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Environment & Conservation

The Arlington Heights Park District is responsible for maintaining the parks for future generations. We adhere to established policies, procedures, and best practices. Our organization has an Environmental Policy and a task force led by staff members known as Envirogroup, who work towards achieving our environmental sustainability goals.

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • Plant Protectant Pilot Program
  • Water Bottle Attachment Features on Various Drinking Fountains
  • Recycle Wood Chips
  • Idle Free Zones
  • Combating Emerald Ash Boer and Natural Growth Initiatives
  • Prescribed Burns
  • Upgrading Interior Lights and Several Outdoor Pool Lights to LED
  • Installing Synthetic Turf on Ball Fields 

You + Us = Stronger Together

  • Electronics Recycling
  • Shoes and Food Drive Benefitting Local Food Pantries and the Share Your Soles Organization
  • Collecting Items to Benefit The Lawrence Hall Foundation, The Children’s Home and Aid Society and Journeys The Road Home
  • Installation of Pollinator Gardens
  • Restoration of the Shoreline at Lake Terramere
  • Teasel Plant Removal at Lake Arlington
  • Annual Build A Bird House Workshop

Rent a Garden Plot

Enthusiastic gardeners may rent a garden plot from the Park District. Plots are plowed, staked, and numbered, and they open for cultivation in early May and close in mid-October. Ample water pumps available- you bring your hose. Communication for opening days will be emailed to all registered gardeners. Learn More

Weed Control

In our continuing efforts to provide quality parks for our residents, the Arlington Heights Park District implements an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM).  This plan uses several practices including Cultural, Mechanical, Biological as well as Chemical to maintain healthy plant material and turf-grass. Learn More

Ready to Make a Difference?

The Volunteer Form is your ticket to join a team of awesome people making a positive impact. Fill it out today!

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Adventure Awaits!

Explore all the exciting programs and events coming soon to the Arlington Heights Park District.

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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 instructions to help you with your project.

To help make a difference, please contact the Parks Service Center at 847.577.3018 between 9AM and 3PM on weekdays.

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