About Us

About Us

Enhacing the Quality of Life for All

Park Ridge, Illinois is a community of an estimated 37,000 residents located 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, in a key geographic location close to O’Hare Airport, major expressways and rail transportation.

It is a community with tree-lined streets, pleasing architecture, and outstanding parks, city government, schools, and library.

For generations, the Park Ridge Park District has provided leisure opportunities and recreational activities to promote health, wellness, and fun and to ensure that recreation and leisure choices are plenty. Individuals and families can seek out ways to spend time with each other or simply meet friends.

Each season the district offers hundreds of classes, special events, summer camps, and programs for a wide variety of ages. An extensive selection of programs for adults, children, and families are found in the seasonal brochure and on our website. Online registration is available 24 hours a day.

As guardian of the land we maintain, we are also committed to environmental standards and excellence in enhancing the quality of life for all.

Our Mission

Park Ridge Park District's mission is to enhance Park Ridge’s quality of life by providing park and recreation opportunities for all residents while being environmentally and fiscally responsible.

Master Plan

The Park District's Master Plan is available here.

Community Surveys

The Park Ridge Park District regularly conducts a community survey to ensure that planning aligns with the desires the community has for its Park District. The Park District uses survey results to guide the creation of the District's master plan and strategic initiatives.

Results of the 2018 survey are available here.

Results of the 2011 survey are available here.

Strategic Plan

The District reviews the strategic plan annually during the budget process, and sets annual tactics to achieve the overall goals and strategies of the District. Our goals fall under five core areas of the District:

  • Customer
  • Financial
  • Adminstrative
  • Employees
  • Asset Management

An overview of the plan is available here.

Tactics for 2024 are available here.

A summary of the 2023 strategic plan measurements is available here.