St Charles Park District

The Park District has served St. Charles area residents since 1911. Through a planned and aggressive acquisition program, the District has been able to protect and preserve considerable acreage of prairies, wetlands, and woodlands for the St. Charles community. With more than 1,400 acres of park land, people of all ages and ability levels can enjoy leisurely walks, running, bicycling, golfing, picnicking, boating, fishing, skating, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and more!

The Park District is an award recipient of the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management presented by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Sports Foundation, Inc. This award identified the St. Charles Park District as one of the Best in the Nation, serving a population of 20,000-50,000 residents.

Experience the joy of learning and sharing, the thrill of adventure and discovery, and the pride of accomplishment at the St. Charles Park District. People of all ages are encouraged to enjoy their local parks and participate in a variety of social and educational programs.

Opportunities include spending quality time with family and friends, being creative with arts & crafts, wandering the wetlands and prairies, visiting unique places on trips, competing in sports, joining a fitness class or educational program, mini-golfing along the Fox River, and/or exploring the wonders nature provides.

East Side Sports Complex - 55.6 acres

The need for more athletic fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, skate parks, etc. continues to grow in the greater St. Charles area as the community expands at a rapid pace to accommodate an influx of new residents! The St. Charles Park Board chose to address the need for such a facility by developing a large sports complex that would provide a safe and fun atmosphere where people of all ages can enjoy a variety of leisure and competitive sports. The Park District’s new 102-acre East Side Sports Complex is located in St. Charles Township east of Kirk Road and south of Route 64.

The East Side Sports Complex was acquired at a cost of $7,753,635. The St. Charles Park District acquired title to 75.5 acres for $6,253,635 and the Kane County Forest Preserve District acquired 20 acres at a cost of $1,500,000. An additional 6.5 acres were donated by the original owner. The Park District manages the entire park site and is responsible for the cost of developing the entire 102-acre parcel. To date, the Park District has spent $4,210,300 on development with additional expenditures on the horizon.

The first phase of the project, encompassing almost 56 acres, included four-lighted baseball/softball fields, two lighted basketball courts, a playground, a shelter, mass grading, drainage, walking trail, restroom, wetland detention area and a parking lot.

Phase II facilities, developed on the above acreage, included a 17,500 sq. ft. lighted skate park, four additional lighted ball diamonds, a lighted soccer field, a multipurpose playfield, two lighted tennis courts, and six lighted sand volleyball courts. A main access road connects the complex to Kirk Road, a major thoroughfare between Illinois Routes 64 and 38.

As funds become available in the future, the facility will be expanded. Conceptual development plans include expanded parking, a shelter, restrooms, trail system, dog park, picnic area, savannah restoration, and nine multipurpose athletic fields to be used for soccer, football, rugby, and lacrosse. The Park District also hopes to develop a fishing pond and walking trails on the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s portion of the property. The Forest Preserve’s portion of the site will be reforested and served by a separate parking lot.

The St. Charles Park Board, along with hundreds of residents, celebrated the Grand Opening of Phase I of the East Side Sports Complex on Saturday, June 1, 2002. The grand opening event was planned in cooperation with the St. Charles Boys’ Baseball Association and the Girls’ & Women’s Softball Association. People of all ages enjoyed an evening of picnicking, numerous giveaways, and baseball/softball games. Christopher Burke Engineering of St. Charles, G. A. Blocker Grading Contractor, Inc. of Oswego, and Wehler-Peterson & Associates, Ltd. of Batavia sponsored this event. The festivities began with a party “kick-off” picnic at 6 p.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. St. Charles high school student, Gabe Bauer, sung the national anthem prior to the start of four different baseball/softball games.

Retired baseball legends Jimmy Piersall, Bob Miller, and Paul Popovich signed autographs. Terry Donahue, a retired baseball star from the Peoria Redwings Women’s Baseball Team, was one of the several selected to throw out a first pitch that night. Spectators had chances to win several baseballs autographed by former Major League players as well as Park District gift certificates and Pepsi Cola Co. promotional items. There was also a special appearance by Ozzie, Kane County Cougars’ mascot.

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