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At the Park District of Highland Park

Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Park District of Highland Park has a mystique all its own just waiting to be discovered. Founded over a century ago, it is one of the oldest park districts in Illinois.  Explore the district’s unique historic parks and find secret gardens, hidden ponds, and a one-of-a-kind beachfront Interpretive Center.

What other place produces Olympic athletes and its own honey, let alone thousands of programs, camps and events that will knock your socks off? Whether you are interested in discovering nature on a spectacular white sand beach or in the quiet woods, trying a new sport or fitness program, testing your creative talents with visual or performing arts class …or just having fun at one of our world class events, there is no reason to wait.  Start your Adventure Today!

The Park District serves over 30,000 residents in the City of Highland Park, Illinois and a small portion of the Village of Deerfield and is located approximately 25 miles north of Chicago.

Funding

Approximately 6% of the total resident property tax is paid to the Park District of Highland Park, which is a separate taxing entity. Taxes provide about 50% of the park district’s annual operating budget of more than $20 million. The balance of income is derived from user fees, admissions, rentals, sales and so forth. Grants, donations and endowments for special projects provide another source of revenue.

History

The Park District of Highland Park has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1909 when it managed only a 2-1/2 square mile parcel of land.