Paulus Park Barn Update

Barn Fire Nov 2019

The Paulus Park Barn suffered a fire on Saturday, November 2nd at approximately 8:15pm.  The Fire and Police Departments have concluded their investigating noting the cause of the fire as unknown, however, it was determined that the fire began in a garbage can located outside the building in the covered handicap entrance.  The garbage can fire ignited the overhang of the entrance, expanded to the front of the Barn and then continued to the interior.  Most of the fire damage was restricted to the front of the building due to Police and Fire’s quick response.  Although the building is still standing, the fire and smoke damage is extensive and after careful evaluation from restoration experts, the building contents, equipment and supples are not salvageable. 

Park Barn Cleanup

Work has started to gut and clean up the interior of the existing barn building.  ServePro was retained by IRMA to strip the interior down to the studs, clear away debris and ready the building for future reuse.  IRMA retained ServePro through a $65,000 contract, with the cleanup to take approximately 3 weeks.  After the interior space is cleared, BKV architects will begin plans for the interior space that puts the building back into use without precluding the possibility of a future expansion.  

Interior Work - Park Barn

Park & Recreation Program Updates

Office Hours- Our guest service associates are up and running at our Buffalo Creek Building A site, 675 Old Mill Grove Road, and operating normal business hours of operation, Monday- Friday 8:30am-4pm (Paulus Park Barn phone line, 847-438-5146, forwarded to Buffalo Creek).  Administrative staff are currently housed out of our Village Hall location, 70 East Main Street. 

Paulus Park Barn Facility Rentals & Marquee Community Sign

The facility rental and Paulus Park marquee programs have been suspended at this time due to limited space and damaged equipment.  Ela Township and Cedar Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care were able to accommodate individuals who were unable to host their event at the Paulus Park Barn.  Please feel free to reach out to our community partners if you are looking for meeting or rental space. 

Paulus Park Barn Yellow Brick Road Preschool and early childhood programs

These programs have found a new home thanks to our community partner, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ located at 47 Church Street. St. Peter’s Board and Pastor Ruth donated the space through December and offered us a deeply discounted rate for the remainder of the year for an additional large classroom onsite across the hall from our Terrific Two’s preschool program. 

Welcome LZ Preschoolers

We are thankful for the swift call to action and generosity of the Lake Zurich Community!

Our community initiated and participated in a childcare supply/equipment drive to help replace items lost in the fire and get our program back on its feet so that we could continue to serve the kids for the remainder of the school year.  To date, we had over 125 families donate items to our programs and over 50 community organizations reach out to donate, offer space and support.  Had we not received all the donations we did, we would have been hard pressed to restart the program.  

We have retained a list of the families and organizations that have offered supplies, equipment, space and support as well as photos of the Barn and some of the donations (community filled the conference room at Village Hall 3 times!). 

If you donated and still need a receipt for tax purposes, please please email Bonnie Caputo, Park & Recreation Director, at

All other youth and adult program update

All other programs that were scheduled to be held at the Paulus Park Barn have been able to be accommodated at the Chalet and the Buffalo Creek locations.  Notifications were sent to participants in regards to relocated programs for the Fall. Locations have been changed for the Winter Spring session and are listed correctly in the online registration portal (location reminders to be sent out to registered participants the week prior through the Spring as it differs from the brochure).   

Summer Day Camp programs

Please see our Summer 2020 guide for information on Safety Town, Kamp Kiddie and Teen Camp programs as there are no program changes to note at this time.  Weekly sports variety camp information will be released in our Summer brochure (set to hit households this upcoming April).  In regards to our Camp Alpine summer day camp option for youth entering kindergarten thru 5th grade, we are still compiling options on location for this camp.  We hope to release further details on this in the upcoming weeks as we plan to continue with this offering and want to see all our families return to us for another summer of fun!