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 .
Active and veteran 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 or veteran service to receive the reduced rate .
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 .