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2019 Budget Approved

12/19/18 – The Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners adopted the 2019 budget of approximately $23.9 million at the December 13, 2018 meeting.   The 2019 Budget reflects a continuation of the Park District’s commitment to maintaining quality parks and facilities, a refresh of the Park District’s GreenPrint 2024 comprehensive master plan, as well as the Park District’s fiscal philosophy of successfully striking a balance between providing good value and quality facilities, programs and activities for our residents, while maximizing revenue opportunities with staff’s continued commitment to reduce expenditures.

      In preparation for the 2019 budget approval, the Park District reviewed the proposed budget at three public meetings including the Park Board Finance Committee meeting on October 26, 2018; the Park Board Workshop meeting on November 13, 2018; and a budget public hearing that proceeded the Board meeting on December 13, 2018.  The 2019 Budget has been available for public review for the past 30 days at West Ridge Center, Recreation Center of Highland Park, the Highland Park Public Library and on the Park District website:  To view the adopted 2019 Budget, click here.

     Highlights of the 2019 budget are:

  “The 2019 budget reflects an exciting time for the District, as Sunset Valley Golf Club opens for a full season and we proceed with the conversion of the Highland Park Country Club into a passive recreation area,” said Liza McElroy, Executive Director for the Park District of Highland Park. “The 2019 budget is aligned with the Park District’s mission and reflects our operational goal of improving programs and facilities to benefit the community’s health, wellness and enjoyment of everyday life.  We are pleased to continue operating from a strong financial position and to provide a great value for the community.”

     The Park District continues to maintain Moody’s Investor’s Service Aaa bond rating, based on its healthy reserve levels, favorable debt profile, and conservative revenue assumptions.  To view the 2019 budget, click here