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The Recreation Department publishes three program brochures per year: Winter/Spring (January-May programs), Summer (June-August programs) and Fall (September-December programs). The Winter/Spring brochure is mailed around the second week in November, with registration beginning in December. The Summer brochure is mailed around the second week in March, with registration beginning in April. The Fall brochure is mailed around the last week in July, with registration beginning in August. All brochures are generally available for viewing online about a week before mailing. Check the actual brochures for exact registration dates. Western Springs residents have priority registration, with non-residents registering 10 days later.
There are 4 ways to register for a Recreation program. You may register online, mail in the registration form with a check or credit card number to 1500 Walker, Western Springs, IL 60558; fax in the form with a credit card number to (708) 246-1309 (call to confirm receipt of fax), or come into the office at 1500 Walker, Western Springs, IL. Phone registrations are not accepted.
The Recreation Office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Any registrations submitted after hours will be processed on the next business day and a receipt will be sent via email. We have supervisory staff on site after 5:00 pm and on the weekends. You may contact our Evening/Weekend Supervisor at 708-514-1923.
The Recreation Center gym is available for open gym during regular business hours if not being used by the Recreation Dept. or privately rented. The gym schedule is posted by the gym doors and online in real-time on our website. You may also call the Recreation Dept. for open gym times (708-246-9070 x424). Participants must be 10 years or older and sign in at the front desk. Western Springs youth residents (8th grade or younger) are free (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult). High school age and older, residents and non-residents, must show a valid I.D., sign in at the front desk, and pay $5.00 per visit. Discounted Punch Cards are available for $20.00 for 10 uses. There may be a one hour time limit if others are waiting.
First call our office at (708) 246-9070 to check availability. Generally, our gyms and classrooms are available for private rental when not being used by Recreation programs. Once a Rental Request Form and Disclaimer are submitted, along with full payment, your reservation will be entered into our computer. Thereafter, if you cancel your reservation, you will be charged a $10 cancellation fee. For general fee information, please call the Recreation office or see the Rental Request Form.
The details of our cancellation and class transfer policy are listed at the beginning of each brochure. In general, a $5.00 service fee will be charged per family member for class cancellations beginning the first day of registration until 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the start of a session. After that Friday, a prorated percent of the class fee, less a $5.00 service fee and any direct program material costs, will be refunded thereafter. The $5.00 service fee will be waived if a physician’s excuse is submitted. Programs that only meet 1 or 2 times require two business days’ notification. In order to avoid a proration charge, a cancellation for a weekend class must be made before 4:30 p.m. the Friday before the class meets. Refunds are credited back to the original payment method (credit card or check). No refunds can be given for missed classes, after registration or trip deadlines or for unused punch cards. No refunds will be issued after the 3rd week of the session or halfway through the class, whichever comes first. If you cancel a class on the day the class starts or meets, you will be charged the prorated fee for that day, as well as the fees for any previous days, in addition to the $5.00 cancellation fee.
If you are a resident of Western Springs, you must submit proof of residency in order for your account to be activated. Types of proof of residency accepted are utility bills, tax bills or drivers license. You may submit proof of residency in person, by email or by fax. Once we receive your proof of residency, you will receive two emails from the Recreation Department - one with your user name, and one with your password. There will be a link in those emails that takes you directly to the registration site.
If you are a non-resident, your information will be reviewed within 2-3 business days and you will receive two emails from the Recreation Department - one with your user name, and one with your password. There will be a link in those emails that takes you directly to the registration site.
No you cannot; that information can only be changed by Recreation Department staff. The only information you can change online is household contact information, i.e. phone numbers, emails. Please call the Recreation Department to add a family member, add a birth date, or to add a grade.
This can either mean that online registration has not yet begun; or that the deadline to sign up for a class online has passed (48 hours before a class begins). If you would like to sign up for class that is beginning in less than 48 hours, call the Recreation Department office (708-246-9070) to see if the class is still available, and then submit a registration form (in person, by fax, or by email). We do not accept registrations by phone.