Eagle Scout To Build Monarch Butterfly Garden

At the July 18 Recreation Committee meeting, Eagle Scout Xavier Vazquez proposed building a Monarch Butterfly garden at Willow Recreation Center as his Eagle Scout project.

The Monarch Butterfly is losing its habitat and numbers of the monarch have decreased significantly over the years. There is a massive effort in the United States to provide habitat for the butterflies along with imperiled bumble bees and other pollinators. Xavier’s project will allow HE Parks to help in the efforts to save the Monarch Butterfly. As part of the project, Xavier will be fundraising and looking for donations to support the project. Read More »

10 Reasons Why You Should Walk More

By Zac Marshall, MA, Certified Personal Trainer at Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center

The benefits of walking are numerous! Even the General Surgeon agrees. In September 2015, the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to increase walking among Americans of all ages.

Read More »

Improving Health and Wellness For All

The Friends of HE Parks provides a valuable service to our community. The dedicated volunteers who run this organization work tirelessly all year to raise money for scholarships to help families in our community who would otherwise not be able to participate in park district programs. In 2016, the Friends of HE Parks provided $17,778 in funding so that adults could stay healthy at our fitness centers, and so kids could go to camp, take swimming lessons, participate in youth sports, to name just a few important ways the money is used. Read More »

STAR Academy Fills Gap in After School Services

In August, Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), will open the doors to the STAR Academy after school program, that will serve students with disabilities throughout the northwest suburbs.  “Through our Strategic Planning process, many parents highlighted the growing need for affordable, accessible after school programming for these students,” NWSRA Executive Director Tracey Crawford stated.  The program will provide services to over 50 students with disabilities daily, five days a week, throughout the school year.   Read More »

There is so much to do in the summertime at HE Parks. Here are just a few, featured in this video! 

Girls Can Give Hockey A Shot For Free

Girls age 12 and under are invited to give hockey a try for free on Thurs., Aug. 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Triphahn Ice Arena. Although hockey is generally thought of a game for men and boys, the Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) finds that girls and women do very well in the sport. The girls’ hockey program started at HE Parks in 2014 with a handful of participants and it has grown to a robust program with more than 40 girls participating in 2017. Read More »

Stop By To See the New Triphahn Center

The renovations to the north side of the Triphahn Center are complete. This project, which resulted from the 2014-2019 Comprehensive Master Plan, began last winter and is now open for use by our community. The highlights include: Read More »

Pictures from the 4th of July Parade, were you here?

Pictures from the 4th of July Parade in Hoffman Estates. Were you here? See more pictures.

Hoffman Walks PreParty In the Park – Aug 5

Join us for our next Hoffman Walks event. This event is one in a series of free walking events, called Hoffman Walks. The next event is Sat. Aug 5 at 2-3PM. On one Saturday each month, HE Parks will host a 2-hour walk at a park or facility open to all ages and abilities. Participants can walk as long as they’d like.  Read More »