The Calumet Memorial Park District was created in 1922 as a special unit of local government when a group of citizens envisioned the establishment of a park and recreation system to serve area residents. It was named in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I.
The district was established for the purpose of providing programs and facilities that are of a quality that will enhance an individual’s physical and emotional health, cultural and intellectual development and fulfill a social need. Our mission is to provide a wide variety of year-round recreation programs, facilities, parks, open space and natural areas that respond to the articulated needs and desires of residents.
This mission statement is attained by striving to meet the following goals of the CMPD:
- Enhance the quality of life for all citizens of the district;
- Develop park areas and recreational facilities to meet the present and future demands of residents;
- Ensure sufficient passive and active park land to meet the leisure needs of present and future generations;
- Maintain park areas and facilities that are clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing;
- Provide staff with an environment fostering personal and professional growth;
- Effectively administer the revenues and expenditures of the district’s various budgets;
- Effectively market the district’s services and contribute to the economic growth of the community.
Park district boundaries encompass the communities of Calumet City and Burnham, as well as eastern portions of Dolton and South Holland. The CMPD is responsible for the maintenance, operation and administration of parks and facilities under its jurisdiction.