Letter From The President

Because of you, we are anything but typical. 

We know the key to staying relevant is to constantly innovate, and after 90 years of unsurpassed excellence, the District continues to reinvent itself by being nimble and progressive.  The National Recreation and Park Association has taken notice too.  They recently named the Arlington Heights Park District one of four finalists in the prestigious national competition for parks and recreation management excellence. 

Our District is a three-time Gold Medal Award recipient having won it most recently in 2001, but we are eager and humbled to continue to be recognized as one of the best in the country in 2016.  We like to think that our District is “anything but typical” and we thank you and your families for making it so.  Please watch our short video online and judge for yourselves.  This short video supports information provided in our written application.

YOU help to make our agency unique and outstanding.

Today, the Park District is more than just a place to have fun.  Granted, fun is a key benefit of participating in recreation programs or attending special events. 

But we have continually evolved, and now more than ever offer a larger breadth of programs and services to a variety of diverse audiences in our efforts towards maintaining a good quality of life.  Did you know that we’ve recently entered into the fight against childhood obesity? 

Check out page 120 to learn more about how the Park District is spearheading an initiative called the Arlington Heights Health Action Alliance with several local partners including the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Northwest Community Healthcare and the Village of Arlington Heights, just to name a few. 

We invite you to help us navigate the next 90 years of parks and recreation here in Arlington Heights.  Send us an email or drop us a letter.  We hope to see you enjoying one of our many special events or enjoying a new program this Fall.


Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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