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The Bensenville Park District will be applying non-selective contact herbicide to the turf on fence lines, parking lots, park signs, paths, courts and sidewalks at the following locations beginning the week of June 3, weather permitting:

  • Arbor Park (June 11)
  • Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad (June 20)
  • Breiter-Palm Park (June 10)
  • Deer Grove Leisure Center (June 13)
  • DiOrio Park (June 6)
  • Krempels Park (June 18)
  • Lions Park (June 18)
  • Pines Park (June 11)
  • Poplar Park (June 11)
  • Rose Park (June 18)
  • Sunrise Park (June 6)
  • Sunset Park (June 6)
  • Veterans Park (June 10)

“This is a contact herbicide that will kill what it touches,” says Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds Luis Aguinaga. “We’ll be spraying fence lines, parking lots, park signs, paths, courts, etc.”

Patrons are advised to allow the application to dry before resuming use of the fertilized area. Although highly dependent upon temperature and humidity, herbicide products dry within 1-2 hours after application.

Bensenville, Ill. (May 23, 2024)— The Bensenville Park District announced the opening of the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad, located at 1100 W. Wood Street, will be delayed by one week due to unforeseen circumstances. Originally scheduled to open Memorial Day, the district plans to open the park at noon on Monday, June 3.

Basin plastering at the Bensenville Water Park
Workers install the plaster in the deep well basin of the Bensenville Water Park

“We share our patrons’ disappointment that the water park will open later than planned,” explains Executive Director Joe Vallez, noting the impact of the water park’s renovation schedule on the decision. “The Bensenville Park District will always be on the side of the safety and well-being of those we serve as our top priority, and we thank our patrons for their continued patience.”

During the spring of 2024, work began on renovations to the water park, which included removal and installation of a new swimming pool basin in addition to updates to the water slides.

“The good news is that the updates made in 2024 are expected to keep the water park in good working order for another 20 years,” Vallez adds.

Additionally, Wood Street Fitness has postponed the start of its Aqua Zumba classes to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, weather and temperature permitting. Swimming lessons are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning, June 4, weather and temperature permitting.

As a thanks to water park season passholders for their patience, the district is providing four additional guest passes per passholder household that purchased prior to May 27 valued at more than $50 for use during the 2024 season. Passholder guest passes may be claimed at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, located at 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville.

For more information about the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad, including season passes, the $99 Bville Bundle 10-pack of daily admissions, water park rentals and swimming lessons, visit BvilleParks.org/WaterPark. Patrons are invited to follow the water park on social media at @BvilleWaterPark for updates throughout the season.

Bensenville, Ill. (May 18, 2024)— Rev up those engines and get ready to dance! The White Pines Golf Club’s Car Show and Sock Hop, presented by Grand Subaru, is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Pavilion at White Pines, 500 W. Jefferson in Bensenville. This free event promises fun for all ages.

Whether driving a hot rod, rat rod, classic car or even a minivan, everyone is welcome to join the celebration. The event will feature food and beverages for children and adults alike available for purchase, so bring that appetite along with that cool ride.

Attendees are encouraged to don their best 50s-style apparel and get ready to hand jive inside the Pavilion at White Pines. Live entertainment will be provided by the Blast to the Past band, performing from noon to 4 p.m.

Show car parking opens at 10:30 a.m., and participants can sign up by calling 630-238-4936.

Free and fee-based classes coming to local parks and facilities

Bensenville, Ill. (May 17, 2024) — The Bensenville Park District is excited to announce a series of invigorating and engaging Fitness Dayz events at various neighborhood parks throughout the summer. The fitness sessions—most of which are free—are designed to promote health, wellness and community engagement. Participants of skill levels are invited to join in the fun and enjoy a range of energizing activities.

Fitness Dayz will kick off with an exhilarating outdoor Zumba® session from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Sunset Park. Zumba® is a dynamic and high-energy workout that combines dance and aerobic movements to the rhythm of vibrant Latin music. Led by experienced instructors, this session promises to be a fantastic way to get moving, burn calories and have fun.

Participants can also unwind and find inner peace during a serene yoga session at Fischer Farm. Yoga at the Farm takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The picturesque surroundings of the farm provide the perfect backdrop for this Vinyasa yoga class, which focuses on synchronized movements with breath and aims to enhance strength, flexibility and mental clarity.

Those ages 21+ can recharge and refresh with an hour-long yoga flow with two hours of bottomless mimosas among the tranquil sounds of nature and nearby waterfall and fountain at White Pines’ Sunrise Yoga & Mimosas. The fee is $25 for the event, which runs from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

With Zumba on the pool deck and in the water, the Zumba Surf N’ Turf pool party from 7-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad is included in the 2024 Fitness Dayz schedule. The event is free for season pass holders as well as Wood Street Fitness Core Class Pass members. Otherwise, it is $8 to join the fun ($6 for those in district).

Finally, from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday, August 18, Varble Park will host an invigorating outdoor boot camp session. This comprehensive workout incorporates various exercises, including strength, balance, core, speed, agility circuits and resistance training, providing participants with a full-body workout. Led by skilled trainers, the boot camp is designed to challenge participants and improve overall fitness levels.

Participants are advised to bring their workout shoes and water to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience during Fitness Dayz. The free events are open to individuals of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to fitness enthusiasts. Some restrictions may apply to the fee-based programs.

“We are thrilled to offer our free Fitness Dayz events to the community as well as to include a couple of premium events as well,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “It’s an excellent opportunity to get active, meet new people and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces in our community, providing an inclusive and fun way for individuals and families to engage in physical activities while enjoying our neighborhood parks. We encourage everyone to join us and take advantage of these exciting opportunities.”

The Bensenville Park District is committed to promoting an active and healthy community. Fitness Dayz aim to encourage individuals of all ages to prioritize their well-being and discover the joy of physical activity in a supportive and welcoming environment. The events are a part of the park district’s “Park ‘n Play” initiative, which brings more than 50 events to neighborhood parks throughout the summer.

For more information about the Bensenville Park District’s Park ‘n Play activities, including a schedule of events sortable by date, park and activity, visit the park district website, BvilleParks.org/park-n-play.

Wood St. Fitness offers three unique, canine-inspired experiences this summer

Bensenville, Ill. (May 16, 2024) — Wood Street Fitness has expanded its one-of-a-kind wellness experience that combines the serenity of yoga with the joy of playful puppies for summer 2024. Puppy Yoga invites participants to experience the benefits of yoga while surrounded by adorable, cuddly puppies at the Deer Grove Leisure Center Exercise Room, 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville.

Sessions take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 10. Additional same-day sessions may be offered if classes fill up, as occurred in each of the previous spring sessions. Two sessions were offered May 5 when the waitlist grew to the point of supporting another class.

Each 45-minute class is followed by 15 minutes of cuddle time, promising a unique and uplifting journey to well-being. At each class, puppies roam freely from one yoga mat to the next, offering cuddles and spreading joy as participants move, flow and breathe through their yoga practice.

Puppy Yoga classes offer the same physical and mental benefits as traditional yoga, with the added therapeutic effects of interacting with lovable furry companions. According to John Hopkins Medicine, yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility; helps with back pain relief; can ease arthritis symptoms; benefits heart health; provides relaxation, promoting better sleep; can improve mental and physical energy, alertness, enthusiasm and moods; helps remove stress and promotes better self-care.

“We are excited to once again offer this uplifting experience that combines the therapeutic benefits of yoga with the pure joy of puppy companionship,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “Puppy Yoga is not just a fitness class; it’s an opportunity to connect with adorable puppies, support a worthy cause and promote overall well-being.”

Puppy Yoga is open to participants aged 14 and above, with those aged 10 to 13 welcomed with a paid adult guardian. To ensure an intimate and enjoyable experience, each class has a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 30 people. Due to the popularity of this program, advance registration is required at the Deer Grove Leisure Center.

Fees are just $20, $18 for those living within Bensenville Park District boundaries. In addition to class fees, participants are encouraged to bring donations of dog food, laundry soap, Clorox, paper towels, martingale collars and other supplies to further support Border Tails Rescue—a no-kill, non-profit—in its noble mission.

Grand opening
The May 15 grand opening featured free food and discounted domestic drinks at 37 Bar & Grill.

Bensenville, Ill. (May 15, 2024)—Bensenville Park District Board President Rich Johnson and fellow commissioners Valerie Karg, Jay Snyder, Nancy Gibbs and Christopher Hernandez joined park district and White Pines Golf Club staff and local residents to open a new video amusements facility within the club’s 37 Bar & Grill at a 3:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, May 15, at 500 W. Jefferson in Bensenville.

The gaming area, located in the room between the Pro Shop and 37 Bar & Grill, contains six video gaming terminals in partnership with Gold Rush Gaming. Established in 2012, Gold Rush is one of the most respected and sought out terminal operators in Illinois with more than 725 locations statewide.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance White Pines and 37 Bar & Grill as a year-round destination while positively impacting youths in our community,” says Bensenville Park District Executive Director Joe Vallez. “Proceeds from video gaming terminals will go to the Friends of Bensenville Parks Foundation for use in funding scholarships and Bensenville Park District youth programs, including youth golf programs and free food in conjunction with our family golf night series.”

ribbon cutting
(L to R) Val Karg, Jay Snyder, Board President Rich Johnson, Nancy Gibbs and Christopher Hernandez cut the ribbon to open the gaming room at White Pines’ 37 Bar & Grill.

The 37 Bar & Grill is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the golf season, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has traditionally operated with reduced hours in the fall and winter months. The gaming area will be open during those same hours.

“The new terminals provide another reason to visit White Pines outside of golf season and also offers another attraction for patrons to enjoy around after their golf game,” adds Bensenville Park District Board President Rich Johnson. “White Pines is and will remain a family golfing facility, with family-friendly events such as the Jim Geils Family Golf Nights, which take place the third Sunday of each month from May through September, and family movie nights such as the drive-in movie showing of ‘Space Jam’ on May 18 and ‘A Million Miles Away’ on September 20.”

In summer 2022, the park district board voted to reinvest in the White Pines Golf Club, and since then, the club has made improvements to the Pavilion at White Pines, banquet facility, restrooms and now 37 Bar & Grill. Further upgrades to the course are planned, including new cart paths and indoor golf simulators.

Bensenville, Ill. (April 26, 2024)–Get ready for a summer of cinematic magic under the stars with the Bensenville Park District’s Movies in the Park series. From heartwarming tales to thrilling adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at these outdoor movie events.

Kicking off the series is a “drive-in movie” presentation of “Space Jam” (PG), featuring Michael Jordan,  at the White Pines Golf Club driving range at 8 p.m. May 18. Bring the whole family and watch the movie from the comfort of a golf cart. Cart rental is available for $10, with each cart accommodating two adults. The club is located at 500 W. Jefferson. Carts should be reserved in advance by calling 630-766-0304.

Then, head to Arbor Park in Wood Dale at 8:15 p.m. June 8 for “Trolls Band Together” (PG). Join Poppy, Branch and their friends on a musical adventure filled with colorful characters and catchy tunes.

Experience the enchanting tale of friendship and bravery at Fischer Farm at 8 p.m. on August 8 with the Movie at the Farm presentation of “Charlotte’s Web” (PG). Follow the heartwarming journey of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider in this timeless classic.

Make a splash at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad, 1100 W. Wood Street, on August 8 with the “dive-in movie” showing of “Elemental” (PG), presented by Armando Perez State Farm. Bring approved single-person floats and enjoy the movie under the night sky. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie starts after dusk.

Finally, at 7:30 p.m. on September 20, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Pavilion at White Pines with “A Million Miles Away,” inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, friends and family for this special outdoor screening under the tented pavilion.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase, and all movies begin after dusk. Don’t miss out on these unforgettable movie experiences!

Bensenville, Ill. (April 24, 2024)—The Bensenville Park District’s Young at Heart program is inviting food enthusiasts and social adventurers to join their summer Lunch-and-Dinner Mobile excursions. Participants will embark on a journey of culinary exploration without worrying about transportation, as the park district provides transportation services.

Each trip promises an unforgettable dining experience, featuring a variety of cuisines and charming nearby locations. From trendy shake bars to cozy outdoor eateries, there’s something for every palate and preference.

The summer Lunch-and-Dinner Mobile schedule of excursions is as follows:

JoJo’s Shake Bar – May 21: Located in Naperville, JoJo’s Shake Bar offers a fresh take on American comfort food and classic shakes. Participants will indulge in family-style appetizers, choose from a delectable selection of entrees, and top it all off with a BIGGIE shake. Fees: $45 | $40 in-district. Registration Deadline: May 7

Flagship on the Fox – June 11: Experience outdoor dining in the picturesque setting of St. Charles at Flagship on the Fox. Participants will enjoy a diverse menu and delightful desserts in a charming atmosphere. Fees: $45 | $40 in-district. Registration Deadline: May 28

302 Wheaton – June 25: Savor the flavors of downtown Wheaton at 302, renowned for its delectable cuisine and inviting outdoor ambiance. Participants are invited to gather with friends and family for an unforgettable dining experience. Fees: $25 | $20 in-district. Registration Deadline: June 3

Hawthorne’s Backyard – July 31: Participants will return to Hawthorne’s Backyard in West Chicago for a delightful lunch experience under the expansive shade shelter. Enjoy the summer breeze and delicious cuisine. Fees: $35 | $30 in-district. Registration Deadline: July 17

Big Bowl – August 5: Head to Big Bowl at the Streets of Woodfield for bold Chinese and Thai dishes crafted from premium ingredients. Delight your taste buds with the vibrant flavors of Asian cuisine. Fees: $40 | $35 in-district. Registration Deadline: July 16

The Young at Heart program brings active adults of a similar generation together to share stories, discover old friends, make new friends, create a support network and experience new or familiar activities once again.  Shared activities can include meals; bingo; card, dice and tile games; movies; day trips and overnight trips.

Registration fees vary for each trip and are due at the time of registration. Residents can sign up at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, located at 1000 W. Wood St. in Bensenville. For more information about the Bensenville Park District and its upcoming programs and events, visit BvilleParks.org or find the district on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or LinkedIn using the handle @BvilleParks.

Bensenville, Ill. (April 23, 2024)—The Bensenville Park District is proud to announce its participation in the Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will travel down Addison Road, ending on Irving Park Road at Wood Dale Road.

The park district will have a float in the parade and will be distributing information on the district’s upcoming summer programs and events as well as candy.

“We’re excited to participate in the Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade to kickoff the summer season,” says Bensenville Park District Special Services Manager Phyllis Schmidt. “We look forward to saluting our fallen heroes at the Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade and invite the public to the opening of the Bensenville Water Park and Splash Pad following the parade at noon.”

Those interested in marching with the park district should download a participation form at BvilleParks.org/MemorialDay. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the staging area on Elizabeth Drive between Addison and Wood Dale Road.

The parade is free and open to the public to attend. Parade step-off time is 11 a.m. and should conclude by 12:30 p.m. Those with questions or needing special accommodations should contact Schmidt via email at pschmidt@bvilleparks.org or phone 630-238-4921 by Friday, May 24.

For more information about the Bensenville Park District and its upcoming programs and events, visit BvilleParks.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or LinkedIn using the handle @BvilleParks.

 

Bensenville, Ill. (April 22, 2024)–TruGreen is scheduled to apply fertilizer and herbicide to the turf at the following Bensenville Park District locations beginning Wednesday, May 1:

  • Deer Grove Leisure Center;
  • Bensenville Water Park;
  • Arbor Park;
  • DiOrio Park;
  • Krempels Park;
  • Pines Park;
  • Poplar Park;
  • Rose Park;
  • Sunrise Park; and
  • Sunset Park.

After a service, TruGreen advises to allow the application to dry before resuming use of the fertilized area. Although highly dependent upon temperature and humidity, most liquid products TruGreen uses dry within 1-2 hours.