Woodfield Area Children’s Organization to host Annual Children’s Book Drive

Author:  Linda McGill

The Triphahn Center will be among the many drop-off sites for the Woodfield Area Children’s Organization (WACO) annual book drive. WACO’s fourth annual “Read to Succeed” Children’s Book Drive runs through Wed., May 9. The charity group encourages everyone to donate new or gently-used books for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade children. Read More »

Executive Chef Joins Staff at Bridges of Poplar Creek

The Hoffman Estates Park District is pleased to welcome Executive Chef Eric McBride to its premier banquet center and championship 18-hole golf course, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club (BPCCC) located at 1400 Poplar Creek Drive in Hoffman Estates. Read More »

Figure Skaters Display Their Talent in Exhibition

The figure skaters of the Hoffman Estates Park District’s Figure Skating Academy will display their talents at the spring figure skating exhibition, “Follow Your Dreams” to take place on Sunday, May 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena (1685 W. Higgins Rd.). The show will include guest performances by US National level-Olympic hopeful skaters and also national/international synchronized skating teams. Read More »

Hoffman Dancers Bring Home Gold at Competition

The Hoffman Stars Dance Company competed in the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge at the Schaumburg Convention Center and brought home many awards for their performances at the event held April 13-15. The Hoffman Stars is the dance company of the Hoffman Estates Park District. Dancers must pass an audition to be placed in the dance company. Read More »

HE Parks Now Offering Sunday Open Court Basketball

Boys and girls ages 6-17 are invited to play open basketball for free through the USA Basketball Open Court program and the Hoffman Estates Park District. Each Sunday morning through June 24 at the Triphahn Center at 1685 W. Higgins Rd., volunteer coaches from the park district’s youth basketball program will be on the sidelines to facilitate informal games and drills. Each coach will be trained and must qualify through the USA Basketball Open Court program. Read More »

Park District Now Offering Garden Plots for Rent

The Hoffman Estates Park District is now taking reservations for garden plots to rent for the summer of 2018 to residents and non-residents who wish to grow their own plants and vegetables. Top of Form

The park district will offer 16 15×15’ garden plots at Chino Park at 630 Illinois Blvd in Hoffman Estates. In addition, the park district will make four raised beds available that offer increased accessibility. Read More »

So much to do in April and May – find out all the details here!

Mayor McLeod Declares April 25 Dean Bostrom Day in Hoffman Estates

Mayor Willam McLeod attended the April 24 meeting of the Hoffman Estates Park Board to present retiring Executive Director Dean Bostrom CPRE with a proclamation declaring April 25 officially “Dean Bostrom Day” in Hoffman Estates. The community is invited to stop by and congratulate him and meet our new Executive Director Craig Talsma on Thurs 4/26 2-4 PM at Triphahn Center.

Bostrom retires on April 30 after 21 years as the executive director of the park district and boasts more than 35 years in the parks and recreation industry. 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 »

Sears Holdings Volunteers Plan Arbor Day Projects

A team of volunteers is planning two projects for the Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) and the Village of Hoffman Estates on Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Associates from Sears Holdings Corporation have volunteered to plant trees as part of the company’s annual Arbor Day activities and also will clean up the natural areas around the Sears Centre Arena. Read More »

Hoffman Walks – May 19

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. May 19 from 9-10:30 AM at Black Bear Park. On one Saturday each month, HE Parks will host a walk at a park or facility open to all ages and abilities. Participants can walk as long as they’d like.  Read More »

Pictures from Hoffman Walks and Park Clean Up, were you here?

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Summer Guide is here!

Residents, watch for your copy of the Summer Guide arriving in the mail this week. If you can’t wait, check it out online here! Registration starts at 8 AM on Wednesday, April 25. Summer Camp registration is already underway! Browse the fun options here.

HE Parks Board Hires New Executive Director

The Park Board of Commissioners for the Hoffman Estates Park District (HE Parks) is pleased to announce the hiring of its current Deputy Director, Craig Talsma, CPA, CPRE as its new Executive Director. The hiring was made official at the Park Board meeting on Tuesday, April 3.

Talsma has 27 years of experience in the park and recreation field. He joined HE Parks in 1997 as its Director of Finance and Administration and was named Deputy Director in 2012. Talsma holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, Urbana Business School. He is a graduate of the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Director School and is certified as a parks and recreation professional executive (CPRE). Read More »

Controlled Burns

Weather permitting, the Parks Department conducts beneficial controlled burns in our natural areas in winter and spring. Read More »

You Can Walk Year Round

The benefits of walking are numerous and HE Parks is encouraging everyone to keep walking year round with monthly walking events and a new walking pass available for its indoor track.

For just $1 per visit, residents and non-residents can use the indoor track at the Triphahn Center. Walkers should stop at the service desk when they arrive to gain access to the track. Walkers should stay on the inside lanes, leaving the outer lanes for runners. 

On one Saturday morning each month, HE Parks walkers can meet at a different park or facility for a community walk at events called Hoffman Walks. The events are planned through April, but more dates will be announced:

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