About the Princeton Park District

Princeton Park District BoardCreated in 1946, the Princeton Park District maintains over 200 acres of parks, the Bureau County Metro Center, and the outdoor Alexander Swimming Pool.

It is our mission to provide leisure and recreation services to our communities and to provide safe, inviting and family oriented activities for all residents.

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Beautiful Parks & Greenspaces

The Princeton Park District Board of Commissioners, the Executive Director and all support staff are dedicated to providing leisure and recreational services to the communities we serve. It is the goal of the district to provide safe, inviting and family oriented activities to our residents.

The district is proud to announce that we are experiencing some great and new programs and activities, including our summer camps, specialty camps and sports leagues for all ages.

Stay and Play with the Princeton Park District and have a wonderful summer!

Park District Staff


Elaine Russell
Executive Director
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Tammy Lange
Administrative Assistant
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Lisa Allen
Front Desk & Rental Coordinator

Nick Davis
Recreation & Aquatics
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A mixture of full-time and part-time staff work incredible hard day in and day out to maintain over 220 acres of our parks. Whether they are mowing the over 130 acres of grass needed twice each week or distributing semi loads of mulch for the playgrounds and landscaping, there is always something that needs done. They take care of ball diamonds and soccer fields, they rid the park of garbage after community events, and they ensure Princeton's green areas look their best. Our park maintenance crews are the back bone of the Princeton Park District and can be found doing cement work, installing benches, roofing, planting trees, repairing plumbing, cleaning restrooms, fencing, mechanical repairs on equipment, maintaining 2 park trucks including 6 utility tractors, 3 gators roofing, planting trees and so much more! Our parks would not be so beautiful without the hard work and committment of these individuals.

Keith Scherer
Superintendent of Parks

Matt Wright
Park Maintenance Coordinator

Mike Anderson
Metro Center Maintenance Coordinator

Rob Tapanes
Metro Center Maintenance

Park District Board of Directors

Princeton Park District Board

Andrew Marti - President
Dennis Nink - Vice President
Robert Halberg Jr - Secretary
Abby Cochran - Commissioner
Brandon Nyman - Commissioner
Bob Russell - Park Board Attorney

Board Meetings are held at the BCMC on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

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A Note From Our Director

Working for the Princeton Park District the past 22 years has been an unbelievable journey full of twists and turns that included the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The highs are way too many to mention and the lows have included saying goodbye to so many individuals that have made that journey so enjoyable.

Our park district operates as a team from the top to the bottom. We are made up of a board of five commissioners, one attorney, 10 full time employees and at times up to 75+ part-time employees. And of course our Public.

As director I have a lot of bosses. They include the above mentioned 5 commissioners and our one attorney and I can honestly say I have been blessed with some of the finest individuals to work with throughout my years. However, saying good-bye to many of those hard working and dedicated individuals has been hard. I miss them still but am so grateful for all they added to my journey.

The park district operates mainly by the support of our part-time employees. We hire many seasonal employees with summer being our busiest season. Whether you have been a full time or part-time employee with the Princeton Park District it is always hard to wonder if they will return and when they don't, again it makes me sad when losing you.

Although the individuals I have mentioned above touched me when they departed, what really makes me reflect on my 22 years the most is when I see a patron (our Public) has passed. They remind me of all the great opportunities the park district was able to offer them through the years and I can reflect on personal journeys they shared from rehabilitation in our facility after surgery, children and grandchildren learning to swim, dedication of trees and benches to loved ones or them thanking me for such beautiful parks and fun programs.

So after you have read this I only hope that your journey can be as enjoyable as mine has been and that the Princeton Park District will become an often used path along the way.

Hoping to see you soon!
Elaine Russell
Executive Director

Our Commitment to Quality & Excellence

At the Princeton Park District/Bureau County Metro Center, we are constantly striving to provide you with quality recreational activities and programs. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration fees must be paid at time of registration. PPD/BCMC reserves the right to cancel, postpone, combine classes, or change instructors. Some programs will have age restrictions noted. If participant is a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver.

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with a class or activity, please tell us so we can respond. If you have a concern, please Contact the Business Manager. Your complete satisfaction is valued, and we will work with you to resolve your concerns and provide satisfaction.

ADA Compliance at the Princeton Park District

ADA Compliance

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities who require certain accommodations to allow them to observe and/or participate in Park Board Meetings, programs, or events or have questions about the accessibility of a meeting or facility, please call (815) 872-0840 or Contact Us Here to allow the Princeton Park District to make reasonable accommodations for those persons.

Living Tree Memorial

Looking for a great way to honor a very special person, remember a notable event, or recognize an outstanding organization? The Princeton Park District is proud to offer the Living Tree Memorial Program. Through this program, you can remember a person, event or organization by having a tree planted in their name. With your monetary contribution, a tree will be planted in a Princeton Park. In addition, the name of the person, event or organization and the year will be displayed on a plaque in the Bureau County Metro Center. This program will also benefit the community as a whole, and the tree can be enjoyed for years to come. To get a Living Tree Memorial, a $25 donation towards a tree fund and a $500.00 to $600.00 donation towards the purchase of the tree is needed. A specific tree request will be honored with any additional cost paid by the donor.

Contact the Bureau County Metro Center to get a Living Tree Memorial Today!