Environment & Conservation

Pollinator_Garden_1_One_Year_LaterOur Goal

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 Envirogroup task force of employees who promote our goal.

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  • Water bottle Attachment Features on Some Drinking Fountains 
  • Recycle wood chips
  • Idle Free Zones
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Pollinator Gardens
  • Prescribed Burns Centennial Park and Carriage Walk Park completed a full controlled burn on November 18, 2020. A controlled burn of Lake Arlington was also completed in Spring 2021.
  • Use Synthetic turf in some fields which helps to lessen our impact on the environment
  • We are in the process of converting all buildings and parks to LED and have received rebates from Commonwealth Edison for meeting  environmental standards.

Staff across the Park District have formed an environmental team, "Envirogroup" 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."

Recent Successes

Spring 2016 Electronics Recycling Event netted 1,400+ pounds of electronics!

Winter 2016 Shoes & Food Drive proceeds went to local food pantries and Share Your Soles non-profit organization!

Make A Difference Day 2017 gifted suitcases to Journeys, Children's Home & Aid and the Lawrence Hall Foundation!

Spring and Summer 2018 there were several opportunities for the community to build bird houses, restore the shore at Lake Terramere, remove the invasive Teasel plant at Lake Arlington and install a Pollinator Garden at Heritage Park.

Spring and Summer 2019 saw more Build A Bird House classes, pollinator garden installation at Lake Arlington, attendance/demonstrations at various environmental events within the park district, and national recognition certifying our Pollinator Gardens as official Monarch Waystations.

Community-wide projects will be offered again!. To find out how YOU can get involved, CONTACT US



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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