Eagle Scouts Build Archery Range, Donate $600

img_1456A big THANK YOU to Brett Bertok and Niko Soriano, Eagle Scouts, who planned the construction, raised funding for the project and coordinated the building of the shed to house the equipment. They had $600 leftover from their fund raising efforts, which they donated to the Friends of HE Parks foundation. The foundation provides scholarship funds to families facing financial hardships, so that their children can attend summer camp, take swimming lessons, participate in youth sports and more. The park district will start programming with the new archery range in the Spring of 2017.

UPDATES: Park Improvement Projects

Under Repair 24x18This summer a number of improvements were made to enhance the experience of our residents. Read more to learn about the Ice Rink Maintenance, Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center Aquatics improvements and Playground Remodeling.

Stay Informed About What’s Happening at the Park District


Keep up with HE Parks! Get our free mobile app to provide you with information right in the palm of your hand. Click the Weather Updates icon, or go to Settings and select which Push Notifications you’d like to receive. Read More »

Giving Tree – Leave A Legacy

Giving Tree Friends of HE Parks Foundation

The Friends of HE Parks Foundation has a new Giving Tree located in the hallway outside the Board Room at the Triphahn Center. This is your chance to leave a legacy in our community.

Order your Leaf, Stone or Acorn! Complete the form and mail, fax or email.

What is the Friends of HE Parks? Learn more here.


Tell Us What You Think: Take Our Short Survey

Your feedback is important to us. Tell us what you think about our facilities, parks, events and programs. Take the Survey.

Mark your calendar for Pumpkin Fest, October 15.  Watch more video.

Pictures From Wildflower Seed Collecting


Wildflower Seed Collecting 2016 on National Public Lands Day! We collected 15 buckets of seeds to plant next spring in our parks. Thank you to all volunteers, but especially the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts! Were you here? Tag yourself: See more pictures.

Now Hiring Part Time Workers


Now for child care programs and more. HE Parks is a great place to work. Apply online here.

See the Birds of Prey


Did you know that we have a variety of birds of prey on display at Vogelei Park? It’s true! Each Sunday from 1-4 PM you can get an upclose look at the Northern Illinois Raptor Center’s bird handlers and their special raptors. Read more here.