Wood Dale Park District celebrates 50th anniversary

  • For 50 years, Wood Dale Park District has been giving kids a place to play -- like these kids in November 1975.

    For 50 years, Wood Dale Park District has been giving kids a place to play -- like these kids in November 1975. Courtesy of Wood Dale Park District

  • Wood Dale Park District's Rec Center is one of 16 park sites developed since the district's founding in 1967.

    Wood Dale Park District's Rec Center is one of 16 park sites developed since the district's founding in 1967. Courtesy Wood Dale Park District

  • Recreational programs have been a staple of the Wood Dale Park District throughout its history. These kids took part in a youth program in May 1978.

    Recreational programs have been a staple of the Wood Dale Park District throughout its history. These kids took part in a youth program in May 1978. Courtesy Wood Dale Park District

 
By Wendy Bondi
Wood Dale Park District
Posted11/7/2017 1:00 PM

Wood Dale Park District will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a free party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Recreation Complex, 111 E. Foster Ave.

The bash will include a DJ, games for kids, giveaways and cupcakes.

 

Organizers says the year the district formed -- 1967 -- was an eventful one. The U.S. was at war in Vietnam. The Doors released the debut album "Light My Fire." The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opened at Disneyland in California. The average price of a new house was $14,425 and a gallon of milk was only $1.15.

Since then, the park district has grown to feature 16 park sites that include a water park, nature center, rec complex, golf course and a dog park, all with a vision to "create positive memories and endless opportunities for the community."

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