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Parks and Recreation

Carol Stream Park District is recognized as one of the best in the state, winning two national gold medals and being the first in Illinois to receive a LEEDS Silver Certification for the eco-friendly facility, Fountain View Recreation Center. The park district maintains more than 40 parks and playgrounds; many link to regional trail systems and nearby county forest preserves. Picnic shelters at seven larger, scenic parks are available to rent, in addition to garden plots at the beautiful Slepicka Park.

Fountain View Recreation Center, 910 N. Gary Ave., serves as a hub for recreation activities. The center includes an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, three-court gymnasium, running/walking track, and multipurpose rooms to rent for meetings, events or parties.

Fitness center members enjoy modern exercise equipment and fitness classes throughout the day. A variety of classes are offered that accommodate the business member who may want to work out at lunch or before and after work. If you work in Carol Stream but live elsewhere, you can take advantage of resident rates. Business or corporate memberships are also available.

Simkus Recreation Center, 849 W. Lies Rd., is home to dance, gymnastics, summer day camp and theater programs. The gymnasium hosts various indoor sports, such as archery, basketball, pickleball and volleyball. Simkus is also home to popular special events like Bunny Bash, Boo Fest and Teeny Weeny New Year’s Eve Ball.

Coral Cove Water Park, 849 W. Lies Rd., adjacent to the Simkus Recreation Center, features water slides; a 15-foot climbing wall, drop slide and diving board; water playground with dumping bucket, playground for toddlers and a poolside café. Visitors may rent a cabana for the day.

McCaslin Park, 27W650 North Ave., features baseball diamonds with Astroturf infields, lighting and a busy hub with concession stand, playground and picnic tables. Other amenities include a larger playground, Bankshot basketball court, water spray playground, large picnic shelter, bag toss game areas, sand volleyball court and ADA-accessible fishing station. McCaslin Park is home to Coyote Crossing Mini Golf course.

Coyote Crossing is a railroad-themed 18-hole mini-golf course. Enjoy a variety of discounts and special events like Cosmic Golf nights, putt n’ save specials and “check-in” days. Rent Cody’s Canopy for an event.

Dog lovers and their four-legged friends revel at the off-leash dog park, Bark Park. Bark Park features large and small dog play areas with agility equipment. Membership is required.

Armstrong Park is the park district’s largest park. Features include lighted ball fields with hub, playground, in-line skate rink, a sand volleyball and basketball court. Visitors are greeted upon entering the south parking lot by the historic Gretna Station and Caboose. Walk the trails around the reservoir to Lake George and then to Balog Island, which is home to a large colony of Purple Martins. Pass the baseball hub and sled hill as you walk to the north end of the park which features another ball field, a large picnic shelter and the newly renovated KidsWorld playground.

The Carol Stream Park District offers over 200 recreational programs each season for all ages, from tots to seniors. Call for a seasonal activity guide at (630) 784-6100 or visit csparks.org.

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