Salt Creek Rural Park District celebrates 60th birthday

  • Palatine residents Ron and Dotty Salski enjoy the Salt Creek Rural Park District's 60th anniversary reception. The Salskis have been Salt Creek residents for 50 years, while Ron has worked at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area for the last 13 years.

    Palatine residents Ron and Dotty Salski enjoy the Salt Creek Rural Park District's 60th anniversary reception. The Salskis have been Salt Creek residents for 50 years, while Ron has worked at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area for the last 13 years. Courtesy of Salt Creek Park District

 
Submitted by Salt Creek Park District
Posted8/11/2016 12:56 PM

The Salt Creek Rural Park District was originally founded on Aug. 4, 1956, under the direction of the citizens of the Arlington Crest Civic Association and in cooperation with Arlington International Racecourse.

The park district has developed over the years and continues to provide high quality parks and recreational services that residents have come to expect.

 

"Even though we are a smaller district, we provide many programs and special events for not only our residents, but for the surrounding community," said Director Diane Hilgers, a Salt Creek resident herself.

Park district employees pride themselves on having a strong passion for creating quality programs and maintaining beautiful parks with families and individuals in mind. Through the diligent effort of its staff and commissioners, the district has thrived over the last 60 years.

The district is very thankful for its reciprocal agreements with Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows and Palatine park districts. Because of these agreements, the Salt Creek Park District has been able to extend more to its residents and it truly values the intergovernmental opportunities.

Friday, Aug. 5, was an exciting night for the district. The 60th birthday celebration began at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine with the annual Turtle Trek Race, followed by patio entertainment featuring Forget Hannah, a rock 'n roll blues band. A dessert reception was also available to all, along with memorabilia from the past six decades.

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The park district is currently working on a capital project to completely redesign South Park, one of the three residential parks located within the Rolling Meadows section of the district. An intergovernmental agreement with the city of Rolling Meadows will help alleviate roadway and drainage improvements for the residents. Park renovations will begin after Labor Day.

The Salt Creek Park District is run by an elected board of seven commissioners, the director of Parks and Recreation, 13 full-time staff and approximately 80 part-time and seasonal staff.

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