Bolingbrook Park District Timeline

1970's

1970 Park District created by successful referendum. First building was a white farmhouse.
1972 Passed $2.2 million referendum for land acquisition and development.
1974 Site for Deatherage Drdak Center acquired. Facility constructed with volunteer labor.
1975 Acquired Winston Woods - a 42 acre Woodland ($315,000 grant).
1976 Bolingbrook Athletic Council (BAC) formed to coordinate field use and recommend improvements.
1978 Bolingbrook Health & Racquet Club opens.
1979     Joliet-Bolingbrook Special Recreation Association formed.

1980's 

1980 Park District receives National Gold Medal Award as Best in Nation.
1980 $3.4 million referendum for park improvements passes.
1981 Boughton Ridge Golf Course opens.
1982 Bolingbrook Aquatic Center opens first indoor wave pool in the United States.
1986 Over 600 recreational, cultural and self improvement programs offered annually by the Park District.
1988     Hidden Lakes was acquired with the aid of Corlands. Site was eventually purchased in 1990 ($299,500 grant).

1990's

1990 Satisfaction guarantee adopted for recreation programs.
1991 Cherrywood Park rededicated as Lions Park.
1991 Remington Lakes Park site donated to district by William Gahlberg Association ($198,700 grant).
1992 Bolingbrook Trojan Football National Champions
1994 Earned Elite Bronze Award for Lifeguarding from Ellis and Associates.
1994 Bolingbrook Trojan Football National Champions
1994 Heritage Park opened.
1994 Successful $13.5 million referendum for a Recreation Center/Aquatic Complex.
1994 DuPage River Greenway opened ($149,100 grant).
1994 Indian Chase Meadows earns IL Department of Natural Resources first ever Outstanding Park Design Award.
1996     Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex opened.
1996 Pelican Harbor Outdoor Aquatic Park opened.
1998 Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park earned Ellis and Associates Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award.
1998 Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park earned National Recreation and Park Association's National Excellence in Aquatics Award. 
1998 Park District awarded IPRA/IAPD Distinguished Agency Certification.
1999 Grand opening of remodeled and expanded Annerino Community Center.
1999 Earned 2nd National Gold Medal Award as Best in Nation.
1999 Earned National Recreation and Park Association KUDO's Award as Best Overall Communicator.
1999 Block Party Package earned Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Most Outstanding Ongoing Program Award.
1999 Lily Cache Greenway opened ($200,000 grant).

2000's

2000     ComEd Greenway opened ($400,000 grant).
2000 Little League International Best Safety Award presented to Bolingbrook Associated Little League.
2000 Annerino Community Center earned Illinois Park and Recreation Association Outstanding Facility Renovation Award.
2000Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting
2001 Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park expanded with five new attractions. 
2001 Earned National Recreation and Park Association KUDO's Award as Best Overall Communicator for third year in a row.
2001 Earned National Recreation and Park Association's Best Benefits Award for the 2nd time.
2001 Pelican Harbor Outdoor Aquatic Park earns Illinois Park and Recreation Association's Outstanding Facility Award.
2001 Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the second consecutive year.
2002 Lily Cache Sports Fields opened with six (four lighted) soccer fields.
2002 Bolingbrook Park District Board of Commissioners earns South Suburban Park and Recreation Professional Association's first ever Distinguished Park Board Award. 
2002Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the third consecutive year.
2003 Completed new buildings and grounds facility.
2003 Earned National Recreation and Park Association KUDO's Award as Best Overall Communicator for fourth year in a row.
2003 Earned American Park and Recreation Society's Healthy Community Award for teh second year in a row.
2003 Earned National Recreation and Park Association KUDO's Award for Best Web Site.
2003 Completed construction of Bolingbrook's first skate park at Indian Boundary Park.
2003 Took a leading role in initiating a Community Character Counts! Coalition.
2003 Earned the 2003 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in New Web & Intranet Sites.
2003 Earned the Government Finance Officer's Association Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for the second consecutive year.
2003Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fourth consecutive year 
2004 Rededicated Indian Boundary Park. The park's expansion included Bolingbrook's first skate park.
2004 Illinois Park and Recreation Association awarded Bolingbrook Park District Danceforce and Power Dance Project with its Outstanding Program Award.
2004 Successful $15 million referendum to fund land acquisition and park improvements throughout Bolingbrook.
2004 Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park named as "first of four that floats to the top" by Chicago Magazine.
2004 Bolingbrook Park District re-certified as an Illinois Distinguished Agency by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts.
2004Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fifth consecutive year. 
2005 Unveiled two 25-foot portable climbing walls to be added to the Block Party Package. The addition was made possible with the generous support of Vulcan Materials.
2005 Unveiled the innovative Bloomfield Oasis Playground complete with artificial palm trees, Adirondack chair and a pelican statue.
2005 Pelican Harbor Indoor Aquatic Park was renovated with new attractions, state-of-the-art Menerga HVAC system to improve air quality, and other upgrades.
2005 Completed construction of Bolingbrook's second skate park-Central Park Skate Plaza.
2005 Joliet-Bolingbrook Special Recreation Association entered an intergovernmental agreement with Plainfield Park District for programs to be held in both communities for individuals with special needs.
2005 Recognized as one of four finalists for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park Management, Facilities and Programs.
2005 Earned the National Park and Recreation Association's KUDO's Award as the Nations Best Overall Communicator for an unprecedented 7th year.
2005 Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the sixth consecutive year.
2006 Recognized as one of four finalists for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park Management, Facilities and Programs.
2006Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the seventh consecutive year. 
2007Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the eighth consecutive year. 
2008 Grand opening of Ashbury's at Boughton Ridge, the new clubhouse at Boughton Ridge Golf Course.
2008Received the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting for the ninth consecutive year.  
2009 Grand opening of Hidden Oaks Nature Center, a Platinum LEED Certified facility.
2009 REACH (Recreation Enhances a Child's Health) Extended Care Program created through a cooperative agreement with Valley View School District 365U.

2010's

2010     Denim for Dollars HERO (Help Enrich Recreational Opportunities) program was launched to help support financial aid.
2010 Bolingbrook Park District's Facebook page launched.
2010 Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for ninth year.
2010 Received $50,000 Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to renovate Remington Lakes Sports Complex restrooms.
2010 Hidden Lakes Learning Center was raised and removed.
2011 Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for tenth year.  
2011 WiFi installed at Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex, Pelican Harbor, Deatherage Drdak Center, and Building and Grounds Facility.
2011 Received a $300,000 grant from Illinois Department of Natural Resources for improvements to James S. Boan Woods and the other areas within Hidden Oaks Conservation Area.
2011 Dedicated James S. Boan Woods.
2012 Received Frank Lloyd Wright Award from the American Institute of Architects for Hidden Oaks Nature Center unique design.
2012 DanceForce received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Outstanding Program Award.
2012 DanceForce parent Association received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Community Service Award.
2012Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 11th consecutive year.   
2013 Held Launch event for Lily Cache Special Recreation Association on February 7 with over 250 participants, family members, and officials from Bolingbrook and Plainfield in attendance.  
2013 In conjunction with the VFW, the World War II Memorial was completed and dedicated on Memorial Day Weekend.
2013 Launched new Bolingbrook Park District Website on July 18.
2013 Completed the Strategic Plan for the next 5 years of operations.
2013 Received Aa2 Bond Rating from Moody’s (the 2nd such bond rating in 2013).
2013 Restructured the 2004 and 2007 bond series with $4.5 million in new monies for capital projects.
2013Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 12th consecutive year. 
2014 Completed renovation of the Imagination Station room at BRAC, converting to a multi-use recreation room with storage for early childhood, dance, tumbling, and yoga classes. 
2014    Completed renovation of the spa at the Annerino Community Center, converting it to office space for LCSRA.
2014 Completed and approved the update and legal review of the Bolingbrook Park District Full and Part Time Personnel Policy Manuals. 
2014 Held the first Winterfest in conjunction with the Fountaindale Public Library out.
2014 Bolingbrook Park District’s Website was recognized as a 2014 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence winner. 
2014 Completed the renovation of LifeStyles II at the Annerino Community Center.
2014 The Board and Staff of Bolingbrook Park District was honored and thrilled to be the recipient of the 2014 Business of the Year Award from the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce at the annual Best of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) Award ceremony on March 28. 
2014 The Deathridge /Drdak Center was closed to the public due to rising costs of ADA and capital replacements.  LCSRA staff was relocated to Annerino Community Center and other staff relocated to BRAC.  
2014 Bolingbrook Park District received $29,905 in grant money from Illinois Energy Now for the installation of six variable speed pool pumps at Pelican Harbor Indoor and Outdoor Aquatic Parks.
2014 The Foundation for Bolingbrook Parks is formed.
2014    Bolingbrook Park District was notified of receiving grants totaling $65,000. The first is a $25,000 grant for the installation of hot water Boilers at BRAC and ACC and the second was a $40,000 grant for the BRAC parking lot project.
2014 Bolingbrook Park District received official notification of receiving the Distinguished, Accredited Parks and Recreation Agency through IAPD and IPRA. This was a culmination of a 15 month accreditation process and agency audit in legal, administration, business and human resources, parks and facilities, and recreation.
2014Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 13th consecutive year. 
2015 Development of the District’s Long Range Facility Plan for Annerino Community Center, Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex, Pelican Harbor, Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Ashbury’s was completed and presented.
2015 Parkie’s Oasis, the new Spray Playground at Pelican Harbor, was completed and was officially dedicated on opening day, May 23rd.
2015 Indian Boundary Park saw the completion of a regulation size, lighted cricket field. The project includes a cricket pitch, scoreboard, lighting, tree removal and lawn improvements.
2015 Veterans Park now has a red, white, and blue themed playground, baseball backstop, landscaping and a patio with benches, picnic table and shade canopy in the northwest corner of the property.
2015 Bolingbrook Park District launched an Instagram page (@bolingbrookparkdistrict).
2015 Bolingbrook Park District receives an impressive 99.5% rating and 5-year accreditation in PDRMA's Loss Control Review, which is a comprehensive assessment and education assessment designed to measure risk management. 
2015Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 14th consecutive year. 
2016 The Community Garden plots will soon be the home to new raised beds. Lowe’s “Hero’s” program believes in helping to transform the communities in which their stores are located. Lowe’s selected the Bolingbrook Park District’s Community Gardens as their project for this year. They will provide $2,500 worth of materials and volunteer labor to build as many raised beds as possible.
2016 Permanent eight foot tall chain link outfield fencing was installed on both softball fields at Remington Lakes Sport Complex.
2016 KemperSports was approved to manage the operations of Boughton Ridge Golf Course and Ashbury’s.
2016Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 15th consecutive year.  
2017Replaced the playgrounds at Lions, Rotary, and Wipfler Parks 
2017 Held the first annual Fall Fest community event, replacing Summers Last Blast 
2017Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 16th consecutive year.   
2018Replaced the playground at Blackhawk Pond 
2018Completed the Annerino Community Center renovation, creating Human Resources offices 
2018Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 17th consecutive year.
 2018 Successful $14 million referendum for 21 playground replacements, BRAC renovation, Pelican Harbor Island development, pathway connection, and capital improvements.  
2019 

Received the 2018 IPRA Exceptional Workplace Award, recognizing our commitment to overall health and wellness of staff.

2019Received notice of award of a $400,000 OSLAD (matching) grant form the Department of Natural Resources for the development of Century Park 
2019  Completed playground renovations at Lily Cache Greenway, Poplar, Heritage, and Jaycee Parks 
2019Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for 18th consecutive year. 
2020Bolingbrook Park District celebrates its 50th Anniversary  
2020 Completed the Pelican Harbor Island and Bolingbrook Recreation & Aquatic Complex renovations 
2020Bolingbrook Park District received the APEX Award of Excellence Winner in the Social Media-Facebook Sites category 
2020 Lily Cache Special Recreation Association (LCSRA) leaves Bolingbrook Park District in a merger with Northern Will Country Special Recreation Association (NWCSRA) 
2020 The Recreation & Facilities Leadership Team and Supervisor Staff completed the development of the R&F Comprehensive Plan 
2020 Completed playground renovations at Remington Lakes Sports Complex, Central Park, Indian Chase Meadows, Indian Boundary Park, and River Bend Park 
2020Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 19th consecutive year