COVID-19 & Changes to Parks & Recreation

 Press Release: June 22, 2020


The City of Highland Parks and Recreation personnel has been monitoring Governor Pritzker’s 5-Phase COVID-19 plan regarding the opportunity to reopen portions of our service areas. As we make preparations for Phase-4 that is scheduled to start on Friday, June 26, 2020, the following amenities will be reopened while implementing guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health.       

All outdoor recreation sites will reopen for groups of no more than 50 and have the ability to have adequate space to appropriately social distance. In addition, after-hour pool rentals and pavilion rentals will be permitted.  Although groups of 50 are allowed, reservations must still be made for rentals and admittance to the Korte Recreation Center, Indoor Pool and Weinheimer Community Center. Reservations for the Korte Recreation Center, Indoor and Outdoor Pool and Weinheimer Community Center will be expanded to non-members and season pass holders. Additionally, we will extend the hours of operations but will continue to periodically close facilities for a short time to perform thorough cleaning to ensure your safety.

For more information, please visit our website or call us at 651.1386.

We also want to extend our sincere appreciation for your patience as we all continue to work through this unusual time and thank you for using our facilities.

A Note from Director Mark Rosen:

A lifelong resident of Highland, I have a B.S. in Recreation from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and am a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. I am a product of parks and recreation! Starting as a participant to working in all aspects of the department before becoming the Director of Parks & Recreation in January, 1996.Rosen

 We have an abundance of services to provide and many of our parks can be accessed by a mere 10-minute walk by practically any neighborhood in the city. You will find that our parks and services provide for the novice to the most experienced. Whether you’re interested in the outdoors, health & fitness, traveling to local attractions, watersports or simply looking to make a new friend, we have a park, program or event for you.

 Our mission is to provide and protect our parks, recreation and cultural opportunities for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. We are committed to providing expansive, cutting-edge opportunities that reflect our passion and care for our citizens, guests and environment.

 We look forward to seeing you being active!