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

Dog Walking at Techny Prairie Park

Health, Safety, and Liability

The Northbrook Park District is committed to conducting its recreation programs and activities in a safe manner and keeping its facilities safe for everyone to enjoy. Park District employees conduct more than 150 inspections in parks and facilities each month.

Lightning Detection Systems

The Park District uses the Strike Guard Lightning Detection System to warn participants in outdoor programs about the threat of lightning. The system tracks actual lightning strikes and will sound when strikes have been detected within a 5-mile radius of transmitters at Sportsman’s Country Club or Village Green Center.

When lightning has been detected, the system will sound a 15-second siren, and a strobe will flash on the unit. People in the area should seek shelter immediately. After the system has determined that dangerous weather has cleared the area and conditions are safe, the siren will sound a wavering noise for 15-seconds, and the strobe will turn off. At that time, activities can resume safely.

Strike Guard―West
Horn and strobe light locations

Sportsman’s Country Club:horn/strobe light on the clubhouse, on the pump house near 17th hole, #5 green/#11 tee on the Classic 18 Course, and the #4 tee on the East-9 course

West Park: horn/strobe light on the Northbrook Sports Center roof (NE corner)

Wood Oaks Green Park: horn/strobe light on the south end of the tennis building in the middle of the park

Strike Guard―East
Horn and strobe light locations

Village Green Park: horn/strobe light on top of the Village Green Center, strobe light on the scoreboard at the ball field, and a strobe light on a light post next to the playground

Techny Prairie Park and Fields: horn/strobe light on the electrical cabinet next to Techny Prairie Center, on the warming shelter by the sled hill, strobe light on the batting cage control building, and strobe light on a pole on the golf course behind Tee Box #2

Meadowhill Park: horn/strobe light on top of the Chalet next to the Velodrome, strobe light at Meadowhill Aquatic Center, and strobe light at ballfield #2 in Meadowhill Park.

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.

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 District has received the highest loss-control award—accreditation—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 was judged on written policies and procedures, loss experience, property management, human resources and training.

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