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Softball and Bocce Ball Tournaments

Softball and Bocce Ball Tournaments

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It was a great day at VPD Bulger Park Fields and Bocce Ball Courts on a beautiful Sunday in August!

Clockwise: First Place Winners Co-Ed Mushball –Team "Replacements"
First Place Winners Co-Ed 16" – Team "Holes and Poles"
First Place Winners Men's 16" – Team "Moist"
Bocce Ball Tournament 1st place winners are Joe Cozzi and Eric Anderson. 2nd Place Bocce winners are Lou Napolitano and Giovani Rodia

1st Annual Salute to Warriors Softball Tournament

1st Annual Salute to Warriors Softball Tournament

On October 13, 2018 Veterans Park District held its 1st Annual Salute to Warriors Softball Tournament. Thirteen teams competed in the one-day event at Bulger Park in Melrose Park. Teams, guests and park district staff attended an afternoon Flag Ceremony led by Boy Scout Troop 4107. The Scouts presented the Colors of the Flag, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and ended the ceremony with a dedicated moment of silence in honor of the brave service men and women wounded in the line of duty.

Team "Holes and Poles" placed first in the tournament and team "Moist" placed second.
Veterans Park District donated all the team entry fees to the Wounded Warrior Project! Thank you to all the teams, sponsors and supporters involved in this year's tournament. We hope to see everyone back on the field next year!

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Left: First Place Winners – Team "Holes and Poles" / Right: Runner up – Team "Moist"

19th Annual Autumn Festival

19th Annual Autumn Festival

emptyVeterans Park District's annual Autumn Fest was held on Saturday, October 6 at Gouin Park in Franklin Park. Over 1,600 attendees were greeted at the welcome booth, where children received a free tote bag, taffy apple and one free pumpkin ticket. This community event offers something for the whole family, including pony rides, a petting zoo, a trackless train, touch-a-truck, car show, face-painting, crafts and a pumpkin patch. Our newest attraction, the Treat Walk, helped raise funds for our "Liberty Wheelchair Swing" at Gouin Park.

Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award

Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award

Veterans Park District was recently awarded the Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award for consistently exceeding industry standards by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. – International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants. Earning this award demonstrates that the aquatic facilities we operate consistently exceeded industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence. This award acknowledges Veterans Park District, Gouin Pool lifeguards and staff with consistently being afforded the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry.
International Aquatic Safety Awards are presented annually to participants in Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP) and are based on the results of multiple random unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety Audits throughout the year. These audits include undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards while they guard/monitor their Zone of Protection® areas, to accurately evaluate their professional diligence. Additionally, individual and team basic life support and rescue skills are evaluated, along with simulated emergencies that measure the effectiveness of established Emergency Action Plans. The audit concludes with administrative, supervisory and facility evaluations. Only clients scoring in the top 10% of the audit criteria receive this award. We are honored to receive such a prestigious safety award and especially proud of our Gouin Pool Lifeguards and staff.

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Veterans Honored at our Annual Veterans Day Observance

Veterans Honored at our Annual Veterans Day Observance

On Friday, November 9th, at Bulger Park, Veterans Park District held its Annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony. This is an important day to honor and express our appreciation to members of our military, past and present. The event was attended by community members, friends, employees, preschool students and our local veterans.

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Senior club Checks

Senior club Checks

Both Veterans Park District Grant Park Senior Club and Bulger Park Senior Club were presented with a $4,000 check by Executive Director Donna Peluso.

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Special Olympics Bocce Team

Special Olympics Bocce Team

Congratulations to the 2018 Veterans Park District Special Recreation Bocce team! 9 Bocce Athletes and 2 Unified Partners competed this season. The Bocce team brought home 21 medals, 9 Gold, 9 Silver, and 3 Bronze. Unified Doubles, Missy Broz and Tim Breslin, and Unified Doubles, Shelly Coleman and Bryonna Bryant, won Gold Medals as they competed in Unified Team Play. David Peters won a Gold Medal in Traditional Singles. Each of these athletes will advance to the Special Olympics Summer State Games at Bloomington/Normal in June of 2019.

Trinity Bryant, Samantha Johnson and Mario Zlatarski brought home Silver Medals in Tradition Singles, Doubles and Tradition Team Play. Tom Penton, Amy Costa and Ersilia Cesario each won a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal in Tradition Bocce Play. We had a wonderful competition, seeing and playing against old friends and new friends too.

VPD Special Olympic Bocce Team

New Gymnasium Floor at Grant Park

New Gymnasium Floor at Grant Park

Just in time for our annual Youth Basketball Leagues, the gym floor at Grant Park Recreation Center has been resurfaced and striped. The gym walls have been given a fresh coat of paint and as a safety measure we have added new rolling shutter doors for our storage area. Our morning walkers have been enjoying the new floor as they put in their daily steps.

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Carter Patton – Athletic Supervisor

Carter Patton – Athletic Supervisor

Carter PattonCarter Patton joined Veterans Park District as our new Athletic Supervisor in the beginning of August. His responsibilities include Youth and Adult Athletic Programming, Fitness Programming, the Youth Basketball League and Turf Rentals at the George A. Leoni Complex. Carter comes to Veterans Park District from the Frankfort Square Park District in Frankfort, Illinois where he was the Athletic Supervisor. While at the Frankfort Square Park District he oversaw the same program areas, including their Square Links Golf Course and Fitness Center. Carter previously worked for the Woodridge Park District, the Lisle Park District and the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department. Carter graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Sports Management from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Carter is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional issued by the National Recreation and Park Association. responsibilities include Day Camps, Special Events, Active Adults and Marketing. Greg's previous job titles include Summer Camp Director for the Park District of LaGrange, Recreation Assistant at the Westmont Park District, Building Supervisor for the Downers Grove Park District and Program Manager with the Park District of Franklin Park. He graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation from George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Greg is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional issued by the National Recreation and Park Association. His most recent accomplishment is presenting a session titled: Developing Teens into Young Professionals at the 2018 Soaring to New Heights Conference.

Tanzania Adams – Special Recreation Supervisor

Tanzania Adams – Special Recreation Supervisor

Tanzania AdamsTanzania Adams joined Veterans Park District's Special Recreation Department in November of 2017 as a Special Recreation Coordinator. Within less than a year, Tanzania was promoted to the position of Special Recreation Supervisor. Tanzania responsibilities include, overseeing Special Recreation programs, outings, day camp, PAEC After School Care, Special Olympics, department staff and policies. Tanzania earned a master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Southern Illinois University, she is a Certified Recreation Therapy Professional issued by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation. Tanzania stated she has enjoyed her time at Veterans Park District and is looking forward to all the creative possibilities for Special Recreation programming.

Calahan Torres Special Recreation Coordinator

Calahan Torres Special Recreation Coordinator

Calahan TorresCalahan Torres our new Special Recreation Coordinator, is responsible for Adult, Teen and Youth Special Recreation Programs. Calahan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Park, Tourism, and Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. His previous job was with Mosaic in Macomb where he worked within a group home for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Calahan stated that he chose the field of Special Recreation because he has always had a passion for helping others and loves bringing a smile to people's faces.

"Swing into Kindness" Fundraising

"Swing into Kindness" Fundraising

empty On August 19, Veterans Park District and the Leyden Alumni "Leydenettes" joined together to film a video for the installation of our new "Liberty Wheelchair Swing." Leyden High School Alumni, Nick Marnos and Albert Smart generously volunteered their time to film and edit the "Swing Into Kindness" promotional video.
In the video, Veterans Park District's Assistant Director of Recreation, Greg Stanczyk identified the installation site of the "Liberty Wheelchair Swing" at Gouin Park, and the importance of incorporating more inclusive features in playground designs. Deanna, Tony and their son Anthony Alfano were interviewed about what the motorized wheelchair swing means for their family and for other families in Veterans Park District. The Leydenettes Anastacia Fratto, Sylvia Borowska, and Danielle Dempsey closed out the video by promoting the "Swing Into Kindness" Fundraiser Event in September.
September 22, 2018 was the first cooperative fundraising event for the Swing Into Kindness Campaign. The event was held at the Underpass Restaurant and Lounge in Franklin Park. A large, enthusiastic crowd attended the fundraiser. The collaboration of the Alfano family and friends, the Leydenettes, Dave Guerin Underpass Restaurant Proprietor, Veterans Park District employees and all the attendees who donated that evening raised $16,322.00, exceeding the Leydenettes' fundraising goal! Construction for the "Liberty Wheelchair Swing" is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2019.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their donations and everyone who was involved in our fundraising events this year, especially the Underpass Restaurant for donating the food! For more information or if you want to donate towards the wheelchair swing, please go online at www.gofundme.com/swingintokindness.