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Summer 2018 Closures

Labor Day

Administration and Maintenance Offices, Alice Wright Early Childhood Center, and Kids Korner will be closed Monday, September 3. The LIFE Community Center will be closed September 1-3.

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From the Director’s Desk

The mission of the Carbondale Park District is to enrich the quality of community life through the diversity of healthy leisure pursuits and to the heighten appreciation of our natural world.
As spring passes and summer comes into view, I think about how our community, too, is changing. Much of the storm has passed, we weathered it together, and now we must all walk towards the sunshine. We each have the opportunity to help rebuild the community that we want to see, and it starts with a single step in the right direction.
We are fortunate to live in such a naturally rich area. In addition to our beautiful parks and other outdoor areas, we have amazing, talented community members of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. We really can be the change we want to see.
I encourage you to join and support community groups that share a mission that you want to further; I encourage you to be a positive force in the life of others; I encourage you to be an ambassador for Carbondale and SIUC; and I encourage you to hold our leaders to the same standard.
— Kathy Renfro, Executive Director

Carbondale Park District Tree Memorials
The Carbondale Park District Tree Memorial Program was established by the Carbondale Park District to allow a friend or loved one to be honored and remembered in a very special way – a living, growing tree. A tree will be planted on Park District property and the family notified. A permanent record will be kept of the donor, the honoree, and the  site of the planting. The Park District will maintain the trees.
Tree Memorial application forms are available at the LIFE Center. For more information, call 549-4222. A minimum donation of $100.00 is required.
Gifts may also be made to the Park District’s general beautification programs.

Who Qualifies to pay the Resident Fees?
The Resident fee is determined by your home address and whether or not you reside within the Carbondale Park District taxing area. Basically, you need to reside (live) within the Carbondale City limits. To prove residency you must present a current (unexpired) photo ID and proof of Carbondale address. Examples are: a recent piece of mail addressed to you (not junk mail), a bill in your name, or your property tax bill. Residency can be established at the LIFE Community Center.

Minimum/Maximum Participation Policy
Program fees are based on a minimum number of participants signing up. The minimum number of enrollees is necessary to cover the cost of offering the program. If less than the minimum number of participants required are enrolled at the registration deadline, the Carbondale Park District reserves the right to cancel that program. Those enrolled will be notified of the cancellation and will receive a full refund by mail. The maximum number of participants is determined based on safety, facility limitations, and quality assurance.

Program Cancellation Refund
When a program is canceled by the Carbondale Park District, for any reason, a 100% program registration fee refund will be issued to each canceled program registrant.

Refund Policy
A 100% program registration fee refund will be issued only if a request for a refund is made no less than three business days prior to the start of the program. A 50% program registration fee refund will be issued only if a written request for a refund is received prior to the second scheduled meeting of the program. There will be no program registration fee refunds given after the second scheduled meeting of the program except as defined under Medical Refund Requests.

Medical Refund Request
A pro-rated program registration fee refund will be issued based upon the number of sessions remaining in the program only if a written request accompanied with medical documentation has been received identifying a medical problem which prohibits the individual’s continued program participation. Such written request for a refund due to medical reasons must be received within three business days following the completion of the last scheduled meeting of the program.
No refunds will be given thereafter.

Insurance
The Carbondale Park District assumes no responsibility for injuries or accidents occurring at programs or activities. It does not carry medical or loss of personal property insurance for program participants – the cost would make program fees prohibitive. It is advisable to review your own personal insurance plan to be certain that you and your family have proper coverage.

Leisure Is For Everyone (LIFE)
The Carbondale Park District will make every attempt to facilitate inclusion of individuals with special needs into all of our programs and activities.
Inclusion within the Carbondale Park District means individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in the same recreation programs and activities as their peers. Reasonable accommodations are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program.
If you have questions about inclusion, please call 549-4222 to speak with the Recreation Coordinator.

Contact Information

Park District Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center
Reservations, Registrations, Pool
2500 W. Sunset Dr
Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park
P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale
625 S. Lewis Lane
(618) 490-1073

Hickory Ridge Golf Center
2727 W. Glenn Rd
Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration
1115 W. Sycamore
Carbondale
(618) 529-4147

Park Operations & Maintenance Office
108 N. Williams
Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center
2500 W. Sunset Dr
Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner After School & Summer Programs
101 N. Glenview
Carbondale
(618) 457-7356

 


Board of Commissioners
Carl Flowers
President

Lawrence Erickson
Vice-President

Harvey Welch
Interim Secretary 

Zenetta Coleman
Treasurer

Kathy Hollister
Commissioner

 


Administrative Staff
Kathy Renfro
Executive Director/Board Secretary

Leanor Lewis
Administrative Assistant

Ed Robinson
Park Superintendent

Michael Day
Clubhouse Manager/Golf Pro

Michael Green
Golf Course Superintendent

Jane Childers
Superintendent of Recreation

Erin Dickson
Recreation Coordinator

Stephanie Reece-Palermo
Aquatics Coordinator

Debbie Keller
Alice Wright Early Childhood Center Director

Katy Burns
Kids Korner Director

Contact us

Park District

P.O. Box 1326,
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park

P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL
Located at: 625 S. Lewis Lane

Hickory Ridge Golf Center

2727 W. Glenn Rd, Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration

1115 W. Sycamore, Carbondale
(618) 529-4147

Park Operations & Maintenance Office

108 N. Williams, Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner

101 N. Glenview, Carbondale
(618) 457-7356
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