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New Lenox residents Adlai and Elijah Hecox enjoying a Saturday afternoon at LIons Den Park. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
An early photo of Lions Den Community Park, which is still popular in the community today. The Park District is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. Photo Submitted
Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
4:00 am CDT April 11, 2019
Back in 1969, when the New Lenox Community Park District was first established, the organization offered 25 programs to approximately 9,500 patrons. After 50 years of fun, family and community, the district now serves over 68,000 people through more than 300 seasonal programs. And that’s not even considering the countless residents who enjoy local parks on a daily basis.