Policies and Ordinances

Program Withdrawal Policy

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Non-Park District Residents - Annual User Fee

Some residences are within the boundaries of the City of Park Ridge but not wholly or partially within the Park District. Those residents are eligible to purchase an annual buy-in. The buy-in provides your household with resident rates on Park District programs and facilities for one-year from the date of purchase. (Please be aware, you must still wait until non-resident registration begins to register for programs.) The cost of the buy-in option is based on the assessed value of your property multiplied by the last known tax rate of the Park Ridge Park District. Please call 847-692-5127 for more details.

Code of Conduct - Participants

Safety is our utmost concern and we want all our participants to remember that good manners and behavior is essential to ensuring everyone’s safety and making your experience with us a pleasant one. We ask that you report any conduct that is not acceptable to the supervisor on duty.

Code of Conduct - Park Facility Users

All park and facility patrons are welcome to participate in programs, leisure activities and recreational opportunities at the Park District. We trust our patrons to act in a civil manner and use safe practices while on Park District property. We will immediately address and take appropriate measures regarding unacceptable behavior, verbal disrespect or abuse in order to insure the safety of all patrons.

Thor Guard

Your safety is our top priority. Our parks, athletic fields, pools, golf and baseball facilities, outdoor parks and property are protected by Thor Guard from April to November. The Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System consists of sensors within the City of Park Ridge that measure electrostatic charges at ground level and in the atmosphere. When conditions indicate that a lightning occurrence is probable, alarm horns provide an 8-12 minute warning to clear areas and seek shelter.

Warning Horn will sound a 15 second blast when a potentially dangerous weather situation is approaching. Clear the area immediately and seek proper shelter. Wait for the All Clear (three short blasts) to resume activities.

The alarm horns are at Maine East High School, North Park, Northwest Park (Franklin School), Oakton Pool, Woodland Park, Ni-Ridge Park, Jefferson/Emerson School site, Hodges Park, Northeast Park (Field School), Maine Park, Carpenter School, Hinkley Park, Centennial Park (Lincoln/Washington Schools), Maine South High School, South Park (Roosevelt School), Jaycee Park, Brickton Park and Southwest Park.


The Thor Guard System helps assess the conditions. Neither the signal nor the system is intended to guarantee that conditions are safe. If the weather is threatening and no warning signal is heard or seen, use good judgment and clear the park. Do not wait for the warning signal to activate, as the system can malfunction.

Swimming Lessons: Parents and Chaperones

Parents or chaperones who have a child participating in swim lessons will be allowed to wait in a restricted area on the pool deck during swim lessons, without charge. Street clothes will be allowed in this area while waiting for your child.

Environmental Policy

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