Northbrook Park District • 545 Academy Drive • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847·291·2960 •

Dog Walking at Techny Prairie Park

Health, Safety, and Liability

The NPD is committed to conducting our recreation programs and activities in a safe manner and keeping our facilities safe for everyone to enjoy. Park District staff members conduct more than 150 inspections each month towards this effort.

Lightning Warning Systems
The Northbrook Park District has recently upgraded the lightning warning systems within the District. Lightning warning sirens and strobe lights are located at Sportsman’s Country Club, West Park, Wood Oaks Green, Techny Prairie Park and Fields, the Chalet in Meadowhill Park and at the Village Green Center.

The lightning warning systems will sound when there is an immediate lightning threat. One long
(15-second) siren will sound and a strobe will flash on the unit. Seek shelter immediately.

The siren will sound three 5-second blasts and the strobe will go off after the system determines conditions are safe. Play may resume only after the all clear siren.

Be vigilant in monitoring threatening weather and always err on the side of caution. Seek shelter immediately if:

  • You hear one long siren.
  • You hear thunder (regardless of siren).
  • You see lightning (regardless of siren).

Avoid open areas, water, tall trees, metal fences, overhead wires, power lines, elevated ground, golf carts, mowers, cellular phones and radios.

30/30 Lightning Safety Rule
Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

Unit and Strobe Light Locations
Techny Prairie Park and Fields: strobe light located on top of the building next to the lake
Village Green: strobe light located on top of the Village Green Center
Meadowhill Park: strobe light located on top of the Chalet next to the Velodrome
Sportsman’s Country Club: strobe light located on the clubhouse, on the pumphouse near 17th hole,
#5 green/#11 tee on the 18-hole course, and the #4 tee on the east-9 course
West Park: strobe light located on the Sports Center roof (NE corner)
Wood Oaks: strobe light located on the tennis building in the middle of the park

Automatic External Defibrillators
Life-Saving Equipment in Northbrook Parks
The Northbrook Park District has 19 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) inside facilities―to restart a heart after sudden cardiac arrest―and 6 outdoor units that are accessible to the public at all times. The outdoor units were donated by the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation and are linked to a monitoring system that will dispatch police and paramedics when the door is opened.

Outdoor AEDs are in the following locations:

  • Village Green Park (on the south side of concession/restroom building, facing the playground)
  • Techny Prairie Park and Fields (2-at the Clubhouse patio and the batting cage)
  •  Meadowhill Park (2-on the east side of the Chalet and north side of the Outdoor Education Center)
  •  Wood Oaks Green Park (on the north side of the tennis building)

Installed in weather-proof cabinets, the outdoor AEDs are safe and easy to use, with audio prompts. If a person does not need a shock, the machine will not deliver one.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for young athletes, so placing the defibrillators in public areas can save lives. Northbrook is believed to be one of the first Park Districts to provide AEDs for the public in an outdoor setting.

Indoor AED locations:
Joe Doud Administration Building (2)
Techny Prairie Center (1)
Northbrook Sports Center (2)
Sportsman’s Country Club―Main building (1), Driving Range (1), Ranger carts (2), Maintenance Building (1)
Leisure Center (2)
Senior Center (1- portable, for Senior trips)
Meadowhill Aquatic Center (1)
Northbrook Sports Center Pool (1)
Village Green Center (1)
Batting Cages at Techny Prairie Park and Fields (1)
Chalet/Ed Rudolph Velodrome (1)
Outdoor Education Center, Meadowhill Park (1)

The NPD has received accreditation, the highest loss-control award, from the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), which was developed as an alternative to commercial insurance. The accreditation signifies excellence in risk management programs and their implementation. During the review process, the Park District is judged on written policies and procedures, loss experience, property management, human resources and training.

Are You Covered?
The NPD does not carry medical accident insurance for program participants, as the cost would be prohibitive. Please review your personal health insurance plan to be sure you and your family have proper coverage. The absence of coverage does not make the Park District responsible for payment of medical expenses.

The Park District also requires program participants to sign a waiver and release of all claims as
a condition for participation.

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