Grand Opening of the Waukegan SportsPark, June 3, 2011 June 02, 2011 Grand Opening of the Waukegan SportsPark, June 3, 2011
Waukegan, IL (June 2, 2011) The Waukegan Park District invites the public to attend the Grand Opening of the new Waukegan SportsPark, tomorrow, Friday, June 3, 2011. Opening ceremonies begin at the softball fields at 5:30pm with league (softball) games starting at 6:15pm. The opening ceremonies for the soccer fields will commence at 6:30pm. Entertainment begins at 6:45pm with fireworks starting at dusk, around 9:15pm. This fun, family event features inflatables and games, food for purchase from Milena's, a playground with water spray features, giveaways and more. Please join the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners and staff in welcoming this outstanding sports facility to the District's award-winning combination of parks, facilities and services. The Grand Opening festivities are proudly sponsored by AT&T.
The Waukegan SportsPark encompasses 138 acres and phase one consists of a lighted, synthetic turf championship field, four lighted baseball/softball fields and thirteen natural turf sports fields for soccer, lacrosse and football, two concession buildings, eight restroom facilities, a maintenance facility, a playground featuring a water spray area, picnic areas, walking paths, rain gardens and nearly 700 parking spaces.
About the Waukegan Park District
Established on December 26, 1916, the district has 47 properties and 720 acres of land, which includes 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. The District operates the Field House Sports and Fitness Center, the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, the Waukegan SportsPark, the Waukegan Skate Park, the Waukegan BMX Track, recreational centers, an outdoor swimming pool, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports courts including basketball and tennis. A full range of programs and services are offered year round for all ages including special populations. Cultural events are provided by the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, the Bowen Park Theatre Company, and the Waukegan History Museum. The award-winning District employs 60 full-time staff and over 250 part-time, year round, seasonal and temporary employees. The District is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), and Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). The District holds IAPD Distinguished Agency and Park District Risk Management Agency Accreditations and maintains a Level A Loss Control Program.