Park Board of Park Commissioners
The seven-member, volunteer Park District Board of Commissioners is the legal governing authority of the Park District. District residents elect Commissioners to serve staggered four-year terms. Park Board meeting information is always made publicly available.
Residents elect a seven-member volunteer Board of Commissioners to establish Park District policy, strategic direction and governing ordinances. Board members serve staggered four-year terms. A professional staff led by an Executive Director handles day-to-day operations of the District.
The 17.25-square mile Park District is located in northern Cook County, about 25 miles north of Chicago, Illinois.
It lies in Northfield and Wheeling Townships and is bordered by Deerfield and Highland Park on the north, Glenview on the south, Glencoe and Northfield on the east, and Wheeling on the west. As an additional buffer, the Park District is bounded on the east and west by hundreds of acres of Cook County Forest Preserve woods. The Park District serves all of Northbrook and a small portion of unincorporated Cook County.
Based on the 2010 Census, the Park District's population is approximately 33,170, with 24% under the age of 18.
The equalized assessed value (EAV) of real estate for 2014 EAV $2.272 billion.
The tax rate for 2015 was $.536 per $100 of assessed value, or 6% of the average real estate tax bill.
Fiscal Year Budget
The Park District fiscal year begins May 1 and concludes on April 30. The total budget for 2016-17 is $27.2 million with an operating budget of $16.4 million, capital improvement budget of $7.1 million, and debt retirement budget of $3.7 million.
The Park District occasionally issues General Obligation Bonds occasionally for capital improvements and holds an Aaa bond rating from Moody's Investor Service on its outstanding debt.
The Park District holds title for its residents to 508.9 acres and leases 2.41 acres from the Village of Northbrook. The Park District maintains 22 parks, comprised of community parks, neighborhood parks, play lots and passive parks.
Recreational facilities include: two aquatic facilities, a community center with activity and meeting rooms, two indoor ice rinks, 36 holes of golf, a practice range, miniature golf, two sled hills, 22 tennis courts, 31 baseball/softball fields (7 School District fields), soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, two fishing lakes, basketball courts, two volleyball courts, a cross country ski area, football fields, turf fields for soccer or lacrosse, an outdoor skate park, Teams Challenge Course and a climbing wall.
Distinctive facilities include the Ed Rudolph Velodrome (1/4 mile, banked bike track), Sportsman's Country Club, Anetsberger Golf Course, Techny Prairie Park and Fields with the Trail Through Time, the Leisure Center with the Northbrook Theatre, and the Northbrook Sports Center with two ice rinks.
Programs and Services
The Park District provides a full range of indoor and outdoor activities. Major recreation programs include ice skating, visual arts, music, performing arts, preschool, summer camps, child care before and after school, aquatics, and athletics. Special events include Winter Carnival, Park Fest (Tuesday night concerts in the park), Touch-A-Truck, Northbrook Autumnfest, Northbrook-On-lce and other seasonal events. The Park District is affiliated with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) to serve the needs of all residents.
The Park District has an appointed Executive Director, responsible to the Board of Commissioners, and a full-time staff of 73. The Park District also employs more than 700 part-time, seasonal and temporary employees and hundreds of volunteers. Click here to view our staff directory.
The Park District is affiliated with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and the Illinois Association of Park Districts (lAPD). Some Board members sit on Boards and Committees of these organizations.
Northbrook Park District History
Northbrook Park District History
Formed in 1927 with a budget of $1,800, the Northbrook Park District is an Illinois Municipal Corporation operating under State of Illinois statutes and providing a wide variety of programs and facilities. In 1994, Northbrook became the first park district in the United States accredited by National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA) for its management, programming and operational proficiency. In 1966, the District received the National Gold Medal Award from NPRA for excellence in park and recreation management.
In 2011, the Park District and Village of Northbrook joined forces to create the Northbrook Strategic Sustainablity Plan, which was approved in 2013 as a guide for developing policies. The Plan set goals and strategies in five areas: energy, material management, natural resources, community development and transportation. The two agencies also signed an Intergovernmental Agreement in 2013 to plan and operate the 4th of July celebration for the community.
The Park District enjoys collaborative relationships with many other agencies in the community to share resources and reduce costs. In 2012, the Park District and School District #28 partnered to build a community gym at Greenbriar School to provide more indoor recreational program space. The Park District contributed funds to increase the size of the space from a typical elementary school gym (3,500 square feet) to a junior high-sized gym of almost 7,000 square feet.Other partners include the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, Northbrook Historical Society, Northbrook Library, Northbrook Arts Commission and Northbrook Civic Foundation; Park District staff provides setup, cleanup and marketing support for their events. Each year in August, the District works with the Northbrook Police Department to host National Night Out at the Meadowhill Aquatic Center. And, the District has provided facilities and support for the North Suburban Special Recreation Association since the early 1970s.