Letter From The President

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RESIDENT ENTHUSIASM IS FUELING THE DISTRICT’S FUTURE.

Over the Summer, the Board of Commissioners worked with staff and Ron Vine and Associates to produce a survey to distribute to the residents of the Arlington Heights Park District.   The goal was to produce a “Resident Survey Report” with actionable findings for priority improvements to short and long-range Park District services for our residents.

I’m pleased to report that a statistically valid survey was administered to resident households in September and October of 2017. The goal was to receive a minimum of 700 surveys, including a statistically valid sampling of households in each of our 5 center neighborhoods. This goal was far exceeded. 1,193 surveys were completed, including a valid sampling of households in each of our 5 center neighborhoods.  There were 788 surveys completed by mail and 405 by web.

Below is a summary of what we heard from you:

Resident Action Priorities

  • Action Priority #1: Strengthen walking and biking paths options.
  • Action Priority #2: Upgrade Lake Arlington and renovate the Olympic Indoor Swim Center.
  • Action Priority #3: Develop additional recreation, fitness and cultural program space for aging adults.
  • Action Priority #4: While improvements to the community centers are important in their individual geographic areas, none of the community centers is as important on a Park District-wide basis as renovating the Olympic Indoor Swim Center or developing additional recreational, fitness, and cultural program space for active aging adults.
  • Action Priority #5: Focus on providing important services to residents of all age groups.
  • Action Priority #6: Marketing efforts should be driven by e-mail blasts and social media.
  • Action Priority #7: Consider developing an indoor sports training center.

You can find the entire report online at ahpd.org under the “About Us” section.

My fellow Commissioners and I will be working closely with staff to update the District’s strategic plan for the next 5 years.  We’ve already begun planning the renovation of the Olympic Indoor Swim Center with your input.  Learn more about this exciting renovation project online at ahpd.org.

Sincerely,

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Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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