Spring Cleanup Day!

Date: Saturday, May 22 and rain date, Sunday, May 23

Time: 9:00 am until noon

Lunch: Noon at the beach

Thank you for volunteering to captain an area or to simply help at a park or easement near you. However, we are still in need of volunteers at the following locations:

  • Schwerman Park, Captains Renee Del Missier/Jeri Swanson: General clean up, spread dirt and reseed grassy areas, and plant trees.
  • Schwerman Park Benches, Captains Paul Stempian/Jeff Brashear: Dismantle and rebuild benches
  • Playground Equipment, Captains Bob Mihel/Scott Hanson: Updating hardware
  • Beach Triangle, Captains Fran & Dan Pacheco:  mulch spreading, weeding 
  • Beach, Captain Pete Lund: Sand spreading and piers installation 
  • Maple Park, Captain Mark Anderson: General cleanup of branches and leaves
  • Bjorklund Park, Captain Andi Dickinson: General cleanup and mulch spreading
  • Beach Rock Shoreline, Captain Logan Bellinder: Retrieving rocks from water to reinstall 
  • Buena Terrace, Captain Mara Campbell: General cleanup 
  • Wildflower Terrace, Captain Linda Mihel: General cleanup and weeding
  • Famous Pillars Entryway of Crescent Road, Captains Connor & Natalie O’Brien: General cleanup and spread mulch

Captains needed:

  • Highland Entrance: General cleanup
  • Point Comfort Park: General cleanup

*If you have branches for the Township to pick up on May 24, please neatly stack the cut branch edge at the curbside for ease of pick up and loading. There will be no leaf pick up by the Township, Groot must be used.

*Neighbors Al and Patti Burmeister will drive around handing out water bottles!

*Hey Kids, you can earn double volunteer hours. Please contact Jeri Swanson for details.

  • Ravinia: Erosion Management project is completed, many areas have been seeded. 
  • No work to be done at this time due to new plantings. Please stay off of seed blanketing. 
  • Fenceline on North Sylvan: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date
  • Juneau Terrace: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date
  • Briar Terrace: Eco-Chicks/Eco-Neighbors will work at a later date

What do I need to bring with me:

Shovels, work gloves, rakes, pruners, wheelbarrel, chainsaw

Lunch Details: Volunteers needed to cook and serve lunch at the Beach. The Borst family is organizing the food, drinks, and setup. Dan Washburn is cooking and will need a partner. Cooks/Servers will be wearing masks and gloves.

Please call Jeri Swanson @ 847-507-2760 if you have any questions or if you wish to volunteer. Thank you!

Halloween (COVID style)

Due to COVID-19, we wanted to provide some tips this year for Halloween on Saturday. Trick-or-treating will be between 4pm and 8pm. If you are passing out candy, here’s some ideas to keep contact to a minimum:

  • Turn on your porch light to show you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters.
  • Set up outside with a table in your driveway (weather permitting).
  • Put candy in individual bags and lay outside on a table or tray.
  • Use dixie or small cups filled with package candy and have kids take one.
  • Only have a few pieces of candy in the bowl at a time.
  • Face masks should be worn by everybody.

If you’re not comfortable having trick-or-treaters or are not feeling well:

Checker Board Parking

Checker Board Parking is the occasional parking of cars on both sides of the street and it can be challenging to pass through this maze. Our streets are generally narrow and when there is parking on both sides of the street it becomes challenging for the average size vehicle to maneuver between the parked cars to pass down the street. Larger emergency vehicle, many times, would not be able to negotiate between the parked cars.

Please ask neighbors and your friends that may be visiting that “checker-board” parking on both sides of the street is discouraged and is a discourtesy to others as well as a safety issue for emergency responders.

Summer Volleyball League

Summer volleyball will begin Tuesday June 16. For those unfamiliar this is a recreational Tuesday evening league that plays at both Schwerman and Bjorkland. The season typically wraps up the last Tuesday in July or first Tuesday in August, followed by an end of season Saturday tournament.

If you would like to organize and captain a team, please reach out, so I can include your team on the schedule. 

Dave Kruse

Keep up to date with what’s happening!

The Sylvan Lake calendar can now be synced with your phone. Open our new calendar and follow these steps:


  • Click the +Google Calendar on bottom-right.  This should add it to your gmail calendar (you may have to go to your settings and turn on “Sync”.  If this doesn’t work, open the desktop site on your phone and follow the same steps.