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Hour-long water service shut-offs at DGLC, White Pines, Pine Room

The Bensenville Park District will be completing two maintenance projects, affecting service at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (1000 W. Wood Street), White Pines Golf Club (500 W. Jefferson) and Pine Room (531 S. Church) on the morning of Thursday, February 22.

DGLC RTU Installation MapThe Fitness Center HVAC roof top unit is scheduled to be replaced beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m. Parking on the west side of the DGLC will be limited due to placement of a crane at the southwest corner of the DGLC parking lot. The building’s main entrance will remain open during the installation. This construction is expected to last throughout the morning. Wood Street Fitness will be closed briefly at some point during that time.

The DGLC, White Pines and Pine Room will also be undergoing water meter changes, which will necessitate shutting off water for approximately one hour. Hand sanitizers will be installed at the DGLC during that time, and staff will flush toilets as needed with non-potable water. The schedule for water shut-off is as follows:

  • 8-9 a.m. White Pines
  • 9-10 a.m. Deer Grove Leisure Center
  • 10-11 a.m. Pine Room

Please make note of this maintenance schedule when planning a visit to these facilities.

Take advantage of the longer days beginning Feb. 26

Bensenville, Ill. (February 19, 2024)— The White Pines Golf Club welcomes the arrival of spring with spring rates in effect starting Monday, February 26.

“White Pines is excited to welcome spring,” says PGA Golf Professional Bill Roper. “White Pines is open year-round, weather permitting, and we look forward to having many golfers return after hibernating for the winter.”

Weekend rates are $59 per person riding and $44 walking from open to 12:59 p.m., $41 riding and $31 walking from 1 to 2:59 p.m. and $28 riding ($18 walking) from 3 p.m. to close.

Weekday rates are $42 riding and $32 walking before 1 p.m. and $32 riding and $22 walking 1 p.m. to close Monday through Friday.

Tee times may be booked at WhitePinesGolf.com.

Parents invited to learn about programs at March 4-8 preview week

Mrs. B celebrates 40 years
Cindy Banaszynski (third from left) celebrated 40 years at the Bensenville Park District in fall 2023.

Bensenville, Ill. (February 14, 2024)— Ever since joining the Bensenville Park District as a ‘Mom and Tot’ supervisor in 1983, Cindy Banaszynski—known by most in the community as “Mrs. B”—has both inspired and cherished the aha moments of the children enrolled in the district’s early childhood programs. And in those 40-plus years, she has seen a lot of them as she progressed from substitute to lead preschool teacher.

“I always love that ‘Mrs. B, I can do this by myself’ moment when a child realizes they can do something all by themselves, eyes-lighting up, with a big smile on their face,” Banaszynski says, noting activities such as zipping up a coat, writing a name or even figuring out how to use a soap dispenser. “Those are the best moments!”

Although actual records aren’t readily available, it is estimated that Mrs. B has taught more than a thousand preschool children, preparing them for the social, emotional and academic rigors of elementary school and beyond. The tiny tot curriculum she developed is based on Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, emphasizing self-discovery, teamwork and independent thinking. Children are introduced to language arts, literacy, math, social studies, science and nature exploration through a variety of learning centers and hands-on activities in a nurturing environment that addresses the individual needs of each child. The program includes local field trips, guest speakers, nature exploration and special activities such as raising baby chicks, spring planting and a graduation ceremony.

“I have been a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) for many years. This nationally-recognized program provides me with workshops, classes, mentors and other forms of information and literature to help me stay current with what is happening in the field of early childhood,” which she has supplemented with coursework at College of DuPage, Oakton College and Harper College to provide children what they need to succeed, she says.

Former students and parents love her. A photo celebrating Banaszynski’s milestone was recently posted on the Bensenville Park District’s Facebook page, @BvilleParks, and the community showed how they feel about her.

Lisa DeSimone says, “Congratulations Mrs. B! You’re awesome at what you do, and my kids loved having you as their teacher.”

“Thank you for all the young minds you have guided and touched,” Cindy Collins says, calling her the “best teacher ever and one of the most patient with preschoolers.”

Karen Richardson echoes those sentiments, calling Banaszynski a treasure, touching “the lives of so many kiddos, getting them started to the joys of learning and self-confidence.”

Wood Dale Alderman Randy Messina says Banaszynski is a legend in his ward.

Banaszynski says much has changed since she has started, most notably the technology. Personal computing became more prominent in the 1980s, and today that technology is increasingly portable, fitting in the palm of a hand in the form of a smartphone or tablet. However, advanced the technology, there is still a need for children to learn life skills.

Tiny Tot Preview Week March 4-8“Children need technology, but they still need to learn to play with someone and how to use other school and play tools such as paint, playdough, scissors, pencils and crayons. They still need to learn how to complete a task, get the items they need to make a project, share them with others, wait their turn to use them and then, when finished, put everything back where it belongs,” she explains.

The Bensenville Park District offers three distinct early childhood programs, with a preview week March 4-8 for parents to check out the programs for themselves: Play with me for toddlers 18-30 months, Little Sprouts for ages 2-3 and Tiny Tot Preschool for those ages 3-4 and 4-5. Contact Banaszynski at 630-766-7015 ext. 117 or email ttschool@BvilleParks.org to schedule a visit.

“I love working for the Bensenville Park District. I get to interact with so many amazing people that inspire me to do my best for the families we serve,” Banaszynski concludes. “I hope I can help the families we serve realize what an asset the Bensenville Park District and staff are to our community and that we need to continue to help modernize and grow the district.”

Save 10 percent on season passes through March 30

Bensenville, Ill. (February 13, 2024)—Season passes for the Bensenville Park District Water Park & Splash Pad go on sale Friday, March 1, and park-goers can save 10 percent on pass purchases through Saturday, March 30.

Season passholders receive unlimited admission to the Water Park & Splash Pad, free and unlimited admission to aqua fitness classes, discount admission to water park events and three free guest passes.

Park district season pass fees for the 2024 season have remained flat for two straight years. The regular and sale season pass rates are as follows for the general public, and those living within Bensenville Park District boundaries receive discounted as follows:

  • Child/Teen (ages 3-17) – $132 | $110 (In-District), $118 | $99 (In-District) through March 30;
  • Adult (ages 18+) – $144 | $120 (In-District), $129 | $108 (In-District) through March 30;
  • Senior (ages 55+) – $132 | $110 (In-District), $118 | $99 (In-District) through March 30;
  • Family of two –$216 | $180 (In-District), $194 | $162 (In-District) through March 30;
  • Family of three –$252 | $210 (In-District), $226 | $189 (In-District) through March 30 and
  • Family of four –$288 | $240 (In-District), $259 | $216 (In-District) through March 30.

Each additional family member above a family of four is $45 each ($40 after 10 percent discount through March 30). Complete information may be found on the park district website, BvilleParks.org/waterpark.

Season passes may be purchased at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville Monday through Saturday. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Drop-off registrations can be delivered at any time the DGLC is open.

The Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad, located at 1100 W. Wood Street, is a family-friendly facility that features a 155-foot water slide, two drop slides, a diving board, a 2,527 square-foot splash pad, a sun deck and a full-service concession stand. The park district offers swim lessons as well as specially themed days and special events throughout the summer. The facility is open for rentals and hosts birthday parties and other activities.

The water park is open noon to 7 p.m. daily. Opening day is Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The pool season runs through Sunday, August 11.

Three new classes to debut week of February 26

Bensenville, Ill. (February 12, 2024)—The Bensenville Park District introduced three brand-new art programs set to commence at the end of February 2024. The classes—Colorful Canvas, Etch a Sketchers and Sculpting Studio—cater to individuals of all experience levels and offer a unique opportunity for residents to explore their creative side. Registration is open now at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, located at 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

“We are excited to bring these new art programs to the community,” says Recreation Supervisor Silvia Acevedo, noting the three classes are being offered to two age groups (ages 9-14 from 5-5:45 p.m. and ages 14+ from 6-6:45 p.m.). “Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your creative journey, our classes provide a welcoming environment to explore and express your artistic talents.”

Unleash that inner artist in this Colorful Canvas acrylic painting class, where participants will delve into the world of art, learning essential techniques such as blending, creating texture and exploring captivating color effects. Regardless of experience, all are welcome to join this vibrant class that takes place Mondays, from February 26 to April 22.

For those who have mastered the Etch a Sketch and are ready to translate those skills onto paper, the Etch a Sketchers sketching class is the perfect fit. Students will delve into drawing techniques including values, shading, proportion, and more. Classes take place Tuesdays, beginning February 27 through April 23.

Unearth that inner Michelangelo in the Sculpting Studio class. Students of all experience levels will explore a variety of mediums such as wood, cardboard, clay and more to bring their artistic visions to life. This sculpting adventure occurs Thursdays, February 29 through April 25.

All classes consist of eight sessions, and there will be no classes during the week of March 25. The class fee is $75, with a discounted rate of $60 available for residents living within the district. Early registration is required, and participants can secure their spot by registering one week in advance at the Deer Grove Leisure Center.

For more information and to register, please visit the Deer Grove Leisure Center at 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville or by calling (630) 766-7015.

District will showcase 2024-25 capital plans and vote to honor former commissioner

 

Bensenville, Ill. (February 9, 2024)— The Bensenville Park District invites district residents to attend its upcoming park board meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, at the White Pines Golf Club, located at 500 W. Jefferson in Bensenville.

The agenda for the meeting is set to showcase the park district’s 2023 achievements and present the 2024-25 capital improvement plan.

Board President Rich Johnson expresses enthusiasm about the direction the park district is heading, stating, “We are thrilled to share the remarkable accomplishments of 2023 and present our ambitious plans for the future. Our recent achievements, such as the introduction of a new, accessible playground and fitness trail at Breiter-Palm Park in 2022, and the installation of a brand-new playground at Wood Dale’s Arbor Park in 2023, showcase our commitment to creating inclusive recreational spaces for our community. Moreover, the receipt of a $570,000 OSLAD grant for the renovation of Sunrise Park in 2024 further demonstrates our dedication to enhancing the quality of our parks.”

The agenda also includes a vote to introduce Jim Geils Family Golf Nights at White Pines, in honor of the service of the late park board commissioner. Geils, an avid golfer who passed away in 2023, was appointed to the Bensenville Park District Board of Commissioners in May 2013 and was elected to the board in 2015. In his capacity as commissioner, he served as treasurer from May 2013 to May 2016 and then as secretary from June 2016 until May 2021.

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity to continue our mission of providing exceptional recreational experiences for residents while honoring Geils’ service and love of golf,” says Executive Director Joe Vallez. “From the success of new fitness classes at Breiter-Palm Park to the introduction of new programs at Fischer Farm and the Bensenville Railroad Museum and a planned movie night at Arbor Park, we are actively working to meet the diverse needs and interests of our community.”

The district encourages community members to attend the park board meeting to learn more about its achievements and exciting future plans. The meeting will be held in the banquet hall at White Pines. The full agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting at BvilleParks.org.

Bensenville, Ill. (January 31, 2024) —The Bensenville Park District will receive an award of a $570,100 grant from the State of Illinois’ Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program as announced the Governor’s Office. The award will help fund the upcoming renovation of Sunrise Park.

Sunrise Park Concept Plan“Receiving the OSLAD grant is transformational for the Bensenville Park District and the community we serve,” says Executive Director Joseph Vallez, noting the project is one of many capital improvement projects planned for 2024-25 as part of the Bensenville Park District 2.0 capital plan. “The improvements to Sunrise Park will enhance the quality of life for those in our district, allowing those of all ages and abilities to enjoy new opportunities to get out and play at this renovated space.”

The program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will distribute nearly $55 million in state grants for 111 local park projects throughout Illinois to help communities acquire land and develop recreational opportunities.

The proposed Sunrise Park improvements include redevelopment of the playground, a futsal court, two pickleball courts, half-court basketball, two soccer fields, a new pollinator/butterfly area with interpretive signage, site furnishings, walking paths and turf restoration. In addition, the proposed accessible play area will provide opportunities for children of all abilities to play in the park. The accessible walking paths and the poured-in-place rubber surfacing will provide equitable access to the recreational amenities available at this location by providing accessible routes to the playground, soccer fields and courts. The master plan was developed by Des Plaines-based JSD, Inc.

“On behalf of the Bensenville Park District and the residents we serve, we are grateful for the support of the State of Illinois, our legislators—Senate President Don Harmon and State Representative Norma Hernandez, residents and partners for making this possible,” says Board President Rich Johnson. “Together everyone achieves more, and we are excited to get started on this project in earnest.”

The $1.1 million Sunrise Park project will commence in 2024 and should be completed over the course of a year. The project is one of many planned as part of the Bensenville Park District 2.0 capital improvement program that contains approximately $5 million in community investment directed at neighborhood parks and facilities that directly benefit the populations of Bensenville and Wood Dale the district serves. Past projects include the completion of the Breiter-Palm Park playground and fitness trail in 2022 and playground construction at Arbor Park in 2023. An update on Bensenville Park District 2.0 is planned as part of the Board of Commissioners meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Sunrise Park, located at the intersection of Memorial and Marion Streets, consists of 7.3 acres of land. The park has a picnic area and shelter available for rentals between May 1 and September 30 in addition to the improvements to the park planned for 2024.

Bensenville, Ill. (January 30, 2024) —The Bensenville Park District named Nicole Chesak, CPRP, life coach, as the new superintendent of recreation, effective January 30. Chesak was hired by the park district as recreation supervisor in December 2023. With an extensive background in managing diverse recreational programs and facilities, Chesak brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to her new role.

“Nicole Chesak’s extensive resume reflects her commitment to excellence in the field of parks and recreation,” says Bensenville Park District Executive Director Joe Vallez. “We welcome her as a valuable addition to our leadership team, confident in her ability to contribute to the district’s continued success.”

Chesak, a former women’s basketball standout, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis. She is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and has been an active member of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) since January 2001. She has held various leadership positions within the organization, including serving as the IPRA Annual Conference Workshop Chair and the IPRA Recreation Section Director. In 2006, Chesak was recognized with the IPRA Young Professional of the Year Award.

Chesak’s career highlights include her role as the director of the White Deer Run Golf Club, where she successfully managed all aspects of the club’s operations, including activities, guest relations and community engagement. Her accomplishments at the club include coordinating policies, developing operating procedures and overseeing budget implementation.

In her position as the director of athletics at the Wheaton Park District, Chesak demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by restructuring the department and managing a $5.9 million budget. Her achievements include directing the Wings Spring Classic Tournament with 260 teams and securing significant annual sponsorships for athletic programs. She also played a pivotal role in the $500,000 renovation of the athletic complex.

As the superintendent of recreation at Hoffman Estates Park District, Chesak managed an $8 million recreation department budget, overseeing full-time and seasonal staff. She increased field rentals by 30 percent, implemented an anti-bully policy and developed the HE University staff training program. Chesak also partnered a with school district for iCompete, a mentoring initiative for at-risk youth.

Chesak’s tenure at the Glendale Heights Parks and Recreation Department showcased her skills in managing a $3.4 million budget and leading a $6 million facility renovation project. She developed and implemented various programs, including a scholarship program and a customer service training program. Chesak’s dedication to community engagement was evident in her role as a committee member for Character Counts and the Senior Committees.

“I am thrilled to serve as the superintendent of recreation,” says Chesak, noting the opportunity to oversee the Bensenville Water Park in addition to recreational programs. “I look forward to the challenge and leveraging my experience to enhance the recreational offerings and community engagement in the district.”

The Bensenville Park District announced the following changes to the basketball schedule on Saturday, January 27:

Basketball Games for Saturday January 27, 2024
WEST SIDE GYM AT DGLC – GAMES ARE STILL ON AS SCHEDULED
LOCATION CHANGES FOR EAST SIDE GAMES AND FULL COURT GAMES:
   
Noon Bensenville 6 vs Bensenville Bulldogs Tioga Elementary School
1 p.m. Bensenville Theis vs Bensenville 5 Tioga Elementary School
2 p.m. Bensenville 6 vs Bensenville 4 Tioga Elementary School
3:15 p.m. Hanover Park  vs Glendale 3 Mendez Tioga Elementary School
4:15 p.m. Bensenville 7/8 vs WIBA 1 Tioga Elementary School
5:15 p.m. Bensenville  7/8 vs WIBA 2 Tioga Elementary School
Tioga Elementary School 212 Memorial Rd, Bensenville, IL 60106
Gym door is next to the playground

Bensenville, Ill. (January 19, 2024)—The White Pines Golf Club invites area residents to indulge in the perfect blend of tranquility and refreshment at its Yoga & Mimosa event at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 17. Participants will be immersed in a harmonious morning of yoga practice and savor the serenity of the moment, all within the elegant ambiance of White Pines Banquet Hall located at 500 W. Jefferson St. in Bensenville.

Unwind and rejuvenate as experienced yoga instructors guide through a blissful yoga session, followed by a delightful opportunity to enjoy mimosas. This unique event provides an ideal setting to relax, recharge, and connect with others who share a passion for wellness.

An article by John Hopkins Medicine states yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility. It helps with back pain relief and eases arthritis symptoms. Regular yoga practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts. In fact, yoga addresses several factors contributing to heart disease, including high blood pressure and excess weight. Yoga may also lead to “more energy and lighter moods.” According to the National Institutes of Health, yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep. The NIH and other organizations have found yoga promotes self-care.

Champagne mimosas offer a number of benefits as well, according to research cited in a December 2015 New York Post article. Scientists at the United Kingdom’s University of Reading found Champagne improves memory. Head researcher, Jeremy Spencer, Ph.D., also suggests Champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease. One study found that the sparkling wine, which contains high levels of polyphenols — anti-oxidants found grapes — can lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems. The article also cites a dermatologist who says that Champagne detoxifies the skin with antioxidants.

Reservations for Yoga & Mimosas are available now, with full payment of $25 required by February 12. Secure a spot by calling 630-238-4936. Please note that spaces are limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.