The Mt. Prospect Park District Board of Commissioners has established the following principles of intent in guiding the development and operations of the District:
- Provide quality open land, facilities and wholesome recreation for residents of the Mt. Prospect Park District.
- Provide safe and environmentally responsible open land, facilities and recreation.
- Apply fiscally responsible and prudent business practices over assets of the Mt. Prospect Park District.
- Promote and maintain Community Partnerships.
- Provide optimum access to all lands and facilities for Mt. Prospect Park District residents.
- Promote and maintain corporate and inter-governmental relationships.
- Provide quality employment opportunities at the Mt. Prospect Park District.
Mt. Prospect Park District was incorporated in June 1955 and is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Encompassing more than 454 acres, the Park District provides recreation programs, facilities and services to portions of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village with a total population of 215,000.
Mt. Prospect Park District offers its residents a total of 32 parks and recreational facilities. From a 3-1/2 star golf course to neighborhood playgrounds, pools, fitness centers, ball diamonds, biking and walking paths, the Park District continues to fulfill its mission of providing quality open land, facilities and wholesome recreation for the residents of the District.
In 2001 Mt. Prospect Park District entered into a landmark cooperative agreement with its neighbors, River Trails and Prospect Heights Park Districts. Through this new partnership agreement, residents of Mt. Prospect Park District are entitled to utilize partner park district facilities and participate in programs offered at these district at resident rates. Through this partnership agreement residents will continue to receive preferential treatment at registration time within their "home district". They will also have the added benefit of enrolling in a "partner district's" class or program at resident rates.
Recreational facilities include RecPlex, a 92,000 square foot recreation complex housing a fitness center (including aerobic and strength training equipment), gymnasium, indoor pool, sand volleyball, racquetball courts and a children's wing (complete with indoor playground, preschool, before and after school care, and babysitting).
Big Surf Wave Pool, renovated from a flatwater pool in 1984, was the first wave pool in the area, is located adjacent to Lions Recreation Center in Lions Memorial Park. Within the park are baseball diamonds, football and soccer fields, 8-lighted tennis courts, ice-skating area (in season) and a poolside concession center (in season). Lions Recreation Center offers a stage for community theater productions. And the Veterans Memorial Band Shell, constructed in 1999, is the setting for holiday and summer concerts.
Mt. Prospect Golf Club was one of the Park District's earliest acquisitions purchased in April 1961 at a cost of $1.6 million. From its lush fairways to its well-manicured greens, Mt. Prospect Golf Course offers a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. In 2000 Mt. Prospect Golf Course was awarded a 3-1/2 star (out of 4) rating from the prestigious publication Golf Digest. The clubhouse includes a Pro Shop, meeting and banquet rooms and a snack shop.
The Studio, opened in spring 1997, is the Park District's center for visual arts. Art instruction classes are offered for students age 2-1/2 and up. More than 15 classes are provided for children and adult classes range from oil painting, sketching and drawing to stenciling basics and scrapbooking workshops.
Friendship Park Conservatory, opened in 1988, has a working greenhouse, an atrium featuring seasonal displays, outdoor garden area and meeting rooms. The Conservatory hosts numerous festivals and gatherings throughout the year. In addition to various outdoor educational and craft classes for children, the Conservatory, with the help of Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois, provides adult instruction in the areas of gardening, landscaping and floral arranging. The Conservatory is available for party rentals and social events.
Central Community Center opened in January 2001 at a cost of $4.9 million and is among the Park District's newest recreational facilities. It features an air-conditioned inline skating rink (180' x 80'), fitness center with 53 pieces of strength training and cardio equipment, and a kids-priority wood floor gymnasium. Party packages including skate or gym time are available.
Meadows Aquatic Center originally constructed in 1961 and in need of major repairs was closed following the 1999 season and reopened in 2003 as a zero-depth, flatwater family aquatic center. The new pool was built at a cost of $3.9 million.
Hill Street Nature Center opened in May 2006. This exceptional 4.5-acre property offers a play area, open-air shelter, team-building course, picnic areas, pedestrian path system, wood boardwalk, benches and transitional wetlands. This parcel was developed with the assistance of an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant.
The Walter Cook Maintenance Facility is the district's vehicle and equipment maintenance facility.
Mt. Prospect Park District is headed by an Executive Director who oversees five divisions. These include Administration & Human Resources, External Affairs, Golf Operations, Parks & Planning and Recreation. The Executive Director in turn reports to a seven-member Board of Commissioners who are elected officials serving staggered four-year terms.
The District employs approximately 57 full-time employees and more than 600 part-time and seasonal employees. The District has made available a compensation report for all employees whose compensation package is more than $75,000.
As an indication of the District's growth, the September 1956 park district brochure listed a handful of programs based on a budget of $10,000. Today the Park District offers hundreds of programs with a current budget of $17 million.
In 1973, the Park District was a central figure in the establishment of the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), to assist in providing recreation services to individuals with disabilities. NWSRA, along with its now 16 member park districts, strives to be a leading force creating greater options that enrich the life experiences of the participants, families and communities they serve.
Administrative offices for the Mt. Prospect Park District are located at 1000 W. Central Road in Mount Prospect. Call 847-255-5380 during regular business hours for more information, or feel free to use our Contact Us form.