Since the Park District was established, it has been fortunate to enlist the dedication and expertise of numerous volunteers. At the center of this volunteer effort are the Park Commissioners. Residents of the Park District elect a non-partisan, five-member Board of Park Commissioners to govern the District. The Park Board determines the priorities and defines policies for financing, governance, operation and administration of the Park District. Board members are elected to serve unsalaried, overlapping four-year terms.
To email a Board Member directly, please click on their name above.
Please see calendar of events for Board Meeting dates.
BOARD MEETING VISITOR GUIDELINES
The Park District Board and Staff appreciate your attendance and participation!
|YEARS OF SERVICE||NAME|
|1946 - 1962
|1946||P. S. Rinaldo|
|1946||William Bradford Winer
|1947 - 1949
||David W. Russell
|1949 - 1952
||Victor A. Galbraith
|1950 - 1952
||Phillips W. Goodell
|1952 - 1955||Alfred A. Moore
|1954 - 1958
||Bartle R. Herrick
|1954 - 1957||Raulin B. Wight, Jr.
|1954 - 1957
||E. Russell Bradley
|1954 - 1955
||Ernest A. Jensen
|1955||Helen E. Stormer
|1957 - 1962
||Richard K. Kucera
|1957 - 1969
||Edward J. Doerhoefer
|1958 - 1962||Schoenberg|
|1959 - 1963||Keeley|
|1960||Leonard Batemen (Retired)|
|1960||Frances Wander (Secretary)|
|1961 - 1976||T. W. McCollum
|1962 - 1965||William Perkins|
|1963 - 2001||William Sherman, Jr.
|1963 - 1974||Don Whitlock
|1965 - 1973||Robert O'Brien
|1966 - 1970||William Eichstedt
|1969 - 1971||JoAnne L. Baker
|1970 - 1991||Linda Wander (Clerk/Commissioner)|
|1970 - 1971||Michael Musko|
|1971 - 1975||William Dietz|
|1975 - 1985||Jan Kopis
|1975 - 1978||Ray Kozak|
|1975 - 1989||Ruth Powers|
|1985 - 1993||Walt Sandine|
|1987 - 2004||Susan Dunlap|
|1989 - 1993||Paul Simmons|
|1991 - 1997||Mary Anne Bokholdt|
|1994 - 2005||Mary Thomson|
|1994 - 2001||Jerry Yoksoulian|
|1997 - 2003||Carol Doty|
|2001 - 2007||Janis Sleeter|
|2001 - 2007||Mike Salazar|
|2003 - 2009||Art Jaros|
|2004 - Present||Robert Gelwicks|
|2005 - Present||Catherine Mahoney|
|2007 - 2009||Kathryn Engel-Accettura|
|2007 - 2009||Ron Smith|
|2009 - 2013||Janet Barr|
|2009 - 2011||Fred Gusel|
|2010 - 2017||Matt Cushing|
|2011 - 2015||Mark Roman|
|2013 - 2015||Damienne Souter|
|2015 - Present||Frank Livorsi|
|2015 - Present||Tom Salaba|
|2017 - Present
DGTV Channel 6 can now be viewed online as a webcast 24 hours a day. Webcast programming on DGTV includes Park District board meetings that take place during the third week of the month conducted at the Village Hall Council Chambers, 801 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the general public is invited to attend.
Please note: Podcasts are in MP3 audio format.
|2017 Podcasts||2016 Podcasts||2015 Podcasts|
|January 26||January 21||January 15|
|February 16||February 18||February 19|
|March 16||March 17||March 19|
|April 20||April 21||April 16|
|May 18||May 19||May 7|
|June 15||June 16||May 21|
|July 20||July 21||June 18|
|August 17||August 18||July 16|
|September 21||September 15||August 20|
|October 19||October 13||September 17|
|November 16||October 20||October 1|
|December 7||November 17||October 15|
|December 8||November 5|
The Board of Park Commissioners of the Downers Grove Park District will conduct the following meetings. PLEASE NOTE: Workshops that take place during the first week of the month (unless otherwise indicated) are conducted at various locations at District Facilities in Downers Grove, IL (locations are noted in parenthesis next to date). Meetings that take place during the third or fourth week of the month are conducted at the Village Hall Council Chambers, 801 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL. Dates with an asterisk (*) on the first meeting of the month will be held at the Village Hall Council Chambers. Meetings begin at 7:00 P.M., (unless otherwise noted) and the general public is invited to attend.
|January 11 - Regular Meeting (Lincoln Center)|
|February 1 (Museum)|
|March 1 (Lincoln Center)
|April 5 (Lyman Woods)
|May 3 (Lincoln Center)|
|June 7 (Park Tour - Location TBA 3:00 pm)|
|July 5 (If needed) (Lincoln Center)|
|August 2 (If needed) (Lincoln Center)|
|September 6 (Recreation Center)|
|October 4 (Lincoln Center)|
|November 1 (Lincoln Center)|
|February 2 (*Canceled)|
|April 6 (Start Time Changed to 6:00 p.m.)||Agenda||Results||Minutes|
|July 6 (*Canceled)|
|November 2 (Lincoln Center)||Agenda||Results||Minutes|
|December 7 *||Agenda|
|April 25 - Cancelled
(due to lack of quorum)
|May 7||Meeting One
Public Hearing Notice
(at Lincoln Center)
|November 19||Agenda||Results||Workshop Minutes
Released July 24, 2017
The Park District levies property taxes and charges sales tax on purchases according to the Village of Downers Grove sales tax rate. The District's main sources of revenue are from fees/charges as well as property taxes.
As required by Public Act 97-0609, employers participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund must make available the following information:
The compensation and benefits, including annual leave allotment, can be found at the Administrative Office located at 2455 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL. Any questions you may have can be directed to Mary Jandacek.
Downers Grove Park District is a local government providing parks and recreation programs to District residents.
Mission of the Downers Grove Park District:
Enriching our community through natural area preservation and exceptional recreation, parks, and facilities that inspire memorable experiences.
The Operating Budget of the Downers Grove Park District for FY 2018 is $11,102,191. The budget for Capital Projects is $1,833,716 plus $500,000 budgeted for Contingency. The District's Debt Service is budgeted for $1,484,477.
The District employs over 500 full and part-time employees.
The Park Board of Commissioners consists of five members: Robert J. Gelwicks, President; Tom Salaba, Vice President; Catherine C. Mahoney, Treasurer; Frank Livorsi, Secretary and Sandra McDonnell, Commissioner.
Requests for documents, in accordance with the State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5ILCS 140), must be submitted in writing and directed to the Freedom of Information Officer at the following address: "Freedom of Information Officer, 2455 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515 - Attn: FOIA Officer (Deborah Bender) - FOIA Request".
Email your requests or contact (630) 960-7253.
The District may require a fee for producing copies of requested documents at a rate of 15 cents, per page copied, (after the first 50 pages regular size and black & white), in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5ILCS 140/6). (Odd size documents and color copies will be charged accordingly.)
FOIA is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, under the Illinois Freedom of Information at (5 ILCS 140/1 et. Seq.) Records in possession of public agencies may be accessed by the public upon written request.
The following are links to many documents available on the District website which you may download at this time (no FOIA request required):
The Downers Grove Park District has a form that may be completed. Click here to access this form. Requests should state the information being sought under the Freedom of Information Act. Provide a brief description of the public records requested, being as specific as possible. While responses can be provided via email, please provide a mailing address and phone number.
Freedom of Information Officer (Deborah Bender)
Downers Grove Park District
2455 Warrenville Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
ATTN: FOIA Request
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to respond in five business days after receipt of a request. A five -day extension is allowed with written notification to the requester.
If the requested records are 50 pages, or less in length, the pages will be copied (regular size and black & white) and the requester will be called regarding when the documents are ready to be picked up. (If the documents are mailed, the postage will need to be reimbursed before the documents would be mailed to requester.) If the records exceed 50 pages, the requester will be informed of the duplication cost before copied.