Parks & Recreation

For a look at our living, growing and flourishing natural history, head outdoors to the Morton Arboretum, on Route 53, just north of I-88.  Open 365 days a year, the arboretum is worth at least one visit during every season of the year.

Established in 1922 by Joy Morton (1855-1934), the owner of Morton Salt Company, the 1,700 acre botanical garden and world-renowned research facility showcases a large variety of plant collections and natural areas – including oak woodlands, wetlands, maple and elm collections, and restored native prairie.  Whether you’re hiking the arboretum’s 14 miles of trails, touring the display gardens, marveling at century-old oaks, watching the leaves change, enrolling in a class or enjoying a family activity – you’re sure to come away with treasured memories and an expanded knowledge of the plant world.

In November, the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the Turkey Trot Tune-Up 5K Run/Walk which is held on the 5K course in Community Park.

The Lisle Park District ensures that you and your family will have loads of opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation.  The Park District takes pride in the quality, variety and maintenance of its 42 parks and facilities.  It oversees more than 500 acres of land, including the 100 acre Community Park.

The park (1825 Short Street) is home to VanKampen Stage outdoor amphitheater, pond fishing, sledding hills, 2.2 winding miles of paved trails and the award-winning Sea Lion Aquatic Park.

The Sea Lion Aquatic Park maintains a large open swim area that slopes upward to a zero-depth shallow end, five water slides, sand play, three whirlpool spas and many other amenities.  The newly remodeled facility opened in the summer of 2004.

Community Park is home to Community Park Fitness Center, which features a full-service line of circuit-training equipment, cardiovascular equipment, free weights and a beautiful view of the park.

Lisle Park District River Bend Golf Course (5900 S. Route 53) is one of the top-rate nine hole courses in the Chicago area.  The courses link-style layout features scenic wetland areas, and water comes into play on eight of the nine holes.  The par 36 design can play up to 3,500 yards.  They have also adopted the cutting-edge concept of golf bikes.

For more information about the Lisle Park District’s parks and year-round programs, please call (630) 964-3410 or visit