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Highland Park Country Club Golf Conversion Project

The Park District of Highland Park has a unique opportunity to work with our community to create one-of-a-kind passive recreation areas on what is now the Highland Park Country Club golf course.

With input from community residents and stakeholders, Park District staff will work with land planning specialists to create a master plan that includes green spaces interwoven with natural areas, gardens, and woods through which people can walk, bike and run.

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The Park District of Highland Park is in the process of acquiring the Highland Park Country Club property from the City of Highland Park. This is in accordance with the Park District’s GreenPrint 2024 Master Plan and the community’s expressed desire for passive recreational opportunities such as walking and biking trails. The property offers unique connectivity to the Recreation Center of Highland Park, adjacent trails and the Skokie River Woods property. The District is currently setting the groundwork to create a plan for this vision.

PROJECT UPDATES

10/2/18 – As we enter final stages of negotiation for the purchase, the Park District of Highland Park is beginning the initial stages of converting the Highland Park Country Club (HPCC) property to a new unique natural area and passive recreation park.  Seeding of native grasses and flowers is planned for late fall in areas identified as best suited for habitat.  The first Advisory Committee meeting was held September 26th.  The committee provided feedback on potential recreational opportunities for the site, gained direction to ensure that our plan addresses the needs of our diverse community and neighbors, and heard examples of other sites that can serve as inspiration for the planning team.

To view the presentation from the Advisory Committee meeting, click here

9/20/18 – The Park District of Highland Park is beginning the initial stages of converting the Highland Park Country Club  (HPCC) property to a new unique natural area and passive recreation park.

Here is a summary of the steps that will take place this Fall to convert the property:

  • Seeding will be done late fall in areas identified as best suited for natural habitat.   A quick growing grass will be used in the mix so there will be green in spring as the other plants get started.
  • To prepare for seeding, areas of the property will be treated to kill the turf grass.  The course will be closed periodically during this work. Signs will be posted.

 

Concept planning, with the help of a public advisory committee, will begin once the final agreements for purchase of the property are approved by the City and the Park District.  Stay tuned for updates!

Q:  What is a passive recreation area?

A:   Passive recreation areas highlight the natural habitat and provide low intensity amenities such as picnic areas, benches, and trails.

 

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