston Tree Board received the Citation Organization Award.                    


3.    Rick Schuler was awarded the WRPA Citation Individual for his many hours of hard with the Evanston Parks and Recreation District.                                                


4.    Emileigh Hillstead was awarded the WRPA President’s Award

July 23, 2018
My name is Scott Ehlers, I am the new Director of the Evanston Parks and Recreation District. As the new Director it is my goal to continue to see improvement and growth throughout the District and our community. It's exciting to work with a team that is committed to offering the public a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Evanston Parks and Recreation District is an important part of Evanston that makes it a great place to live and work.

Aug 24


Posted on August 24, 2018 at 9:39 AM by Emileigh Hillstead

The Evanston Rec Center has started Annual Shutdown. The custodial staff started with painting the curbs and preparing for winter. We have now started working on the Pool, Locker Rooms and Pump Room. even though the Pool and Locker Rooms will be closed from August 25 - September 17 everyone is still welcome to work out and use our facility. 
The custodial staff, Intermountain Electric, and a sub contractor will be working hard getting the pump room ready for the next year, and starting work on cleaning and repairing the lockers and showers. Brad Hatch and his Life guard team will start draining the pool the night of August 24, and start the cleaning and painting process as soon as the pool is drained. 
Check back here for more updates on what is happening at the Evanston Recreation Center! 
Aug 07

Kids To Park Day

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 8:53 AM by Emileigh Hillstead

Launched in 2011, Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors organized by NPT and is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands. By discovering and exploring our public lands, kids across the country can learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and the history of our country. In addition, by teaching our kids to appreciate and enjoy our public lands, we can foster future outdoor enthusiasts and create the next generation of park stewards and caretakers of these important places. Because kids need parks – and parks need kids!

Evanston Parks and Recreation District took this National Day and created a fun and interactive day full of service and activities. The Evanston Parks and Recreation Employees and Evanston Citizens started the day with a service project that consisted of cleaning and picking up garbage around the park, shoveling out weeds located in the horse shoe pit, and raking the fibar at the playground. This event was located at one of the City Parks of Evanston, Hamblin Park. Caroline Goick started the day with a proclamation from the mayor discussing the importance of parks and the National Park Trust. After the proclamation was given the fun started with a game of tug – o – war, bocce ball and an activity guide book full of scavenger hunts, leaf rubbings, and discovery pages. The fun continued with a game of spike ball, football, and Frisbee golf.

Evanston Parks and Recreation District would like to invite all to participate in the next Kids To Parks Day in the year 2019.