Thu, July 18 at 10am – 

Due to the excessive rain, portions of the paths at The Preserve, Larry Fink and Danny Cunniff Parks are flooded.

To kick off Park and Recreation Month, we’ve put together a list of activities to celebrate where you belong in Highland Park! All month long, we’re highlighting the ways our community is stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation.  Keep your July busy with these fun events and activities!

  1. Enjoy a day at Rosewood Beach – build a sandcastle, play ball in the water, read a book and relax, the possibilities are endless under the sun!
  2. Grab a paddle and play some pickleball at one of our 16 courts at Danny Cunniff Park
  3. Walk the trails at Heller Nature Center – visit the beehives, play at the Wander Woods Nature Play Space, or read a book along Constance’s Story Trail
  4. Take part in our Independence Day Events – a morning remembrance ceremony, an afternoon parade along a new route in Downtown Highland Park, and the return of the family friendly 4th Fest.
  5. Visit the Art Exhibit at Heller Nature Center – the Art Exhibit features a new artist every few months. Observe the beautiful paintings and photographs displayed in the Prairie Room.
  6. Play a game of basketball! We offer indoor Open Gym at the Recreation Center of Highland Park and have 11 outdoor parks with basketball hoops.
  7. Support local vendors at the Ravinia Farmers Market – visit Jens Jensen Park every Wednesday at 7am-1pm for locally grown and sourced goods. You’ll find something new and different every week!
  8. Catch a fish! We have 4 parks to go fishing – Danny Cunniff Park, Foley’s Pond, Larry Fink Memorial Park and The Preserve of Highland Park
  9. Start your day in the most breathtaking way at beach yoga – enjoy yoga with a beautiful view at Rosewood Beach
  10. Bring the family to River’s Edge Mini Golf – do you have what it takes to get a hole-in-one at our 18-hole mini golf course?
  11. Try something new and learn to sail, kayak and paddle board at the North Shore Yacht Club
  12. Too hot to be outside? Spend a few hours ice skating at Centennial Ice Arena during pubic skate at 2:40-4:10pm on Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31.
  13. Did you know that more than 117 species of birds have been identified at The Preserve of Highland Park? Take a walk through the 100+ acre property and try to find as many birds as you can.
  14. Enjoy free live music at Sunset Valley Golf Club on Friday, July 19! Bring a few friends for an evening of live entertainment featuring music by Mike Jansen!
  15. Check out our Free Park Pop-Up Series! Enjoy Animals in the Park on Friday, July 12 and Concert in the Park on Sunday, July 21!
  16. Practice your swing at the Highland Park Golf Learning Center – improve your golf skills, practice your game, and have fun with a club!
  17. Love the outdoors? Volunteer with us! Become part of the team working to restore our natural areas – volunteers meet most Fridays at Heller Nature Center
  18. Gather a group of friends/family and head to our Teams Course at Heller Nature Center – challenge yourselves through thought-provoking ground-level puzzles that can only be accomplished by all members working as a cohesive group.
  19. Get fit at Aqua Fit – enjoy the warm weather and get in a great workout in the waters at Hidden Creek AquaPark.
  20. Take off into outer space and play at the rocketship playground at Sunset Woods Park – this newly renovated playground is ADA compliant and has a Titanic Tides tot lot located adjacent to it
  21. Wind down the night and enjoy cocktails at the new Lagos Bar & Grill at Sunset Valley Golf Club.
  22. Pack a lunch and have a picnic in one of our parks – 18 out of our 44 parks has at least one picnic table. Or bring a blanket and be one with nature!
  23. Find the hidden rock garden at Millard Beach. Sift and sort stones like basalt, granite, quartz, sandstone, and limestone.
  24. Attend one of our events at Heller Nature Center. From Stories in the Woods to Summer Wild Edibles Walk, we have something for everyone!
  25. Book a tee time at Sunset Valley Golf Club – our golf course features 18-holes and is enjoyable for every level golfer
  26. Try out our two 9-hole disc golf courses located within Larry Fink Memorial Park and Danny Cunniff Park. Enjoy this fun twist on golf and frisbee!
  27. Let your pups run around at our two open dog parks at Debbie Gottlieb Beitler Dog Park and Moraine Beach. Dog parks are open every day from dawn to dusk. Membership is required.
  28. Get fit with a personal trainer at the Recreation Center of Highland Park – it’s never too late to get started working towards a healthier and strong you. You can also get a free 1-week trial at the Recreation Center of Highland Park!
  29. Have you seen our hopscotches around our facilities? Find and hop on our hopscotches at the Recreation Center of Highland Park and Deer Creek Racquet Club!
  30. Learn the rules of the road! Bring your kiddos to Safety Village behind West Ridge Center and teach them basic safety procedures when outside – includes crosswalks, stop lights and signs, what to do when there is a train, and more.  Make it more fun and bring bikes and helmets.
  31. Don’t forget to register for our Fall programs on Wednesday, July 17 for residents. Save the date and register for our fun autumn events and more!

The Park District of Highland Park invites you to a meeting to discuss the accessibility of Park District facilities and parks for people with disabilities. Your view is important, and this is an opportunity to express your opinion.

The Park District of Highland Park will conduct a meeting to hear feedback about the accessibility of parks and facilities. There are two opportunities to participate in an in-person meeting.

Tuesday, July 30, 2024, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Walter E. Heller Nature Center Multipurpose Room, at 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035.

Wednesday, July 31, 2024, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. West Ridge Center Board Room, at 636 Ridge Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035.

Registration is requested. To register, please reach Amalia Schwartz, Planning Manager, at 847.579.4090 or [email protected]. If a modification is needed because of disability to participate, such as a sign language interpreter, please advise when registering.

Please complete the online survey if you cannot attend the in-person meeting. Your feedback is anonymous and will be used to improve efforts by the Park District.

The Park District of Highland Park retained the WT Group (WTG) Accessibility Practice in 2024 to develop an updated transition plan for parks and facilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A transition plan identifies access barriers and phases the retrofit work over time. John McGovern leads the Accessibility Practice at WTG, and will coordinate the first portion of the meeting. In the meeting, WTG will:

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) will join the discussion. NSSRA is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities in their partner communities, including the Park District of Highland Park, through quality recreation services. NSSRA has created an environment of belonging through play since 1970, and it holds the distinction as the first Special Recreation Association in the country.

If you have any questions, contact John McGovern with the WT Group at 224.293.6451 or [email protected], or Amalia Schwartz, Planning Manager, at 847.579.4090 or [email protected].

Thank you in advance for helping the Park District of Highland Park with our ADA Transition Plan.

Updates from the June Park Board Meetings

June 12: Workshop Meeting of the Park Board

The Park Board of Commissioners Approved the 2023 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report of the Park District of Highland Park. 

Staff reviewed the bid results for the 2024 Park Avenue Beach Access Improvements Project.

Staff reviewed the 2024 Independence Day Events Schedule and Entertainment, Children’s Activities, and Food Truck secured for Fourth Fest.

Staff provided construction project updates for improvements at Sunset Woods Park, the Lot 3 Pickleball and Padle Facility, construction at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, improvements at Jeff Fox Baseball Field, construction for the Preserve of Highland Park Compton Avenue Trail Connection, and the New Facility and Site Improvements at West Ridge Park.

June 18: Finance Committee Meeting

PMA Network and the Arbitrage Group reviewed the Park District’s arbitrage rebate payment due for the General Obligation (Limited Tax) Debt Certificates, Series 2021.

Staff reviewed the actual vs. budgeted quarterly revenues and expenses, membership and program utilization for the Recreation Center of Highland Park.

Staff reviewed the donation agreement from the Bondy Family Foundation to generously support construction of a new indoor pickleball and padel facility. 

The Park District and City of Highland Park planned to renovate the shared parking lot in 2025. The Park District received an estimated cost from the City of Highland Park for the shared project, and the estimate was significantly higher than anticipated. The Park District is meeting with City Officials to discuss shared use terms outlined in the Intergovernmental Agreement and expenses the Park District can cover to support the project.

Since the bids for the 2024 Park Avenue Beach Access Improvements Project came in over-budget. Staff worked with the low bidder, Copenhaver Construction, to significantly reduce the total project costs. Staff reviewed the reduction options.

Staff received five bids for the 2024 Deer Creek Racquet Club Locker Room Improvements Project. To keep the project under budget, staff proposed purchasing some materials in house.

Staff determined a cargo van is a necessary replacement for the current needs of the District. Staff reviewed the costs for different options. A Ford Electric Transit Van was selected and is available through the Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC) through the Northwest Municipal Conference. 

Staff reviewed the costs and 3-Year Agreement Terms and Conditions to purchase Plan 2 Play Registration System for the Lot 3 Pickleball and Padel Facility. The District currently utilizes Plan 2 Play customer relationship management system (CRM) for the Recreation Center of Highland Park.

June 26: Regular Meeting of the Park Board

The Park Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation for the designation of July as Parks and Recreation Month.

The Park Board of Commissioners approved the 2024 Ford Electric Transit Van Capital Purchase, 2024 Park Avenue Beach Access Improvements Project Bid, the 2024 Deer Creek Racquet Club Locker Room Improvements Project Bid, the Arbitrage Rebate Payment Due For the 2021 Debt Certificates, Ordinance 2024-08 Authorizing and Providing for the Conveyance or Sale of Surplus Personal Property, the Plan 2 Play Registration System Proposal, and the Donation Agreement Between the Park District of Highland Park, Parks Foundation of Highland Park and the Bondy Family Foundation For the Paddle Facility.

Staff provided project updates for improvements at Sunset Woods Park and the locker rooms renovations at the Recreation Center of Highland Park.

Staff received consensus from the Park Board of Commissioners to allow the recommended name of Club Pickle and Padel for the new indoor pickleball and padel facility to wait the sixty-day period prior to a vote.

Staff provided an annual report for grant-in-aid comparing the 2022, 2023, and year-to-date scholarship spending, participant demographics, and individual and household scholarship funds utilization to help cover the costs for memberships, programs, and camps.

As part of our series of articles for this year’s National Recreation & Park Association theme “Where You Belong”, we had a delightful conversation with Rachel Howard about her family’s experience with park district programs.

Rachel Howard is one of our most favorite people to talk with about the Park District, and especially about how her daughter Mia loves ParkSchool. The other day we got the latest on all things Mia, and learned a little about her brother Sam as well.

Last year when we talked with Rachel, Mia had just finished the school year as a Sapling. Now, Mia is 5 and a proud graduate of the Mighty Oaks preschool program.  How is she doing? “She’s great! She went 5 days a week in the mornings,” said Rachel. “The program is fantastic. Miss Ginny and Miss Samia are incredible with the kids. It’s such a well-structured program that really gets the kids ready for Kindergarten. I’ve been so impressed with Mia’s growth, her independence, and how proud she was of the work she came home with. That’s been the most exciting thing—to see the pride she takes in the activities and all of the projects.” Being proud of what you’ve done. We couldn’t ask for a better outcome from Mia’s ParkSchool experience. Rachel continued, “Mia’s teachers have prepared her so well for the transition to Kindergarten. They really set the kids up for success as they enter elementary school.”

Our Miss Ginny retired in June after an incredible 39 years of making little lives better. You can read more about her in this story. Ask any Mighty Oaks parent, and they’ll tell you that Miss Samia continues to be amazing!

We talked about Mia making new friends and new connections at Mighty Oaks. “Yes! There were old friends who she had been with the year before, and there were lots of new friends this year as well.” ParkSchool kids tend to stay in the program. The smaller class sizes, the structure, and the connections to other families make it a place where everyone truly feels they belong.  “Mia wants all of the kids in her class and her teachers to be with her when she goes to Kindergarten, because there is this warmth and sense of belonging to a community.” Well, we hope her friends go with her, but her teachers… not so much!

Did Mia do other Park District programs? “Yes!” (You can hear the smile.) “She did a Sports class, a Cooking class, and a Ceramics class after school at West Ridge. It’s so nice because she can stay at school and there’s a ‘bridge’ program where she played for a bit after Mighty Oaks. Then the teachers transition the kids to their after school classes, so parents don’t have to go back and forth.” How did Mia like those classes? “The Sports class (KidoKinetics) was great fun because they did some unique sports like Lacrosse and Pickleball. She also did Gymnastics on the weekends (at Centennial), which she loved.” We think “Keeping up with Mia” would make a great podcast!

“She’s formed a very strong bond with her friends and her teachers.” Connections, many of them lifelong, are what get built at your Park District. It truly is a place where you belong.

What’s next for the family? “My son Sam is 2½ and is in the Tot Stop camp this summer. He’s also done Gymnastics,” (at that age mostly tumbling, running, falling down), “and we love the Music class! We’re also registered for ParkSchool in the fall, so Sam will be a Sprout!”   

That’s how the traditions continue and the connections grow at your Park District. We would love for you and your family to join us and be a part of everything we do. We invite you to share your stories with us. Right now, you can find all of our summer programs, activities, and events 24/7 on our website.

See you around the parks!

Looking for exciting activities for your kids on no-school days? Our Fall Fun Days offer a variety of engaging programs to keep them entertained and active. Join us for a few days full of fun and adventure.

Resident Registration Begins Wednesday, July 17!

Thursday, October 3

Rosh Hashana

9am-3pm: Stream Explorers | Ages 5-10

The STREAM Explorers School Day Off program offers a fun and educational day for children when school is out. Split between Heller Nature Center and West Ridge Center, this program features a variety of activities in Science, Technology, Recreation, Environment, Art, and more.

Children will start their day at West Ridge Center, where they will be bussed to Heller Nature Center to explore environmental science projects, interactive nature walks, and creative art activities. Later, they will be bussed back to West Ridge Center for hands-on technology projects, recreational games, and art experiences, where they will also be picked up.

The program provides a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children engaged and entertained throughout the day. It’s an ideal way for kids to spend a school day off, having fun and exploring new interests.

Locations: Children will start and end their day at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd, as well as spend part of the day at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd

Monday, October 14

Institute Day

9am-3pm: Stream Explorers | Ages 5-10

The STREAM Explorers School Day Off program offers a fun and educational day for children when school is out. Split between Heller Nature Center and West Ridge Center, this program features a variety of activities in Science, Technology, Recreation, Environment, Art, and more.

Children will start their day at West Ridge Center, where they will be bussed to Heller Nature Center to explore environmental science projects, interactive nature walks, and creative art activities. Later, they will be bussed back to West Ridge Center for hands-on technology projects, recreational games, and art experiences, where they will also be picked up.

The program provides a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children engaged and entertained throughout the day. It’s an ideal way for kids to spend a school day off, having fun and exploring new interests.

Locations: Children will start and end their day at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd, as well as spend part of the day at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day

9am-3pm: Stream Explorers | Ages 5-10

The STREAM Explorers School Day Off program offers a fun and educational day for children when school is out. Split between Heller Nature Center and West Ridge Center, this program features a variety of activities in Science, Technology, Recreation, Environment, Art, and more.

Children will start their day at West Ridge Center, where they will be bussed to Heller Nature Center to explore environmental science projects, interactive nature walks, and creative art activities. Later, they will be bussed back to West Ridge Center for hands-on technology projects, recreational games, and art experiences, where they will also be picked up.

The program provides a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children engaged and entertained throughout the day. It’s an ideal way for kids to spend a school day off, having fun and exploring new interests.

Locations: Children will start and end their day at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd, as well as spend part of the day at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd

Monday, November 11

Veteran’s Day

9am-3pm: Stream Explorers | Ages 5-10

The STREAM Explorers School Day Off program offers a fun and educational day for children when school is out. Split between Heller Nature Center and West Ridge Center, this program features a variety of activities in Science, Technology, Recreation, Environment, Art, and more.

Children will start their day at West Ridge Center, where they will be bussed to Heller Nature Center to explore environmental science projects, interactive nature walks, and creative art activities. Later, they will be bussed back to West Ridge Center for hands-on technology projects, recreational games, and art experiences, where they will also be picked up.

The program provides a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children engaged and entertained throughout the day. It’s an ideal way for kids to spend a school day off, having fun and exploring new interests.

Locations: Children will start and end their day at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd, as well as spend part of the day at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd

10am-Noon: Once Upon A… | Ages 6-10

You write the story! Choose your own path in this adventure series as we explore role playing and rolling the dice to see which way our story will go.  Use your imagination to write which direction our story will go and act it out.

This is a drop off program. Pre-registration required. Program is outdoors so please dress for the weather. Participants also attending Superheroes may bring a peanut-free sack lunch and stay at Rosewood between programs.

Location: Rosewood Beach, 883 Sheridan Rd

12:30-2:20pm: Superheroes | Ages 6-10

Soar through the air, use your mighty strength, and explore your own super powers! Superheroes are everywhere, see what wild animals also have super powers just like those in the comics. Then explore how you too have your own super human powers.

This is a drop off program. Pre-registration required. Program is outdoors so please dress for the weather. Participants also attending Once Upon A… may bring a peanut-free sack lunch and stay at Rosewood between programs.

Location: Rosewood Beach, 883 Sheridan Rd

To celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, we are featuring a series of personal stories that exemplify the value Parks and Recreation brings to our lives.

Jami Buss is well-known to many of you as a member of our Registration Team at the Recreation Center. Great smile, always welcoming, and a wealth of knowledge about all things Park District. Lots of you also know her husband, Michael Buss, who has been an Instructor at the Fitness Club for almost 9 years. His Group Fitness classes are very popular. The family connections to the District go even deeper: their three sons are all park district kids, just like Jami was as she grew up in Highland Park. Her memories are the perfect place to start her story. Here we go.

Talking to Jami reinforces why this Park District has been so important to residents for their entire lives. “One of my fondest memories, from when I was just 5 years old, is going to Safety Village,” said Jami. “In those days, it was in the parking lot at Centennial Ice Arena.” Safety Village is still going strong at West Ridge. “Our kids went, and they loved it!”

“I grew up near Centennial, and we enjoyed ice skating and the shows. That area was such a great place to explore. We did lots of hiking and fishing, and of course, sledding in the winter. When I was in Middle School, sometimes we would just hang out at the Ice Arena. It was always great fun, and looking back, I realize how important it was to all of us kids.” That’s what we do at your Park District—provide safe, fun places where kids and families connect and make their own memories.

Flash forward. About 12 years ago, Jami joined the Fitness Club and continued a lifetime journey of healthy activities. Belonging to a club, connecting with Highland Park residents, and making new friends is one of the most important ways to stay physically and mentally fit. It’s a big part of what we offer every day. “My kids would come with me when they were 2 and 4, and play in the babysitting room while I worked out,” Jami related. Those two kids were Leo, now 15, and Henry, 13. “When Leo was 2 and 3 years old, he also went to Mommy’s Morning Away at West Ridge,” Jami said. “The teachers were wonderful!”

Samson, who is 8, rounds out the family. All three boys enjoy many of our year-round and seasonal programs: Baseball and Football, Sports Camps and Summer Camps, and especially Into the Wild Lakeshore, where campers explore nature, go swimming and dig into beachcombing as part of their summer adventures. “During Covid, living near Sunset Woods Park, the outdoor resources became extra important to our family,” said Jami, “and as things opened up, we all realized what amazing programs and opportunities the Park District offers the community. It’s one of the reasons I came to work here a year ago, and now helping other people get connected to the Park District is one of the true joys of my job.”

We can tell you that it’s a joy just to be around Jami, and we’re grateful to have her as part of our family.

We would love to hear your personal and family stories. Send us a wonderful memory or two that we can share. Until then… See you around the parks!

Connecting with nature is important at any age! Heller Nature Center’s programs are designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation for nature, foster environmental stewardship, and promote a healthier, more connected community. Whether you are an avid nature enthusiast or simply looking to explore new outdoor activities, Heller Nature Center offers something for everyone.

Check out our upcoming Adult/Adult-Friendly Programs:

Friday, July 13 • 10am-noon

Summer Wild Edibles Walk

Eat the forest! Join The Wild Dryad on a foraging tour of Heller’s woods; learn how to spot wild edibles and how best to cook them. Sample some of the plants we find on our hike.

Friday, July 19 • 7-8:30pm

Nature Trivia

Join us for an evening of nature-themed trivia. Enter in teams of up to 6, or join a team of new friends on arrival. Then, compete with fellow residents to see who knows more about the ecology in our local area and beyond.

This is a BYOB event. Light snacks will be provided.

Ages 21+

Sunday, August 8 • 9:30-11:30am

Honey Harvest Demo

Our honey bees have been working all summer making our famous Heller Honey. Come and experience how to harvest our honey with one of our naturalists and take home a small jar you harvested from the hives.

Nature Nurturers Needed!

From natural areas restoration to beekeeping, outdoor volunteer opportunities are aplenty!

The periodic cicadas have arrived! On this episode of Wild Insights, Mark describes the difference between periodic and annual cicadas, their molting process, and where you can see them in Highland Park!

Updates from the May Park Board Meetings

May 1: Facility and Recreation Committee Meeting

Architects Holabird and Root presented three (3) schematic designs for the New Recreation Facility and Site Improvements at West Ridge Park. Staff received consensus from the Committee to use Building Option F to submit an application for design and review.

May 8: Workshop Meeting of the Park Board

The Park Board of Commissioners adopted the Beach and Boating Safety Week Proclamation declaring May 18 – 24 as Highland Park Beach and Boating Safety Week.

The Park Board of Commissioners approved the WJE Evaluation of Footings Change Order #1 and authorized the Executive Director to increase the professional services contract from $24,900 to $32,477. 

Staff provided construction project updates for the Lot 3 Paddle Facility, construction at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, locker room improvements at Deer Creek Racquet Club, improvements at Jeff Fox Baseball Field, improvements at Lincoln Park, renovation to the Playground at Upper Rosewood, renovation to the 2-5-Year-Old Playground at Larry Fink Park, and improvements at Sunset Woods Park.

There was Action from Closed Session. The Park Board of Commissioners approved a settlement agreement with a former employee.

May 13: Finance and Recreation Committee Meeting

Architects Holabird and Root reviewed the design and review application for the New Recreation Facility and Site Improvements at West Ridge Park. The Facility and Recreation Committee were pleased with the rendering and schematic design which will be submitted in the application.

May 14: Finance Committee Meeting

Sikich, LLP presented a draft of the Park District’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. 

Staff reviewed the bid results for the 2024 Recreation Center Pool Ceiling Painting project, 2024 Cunniff Park 2-5 Playground Resurfacing-Fence Improvements project, 2024 Roof Improvements projects, and the 2024 Deer Creek Racquet Club Parking Lot Improvements project.

Staff reviewed a services proposal with L6 Technology It Support.

Staff shared a fundraising update for the Jeff Fox Baseball Field Campaign.

The City of Highland Park is currently renovating the Highland Park Senior Center. The Park District and City of Highland Park planned to renovate the shared parking lot in 2025. The Park District received an estimated cost from the City of Highland Park for the shared project, and the estimate was significantly higher than anticipated.

May 22: Annual Meeting of the Park Board

Commissioner Bernstein was elected for President of the Park Board and Commissioner Freeman was elected for Vice President.

Executive Director Romes was appointed as Secretary to the Park Board, Coordinator Hejnowski was appointed as Assistant Secretary acting under the general supervisor of the Secretary, Director Peters was appointed as Treasurer, Director Hall was appointed as the District’s IMRF authorized agent, Executive Director Romes, Director Hall, and Coordinator Hejnowski were appointed as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers, Executive Director Romes and Coordinator Hejnowski were appointed as Open Meetings Act (OMA) Officers, Executive Director Romes was appointed as the American With Disabilities Act Coordinator (ADA), Sikich, LLP was appointed as the District’s auditor, and Ancel Glink was appointed as the District’s attorney.

May 22: Regular Meeting of the Park Board

The Park Board of Commissioners approved Ordinance 2024-06 providing for the issue of not to exceed $6,445,000 General Obligation Limited Tax Park Bonds, Series 2024, of the Park District of  Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois, for the payment of land for parks, for the building,  maintaining, improving and protecting of the same and the existing land and facilities of said Park District and for the payment of the expenses incident thereto, providing for the levy of a direct annual tax to pay the principal and interest on said bonds, and authorizing the sale of said bonds to the purchaser thereof, the 2024 Recreation Center Pool Ceiling Painting Bid, the 2024 Roof Improvements Project Bid, the 2024 Deer Creek Racquet Club Parking Lot Improvements Bid, the 2024 Cunniff Park 2-5 Playground Resurfacing-Fence Improvements Project Bid, and the L6 Technology IT Support Services Proposal.

Staff presented a 5-year athletic trends analysis, comparing female and male participation figures.

In our third and final installment of Parks in Mind, a video series in collaboration with Endeavor Health that explores mental health and recreation, Dr. Fazio and Kyle answer the following questions:

Meet Our Mental Health Professionals

Lindsay T. Fazio, PhD is the System Director of Wellbeing & Vitality for Endeavor Health. Her role is to develop and drive the strategic plan to bring wellbeing to each and every team member no matter their role or responsibility within the organization.

She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana State University. She completed her residency in medical psychology at St. James Hospital and Health Centers. Dr. Fazio’s passion is promoting wellness began 20 years ago teaching physicians and physicians-in-training. She works with departments and health systems nationally to monitor burnout provide a programatic series of strengths-based interventions to promote resiliency and engagement across all members of the healthcare team.

Kyle Kovski, LCSW is dedicated to supporting the emotional wellbeing of individuals within Endeavor Health. His dual role as the Wellbeing Support Advisor and System R.I.S.E. Clinical Coordinator showcases his commitment to fostering resilience and creating a supportive culture within the organization.

With his educational background in Social Work, Kyle brings a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and mental health to his role. His clinical experience across different age groups and symptomatology provides him with a nuanced perspective on addressing the diverse needs of individuals. Kyle’s focus on supporting medical professionals is especially impactful, given his firsthand experience in Family Medicine Residency programs support Behavioral Health Education. He recognizes the unique challenges individuals are faced with daily and advocates for the importance of stress management and resilience techniques in mitigating the impact of trauma.

By drawing from his expertise in trauma and emphasizing the importance of holistic wellbeing, Kyle empowers individuals to navigate challenges effectively. His efforts not only benefit the individuals he directly supports but also contribute to creating a culture of support and resilience within Endeavor Health.

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