Established by its residents in 1970, the Bolingbrook Park District has a history of consistent growth, excellence in programs and services and both state and national acclaim. Each decade has brought exciting changes, expanded services and new opportunities for residents to enjoy their park district. The 1970s saw the construction of the Annerino Community Center on Recreation Drive.
Open land acquisition was also an early priority, as the Park District acquired Winston Woods, a 42-acre woodland through a $315,000 grant. Forward-thinking vision also led to the formation of the Joliet Bolingbrook Special Recreation Association (now a part of Northern Will County Special Recreation Association) in an effort to serve residents with disabilities.
The 80s opened in fine fashion, as the park district captured the National Gold Medal Award as best in the nation. With the support of a public referendum the Park District opened Boughton Ridge Golf Course in 1981. Bolingbrook Park District also added another gem to its growing list of attractions, acquiring the Hidden Lakes site with the aid of Corlands.
The 90s saw explosive growth – as the park district grew in tandem with its rapidly growing residential base. Another successful referendum led to the construction of the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex and Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park. With 84 percent of residents responding that the park district plays an important role in community life, a distinguished agency accreditation award and another National Gold Medal, the Bolingbrook Park District moved into the millennium with momentum.
New facilities highlight the past decade, as both Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge were added in 2008. Hidden Oaks serves as the hub for the Hidden Oaks Conservation Area – dedicated to educating and connecting people with their natural world. This LEED-platinum certified building features a nature-based preschool along with programs and events that advance environmentally-friendly practices.
Ashbury’s is a full-service restaurant, banquet facility and bar/grille that brings some local flavor to Bolingbrook. Great food, value and fun is the staple at Ashbury’s, along with truly unique events and entertainment.
Two new skate parks rounded out an already robust list of parks, playgrounds and ballfields.
A successful $14 million referendum in 2018 proved the residents in Bolingbrook are committed to preserving the quality of facilities in their community. Enhancements to Pelican Harbor with build-out of the lazy river island and addition of family changing rooms in 2020 were welcomed by everyone. The Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex was also renovated as the district celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the most challenging circumstances of a global pandemic in 2020.
A proud history is a part of where we’ve been – a bright future is what’s ahead. Working with you and the residents of Bolingbrook, we’ll continue to respond to the needs of the community.
1970 Park District created by successful referendum. First building was a white farmhouse.
1972 Passed $2.2 million referendum for land acquisition and development.
1974 Site for Deatherage Drdak Center acquired. Facility constructed with volunteer labor.
1975 Acquired Winston Woods – a 42-acre Woodland ($315,000 grant).
1976 Bolingbrook Athletic Council (BAC) formed to coordinate field use and recommend improvements.
1978 Bolingbrook Health & Racquet Club opens.
1979 Joliet-Bolingbrook Special Recreation Association formed.
1980 Park District receives National Gold Medal Award as Best in Nation.
1980 $3.4 million referendum for park improvements passes.
1981 Boughton Ridge Golf Course opens.
1982 Bolingbrook Aquatic Center opens first indoor wave pool in the United States.
1988 Hidden Lakes was acquired with the aid of Corlands. Site was eventually purchased in 1990 ($299,500 grant).
1991 Cherrywood Park rededicated as Lions Park.
1991 Remington Lakes Park site donated to district by William Gahlberg Association ($198,700 grant).
1992 Bolingbrook Trojan Football National Champions.
1994 Earned Elite Bronze Award for Lifeguarding from Ellis and Associates.
1994 Bolingbrook Trojan Football National Champions.
1994 Heritage Park opened.
1994 Successful $13.5 million referendum for a Recreation Center/Aquatic Complex.
1994 DuPage River Greenway opened ($149,100 grant).
1994 Indian Chase Meadows earns IL Department of Natural Resources first ever Outstanding Park Design Award.