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West Ridge Center

636 Ridge Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035
847.579.3125

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Following Tier 3 restrictions, West Ridge Center is closed.

 

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Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

West Ridge Center Programs (Winter registration going on now)

  • Adult Ceramics
  • Childhood Enrichment
  • After School Programs
  • ParkSchool
  • Dance & Theatre (child & adult)
  • Kindermusik
  • Youth Art & Clay
  • Martial Arts & Athletics

Contact

Sara Stanke, Recreation Supervisor
847.579.3123
sstanke@pdhp.org

Cathy Fiori, Recreation Program Manager
847.579.3121
cfiori@pdhp.org

Registration Office 
847.579.3128
registrations@pdhp.org

 

 

Coming Soon!  We are reintroducing Sprouts (2s) 2021 in person programming in January!

Winter/Spring registration going on now,  Click here to learn more and register today!

Winter Brochure Information

For Health and Safety procedures click here

At ParkSchool (Age 2-4)… we encourage your child to question, explore, and discover.  Our unique curriculum nurtures your child’s curiosities and individuality, builds self-confidence and social skills, and prepares your child for kindergarten. ParkSchool provides your child with a Successful Beginning for a Bright Future.

  • Exposure to Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STREAM)
  • Gain an appreciation for the natural world
  • Development of sensory, cognitive, and motor skills
  • Opportunity to cultivate meaningful friendships and peer collaboration
  • Attain independence through critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Build confidence through the exploration of self-expression and creativity.

ParkSchool prepares your child for the next important step:  Ready… Set… Kindergarten!

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

After School Enrichment Programs at West Ridge Center  (Grade K-5)

  • Wide variety of activities including art, science, and cooking
  • Foster social skill development
  • Learn and practice independence
  • Use creativity and imagination
  • Develop an appreciation for learning
  • Understand the importance of exercise in everyday life

Click here to learn more and register

Contact
Sara Stanke, Recreation Supervisor
847-579-3123
sstanke@pdhp.org

 

 

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

Ceramics & Visual Art

Whether you are an artist, or are interested in learning more about art, we have the class for you. Adults can learn to handle, throw, and glaze works of art in out ceramics studio, equipped with wheels, electric and gas kilns, and a wide variety of glaze options. Classes include instruction as well as open studio hours. Children interested in art will enjoy expressing their creative side learning about all different clay mediums.

To view and register for programs, click here.  
Registration is available online, or at the Recreation Center of Highland Park. West Ridge Center is not available for registration at this time.

Health & Safety

To keep you, your family, our staff and community safe, we have implemented many procedures in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, DCEO, and IDPH. To read those guidelines, click here. 
Additionally, open studio time will be available by reservation only to limit the amount of people in the studio and to assist in contact tracing. For enhanced safety, barriers will be placed between work stations and on shelves. Lockers will be assigned to patrons to store their belongings before entering the classroom. Gloves and cleaning supplies will also be provided. In the ceramics studio, a face mask must be work at all times, no exceptions.

Contact:
Sara Stanke, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.3123
sstanke@pdhp.org

 

Fall dance classes are available in our digital brochure.  For more information and to register, click here.

Don’t see a class option that fits your schedule? Create a class! Contact Natalie Liang at nliang@pdhp.org or 847-579-3131 for information. Class Min/Max 4/9.

Dance can make a difference in a child’s life!

To register, click here.

 

The Highland Park Studio for Dance and Performance is centered around a fun and nurturing environment that allows students to grow and advance at their own pace. Introductory classes focus on movement and coordination. Class levels progress to a more disciplined routine of stretching and proper techniques while promoting self-confidence. Our goal is to nurture each and every dancer while offering the highest level and quality of training.

Our professional staff strives for greatness in the areas of attitude, teachable spirit, discipline, selflessness, and integrity. We encourage every dancer to their fullest potential both inside and outside the dance studio.

Attire:

Ballet classes:
Girls wear pastel pink leotards (without skirt or tutu), pink tights and pink ballet shoes.
Boys wear black pants, white or black shirt, and black ballet shoes.

Hip-Hop and Tap:
Comfortable clothes (no jeans) and clean-soled shoes. No street shoes.

Modern and Contemporary classes:
Black pants (no bare knees), black leotard and no shoes

Jazz, Performance and Broadway classes:
Black pants (no bare knees), black leotard and black jazz shoes


We are excited to introduce our professional dance instructors who have trained with world renowned dancers such as… Merce Cunningham, Randy Duncan and Larry Long View their Bios Here


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:
Natalie Liang, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.3131
nliang@pdhp.org

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

Karate  (Wednesdays): Click Here To Register For All Karate Programs

Instructors of the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club, under the direction of John DiPasquale, a four-time National Champion and former U.S. Karate National Coach, lead the Park District’s karate programs. Deerfield Park District residents, through a cooperative agreement, pay resident rates. This discount is not available through online registration.

TaeKwonDo_JadeP_24Uniforms
Uniforms are not mandatory but are recommended at the beginning level. Uniforms are mandatory at the continuing, intermediate and advanced levels and program advancement is emphasized. Uniforms and belt testing are available through the ISKC instructor for an additional fee. Purchasing safety equipment ($50-100) is required for continuing, intermediate and advanced levels. Belt Testing Belt testing is available twice a year at various suburban locations for an additional fee. Uniforms and belt testing are available through ISKC instructor.

Youth Karate (Ages 8-14)
Karate skills put children in touch with their bodies and help build coordination, agility, strength and poise, as well as personal safety skills in a well-supervised setting. The confidence gained helps foster a strong positive self-image. The mental aspect builds confidence, control and discipline, and the physical aspect is enjoyable and beneficial.

Pre-Karate (Ages 4-7)
Through a variety of fun and creative activities, children develop coordination, strength and personal safety skills in a well-supervised setting. This program helps children develop memory and agility skills that are necessary for success in school and other sports.

Parent/Child Karate (Parent/Child, Ages 8 & Up)
Share quality time with your child while developing muscle tone, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and karate skills. Regardless of age, weight or current physical condition, karate can put your family on the right track to physical well-being. 


Taekwondo (Mondays or Thursdays): Click Here To Register for All Taekwondo Programs

One of the newest Olympic sports is a 2000-year-old martial art offering a variety of benefits for people of all ages and physical abilities. Students have the opportunity to improve concentration and self-esteem, achieve lifelong physical fitness and learn self-defense skills. Classes are taught under the direction of Grand Master Ki Hong Kim (8th Dan World Tae Kwon Do Federation).

Uniforms
A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the K.H. Kim’s Taekwondo (OATC) at an additional fee. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gears. Please note, after the second class the fee is not refundable.

Little Dragons (Ages 4-5)
This introductory class is designed to captivate the interest of our youngest students. Skills are developed through gentle instruction and appropriate games for their ability. This class focuses on developing balance, coordination and respect for the discipline of martial arts training.

Early Taekwondo (Ages 6-7)
Designed especially for younger children, this program helps kids develop conditioning, coordination, listening skills and self-confidence through creative activities.

Adult & Child Taekwondo (Parent/Child, Ages 7 & Up)
This class provides families with a fun opportunity to spend time together while improving physical and mental conditioning through cardiovascular drills, calisthenics and traditional Taekwondo techniques including punching, kicking and blocking.

Youth Taekwondo (Ages 8-13)
This program includes a balanced cardiovascular workout including punching, kicking and blocking skills using the Taekwondo tradition and self-control. Participants will improve coordination, power of concentration, balance and both physical and mental discipline.

Contact:
Michael Divencenzo
Athletics Coordinator
Phone: 847.579.3198

mdivencenzo@pdhp.org

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Programs taking place now through December 18
All participants have been notified whether their programs have been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. Refunds, prorations, and credits are currently being processed accordingly.

Programs Starting January 2 or later
Decisions regarding programming beginning after the 30 day order have not yet been made.
We are currently accepting registration for winter programs.

Facility Safety
Below brief video detailing the safety measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe. The measures will be continued and/or enhanced when we are able to reopen.

Kindermusik Program Information

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This class stimulates the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in the early days of your child’s life. We will participate in activities appropriate for the different stages of development for this age. We’ll play, massage, explore objects, sing and move to nurture development!

Our Time (Adult/Child, Ages 16 Months-3 1/2)
Based on child development research, this program addresses the whole child Scottthrough singing, listening, moving and playing simple instruments. We will also explore texture and sounds, play finger games and learn to “take turns” so social skills will blossom.

 

 

Corona Virus Resurgence Mitigation
Your health, safety, and wellness is our number one priority. Due to the Coronavirus resurgence, the Mayor and Governor’s order; West Ridge Center is closed and not accepting rental requests until it is determined we can safely reopen. Updates will be communicated to you via email and our social media pages. Be sure to join our email list for updates on programs and facilities.

Michele Long
Facility Coordinator
Phone: 847.579.3134
mlong@pdhp.org

Park District of Highland Park Building Use Policy Rental Rules and Regulations

  1. Park District sponsored activities shall have priority in all facility usage.
  2. All rentals must be applied for in-person at the designated facility at which time full payment is required.
  3. Any individuals or groups applying for use of the facility must complete and submit the appropriate permit with the exception of scheduled Park District activities. The permits may be submitted no more than ninety (90) days prior to the proposed usage date and approved by the Center Supervisor dependent upon facility availability.
  4. Rentals are ninety percent (90%) refundable if reservation is canceled ten (10) or more working days prior to approved rental date.
  5. A refundable cleaning deposit will be charged. Cleaning deposits shall be refunded approximately two weeks after the date of rental if the group or individuals using the Center left the room in an orderly state. Please note: Additional fees will be assessed to the renter if there is any damage incurred by misuse of the facility and its property.
  6. All rental fees and charges are subject to change and are established annually by the Board.
    Rental fees will be charged based on 2 divisions: Resident and nonresident. Proof of residency is required with a valid ID.
    Individuals signing permit must be 21 years of age, be present during rental period and assume responsibility for all actions of the group and usage of the room and equipment including the chaperoning of minors.
  7. A rental permit shall be revoked at any time due to misconduct of individuals, falsification of information, misuse of property or failure to comply with Center and Park District rules and regulations. Rental payment will be forfeited to the Park District and future permits will not be issued to group or individuals involved.
  8. Park District reserves the right to prohibit any rental application which is contrary to the public safety and welfare.
    Any use of loudspeaker or public address instruments must be approved by the Park District. Necessary information must be submitted on rental application.
  9. Rental information for each facility, including forms, fees, hours and duration, room availability, and rules/regulations are available at the designated facility.
  10. Permits for fund-raising activities must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the proposed usage date and must be approved by the Board.