Recreation Fun

General Information

Mission Statement

The Palatine Park District is a separate municipal governing agency established for the purpose of providing parks, facilities and recreational programs for the community. The Park District is responsible for the maintenance, operation and administration of parks and parks facilities under its jurisdiction. Our mission is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and affordable parks and recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors of the Palatine Park District.

Resident ID Information

Residents may purchase a Resident ID at the Community Center, 250 E. Wood Street, Birchwood Recreation Center, 435 W. Illinois Avenue, or Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road during open registration hours. Resident ID's are good for open gym/turf, the walking track at Falcon, and for resident rates at the golf course and pools. The annual fee is $12. Proof of residency is required. A CURRENT Illinois driver's license with current address is preferred. Other acceptable proof of residency documentation is available by contacting the Park District. Non-residents may purchase a park district ID for an annual fee of $50. This is only good for open gym/turf and the walking track at Falcon.

A.D.A. Compliance

The Palatine Park District intends to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act by making reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you have any questions about the Park District's compliance policy please contact one of our A.D.A. compliance officers: Ed Tynczuk, 847-705-5131, or Donelda Danz, 847-202-5544,

Resident Scholarship

Palatine Park District offers scholarships to Park District residents for reduced program rates according to financial need. Application forms are available at the Community Center, Birchwood Recreation Center, or Falcon Park Recreation Center. Contact Donna Orr at 847-496-6240 for more information.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates and golf gift cards are available in any denomination. Gift certificates can be purchased at the Community Center, 250 E. Wood Street, Birchwood Recreation Center, 435 W. Illinois Avenue, or Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road. Golf gift cards can be purchased at the Community Center (December-mid March) or at Palatine Hills Golf Course, 512 W. Northwest Highway (during golf season).

Catalog Delivery

The Park District is pleased to provide our residents with a quarterly program catalog and has made every effort to ensure timely delivery to residents' homes. Should you be missed, please come to the Community Center, 250 E. Wood Street, Birchwood Recreation Center, 435 W. Illinois Avenue, Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road to pick up a copy, or download a copy from our website at

Photo Policy

From time to time the Park District may take photographs of participants enrolled in Park District programs, special events, or people on Park District properties and/or parks. These photographs may be used in our catalogs, brochures, presentations, flyers, social media, or website and are for Park District use only.

Class Dismissal Guidelines

All children 11 & under are to remain in the classroom until a parent or authorized person comes in to the classroom to pick them up. Parents are required to sign their child in and out of each class.

Parents of children ages 7-11 may opt to complete a Class Dismissal Permission Slip. This will allow the child to be released at the end of the scheduled class without a parent present. These forms are available from your child's instructor. A separate form will be required for each class attended and every new session.

Child Endangerment

Any authorized person who exhibits signs of an impaired condition due to alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to leave program site with the child/children.

Adult Supervision

Children under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult while in park district facilities when not participating in a class.

Smoking Ordinance

Smoking or any use of a tobacco product is prohibited within 50 feet of all entrances to Park District buildings, all Facilities, all wooded areas on District Property, and all other locations where signs are posted prohibiting smoking. Smoking will be allowed at Palatine Hills Golf Course and on the north side of the Clubhouse deck.

"Facilities" shall include all structures on District Property, including but not limited to, swimming pools, skate, dog, and disc golf parks, riding arenas, shelters, gazebos, boat dock, playgrounds, athletic fields, and amphitheater/bowl.

Weather Cancellations

Our website will be updated with specific program and event cancellations due to inclement weather.

Northwest Special Recreation Association

Join the celebration! The team of full-time Therapeutic Recreation professionals and trained part-time staff at the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) offer safe, fun, and quality year-round opportunities to individuals with disabilities of all ages and ability levels.

Inclusion assistance provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in their home park district program. When registering, the parent of the individual should inform the park district (and NWSRA, if desired) of any accommodation needed in order for the individual to successfully enjoy the program. The park district staff will then contact NWSRA for assistance with the accommodation.

For more information on NWSRA, check out Brochures may also be picked up at the park district main office or at the NWSRA office at Park Central, 3000 W. Central Road in Rolling Meadows. NWSRA may be contacted at 847-392-2848 (voice), 847-392-2855 (TTY) or 847-392-2870 (fax).

The Palatine Park District is a member of a cooperative agreement among 17 park districts which form the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA).

Lobbying Information

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