AHPD Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


The Arlington Heights Park District enriches our community by providing quality recreation, facilities and fun. IMG_6617

Service Vision

The Arlington Heights Park District creates memorable moments through positive guest experiences.

Diversity, Social Equity & Inclusion Statement

The Arlington Heights Park District commits itself to diversity, equity, and inclusion because these values make us a thriving community for all people. Creating a mutually respectful, multicultural and equitable environment does not happen on its own; it must be intentional.

We believe in equity and we will work to break down systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and other forms of bias and hate. We reject racial and social barriers that limit and divide us, and we reject bias towards any group of people.

Arlington Heights Park District is an organization that welcomes, respects, and encourages the contributions of all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital and/or family status, language, mental and/or physical ability, military status, economic class, immigration status, foster status, body size, criminal history, or any of the other characteristics that are often used to divide people.


We strive to make these values reflected in our everyday practices and priorities, including fair treatment and equal access for fun, adventure, learning and growth through recreational programs and parks.

Translation Services

Staff is available to answer questions in the following languages: English, Spanish, Polish, German and Bosnian. Click Here for more information.

Inclusion Services

Arlington Heights Park District is a member of the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), a team of Therapeutic Recreation professionals that offer recreation for individuals of all ages with disabilities. NWSRA also provides assistance to individuals who wish to participate in AHPD programs. To request assistance, please indicate on your registration form or contact us Here.

Down Syndrome Adaptive Program

Arlington Heights Park District offers Buddy Up, a high-energy adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and young adults with Down syndrome

Respectful Workplace

Arlington Heights Park District recognizes its responsibility to build and maintain a respectful workplace where everyone is entitled to respectful treatment in the District workplace. Being respected means being treated honestly and professionally, with each person’s unique talents, background, and perspectives valued. 


Arlington Heights Park District is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information, associations with members of a protected class, or any other protected status consistent with applicable local, state, or federal law.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion means:

  • Diversity is understanding that everyone is unique and recognizing our individual differences or similarities. It encompasses acceptance and respect while embracing background, professional experience, skills and specialization, values and culture, and social class.
  • Equity refers to the qualities of justness, fairness, impartiality and even-handedness. This involves factoring in aspects of the system that have put particular groups at a disadvantage. Equity is inclusive equality with intentional focus on social and racial justice.
  • Inclusion is acknowledging, welcoming, respecting, supporting and valuing the authentic participation of any individual or group. It’s creating an environment that engages multiple perspectives, differing ideas, and individuals from different backgrounds while providing a sense of belonging.


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