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Fit for Life-Stroller Fitness class to begin Friday, June 3, at Deer Grove Leisure Center

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The Bensenville Park District is starting a fitness program geared to moms, beginning Friday, June 3, at Wood Street Fitness, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. Fit for Life-Stroller Fitness, taught by postnatal-certified instructor Evaristo Hernandez, is a functional, total-body and postnatal-specific workout for moms with kids and babies in tow who are 4 months old and up.

During the 60-minute class, moms won’t just be pushing a stroller; they will be using them as fitness props along with other small equipment.  The workout combines power walking and cardio bursts, strength training, postnatal-specific core and flexibility conditioning, ending with a relaxing, full-body stretch.

“This class is great not only to bond with your child but also to connect with other moms and create a support group of friends,” says Wood Street Fitness Program Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “Postpartum exercise is important to help not only assist with weight management, but also to maintain high energy levels throughout the day and to reduce or keep away postpartum depression.”

Classes take place 10–11 a.m. Fridays and are available on a drop-in basis until the start of the fall season. The introductory fee during the summer is only $6 per class for residents, $8 for non-residents. Because this is a specialty class, the Wood Street Fitness Core Class Pass does not apply.

Beginning in the fall, the program will move to monthly registration. Monthly rates for the fall session, which begins in September, will be $32 for residents and $40 for non-residents. A free class will be offered 10-11 a.m. Friday, September 2, for those interested to try the class.

A complete schedule of group fitness classes offered by Wood Street Fitness may be found at WoodStFitness.com/Classes.

The Bensenville Park District would like to thank all that attended the Bensenville Park District 2.0 (BPD 2.0) Informational Meeting Wednesday, May 25, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center.

The meeting allowed positive dialogue about potential plans and showcased conceptual drawings of possible park and facility improvements throughout the entire community.

The park district presented a brief overview that included how BPD 2.0 came out of the completion of the district’s 2017 master plan and the approval of Resolution 287, the re-annexation of the White Pines Golf Club into the Village of Bensenville. Resolution 287 is an agreement between the village and park district that highlighted possible future development opportunities.

The district stressed the importance of developing sustainable revenue streams to support the expansion of park facilities and upgrades.

The park district also reaffirmed that no outcomes have been determined and that all options for any movement forward are open for discussion. The district will continue fact finding and collect community feedback in a variety of ways, including future forums, a community survey and potential to weigh in at the polls.

The Bensenville Park District will continue to share real time updates via multiple platforms on the progress this initiative, including a microsite.

Park district facility to close at 8 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday, May 31

The Bensenville Park District’s Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC) will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day, and will operate with new hours beginning Tuesday, May 31.

The DGLC’s summer hours of operation will be as follows: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

The revised summer schedule will last into August and also affects the Wood Street Fitness evening group fitness class schedule. Monday Zumba Toning with Traci will now run 7:05-7:55 p.m. Zumba with Tony will be 7:05-7:55 p.m. Tuesdays. Wednesday Core de Force with Traci will take place 7-7:55 p.m., and Thursday Zumba Toning with Traci will go 7:05-7:55 p.m. Patrons will need to exit the DGLC prior to the building’s closure at 8 p.m.

The hours for the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad, which opens Monday, May 30, are not affected and remain noon-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with holiday hours (Memorial Day and Independence Day) running noon-5 p.m.

Park district to update residents regarding status of capital plan at DGLC Gym

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The Bensenville Park District will be hosting a real-time update on the initiative to improve Bensenville’s parks and amenities under it’s Bensenville Park District 2.0 capital plan from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center Gym, 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville.

The hour-long information session is intended to be informational in nature. Park district leaders will provide background information, explain the process and timelines of any potential projects and update residents on the means it is taking to gather input used to make decisions.

The district has identified millions of dollars of repairs and improvements needed throughout the park system and is developing a plan to address these issues in addition to making improvements to program and activity offerings and customer experience.

Park district leader earns highest honor at Distinguished Service Awards

Bolingbrook, Ill.—Bensenville Park District Executive Director Joseph C. Vallez received an award of excellence in the community member category as education advocates from throughout the state were honored for their support of their local schools and districts as part of the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s (INSPRA) annual Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon Friday, May 13, at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.

“The Distinguished Service Awards is an opportunity to honor those deserving individuals who passionately advocate for public education in our state,” said INSPRA President Alex Mayster, APR, Executive Director of Communications for Naperville 203. “These individuals work tirelessly to highlight the successes of public schools. They understand the importance of building a strong public relations program that provides all members of the school community the opportunity to promote excellence and be champions of students and employees.”

INSPRA Distinguished Service AwardsThe Distinguished Service Awards recognize those who make a difference in their school communities by helping to promote public education and enhance its programs and services. Nominees are evaluated on their ability to support or improve understanding and communication in the school/district; foster cooperative partnerships between the school and community and strengthen the overall support for education by stakeholders.

“It is an honor to receive recognition for things that other people in the community do on a daily basis,” Vallez says. “The park district’s goal is to hopefully improve the quality of life for our residents on a daily basis through our cooperation with the other taxing bodies in Bensenville.”

Vallez’ service to the community included assistance to Fenton High School with mass vaccination drives and unusual rental needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fenton High School and its community experienced a quicker return to normal in large part thanks to Vallez and park district staff.

For the first time since 2019, Fenton was able to organize a homecoming dance and Latin favor mixer dance because Vallez ensured the park district’s large outdoor tent remained available for use by Fenton, charging the school only for expenses incurred. As the 2021-22 school year continued, Vallez was in constant communication with the high school and allowed for timely rentals for sports, clubs and public events.

“He found ways to make it a joint publicity victory focused on family and education,” says Fenton Community High School District Director of Communications and Community Engagement Rick Kambic. “Those generous actions allowed Fenton High School to move toward normalcy and provide our entire community with a sign of unity and shared commitment to our children.”

A listing of all individual and team award winners may be found online at INSPRA.org/dsa.

 

Park district offers summer swimming lessons at Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad

A young child learns kicking skills using a kickboard with the help of one of the park district’s swim instructors.

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District is making it fun and easy to learn to swim by offering swimming lessons for children of various ages and skill levels at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad throughout the summer.

“Swimming might be the only sport or recreation activity that can save your life,” says Manager of Facilities & Special Events Todd Linder, who oversees the water park. “Drowning is still one of the leading causes of accidental death in children, and being able to swim can be an essential life-saving skill in addition to being fun.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more children age 4 and under die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes for those under 15.

Three different swimming programs are offered: water exploration for children 6 months to 2 years old, preschool for those aged 2-4 and the Bensenville Swim School, with four different levels of instruction for children ages 5-14. Sessions are offered throughout the summer on different days and for different lengths.

Children 6 months to 2 years old and parents are introduced to the pool through gently-structured water play activities that include songs, splashing and fun as part of the Tide Pool Water Explorers experience. Each child is accompanied by an adult in this program, which serves to acclimate children to the water. It is not a water safety or swim instruction class.

Preschool programs include the Jellyfish + Parent and Jellyfish programs. Children and parents enrolled in the Jellyfish + Parent program enjoy many of the same experiences as the explorers but with kickboards, noodles and water toys as they learn basic swimming skills. Swimmers gain confidence in front and back floats, submerging their faces and blowing bubbles, arm movements and water kicks while bonding with their parents. Instructors work with children who have adjusted to the water without a parent in the Jellyfish program, developing a foundation of beginning strokes, kicks and breathing.

The Bensenville Swim School has four distinct levels—Guppies, Turtles, Stingrays and Dolphins—which allow swimmers to build upon specific skills and advance to the next level. Instruction is provided at a 1:6 ratio, and swimmers are evaluated at the start of each session to place them with similar swimmers at their level.

The district also offers private (one-on-one) and semi-private (for two-to-three people) lessons to allow swimmers to hone specific skills. These lessons are grouped in six 30-minute sessions.

Visit BvilleParks.org/parks-facilities/bensenville-water-park/swim-lessons for program information.

Save $10 per session when registering for adventure, discovery, sports and teen camps by May 6

It’s not too late to score summer savings at the Bensenville Park District’s Under the Sun camps. Those enrolling in adventure, sports, discovery and teen camps by Friday, May 6, can save $10 per session.

Under the Sun summer camps are made to cater to children’s unique interests. Each day, campers participate in a wide variety of engaging games, projects, crafts and, of course, swim time at the water park. Camp curriculums emphasize socialization through child-led play which lays the foundation for learning and academic success.

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Children can explore nature in several summer camps offered by the Bensenville Park District.

“Camp is all about development through experience,” says Lisa Semetko, program supervisor. “All of our activities are based on the concept of child-led play, so kids are developing their social skills and emotional skills; they’re out in nature getting to know their environment, and they’re just having fun.”

The park district offers three camps that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for 6-to-10-year-olds—adventure camp, sports camp and discovery camp. Adventure campers’ days are filled with cool crafts, games, new discoveries about their surroundings and nature exploration in addition to swim time. Sports camps cater to those of all skill levels and focus on fun, good sportsmanship and skill development in hockey, soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball in addition to daily swim time. Discovery campers spend the day exploring historic Fischer Farm with fun adventures Tuesday through Friday each week.

Teen leadership camps allow campers to take on the role of counselor-in-training with a program that emphasizes responsibility, respect and cooperation. Participants aged 11-15 will play fun games, compete in sports and tackle challenges as a team and will have weekly swim time in addition to leading younger campers in their activities. The camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For younger children aged 2-5, the park district offers tot and sunshine camps at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Tot camps offer a caring and gentile introduction to the camp experience for two-year-olds with a new and exciting theme presented each week. Campers meet in the Nursery Room from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and enjoy nature exploration, vegetable gardening, water play and visits to the splash pad on hot days. They also play games, get messy with sensory craft projects and have story time.

“We enjoy outside and nature—we sing, we dance, we play,” says Cindy Banazynski, the park district’s lead preschool teacher. “It’s a lot of fun. We try to engage with nature with our youngest group in a safe way.”

The sunshine camp caters to children aged 3-5 and is designed to foster children’s growth and independence through exploration, guest speakers, sports, camp songs and playground time in addition to visits to the splash pad. The camps run from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Tiny Tot Room.

“We are outside as much as possible and want to promote the children’s love and enjoyment of nature,” Banazynski says. “We take turns playing in the sandbox; we run up and down Blackhawk Hill; we can find all kinds of insects. Anything that sparks the children’s interest, that’s what we want to do.”

No matter the camp, all camp counselors are trained to provide a positive camp experience for children. The staff is trained in CPR, AED, first aid and behavior management.

All camps begin Monday, June 6, and each session runs for two weeks. The last session begins the week of August 1. To reserve a child’s place in camp, register in advance at the DGLC with a $25 down payment per session for each child. Each session must be paid in full the Thursday prior to the start of each session enrolled. A pre-camp meeting for campers and parents will take place at the DGLC Thursday, June 2.

Before- and after-camp sessions are also available for children ages 6-15. Before-camp sessions run 7-9 a.m. weekdays and after-camp sessions run 3-6 p.m. Neither these sessions nor tot and sunshine camps are eligible for the early registration discount.

Visit BvilleParks.org/camps for more information about the park district’s summer camps. For tot and sunshine camp program information, go to BvilleParks.org/programs/early-childhood-summer-camps.

Save $10 per session when registering for adventure, sports, discovery and teen camps by May 6

 

It’s not too late to score summer savings at the Bensenville Park District’s Under the Sun camps. Those enrolling in adventure, sports, discovery and teen camps by Friday, May 6, can save $10 per session.

Under the Sun summer camps are made to cater to children’s unique interests. Each day, campers participate in a wide variety of engaging games, projects, crafts and, of course, swim time at the water park. Camp curriculums emphasize socialization through child-led play which lays the foundation for learning and academic success.

“Camp is all about development through experience,” says Lisa Semetko, program supervisor. “All of our activities are based on the concept of child-led play, so kids are developing their social skills and emotional skills; they’re out in nature getting to know their environment, and they’re just having fun.”

The park district offers three camps that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for 6-to-10-year-olds—adventure camp, sports camp and discovery camp. Adventure campers’ days are filled with cool crafts, games, new discoveries about their surroundings and nature exploration in addition to swim time. Sports camps cater to those of all skill levels and focus on fun, good sportsmanship and skill development in hockey, soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball in addition to daily swim time. Discovery campers spend the day exploring historic Fischer Farm with fun adventures Tuesday through Friday each week.

Teen leadership camps allow campers to take on the role of counselor-in-training with a program that emphasizes responsibility, respect and cooperation. Participants aged 11-15 will play fun games, compete in sports and tackle challenges as a team and will have weekly swim time in addition to leading younger campers in their activities. The camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For younger children aged 2-5, the park district offers tot and sunshine camps at the Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Tot camps offer a caring and gentile introduction to the camp experience for two-year-olds with a new and exciting theme presented each week. Campers meet in the Nursery Room from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and enjoy nature exploration, vegetable gardening, water play and visits to the splash pad on hot days. They also play games, get messy with sensory craft projects and have story time.

“We enjoy outside and nature—we sing, we dance, we play,” says Cindy Banazynski, the park district’s lead preschool teacher. “It’s a lot of fun. We try to engage with nature with our youngest group in a safe way.”

The sunshine camp caters to children aged 3-5 and is designed to foster children’s growth and independence through exploration, guest speakers, sports, camp songs and playground time in addition to visits to the splash pad. The camps run from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Tiny Tot Room.

“We are outside as much as possible and want to promote the children’s love and enjoyment of nature,” Banazynski says. “We take turns playing in the sandbox; we run up and down Blackhawk Hill; we can find all kinds of insects. Anything that sparks the children’s interest, that’s what we want to do.”

No matter the camp, all camp counselors are trained to provide a positive camp experience for children. The staff is trained in CPR, AED, first aid and behavior management.

All camps begin Monday, June 6, and each session runs for two weeks. The last session begins the week of August 1. To reserve a child’s place in camp, register in advance at the DGLC with a $25 down payment per session for each child. Each session must be paid in full the Thursday prior to the start of each session enrolled. A pre-camp meeting for campers and parents will take place at the DGLC Thursday, June 2.

Before- and after-camp sessions are also available for children ages 6-15. Before-camp sessions run 7-9 a.m. weekdays and after-camp sessions run 3-6 p.m. Neither these sessions nor tot and sunshine camps are eligible for the early registration discount.

Visit BvilleParks.org/camps for more information about the park district’s summer camps. For tot and sunshine camp program information, go to BvilleParks.org/programs/early-childhood-summer-camps.

Park district golf course to hold May fitting day, Mother’s Day special and family golf night

“Being a park district golf course, we are working hard to get our community and other surrounding communities out to the course to help grow the wonderful game of golf,” White Pines Golf Club PGA Manager Andrew Godfrey says. To that end, the course is offering several special events in the month of May for golfers of many different levels at its facility located at 500 W. Jefferson St. in Bensenville.

The golf club will host the first of several Callaway Fitting Days this summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the club’s driving range. According to the Callaway website, custom fitting can be one of the most important aspects to improve one’s golf game.

“These demo days give people of all skill levels the chance to try the newest and best equipment on the market and help upgrade their current set,” explains Godfrey. “You’ll leave the fitting feeling confident with equipment that’s customized to your game.”

Visit WhitePinesGolf.com/event/callaway-fitting-days for more information and to register for the event.

Then, the club gives thanks to area moms with its Mother’s Day special—all females get to golf for free all day long on Sunday, May 8. Females of any age may enjoy a relaxing day of golf at White Pines by reserving their tee time in advance on the golf course website. There is a limit of 18 holes. Godfrey feels the special “is a great way to grow the game with women and families, especially in our community.”

Finally, it will be fun for all ages when the club hosts its first family golf night of the summer beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Bring the whole family out for an evening of golf; the tees have been moved up and players can play at their own pace while enjoying a $3 meal deal that includes a hot dog, chips and drink.

“We started family days last year and are excited to offer them once a month for the entire summer this year,” Godfrey explains. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone in a family—no matter the skill level—to come out and enjoy time on the golf course without feeling rushed or pressured by the golfers behind them.”

Fees are just $5 for juniors 17 and under and $10 for adults. Carts are $10 per cart for players and $10 per non-playing rider. For more information, visit WhitePinesGolf.com/event/family-golf-nights.

The White Pines Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship courses, situated on more than 260 acres, has been a favorite among Chicago area golfers since 1928. The public course owned and operated by the Bensenville Park District is an excellent choice for players of all skill levels. Whether it’s an evening at the lighted driving range, a casual round with friends or an outing or special event, White Pines Golf Club offers the perfect setting to get “away from it all.” Course patrons are invited to take advantage of Monday-Thursday tee time specials and to enjoy food and drink at the 37 Bar & Grill. More information may be found at WhitePinesGolf.com.

Free group fitness classes, Cinco de Mayo activities offered at Wood Street Fitness

Fitness de Mayo

Want to try a group fitness class at Wood Street Fitness for free? Well, the Bensenville Park District is offering a fun way to explore these options on Thursday, May 5, as part of its “Fitness de Mayo” celebration.

Stop by the Deer Grove Leisure Center from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. to try a free Zumba® Gold class and stick around for fun Mexican fiesta games, light snacks and a piñata from noon to 1:30 p.m. Patrons are invited to try one of the other classes that day as well. Fees are just $6 for residents and $8 for non-residents. The full schedule for May 5 is as follows, with free events noted:

10:15-11 a.m. CORE FOUNDATIONS with Silvia $6 Res. | $8 Non-Res.
11:15-11:45 a.m. Mexican-fiesta-themed ZUMBA® GOLD with Silvia Free
Noon-1:30 p.m. Mexican fiesta games and piñata Free
6-7 p.m. CARDIO BLAST with Debbie $6 Res. | $8 Non-Res.
7:15-8:15 p.m. Mexican-fiesta- themed ZUMBA® TONING with Traci $6 Res. | $8 Non-Res.

In addition to single class rates, the fitness center offers “core class pass” membership that includes unlimited in-person and virtual classes for $35 per month for residents ($40 for non-residents) or $300 annually, $360 for non-residents. Most classes are offered virtually, and new classes are being offered all the time. A full weekly class schedule is located on the Wood Street Fitness website, WoodStFitness.com/classes.

Wood Street Fitness membership information can be found at WoodStFitness.com. To register, visit the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.