Contributed by gavinm, an ePodunk user.
February 1, 2007
Pluses: Downers Grove is located strategiacally with easy access to Chicago by train or by car. The village is friendly with a Newcomer's Club. and neighbors who participae in the annual Heritage Fest held in the heart of Downers Grove. It s great to come and see all your neighbors enjoyng themselveds at this Downers Grove Festival!
The community is educationally concerned and there are many very involved parents in the public school district. My wn children are college graduates, having been well-prepared for their academic and career future. There is a Friends of the Library support group and Friends of the Gifted and Talented support groups comrpised of parents and educators to enhance educational experiences for talented youngsters.
The Park District is incredible--full of classes for all ages and the Parks Department is wonderful. There are more parks than anyplace I know, ready and waiting to be enjoyed by all for walks, exercise, picnics or sledding.
Minuses: I cannot think of any negatives living in Downers Grove.
A good place to... Celebrate with neighbors at community celebrations like the many foot races, international bike races, Heritage Festimal, the Ice Gestival and arts and crafts festivals, parades, and so on!
In the schools there are Great Books for discussion programs, Art Appreciation run by the parental volunteers, an extensive district Science Fair co-sponsored with school and parents, a great YMCA, etc.
Additionally, medical, health and human resources services are abundant in DOwners Grove. Nondenominational organizations along with the churshes house 'homeless people' temporarily and help them get redirected, run large food pantries, and support a group that helps women reentering the workforce find clothing and jobs.