General Information

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!