Letter From The President



“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”
– Walt Disney

In March, many of you took your last lap at the Olympic Indoor Swim Center. While there was a whirlwind of construction progress happening at 660 N. Ridge Avenue, there was also an underlying feeling of bitter sweetness. Saying goodbye to a swim center that has brought so much joy to so many generations of swimmers since 1970, is only made sweeter when we look forward to greeting you at the new ‘one-stop’ recreation center scheduled to open in early 2020.

The District has experienced change on a regular basis over the past several years, so much so, that the we now embrace change as an integral part of our organizational culture. We’ve seen significant transformation in staff due to internal promotions and new hires since 2016. In fact, 45% of our full-time staff is either new or new to their role.

This summer, the District will also be abuzz with change once again at the Board of Commissioners level, as we say farewell to long-standing Board member, Myles Naughton. Commissioner Naughton has served tirelessly as a Commissioner since 2007 and will be retiring from the Board in May. We owe a debt of gratitude to Myles for helping to shape and grow the District into where it is today. And, we remain open to the new ideas and experiences that a new commissioner will most certainly bring.

Summertime is our busiest season and unless you slow down or stop and take a look around, it will fly by before you know it. This summer, take time, gather your friends and join us at your favorite event, dip into one of our 5 outdoor pools or awaken your waggle at your favorite golf club, or perfect your backhand on one of our many outdoor tennis courts. 




Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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