Waukegan Park District and City of Waukegan Partner to Host Yoga at the Beach

May 30
Thursday, May 30th 2024

Waukegan, Illinois (May 30, 2024) – The Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan are partnering to offer Yoga at the Beach every Saturday in June, July, August, and September from 8am to 9am at the Stiner Pavilion, located at 201 E. Sea Horse Drive at the Waukegan Municipal Beach. The free yoga classes are open to individuals of all ages and skill levels. 

Yoga at the Beach is led by Marlene Runyard, a longtime yoga instructor with the Waukegan Park District. The classes emphasize physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Participants are required to bring their own yoga mats.

Anton L. Mathews, President of the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners, stated, “Yoga at the Beach is made possible by an intergovernmental partnership between the Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan. The free yoga classes are a relaxing and revitalizing experience for participants of all ages.”

Jay Lerner, Executive Director of the Waukegan Park District, stated, “The Waukegan Park District is committed to partnering with the City of Waukegan to enhance the quality of life of the community with fitness programming. Yoga at the Beach is an opportunity for individuals to enjoy the natural beauty of the lakefront while improving their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Waukegan Mayor Ann B. Taylor stated, “There is no better place to start the morning than at the Waukegan Municipal Beach. Participants of Yoga at the Beach can connect with nature and appreciate the lakefront while improving their physical and mental health. I am proud that the City of Waukegan is partnering with the Waukegan Park District again this year to offer free yoga classes for the community.”

Preregistration is not required to participate in the free yoga classes. In case of inclement weather, the yoga classes will be canceled. More information, including dates and times, is available at waukeganparks.org/fitness.

About the Waukegan Park District

Established on December 26, 1916, the Waukegan Park District (WPD) has 53 properties and more than 742 acres of land, including the 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. Properties are managed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Facilities operated by the WPD include the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center, Waukegan’s Greg Petry SportsPark, Waukegan Skate Park, BMX Track, SplashZone, Percussion Playground, recreational centers, disc golf course, dog exercise area and agility course, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, splash pads, and sports courts including basketball, tennis and pickleball. A full range of programs and services are offered year-round for all ages, from infants to seniors, as well as special need populations. Healthy lifestyles, wellness initiatives, and a connection with the outdoors and nature are integrated throughout programs, services, and special events. Arts and cultural activities are provided by the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, and the Waukegan History Museum. We offer something for everyone!

A member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), and the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), the WPD employs 73 full-time and 219 part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees and is recognized by the IPRA as an Exceptional Workplace.

Nationally accredited by the NRPA Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and State accredited through the IAPD Distinguished Agency Accreditation, the WPD has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Triple Crown Award for receiving the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The WPD was awarded the NRPA National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2013, and was named a Gold Medal Finalist in 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Media Contact
Josue Pasillas, MPA
Communications Supervisor
Waukegan Park District
(847) 360-4789