Wheeling Park District, incorporated in 1961, is located in northern Cook and southern Lake Counties, and is 27 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The Park District serves a population of 42,828 residents living within the Village of Wheeling, and small portions of Prospect Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Arlington Heights. It encompasses an area of just over 8.5 square miles. The Park District is considered to be a primary government – providing a full range of recreation activities, public open space, recreational facilities, a full-service country club, and districtwide events for its communities.
The Park District is governed by an elected, seven-member board, and operates under a Board Manager form of government, with its primary purpose being to provide parks and recreational opportunities to its residents. Services provided include recreation programs, park management, capital development, and general administration. The Park District manages 21 sites on approximately 350 acres. Recreational facilities operated by the Park District include one undeveloped natural area, twelve parks, one sports complex, one outdoor aquatic center, one community recreation center, one indoor pool, a health and fitness center, historical museum, two community gymnasiums (shared with Community Consolidated School District 21), a championship-quality 18 golf course and banquet facility, as well as a number of softball/baseball fields, football and soccer fields, pickleball courts, playgrounds, and picnic shelters.
“To provide memorable experiences in parks and recreation that enrich our communities.”
To uphold our tradition as the provider of choice in parks and recreation for our community.
- Community: The Wheeling Park District will engage and serve the diverse needs and preferences of our evolving community, fostering inclusivity, accessibility, and equity in the provision of parks, recreational facilities, and programs, delivered through excellent service.
- Leadership: The Wheeling Park District understands the value of collaboration and will build relationships, forge partnerships, and facilitate cooperation among community organizations and individuals as the leading provider of parks and recreation services.
- Innovation: The Wheeling Park District empowers its staff to research and utilizes cutting-edge enhancements to better the workplace and guest experience. The District will develop and implement new ideas, strategies, technologies, and approaches that bring about positive change and enhance the delivery of services.