Letter From The President



According to the Trust for Public Land, every dollar spent on a tree yields a $4 return on investment.

Illinois community park and recreation agencies protect nearly 25,000 acres of natural areas and manage nearly 3,000 miles of trails.  The restorative power of trees is amazing if you just stop for a moment to think about it.  Trees are filters for water pollution, absorbing nutrients created by human activity, such as nitrogen and potassium, which otherwise pollute streams and lakes.

When was the last time you sought comfort under a tree’s sprawling shade?

Illinois is ranked among the top 10 states for asthma-related emergency room visits for children.  Childhood asthma has doubled in the US in the last 20 years, according to the Center for Disease Control.  Trees not only save US communities $400 billion dollars in storm retention, but within one year an acre of trees can absorb the amount of carbon dioxide produced by driving a car 11,000 miles. 

Here in Arlington Heights, the Park District manages over 700 acres of land and studies show that a turf area of only 50 square feet produces enough oxygen to meet the needs of a family of four.  This fall, we invite you to take time out of your busy day to enjoy one of 58 parks.

We also invite you to learn more about how the Arlington Heights Park District is planning to potentially improve the Lake Arlington Park area by incorporating natural plantings, a sensory garden, new playgrounds, exercise stations and much more! 

We hope to see you enjoying all that the Arlington Heights has to offer this fall. 


Maryfran H. Leno
Park Board President
Arlington Heights Park District

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