Letter From The President


Our Lessons Come from the Journey, Not the Destination.

Just as families and neighborhoods in Arlington Heights vary in all kinds of ways, so do their needs and expectations when it comes to recreation.

In many respects, the Arlington Heights Park District is a reflection of its patrons. The programs, parks, services, and facilities we provide represent a combination of community interests, values, attitudes towards the environment, conservation, social equity, quality of life, and health and wellness.

Earlier this year, the Park Board and staff embarked upon a journey to update its strategic plan. A scientific, statistically-valid survey was conducted by independent contractor Ron Vine & Associates. The public survey was also made available on our website, via our email communications, and through our social media channels throughout the month of October.

The Park District also relies on usage and participation data to determine where to place program and facility development dollars. However, the District must also consider special needs the community might have. For example, a facility may need improved accessibility to accommodate patrons of all abilities.I am pleased to report that Olympic Indoor Swim Center will receive a major renovation in direct response to resident input.

The project will be completed through debt financing and park district reserves. Planned upgrades will allow the District to strengthen its health and wellness programming in a centrally located and modern facility. Learn more about this exciting project inside this brochure.

Staff continues to gather data to develop strategic recommendations which will be presented to the Park Board of Commissioners in the coming months. We invite you to stay tuned to see where we will go, together, over the next five years!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. 


Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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