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Message from the Executive Director

This past year there have been over 40 new programs, 8 new special events, 2 new playgrounds/parks and 1 renovated facility. On top of that we launched a new website, changed our look and revamped our brochure series. This is just the start as we continue to expand our brand and services within the community.

We here at the River Trails Park District enjoy being a part of this close-knit neighborhood of 16,500 residents that combine both the Village of Mount Prospect and the City of Prospect Heights. It is great to see familiar faces in our parks, at our events and in our programs. We are always striving to improve the quality of life for our residents and build upon the relationships we create within our community. It all begins with the staff and volunteers that keep our buildings clean, parks pristine and creating opportunities to make new friends, learn a new skill all while providing a safe environment. We are here to help build the citizens of tomorrow in our community and create platforms for the best recreational and leisure services around.

I realize that when you are reading this, there is a chance that there may be significant amounts of snow and/or it may be pretty darn cold outside. Don’t let the weather win, get outside as winter brings on new opportunities in our parks especially at Woodland Trails. Our outdoor ice rink will open when we have a few consecutive days of freezing temperatures and don’t forget about sledding! The sled hill is located off Wolf and Euclid Road. For more information on the ice rink and sled hill check out our website and the back of the brochure.

The New Year is kicked off with the completion of the Comprehensive Master Plan. Thank you to all the residents and community members for all the various input we received through meetings, surveys and interactions with staff.

The River Trails Park and Recreation Foundation is looking for additional board members and volunteers. The Foundation was developed to create opportunities for children and residents to participate in a program at RTPD who may not have the financial means. Our recent “Send a Kid to Camp” campaign has been very successful over the last two years due to raised awareness and the commitment of our board. We believe every child should be able to go to a safe place, meet new friends, enjoy numerous outdoor activities and swim at our pool all summer long. If you are interested in being a part of our foundation and making a difference in the community please contact me at

As I always say, the benefits of recreation are endless. Come check us out!

Bret Fahnstrom
Executive Director


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