Arlington Heights Parks to Light Up Candle for Its 75th

By Holmes, Erin | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 8, 2000 | Go to article overview

Arlington Heights Parks to Light Up Candle for Its 75th


Holmes, Erin, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Now that the turn of the century has been crossed off the calendars, the Arlington Heights Park District has some serious celebrating to do:

This is the year that will put a 75th candle on its birthday cake.

"This is a milestone - no doubt," park board President Tom Drake said. "I think people have been preoccupied with the new millennium ... and I don't think people are necessarily aware of (the 75th birthday). But I think the staff and board are definitely excited, and this is a milestone for the community as well."

Technically, the park district doesn't turn 75 until June 9, but officials say there's no need to wait until then for a celebration.

"We'll definitely celebrate this throughout the year," Drake said.

As for concrete celebration plans, they're still in the works - and until plans are finalized, mum's the word among park district staff on what the events may include.

They do hint the celebration could be similar to the district's 70-year mark five years ago, with a cake, some discounted program prices and specials at park district pools this summer.

"I don't think we'll be doing anything...big," Communications Supervisor Nancy Chamberlain said. "But I'm sure everyone in the separate facilities are planning their own celebrations."

It was in 1925, a full 38 years after Arlington Heights was incorporated, that residents insisted the village needed an organized park district.

They reasoned the city's population had sprung from a mere 1,424 people around the time of incorporation to 2,250 by 1920.

On June 9, 1925, residents formed the Arlington Heights Park District - holding their first meeting June 18 - with the goal of planning for the future development of Arlington Heights. …

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