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Community Groups

The Park District of Highland Park has cooperative relationships with a variety of organizations, including affiliations or reciprocal sponsorships with different groups.

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO )

Highland Park AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that provides quality youth recreational and competitive soccer programs for children ages 4-18. AYSO is child-focused and promotes a fun, family environment based on six core philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. More information is available at www.hpayso.org, or you can contact us at info@hpayso.org or 847.433.TEAM.

Best Futures Inc.

Best Futures, Inc. was formed by a small and passionate group of mothers, sharing a common concern about the future of their special needs children who were growing up and fast becoming teens and young adults. Best Futures, Inc. began exploring opportunities for providing gainful employment for those with within an inclusive community setting, directed at building vocational and social skills, instilling a sense of accomplishment and pride, and raising community awareness of the positive contributions those with can make when opportunities exist. Hopes and dreams became a reality, and the first cup of coffee was served on January 11, 2012 at the Grand Opening of the Best Futures Cafe at Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park, Illinois, providing gainful employment and abundant pride to a group of extraordinary individuals. www.bestfuturesinc.org

Community – The Anti- Drug

Community – The Anti-Drug (CTAD) is a community organization comprised of parents, local government, school officials, clergy and healthcare providers. The mission of this coalition is to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs among our students and young adults in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood, and Riverwoods.

Falcons Hockey Association

The Falcons Hockey Association has over 600 skaters in its combined hockey programs. The Falcons strive to be a leader in development of a youth athletic organization that provides the environment for each child to achieve his or her maximum potential of the sport. For more information or to register, visit the Falcons Hockey Association.

Highland Park Figure Skating Club

The Highland Park Figure Skating Club (HPFSC) was formed in 1986 in order to provide proprietary ice time for its members. Skaters contract for regular ice time from September to May to practice skills and programs, as well as to receive private lessons. Various ice times are available for skaters of all abilities. Please email Jane Clarke at info@highlandparkfsc.com for more information or visit HPFSC’s Facebook Page. 

Highland Park Giants High School Hockey Club

The Giants play in the prestigious North Central Division of the Illinois High School Hockey League, which is recognized as one of the most highly competitive high school leagues in Illinois. Most Giants’ players have their roots in the Falcons Hockey Association and, with Centennial Ice Arena as home ice, find the accessibility of practices and games conducive to managing studies, as well as the commitment of a rigorous team sport. Visit their website at www.hpgiantshockey.org to learn more.

Highland Park Players

Highland Park Players is a non-profit organization, the purpose of which is to enrich, educate and entertain the community by providing area residents the opportunity to attend and participate in a superior theatre experience. The Vision of the Board of Directors is to provide an accessible, hands-on theatre for the city of Highland Park. It is our mission to educate and entertain our community by providing area residents the opportunity to attend and to participate in a superior theatre experience as well as offer an outlet for the talents of area residents that would provide the unique pleasures of live theatre for family, friends, and the community as a whole. To learn more, visit their website, Highland Park Players

Highland Park Pops

For more than four decades, the Highland Park Pops Big Band has kept jazz from the big band era alive on the North Shore, playing the classic and popular arrangements of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and many other renowned artists and styles. The Highland Park Pops Big Band performs at public events, benefits, concerts and outdoor summertime functions. To learn more, visit the Highland Park Pops website. 

Illinois Audubon Society

This organization is dedicated to the preservation of all wildlife. The society meets the first Tuesday of each month at Heller Nature Center. In addition to the meetings, there are field trips, workshops, seminars, newsletters and other activities that help to promote the understanding and enjoyment of nature. For more information, please visit Illinois Audubon Society.

Highland Park Strings 

 The Highland Park Strings just celebrated their 40th Anniversary Season and the mission of the Strings remains the same: to provide community concerts free of charge.  Families, friends and North Shore neighbors can gather for an afternoon of musical enjoyment at the highest level. This unique policy of free admission is made possible by the Park District of Highland Park, the Highland Park Community Foundation, the Negaunee Foundation and the generosity of other supportive foundations and individual donors. To learn more about Highland Park Strings, visit their website. 

North Shore Yacht Club (NSYC)

NSYC membership is for sailing, boating and kayaking enthusiasts. NYSC programs include a summer Learn-to-Sail course for adults and juniors, a Learn-to-Kayak course, sailboat racing, and social events. Member benefits include the use of club-owned sailboats and kayaks. NSYC is located at the Park Avenue boating facility. Please call Barney Ruttenberg at 847.432.9800 for more information or visit North Shore Yacht Club.

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA)

NSSRA offers residents with disabilities a wide variety of programs and services. NSSRA also provides In-home programming for residents unable to leave their home, leisure skill development, birthday party assistance, sign language Interpreters and assistance, 1/2 Hour private leisure consultations, provision of professional speakers and more. For more information call 847.509.9400 or visit NSSRA.

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