Wheeling Park District, incorporated in 1961, is located in northern Cook and southern LakeCounties, and is 27 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The Park District serves a populationof 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, ten 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.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
The citizens of Wheeling, Illinois, voted to give themselves the gift of a Park District on December 23, 1960, with a special election held at Mark Twain School. The first meeting of the Park District was held on January 11, 1961, at Wheeling Village Hall, and was presided over by..Read More Here
In 1962, the Village of Wheeling donated three adjoining lots on Nancy Lane to the Park District. The half-acre of land is known as Meadowbrook Park.
In 1964, with a grant from the Federal Open Space Land Program, the Park District purchased 66 acres of land situated between the Wisconsin Central railroad tracks and Wolf Road, just north of Meadowbrook subdivision, from G.D. Searle and Company. Construction began on this area, known as Heritage Park, in..Read More Here
In order to provide an ingress and egress to Heritage Park, the Park District acquired a residential lot on Jeffery Avenue at Jeanne Terrace from Family Homes, Inc. in 1968.
Another piece of land, north of the existing property line along Wolf Road, was purchased for use as a retention basin in 1969. Around the same time, an easement was granted to the Village of Wheeling to construct a retention basin and pumping station to control flooding in the area..Read More Here
The Park District acquired a Civil War-era church building in 1970 and moved it to the Chamber Park site. The building was remodeled to hold community meetings and recreational programs. In 1970, the Park District was able to purchase 8.35 acres of land on the former Skinner Farm property. As..Read More Here
The Park District acquired the 10 acres of land that became Horizon Park in 1975. To develop the park in 1984, the Park District sold the existing house on the property and one-half acre of the land.
The other 10 acres that became Childerley Park were owned by a religious organization, the Calvert Foundation of Chicago, and used as a retreat. In March of 1977, Wheeling residents approved another referendum allowing the Park District to acquire the Childerley land and Chevy Chase Country Club.
The Village sold the original Wheeling Village Hall on Milwaukee Avenue to the Park District in 1978. The building was moved to Chamber Park and now houses the Historical Museum.
In 1981, the Wheeling Park District renovated and restored the original chapel at Childerley Park to honor former Commissioner Lorraine E. Lark, who passed away in 1980. She served on the Board for 13 years, eight as president.
The acre of land that became Malibu Park was used to stockpile soil during construction of the Malibu subdivision. The developer donated the land to the Park District in 1984.
In 1985, the Park District acquired the four acres of land remaining from the Lemke Farm in south Wheeling. With the acquisition of a second smaller parcel on Equestrian Lane and a grant from the Department of Natural Resources, the Park District, in cooperation with Prospect Heights Park District, developed..Read More Here
In 1988, the historic Carriage House, located on Dundee Road, was acquired from the Village of Wheeling and moved to Chamber Park.
The Park District obtained 10 acres fronting Dundee Road in 1990 from Wickes Companies, Inc. By early 1992, the Park District was able to begin work on the Aquatic Center and an adjoining 400-car parking lot. Residents approved a referendum in March of 1992 to build a new Community Recreation..Read More Here
The Park District increased the size of the CRC in 1999 with the addition of the Arctic Splash indoor pool and Fitness Center. Also in 1999, the Chevy Chase Country Club underwent a one-year, $4 million renovation to restore the inside and outside of the structure.
Husky Park was redesigned in 2001 with financial assistance from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The detention basin was converted into an outdoor classroom and wetland area, including a beautiful waterfall feature. Husky Park won the 2002 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award from the Chicago Wilderness Society and Environmental..Read More Here
The Aquatic Center was expanded during 2002 to add new water features. Denoyer Park served as a campsite for Girl Scouts and originally housed a log cabin, three buildings, an outhouse, and a greenhouse. These structures were removed when the Park District purchased the property in 1999. In 2000, the..Read More Here
The Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners adopted a new Mission statement for the Park District: To provide memorable experiences in parks and recreation that enrich our communities. Also, in 2004, the Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners adopted a new logo:
In August 2007, the Park District purchased 10 acres of land from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. At the time of acquisition, the land was being rented from the Church by the Park District for athletic field usage. Upon purchase, the land was incorporated into Heritage Park. Financing for..Read More Here
Addressing the community’s desire for additional open space, the Park District acted quickly when an opportunity arose to purchase 31 acres on the south side of Lake Cook Road, between Milwaukee Avenue and Northgate Parkway. This undeveloped property includes a 13-acre lake, a 10.5 acre wetland, and several acres of..Read More Here
The result of several years of discussions and planning culminated in the signing of an Intergovernmental Agreement among the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC), the Village of Wheeling, and Wheeling Park District in July. Along with permits and easements, the Park District transferred to MWRDGC approximately 14..Read More Here
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Wheeling Park District, a series of events and activities were organized throughout the year. A logo was developed and used on all staff attire, signage, stationery, and promotional materials. The highly visible Heritage Park Redevelopment Project, a cooperative effort among the Park District, the..Read More Here
After a number of Board and staff workshops, and evaluating community input, on May 8, the Park District Board officially approved the Wheeling Park District 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. The Park District developed its Strategic Plan to provide direction in serving its communities in parks and recreation for the time period..Read More Here
Construction continued on the Heritage Park redevelopment project. The site plan includes extensive site landscaping, athletic complex with lighted synthetic turf baseball/softball/soccer/football fields, concession building, a bandshell, and pavilion.