Nominating Petitions Available for Park Comissioner

Godley Park District

Nominating petitions and other filing materials for the April 4, 2017 consolidated election for the Godley Park District are now available.

Two seats on the five-member Board of Park Commissioners for the park district will be up for election.  Park Commissioners serve six year terms without compensation.

Nominating peritions and other filing materials are available at the Park District Administrative Office, 500 South Kankakee Street, Godley, Illinois.

The first day nominating petitions can be circulated is September 20, 2016.  Filing dates for nominating materials are December 12, 2016 8am - 4pm Monday through Friday and Monday, December 19, 2016 8am to 5pm at the Park District Administrative Office.

Additional information is available at the Park District at (815) 458-6129; the Will County Clerk's Office at 740-4616; or the Illinois State Board of Elections at (217) 782-4141,

Fall Fest
You and your family are invited to our fabulous Fall Fest on Saturday, October 8!  This year, we've added the exciting Windjammer Swing to go along with the 24 foot climbing wall, Berry-Go-Round, Mechanical Bull, and the Trackless Train.  Look for all your Fall favorite activities, like hayrides, a pumpkin patch, bonfire, awesome Fall themed concessions, and even music.  Rock out to Felix and Fingers: Dueling Pianos, sponsored by D'Orazio Ford of Wilmington.
...And just when you think you have had enough fun, grab a seat and enjoy some of the best fireworks in the area brought to you by the Mad Bomber.  Last ride for hayrides and amusements will be at 6:15pm.  Fireworks at dusk!
Date: October 8
Festivities start at 3:00pm
Everything is free except concessions.

Harvest of Horror Haunted Barn
Do you dare to be scared?  Take a walk through our Harvest of Horror Haunted Barn.
Dates: Friday, October 21, 7-11pm
Saturday, October 22, 7-11pm
Fee: $8 per person
Age: Not recommended for young children.
*Located at the Godley Park Farm.
Just North of the tracks on the corner of Route 129 & County Line Rd.

Special Sponsorship provided by D'Orazio Ford of Wilmington.

GPD in the Morris Herald News for Melissa's Closet & Crystal's Jewelry Box
Godley Park District was once again the host site for Melissa's Closet & Crystal's Jewelry Box.  There was such a great turnout this year, and we are proud to be part of the event.

Godley Park District to No Longer Accept Electronics Recycling
Due to changes in the collection service and markets for the materials, Will County and Godley Park District will be closing the residential electronic recycling site on Monday, Feb. 15.  If you have an electronic device to recycle after the closure, please visit for a list of options.  We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to continue to serve your traditional recycling needs.  Traditional Recycling will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4pm and Saturday from 8:30am to noon. 

Drop-Off Instructions

  • Bag shredded paper.
  • Bring all residentially or business generated recyclable materials to the drop-off site during operational hours.
  • Remove materials from your vehicle.
  • Empty plastic bags (excluding bags of shredded paper) of recyclables into the dumpster.
  • Close lids to prevent blowing of materials or litter issues. 
  • DO NOT TAKE any items that have already been dropped off. Once items have been placed in the box they are part of the Recycling Program.

GPD in Morris Herald News for Corn Fest Parade
Employees of the park district dressed up as monsters to hand out goodies at the Grundy County Corn Festival parade in Morris on Sept. 27, 2015.  We gave out a variety of items, as well as flyers to promote our Fall Festival and Haunted Barn.
Cornfest Parade


Godley Park District Receives an OSLAD Grant
Governor Quinn announced Saturday, January 3, 2015, that 75 park and recreation agencies throughout the State of Illinois will receive a total of $26,072,000 in OSLAD grants for FY 15.  OSLAD is a 50/50 matching grant program.  This amount will represent a total of 52 million dollars in projects and land acquisitions in 2015.

The Godley Park District has been awarded their first OSLAD Grant.  This $400,000.00 grant is for park improvements including multi-purpose athletic field overlay, ball field renovations, a band shell, multi-use trail to connect to a boardwalk with a fishing station, a shoreline with edging of natural plantings, a recycled water themed splash pad with water play zones, shade structure with sitting area, fencing, a new pre-fabricated restroom building, and a new playground with play structures for 2-5 year olds, and 5-12 year olds.  The overall improvements will serve our community in numerous capacities and give them new and additional opportunities in passive and active outdoor recreation for many years to come.  

here for 2015 Election Information.

Working Together!
Exciting news about the Godley Route 66 Mining Museum!  Together with the help of the Board of Commissioners from the Village, Park District, and the Museum Curator, Monica Mack, updates and improvements were made to the museum.  Stop by and explore the museum while enjoying the new improvements.  You'll  find signs donated by Route 66 Scenic  Byways, a bench for relaxing, plants, shrubs, and trees.  We were able to install sidewalks that are ADA accessible and make drainage improvements around the museum to prevent future flooding.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this project a reality.  Because of you, future generations will be able to experience the history of Godley and the mining industry.

Godley Cookbook

Looking for a great Christmas gift? Godley Park District’s cookbook is now on sale! Books are $10 each. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Godley Park District Animals.