Fall 2020 Brochure - Page 9

Inclusion The Park District of Highland Park strives to serve as the center of the community and to be our residents’ first choice for recreational services. Our adopted policies, procedures, and programs are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Equality Statement The Park District of Highland Park provides programs, activities, and facilities without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation or gender. No participant or spectator shall, on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin or disability, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage or opportunity. Recreation Purpose Statement To provide positive recreational experiences through programs, camps, memberships, drop-in services, private and group lessons, special events, leagues, tournaments, rentals, and other activities which contribute to the individual’s physical, social, emotional, cultural, and educational growth in order to enrich the quality of life. Respect for the dignity and self-worth of every individual shall be of paramount importance. Non-Discrimination Statement The Park District of Highland Park does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, (including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, gender change, gender orientation, gender stereotyping, or transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability, membership in an organization, age, reprisal, or other unlawful factors. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Special Accommodations The Park District of Highland Park encourages participation by everyone! If you or a family member have special needs and would like to participate in a program, we will be happy to make reasonable modification(s) to meet your needs. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like information regarding our inclusion programs and/or specifically identifying any need for and request for reasonable modification(s) according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Park District of Highland Park provides recreational opportunities for all residents of Highland Park. People with and without disabilities are encouraged and invited to register for all Park District of Highland Park programs of interest. People with disabilities will not be discriminated against in the delivery of Park District of Highland Park programs. Character Counts! The Park District of Highland Park, along with other community leaders and organizations, is proud to be a part of Character Counts!, a program teaching children the six pillars of character: Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility and Trustworthiness. Children are 27% of our population but 100% of the future. The direction they go depends on us. The Park District of Highland Park wants to help build the character of the next generation! Senior Citizen Discount Resident seniors, 65 and over, are entitled to 15% off the regular registration fee for recreation programs and must show their ID. This does not include excursions, contractual programs, activities at special facilities or special workshops and events. Military Discount Active servicemen and women and their immediate families receive resident rates plus an additional 15% discount on Park District of Highland Park programs, memberships, and daily fees, excluding select contractual programs. Register in person with proof of active service to receive the reduced rate. Call 847.831.3810 for more information. Be Active!Get Involved! Volunteer With Us! Whether you are planning a one-day service event for a school or business, want to join our natural areas restoration days, or seek a longer-term commitment by coaching one of our youth sports programs, we offer tools, expertise and support to make your volunteer experience fulfilling. LOVE THE OUTDOORS? Become part of the team to restore our natural areas. Eagle Scout project opportunities also available. Contact Liz Ricketts at 847.571.7740 or ericketts@pdhp.org. LIKE TO SPRUCE THINGS UP? Bee a Volunteer! Assist Heller Nature Center staff with trail trimming, gardening, or keeping our bee hives healthy and thriving. Call Heller Nature Center at 847.433.6901. SPECIAL COMMUNITY SERVICES ADA Compliance Officer: Brian Romes, Executive Director, Park District of Highland Park SPORTS ARE YOUR GAME? Coach young athletes in one of a variety of sports. Contact Eric Golmon at 847.579.3129 or egolmon@pdhp.org. To view all of the Park District of Highland Park Inclusion Policies including: Transgender Policy, Harassment Policy and Equal Opportunity Employee Policy, click here. Fall 2020 • Park District of Highland Park 8