Letter From The President
Key to the Arlington Heights Park District’s strategy to continue to meet community needs is a revitalization of Camelot Park Community Center and Frontier Park and a new business direction that fully leverages the experience and talent of both existing and new leadership.
The Arlington Heights Park District develops and annually updates a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Included within the definition of a capital project is the construction of new facilities, remodeling or expansion of existing facilities and purchase, improvement and development of land. Soon, much needed infrastructure enhancements will begin at Frontier Park which unfortunately will include the removal of several mature trees. The tree scape will be impacted however the Park District plans to replace trees as soon as possible. The planned improvements at Camelot Park will bring the building up to ADA standards and enhance the user experience. Recreation program rooms will become multi-purpose space and a full-size gymnasium will be added to allow for more programs. Learn more about CIP projects on our website.
This summer, the Park District will also be abuzz with change at the Board of Commissioners and staff level. Two long-standing Board members. Robert Whisler and Robert Smith have served tirelessly as Commissioners since 2000 and 1997 respectively and will be retiring from the Board. On behalf of the Arlington Heights community, the Park District and the entire Park Board, I thank them for their leadership and years of outstanding service. We look forward to welcoming two new Board members soon. Additionally, there is a palpable enthusiasm stemming from the recent arrival of a new Director of Recreation and Facilities and the anticipation of a new Director of Parks and Planning before summer’s end. Their predecessors, Jim Glueckert and Brian Huckstadt did a tremendous job of laying the groundwork for success, and I’m excited to see our new leaders apply their skills and talents to the on-going improvement of the Park District.
Summertime is AHPD’s busiest season and we remain committed to managing all of these changes while continually working to increase our impact on our residents’ lives even further. We hope to see you dipping your toe, wading in slow or diving into one of our pools or relaxing in one of your 58 parks over these next few months.
Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District