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Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony at VPDEach year, Veterans Park District is honored to show its appreciation to members of our armed forced, past and present, by hosting a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony. This year, with limits on social gatherings and in the interest of keeping everyone safe, VPD opted for a simple outdoor ceremony to honor our veterans.

On November 6th, members of American Legion Franklin Park Post #974 took the lead in performing a laying of the wreath ceremony around the flagpole at Bulger Park. VPD is making plans to hold a ceremony at the end of May 2021 to honor both Veterans Day and Memorial Day. More information will be available soon.



Special Olympics

Special Olympics practices and sports were once again available on an exceedingly small scale. Veterans Park District is the host site for Bocce. Each year we have a large gathering of Bocce Athletes that qualifies Gold Medal winners for state games. This year, Special Olympics offered Bocce Skills as a fun alternative to our qualifier. Each athlete played on their own court with their own set of Bocce balls. Veterans Park District offered Bocce, Bowling, Floor Hockey, and Snowshoeing. All the competitions were cancelled including State Games; however, we enjoyed the social aspect and health benefits practices afforded the athletes. We are all hoping for a return to more sports being offered and the thrill of competitions again.

Denise Knox Memorial Garden

emptyThe Denise Knox Memorial Garden has been established to honor the late Denise Knox, who served as Veterans Park District President of the Board of Commissioners from 2003-2017. Denise passed away in June of 2019. The garden is located in front of the Grant Park Recreation Center at 44 W. Golfview Drive, Northlake.

Senior Club Check Presentations

Grant Park Senior Club receives a check from Executive Director Bill Otte This fall, Veterans Park District Executive Director Bill Otte presented both the Grant Park Senior Club and the Bulger Park Senior Club with a check for $4000 on behalf of the Veterans Park District Board of Commissioners.

Food & Toy Drive Donation

Executive Director Bill Otte receives donation for the Food and Toy Drive from Home Depot team representativesNorthlake Home Depot donates a generous $500 sto Veterans Park District Food & Toy Drive! Thank you, Team Home Depot.

VPD Improvements

Bataan Park, in Melrose Park will begin improvements in Spring 2021. Also coming in Spring 2021 to Grant Park, Northlake will be a new Splash Pad along with additional playground improvements, made possible by a partnership with the Village of Northlake.