The Norridge Park District was established in 1955 to serve the recreational needs of the community of Norridge as well as portions of Harwood Heights. The District currently manages 20.3 acres of park and open space, as well as the Norridge Recreation Center, the Pool & Fitness Center and the Early Care & Preschool Academy.
The Norridge Recreation Center features a regulation size - for grade school - gymnasium for basketball and volleyball use, 4 multi-purpose rooms (one of which has a full, working kitchen), 2 music studios (one for piano lessons and the other for guitar/drum lessons), the administrative offices and a Board Room.
The Pool & Fitness Center is home to our outdoor swimming pool, a baby pool, a Splash Pad with water features, 2 water slides, a concession stand and an adult tanning deck. The Fitness Center features 1600 square feet of cardio and strength equipment, a dedicated aerobics room with rubber floor and locker rooms with showers.
The District's main park features 2 playgrounds, 6 ball fields, 6 outdoor basketball courts, 5 tennis courts, 1 in-line hockey court, 2 bocce ball courts and 6 horseshoe courts.
In addition to the main park, the District has another park site located at Montrose Ave. and Octavia, known as the Iron Ball Playground and providing a small playground and a few picnic tables for families with small children to enjoy.
The Park District provides numerous programs and events throughout the year for participants ranging in age from 6 months to the golden years of life. Participants partake in early childhood, youth, teen, adult and senior programming, special events, trips and fitness activities. Programs and events are listed in our three seasonal Leisure Guides, on the Park District web site and on other various marketing materials distributed throughout the community.
Insurance DisclaimerThe Norridge Park District is committed to conducting its recreational programs and services in the safest manner possible and holds the safety of participants in the highest regard. Participants and parents registering their child in recreational programs must recognize, however, that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in activities.
Please recognize that the Norridge Park District does not carry medical accident insurance for injuries sustained in its programs. The cost of such would make program fees prohibitive; therefore, each person registering themselves or a family member for a recreational program/activity should review their own medical insurance policy for coverage.
The Norridge Park District requires that all program participants or legal guardians sign a Liability Waiver and Release form at the time of registration. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)The Norridge Park District is committed to accessibility for individuals with disabilities and strives to provide equal, integrated participation in all programs, services, and activities. The Park District's policy is to reasonably accommodate all qualified program applicants in accordance with the ADA. We welcome the questions, comments and concerns of interested community members regarding District ADA compliance.
Financial Assistance / Scholarship ProgramThe Norridge Park District provides financial assistance/scholarships to residents who are interested in enrolling in a Park District program but are unable to do so due to financial hardships. Based on availability of funds, the Park District will attempt to provide financial assistance to those who qualify based on the eligibility requirements. The Park District reserves the right to approve full or partial assistance or deny an applicant's request.
Financial Assistance / Scholarship Program Application
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers for the Norridge Park District are:
FOIA requests may be made:
Requests must include the requestor's name and contact information, as well as state whether or not the information will be used for commercial purposes. If you request that any records be certified, you must indicate so in your request and specify which records must be certified.
Cost of certifying a record will be $1.00.
The Norridge Park District encourages and promotes the concept of fun for everyone. Certain rules have been established to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all people involved. NPD participants and spectators are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior during programs by:
- Showing respect to all participants and staff.
- Abstaining from using foul or abusive language.
- Refraining from inflicting bodily harm on any individual.
- Demonstrating respect for equipment, supplies and facilities.
- Complying with all other posted or published rules or guidelines.
“One Long Blast…Seek Cover Fast! Three Short Sounds…Safe to Be Around”
The Park District's lightning warning system, Thor Guard, will be turned on April through November. The system warns Park users if lightning is in the area and operates 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
When a potentially dangerous weather situation is approaching, a warning horn will sound a 15 second blast. Patrons should clear the Park immediately and seek proper shelter. All activities should be suspended until the all-clear signal - which is 3 short horn blasts - is heard.
This system is mechanical and may malfunction. Always use common sense: if you hear thunder or see lightning do not wait for the system to activate - take cover immediately and suspend all activities for 30 minutes. Your cooperation is appreciated.