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, and a 9-hole golf course and driving range, 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 become the provider of choice in parks and recreation within the communities that we serve through:
The Wheeling Park District commits to continually reach out to the community, seeking input to identify valid park, recreation services, and facility needs.
2. Open Space
The Wheeling Park District commits to strike a balance between maintaining its facilities and preserving open space within the existing urban environment.
The Wheeling Park District commits to build purposeful partnerships that are of civic priority, fiscally responsible and enhance the community.