New Long Grove Resident to the Rescue

…The shingles were falling like leaves in a late fall rainstorm.

That was the situation last winter for the Long Grove Park District’s equipment garage at Reed-Turner Woodland. The District recognized that a new roof was essential to protect the structural integrity of the garage and its contents.  The question was how to fund the repairs.  We decided to include the garage roof as one of our “wish list” items in our annual December donation request letter to the community.

Peter Czaja

Peter Czaja

As everyone wishes, Santa actually arrived – in the form of Peter Czaja, a new resident of Long Grove.




Peter, the owner of WMRoofing and Construction in Rivergrove, called the Park District office just before Christmas and asked if we still needed a new roof.  We of course said yes.  He offered to donate one to the Park District.   Peter says “I believe in giving back to the community and this is something that I can do.”

So, on a beautiful spring day with the wildflowers in bloom, the Woodland was filled with some unusual

New roof underway.

New roof underway.

sounds of hammers and staple guns as Peter’s crew removed and replaced the garage roof with new shingles selected to both blend in with the roof of the adjacent Nature Center and to last a looong time!

With the roof done by the end of the day, Long Grove Park District President Jane Wittig was very happy as she thanks Peter for the excellent work.

Peter + Jane + Roof

Park District President thanks Peter for the great work



Let it Flow – Unjamming Logjams

Longview Meadow

The Park District received a Lake County Stormwater Management Commission matching grant for 2016. Essentially, the grant deals with rain.  When it rains where does the water go? Much of it runs off your yard and driveway into ditches and culverts and then into a stream such as Indian Creek.  This and the other streams in the Long Grove area empty into the Des Plaines River and, after a long journey, reach the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.   Sometimes this journey faces obstacles such as the 21 logjams currently impeding the flow of Indian Creek across the Long Grove Park District’s 57 acre Long View Meadow wildlife habitat area at the corner of Rts. 22 and 83. Long View Meadow is a significant migrating bird site.  Over 160 species of birds have been spotted there in the last year.

Read more about the effects of these logjams on the habitat.


Santa Came and the Visitors Brought Gifts

Santa+2 KidsWhile Santa listened to the Wish Lists of his many visitors, the visitors also brought  gifts for those who might otherwise be missed on Christmas.  As the families streamed in, the stack of gifts under the tree for the needy grew steadily.  All of the toys have been delivered to Toys for Tots for distribution in the area.


The Park District thanks all of our guests for their generosity.  While we ask for “an unwrapped toy” (singular), many of the guests brought bags of toys.

Image of Christmas Tree with Donated Gifts

Giving Tree

As Santa left, he said that he looks forward to his next stop at Reed-Turner in December of 2016. Check the web site as Christmas approaches for the exact date and time. We hope both our regular visitors and newcomers will join the fun.


From Sticks to Scarecrows – the Winners

The Winners of the Long Grove Park District’s Scarecrow Creation Contest

A bit of chaos was the norm at the Long Grove Park District’s annual Scarecrow Creation event on October 10 as more than 75 people, from toddlers to grandparents, designed and crafted scarecrows.  Starting with “skeletons” and “heads” provided by the Park District, the families stuffed, drew, glued, pinned, and stapled until their creation took life in front of them.  The families then took their creation home to brighten up their Halloween season decor.


  • Kangail family – Colorful Fall Fashion

 Photo - of Kangail family with scarecrow

  • Leopoldi–Nichols family – Mustache to Remember

Photo Leopoldi-Nichols family with scarecrow

  • Kadens family – The Black Hat

Photo Kadens family with scarecrow

  • Costabile family – Lady in Blue

Photo Costabile family with scarecrow

  • Kassulat family – Hockey Anyone?

Photo Kassulat family with scarecrow

  • Mower family – Remembering Grandpa

PPhoto - Mower family with scarecrow

Congratulations to all of the winners – and thanks to all of the entrants for making the event a fun day for everyone.

Special thanks to Whole Foods of Kildeer, which graciously provided refreshments and prize winners’ gift bags.




Butterfly Garden Officially Opens August 15 – Join Us

Join us for opening day activities of this Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Image of monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterfly


Girl Scout Erin McDermott has designed, planned, and installed a butterfly garden and sitting area at the Reed-Turner Nature Center.  She worked with Reed-Turner Steward Sarah Schultz on plant selection and design and volunteer Mike Lawler on bench building.

Opening Day Program

On Saturday, August 15 starting at 1:00
  • Ribbon cutting at the garden
  • Presentation about the garden
  • Screening of “The Incredible Journey of the Butterfly”
  • Refreshments and crafts for the younger set

Bring your family to this interesting and educational event – and come back often to observe the butterflies at work.


Welcome to the LGPD Website

The Long Grove Park District seeks to enhance and preserve the quality of life and the environment and to acquire and protect our natural lands for the benefit of our present and future residents.

Welcome to the Long Grove Park District website


Birds, Arts, Crafts, and Great Volunteers

All came together at “For the Birds” weekend

The Long Grove Park District’s annual For the Birds weekend on April 18-19 was a great success.  Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the bird walks, live bird demonstrations, and bid on the birdhouses and bird art donated for the silent auction.  The weekend was capped off by a reception honoring three of the Park District’s longest serving volunteers.

image of volunteer awardeesLeft to right: Harvey Lease, Marie Borg (accepting for Bob Borg), and Lee Bassett

The combined service of Bob Borg, Lee Bassett, and Harvey Lease totals more than 75 years.  Their contributions incuded terms as Park District Commissioners; President of the Board of Commissioners; supervising Eagle Scout projects; building facilities, bridges, and trails; maintaining the 85 year old Nature Center; and spending thousands of hours in the hands-on battle to eradicate invasive plant species from Park District property throughout the Village. Their spirit and dedication to volunteerism was praised by both current and past Village Presidents, Angie Underwood and Maria Rodriguez.  Both Presidents noted that these three individuals exemplifed the spirit of Long Grove and that their volunteer efforts extended to other organizations as well as roles on Village committees.

Jane Wittig, President of the Park District, presented each of the honorees with plaques naming them as Volunteer Extraordinare and (in recognition of their invasive removal work), “Teasel Master”.  Each also received a gold star lapel pin as a Park District Gold Star Volunteer.   Marie Borg accepted the award for her late husband.


The weekend also included a Birdhouse and Bird Art contest for those who created and donated a birdhouse (or bird-themed art) to the silent auction.  The entrants included numerous high quality items.  The winners:

  • Birdhouse- “Reed-Turner Trading Post” – Rory Christiansen, Long Grove
  • Bird Art- “Robin Berry” – Donna Blunt (a repeat winner!), Long Grove
  • Birdhouse Honorable Mention – “Millhouse Home” – Brad Williams, Hawthorn Woods
  • In the youth division, birdhouse winners were a pair of sisters from Mundelein
    • Creative design- “Birdsong Tree House” – Chloe Riffer
    • Environmentally friendly – “Repurposed Home for the Eco-Conscious Bird Family” – Kaylee Riffer
image- winning bird house

Birdhouse Grand Prize – Rory Christiansen, Long Grove

image of winning bird art

Grand Prize – Bird Art – Donna Blunt, Long Grove













On behalf of the Park District, Jane Wittig extended a thank you to the volunteers who helped make the weekend a success and to Chick-fil-A of Kildeer which donated refreshments, gift cards, and gifts for the kids’ crafts activities.

The Long Grove Park District is a non-taxing organization that relies heavily on volunteer effort and donations to operate and maintain its facilities and programs.