July is Parks & Rec Month

Month-long celebration highlights undiscovered roles of local parks and recreation!

Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers. This July, explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation with HE Parks as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month, A Lifetime of Discovery. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including free children’s entertainment, movie nights at the swimming pool (fee applies), trips for seniors and free ice skating.     Read More »

Girl Scouts Little Lending Library Provides Books for Neighborhood Kids

HE Parks would like to comment Girl Scout Cadette Troop #40348 from Service Unit 406 for building and placing “little lending libraries” in its Sycamore Park.

A little lending library works this way: Take a book, read a book, donate a book.  Children and families can take a book, read it in the park or take it home, return it for another book and hopefully donate a book that they don’t read anymore. Read More »

HE Parks Offers Free Sunscreen in Parks and at Pool

Thanks to the Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) and Pinnacle Dermatology of Hoffman Estates, visitors to several of the Hoffman Estates parks won’t have to worry about the consequences of forgetting their sunscreen when they’re out at the parks, at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club or at Seascape Family Aquatic Center. That’s because the two organizations have partnered to place sunscreen dispensers at select parks and facilities.

Sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 is recommended by dermatologists to protect skin from sun exposure. Too much exposure to the sun can cause melanoma or skin cancer. In fact, only three sunburns can increase the chances of an individual of being diagnosed with melanoma by 65%. Read More »

Free Mulch Available to Home Gardeners

Need mulch for your garden and landscaping this year? While it lasts, the park district is giving away free mulch to home gardeners. The mulch is self-service, so you must bring your own shovels, containers, etc and load it into your vehicle. 

The mulch is wood chips used as “fall material” in our playgrounds for safety, that has since been replaced with new mulch.

Mulch is available in the parking lots at the following locations:

Triphahn Center
Cannon Crossings Park
Willow Recreation Center
South Ridge Park


Figure Skater Pursuing the Road to Nationals

The Hoffman Estates Park District’s (HE Parks) figure skating academy Coach Ryan Bedard of McHenry has had great success and is moving on to regional competitions, in the hopes to move on to national competitions in not just one but two categories – singles and pairs.

At the young age of 17 ,he quickly has advanced through the ranks in figure skating competitions. He made it to the 2018 US Nationals Dec. 29-Jan. 7, 2018 in San Jose, California and is working on making it to nationals again in 2019. To do this he will need to place in the top four at regionals and the top four at sectionals to qualify for US Nationals. The national competition is in Detroit, Michigan Jan. 19-27, 2019. He currently practices 25 hours per week in pursuit of his goals. Read More »

Scam Warning

We would like to warn the community of a scam involving spoofed HE Parks phone calls.

The scammer will contact a patron and will attempt to extract credit card, financial or social security information. Be advised that HE Parks employees will never ask for credit card, financial, or social security numbers over the phone. Read More »

The summer season continues! Find out all the details here.

Zumba Gold Offers Fun and Fitness for 50+

HE Parks offers the Zumba Gold fitness class, specially designed for people age 50 and better. It is a fusion of Latin and international, high-energy dance music with unique moves and to create an innovative, fun workout that is lower intensity than traditional Zumba. Zumba Gold focuses on elements of cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility, and balance. Read More »

Get Fit Without the Commit!

Finding time to fit in a fitness class or sports league is a real challenge for busy adults. Balancing the schedules of family, work, and friends can be difficult enough, let alone committing time for working out or playing sports. If this sounds familiar, HE Parks has a solution. The park district offers a variety of drop-in fitness classes and sports programs that allow participants to pay a one-time fee for each session they attend. There is no registration or commitment necessary. Check it out here.


New! Stick & Puck – Saturday Hockey Drop In for Kids

For just $5 your hockey player can get some additional practice on Saturdays and Sundays (depending on the level) starting June 16 for just $5. Read More. 

Now Registering for Fall Baseball and Soccer

The fun doesn’t end when fall arrives. The Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) is now registering for its fall in-house youth soccer league and fall baseball, too. Read More »

Congratulations Best of Hoffman!

Congratulations to the Hoffman Stars Dance Company, who was chosen as May’s Best of Hoffman! Read more

Kids Can Learn To Fish at Hoffman Parks

The Hoffman Estates Park District is fishing for local kids age 6-14 who are interested in learning the sport of fishing. This new program will teach kids how to cast, tie knots and safely release fish. Two sessions are offered that run June 7-30 and July 5-28 on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-10 a.m.; classes will be at different lakes throughout Hoffman Estates each week. Read More »

Pictures from Sports Camp this week, was your kid here?

Campers at Fabbrini Park enjoying Summer Sports Camp: See more pictures.

Seascape Wins Safety Award

HE Parks was recently recognized for exceptional 4-Star aquatic safety performance for 2017 at its Seascape Family Aquatic Center (1300 Moon Lake Blvd), in Hoffman Estates.   

While many facilities simply require a basic lifeguard certification for employment, HE Parks exceeds the industry standard by being a client of the StarGuard ELITE (SGE) Aquatic Risk Prevention Program.   Read More »

Parks Blog: Spring Cleanup and Repairs

With the weather warming up, the Parks team has been out getting all the parks, nature areas, ball fields and courts ready for spring.  This is a long process that starts with playground inspections and cleanup, with the main priority being safety for guests.  Read More »