Environment & Conservation

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The Arlington Heights Park District are keepers of the parks for future generations. We promote sound policies, procedures, and practices. We have an Environmental Policy and an Enviro Group task force of employees who promote our goal.

Staff across the Park District have formed an environmental team, "Enviro Group" to help promote and encourage sustainable practices as well.  Their mission: "To help set a high standard of leadership and competency in the promotion and incorporation of sound environmental practices and lifestyles."

In April 2016 the group held an Electronics Recycling event and collected over 1,400 pounds of electronics that would have otherwise gone to landfills. In the winter of 2016 a campaign to collect usable footwear and non-perishable food items was held and the public was encouraged to participate. Over 1,744 pairs of shoes were donated to Share Your Soles, a non-profit organization in Chicago and over 2,690 pounds of food went to local food pantries. For "Make A Difference Day 2017", a fall donation drive to collect new/gently used suitcases, duffel bags and back packs for Children's Home and Aid and Journeys, The Road Home is underway! There have been other projects such as the installation of butterfly gardens and the removing of invasive plants at Lake Arlington. These and other projects will be offered again! To find out how YOU can get involved, contact us at: Environmental@ahpd.org

Park Beautification Program

Do you want to make a difference and help beautify a park? This is an excellent way for individuals or organizations to get involved with their local park and do a good thing for the community at the same time! Projects can include gardening, parks and grounds maintenance or any original suggestion from YOU! The Parks Department will supply all necessary equipment (gloves, rakes, bags) and instruction to help you with your project. 

To Register: Call Parks Service Center, at 847-577-3018 between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays.

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