Letter From The President

Embrace the Chill and Thrill at AHPD this Season!

The summer and fall seasons are officially in the books at AHPD and we are turning a new page into the winter and spring seasons! The Park Board of Commissioners is excited to share several capital project and Recreation Park updates with you.

Capital Projects Update:

• Pond bank stabilization and restoration at Arlington Lakes Golf Club is complete. This will prevent further erosion from occurring and protect cart paths that are in close proximity to water features.

• A new playground was installed at Sunset Ridge Park over the summer and the new Happiness Park playground is expected to be installed in the spring of 2024.

• Paths at Pioneer Park were replaced and it was wonderful seeing so many of you walking or riding on the new paths during the summer and fall.

• Basketball court replacements at Evergreen and Virginia Terrace Parks as well as tennis court replacements at Heritage Park are expected to be completed in October.

Recreation Park Updates:

• The District anticipates Recreation Park Phase I construction beginning in summer of 2024 following Frontier Days and finishing in the early summer of 2025. This phase includes a fully accessible playground, outdoor fitness equipment, skate park, shelter, parking lot, new tennis courts and more.

• In case you missed an update in the Fall Program Guide, the District submitted an application through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) Grant which will go towards aquatic facility improvements at Recreation Park. Improvements will include renovation of the recreation center into a fully accessible bathhouse, complete removal of the existing 50-meter swimming pool to be replaced with a new 50-meter swimming pool, an updated children’s aquatic area and additional green space accessible to pool users. We expect to find out next year if we received this important grant funding.

Additional information and updates regarding this project and other capital improvement projects can be found on our website.

Other News from the Park District:

• AHPD received the “Best of the Best” in the Best Park District category recognition by the Daily Herald’s Readers’ Choice program.

• The District’s Children at Play (CAP) program won an Illinois Association of Park Districts Best of the Best Award for Best Intergovernmental Cooperation in partnership with the Village of Arlington Heights and School Districts 21, 25 and 59.

• The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Arlington Heights Park District.

Thank you to our residents for your continued support of the Park District over the last 98 years! We hope that we will see you at festive holiday special events, skating at the outdoor ice rinks, racing down the sled hills in the colder months and enjoying the parks, courts and playgrounds in the spring

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Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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