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Coming Soon
The ‘Invincibelle Spirit’
These unique, pink Annabelle hydrangeas will be part of a special honorary bed planted at Proksa and the flowers will be available to purchase as donations.

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Welcome to the Berwyn Park District.

Please visit our Classes & Programs and Special Events pages to see the complete list of Park District programs and events.

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All Hallows EveAll Hallows Eve - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out for our All Hallows Eve event on Saturday. By all accounts, a good, scary time was had by all. Check our Facebook page for video and photos from the event.

Also thanks to our sponsors and volunteers!:

Premiere Sponsors
Berwyn Public Library
Clover’s Garden Center
Costco Wholesale
O’Brien the Cleaner, Inc

Bronze Sponsors
Adolf Funeral Home
Berwyn 708 mental health Board
Dr. Donald Swiatek, D,D,S.
Italian American Civic Organization of Berwyn
Kiwanis Club of Berwyn
Violet’s Flower Shop

InKind Sponsors
Berwyn Little League
Heartland Recycling
Waste Management
Diamond graphics
Evolution Studio
Buona Beef
Berwyn Fire Department
Berwyn Homeland  Security

Elyssa Villarreal
Miranda Villarreal
Vanessa Villarreal
Youth Crossroads, Inc
Morton West Service Club
Morton West College Bond Club

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Steppin' Out Social

Bring someone new and receive $2 off the next social!
The Steppin’ Out Social Program is held once a month on a Friday afternoon. Please join us for a hot buffet style lunch including dessert catered from different restaurants followed by a lively performance from a variety of entertainers. Participants rave about the food and enjoy the variety of entertainment that our socials offer. It’s a great way to spend a Friday afternoon with some wonderful people!

Participants must call Proksa 795-2892 or Freedom 788-1701 to register one week prior to each social so the catering order can be placed.

Day: Friday
Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm
Age: 40+
Location: Proksa Activity Center
Fee: $16 R/NR
Min: 10 Max: 75

Schedule of Fall 2014 Socials
Thanksgiving Feast  11/21/14
Happy Holidays 12/19/14

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Capturing it All

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Park District Youth License Plate

Get Licensed to Support Illinois Youth!

The sale and subsequent renewals of each plate generate $25 for the PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program, which funds youth programs in park and recreation agencies throughout Illinois. The goal of the PowerPlay! program is to increase the number of opportunities designed to show youth the lifelong benefits of fitness, health and nutrition.

Click here to download the Park District Youth License Plate form. For more information contact IAPD at 217-523-4554 or

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Marichis in the ParkThanks!

Mariachis in the Park
Thank you to everyone who attended this the successful event!

Steak Fry
Thank You Sponsors!
Proceeds supported the Berwyn Park District Scholarship Fund & the Kiwanis Club of Berwyn’s Eliminate Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus – Eliminate Project.

Steak FryThe Steak Fry would not have been such a success with the support of our local agencies, the dedication of our staff and volunteers, and the enthusiasm from our board. Thank you for your cooperation!

Able Printing Services, Inc
Culver’s - Berwyn
Paisans’ Pizzeria & Bar

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Energy Efficiency AwardBerwyn Park District Recognized for Energy Efficiency

Berwyn, Illinois, August 26, 2014 — The Berwyn Park District’s newly renovated Liberty Cultural Center was presented an award from the Illinois Energy Now and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for outstanding practice in energy efficiency. The Berwyn Park District was nominated for the award by the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center- Energy Assessment Program (SEDAC).

Read the entire Press Release here

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COFBack to School Carnival
Thank you!

On Sunday, August 17, an estimated 2,000 people visited Proksa Park and met their teachers, received school supplies, gained information from local resources, enjoyed lunch off the grill, and enjoyed children’s activities.

Some highlights were:

  • 30 local agencies participated in this year’s Back to School Carnival
  • Life Source collected collecting 19 donations which helped save 57 lives

This could not have been possible without your dedication. We exceeded the expectations of our residents.

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Berwyn CARES
South Berwyn Education Foundation
South Berwyn School District 100
Brookfield Zoo
MacNeal Hospital
Kiwanis Club of Berwyn
Life Source
Waste Management
34th Street Dental Care
Afrodita’s Hair Salon
Alpha Pain & Wellness Center
Berwyn Fire Department
Berwyn Public Library
Boy Scouts of America
The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn
The Children’s Clinic
CORE Learning Center
Daniel Gasse School of Music
Fast Tracks Tutoring
Illinois State Treasurer
Jackson Hewitt
Kaleidoscope Kids Learning Academy
Morton High School
New York Life
Peggy Rose Academy of Dance
Pershing PTA
Rock University (The Wire)
Total Life Chiropractic
Tutorina Latina
West Suburban Special Recreation Association
Wonder Works Children’s Museum
Youth Crossroads

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The Moving Wall
The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for almost thirty years.

The Wall has come and gone. We hope you had a chance to come see it while it was here. Check out the media coverage below.

Read the full ABC-7 article here.


CBS Chicago also covered the Wall's arrival in Berwyn. Read/listen here.

Check out The Moving Wall website for more info and to make a donation.

Inquiries may be directed to Reba Wachal at 708.788.1701 or Hillary Fulara at 708.795.2892

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Dear Residents,

The Berwyn Park District’s mission is “to enrich the quality of life of the community by providing superior parks, facilities and recreational services in a fiscally responsible manner.”

To meet our mission the District works diligently to control costs and to seek alternative revenues such as grants and fundraising, and to reduce its dependence on local property taxes.

BrokenThe District has applied for and received grants including most recently one from the State of Illinois to purchase Recycling Containers which were placed throughout all the parks.

Unfortunately, two of the containers have disappeared. One from Smirz Park, 3410 S. Highland, and the other one from Mraz Park 23rd & Oak Park Ave.

There has also been a recent issue in graffiti and vandalism to Park District facilities including signs, playground equipment and buildings. While we contract with the Berwyn Police Department to patrol our parks, the police can not be everywhere all the time.

We are asking for your partnership to help us minimize these types of negative events and maximize the positive use of Park District resources. The cost of repairs, replacement and graffiti removal can add up to be thousands of dollars, which causes the Park District to relocate additional resources. These resources come from increased taxes and higher program fees.

We are asking that if you see acts of vandalism, call the Berwyn Police at 911. You can also report vandalism by calling the Berwyn Park District at 708.788.1701.

Together we can reduce the costs of vandalism and keep your parks beautiful and enjoyable. The Park District will prosecute and seek restitution for vandalism regardless of age. If you have additional thoughts or suggestions on how to help reduce vandalism, please contact Executive Director Jeffery S. Janda at 708.788.1701 or

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

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Invisibelle Spirit Finding a Cure, One Plant at a Time
The unique pink Annabelle hydrangea will be the focal point of a special shrub bed planted at Proksa Park this spring, honoring everyone who has been touched or affected by cancer. The color and bed layout will call special attention to breast cancer, as well as honoring all those who have battled cancer in one form or another.

Make your donation today by selecting an option below.

More: Download the flyer/donation form  |  More info >

Donate Online Donate via Form

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Karban ParkInterested in using our new dog park?
Our new Karban Dog Park provides the opportunity for unstructured play and specific forms of dog training. It also allows for interaction between dogs and owners that is not possible when dogs remain leashed, playing Frisbee or “fetch”, and socializing with other dogs. Click here to learn more about Karban Park.

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Karban ParkGet a Karban Dog Park Personalized Brick!
Immortalize a beloved pet with a personalized brick that will be placed at Karban Dog Park for every person & dog to see!

Purchase your memorial brick now at Freedom Park Administration Office 3701 Scoville Avenue Berwyn, IL 60402

Download the form here.

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Edward A. Karasek Park
Karasek Park is located at the southeast corner of Windsor and Kenilworth Avenue. It beautifies a location that previously served as a Laundromat, ice cream shop, and even a Ribbon Cuttingdry cleaners before a fire caused the property to be razed and sit vacant and unsightly for a number of years. The new park fulfills a long term goal of the City of Berwyn to create open land park space in the Historic Depot District commercial corridor.

See the photos here.

The Berwyn Park District entered into a 99 year lease agreement with the City of Berwyn to help develop, maintain, and manage the park site which offers a tranquil, passive environment for patrons and residents alike to rest, relax and enjoy a treat or meal while taking in this newly landscaped parcel of green space. As part of the partnership this parcel of land , which had contained underground leaking fuel tanks was remediate to remove the tanks and all contaminated soil. Clean soil and sod were then installed to provide for settling before the current development was undertaken.

Karasek Park exemplifies the commitment of the Berwyn Park District and City of Berwyn, through partnership, to consistently exceed the expectations of residents. As Karasek Park continues to grow, Where Park Meets City is embodied through its integration into the Historic Depot District.

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Citywide Event Calendar
The Berwyn Park District is in collaboration with the City of Berwyn, the South Berwyn School District 100, and all the other participating agencies to help provide a comprehensive calendar of events for all of Berwyn.

Click here to see this new and extremely informative calendar.

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Nothing Hurts a Good Program More...
than everyone waiting until the last minute to register. If the minimum registration has not been met the week before the class is scheduled to begin, the program will be cancelled. Occasionally, we will extend the start date to allow more people to sign up and avoid canceling the class.

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Do you have a knack for cooking? Or do you have the best flower arrangement on the block? The Berwyn Park District is looking for people with special talents or skills who would like to lead a workshop/seminar and teach others. If you are interested, please contact Hillary Fulara, Recreation Programmer at 708.795.2892.

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Needs Assessment
Click to download the plan (pdf)
Click to download the 2008 Needs Assessment (pdf)

Dear Residents:
On May 27, 2009, the Berwyn Park District Board of Commissioners adopted the Berwyn Park District Long Range Plan. This plan, which is designed to guide the park district in its continual development and operations over the next five years, is a product of the 2007 Needs Assessment, planning sessions, and the hard work of community, elected, and professional staff members of the park district.

The long-range plan is designed to be updated annually and developed and refined a series of goal-related action items related to Programs and Services, Parks and Open Space, Facilities, and Team/Organization Development. A copy of the Berwyn Park District Long Range Plan is attached for your information.

Sincerely Yours,

Jeffrey S. Janda, CPRP
Executive Director

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