Northbrook Park District • 545 Academy Drive • Northbrook, IL 60062 • 847·291·2960 •

Dog Walking at Techny Prairie Park

Health, Safety, and Liability

The NPD is committed to conducting our recreation programs and activities in a safe manner and keeping our facilities safe for everyone to enjoy. Park District staff members conduct more than 150 inspections each month towards this effort.

Lightning Detection Systems

The Northbrook Park District has recently upgraded the lightning detection systems within the District.

Strike Guard, a lightning detection system will sound when actual lightning strikes have been detected within a 5-mile radius of the transmitters which are located at Sportsman’s Country Club and Village Green Center. Strike Guard monitors cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning within a 5 mile radius and the technology prevents false alarms. It is imperative that warnings are adhered to immediately since the system has actually detected lightning in the area. The alert of one long (15-second) siren will sound and a strobe will flash on the unit when lightning has been detected. Seek shelter immediately.

The siren will sound a waivering noise for 15-seconds and the strobe will go off after the Strike Guard system determines conditions are safe. Activities may resume only after the all clear siren and strobe turns off.

Strike Guard―West
Horn and strobe light locations

Sportsman’s Country Club: horn/strobe light located on the clubhouse, on the pumphouse near 17th hole, #5 green/#11 tee on the 18-hole course, and the #4 tee on the east-9 course
West Park: horn/strobe light located on the Sports Center roof (NE corner)
Wood Oaks Green Park: horn/strobe light located on the south end of the tennis building in the middle of the park

Strike Guard―East
Horn and strobe light locations

Village Green Park: horn/strobe light located on top of the Village Green Center, strobe light on the scoreboard at the ball field, and a strobe light on a light post next to the playground
Techny Prairie Park and Fields: horn/strobe light located on the electrical cabinet next to Techny Prairie Center, horn/strobe light located on the warming shelter building by the sled hill, strobe light on the batting cage control building, and a strobe light on a pole on the golf course behind Tee Box #2
Meadowhill Park: horn/strobe light located on top of the Chalet next to the Velodrome, strobe light at Meadowhill Aquatic Center, and strobe light at ballfield #2 in Meadowhill Park.

Be vigilant in monitoring threatening weather and always err on the side of caution. Seek shelter immediately if:

  • You hear one long siren.
  • You hear thunder (regardless of siren).
  • You see lightning (regardless of siren).

Avoid open areas, water, tall trees, metal fences, overhead wires, power lines, elevated ground, golf carts, mowers, cellular phones and radios.

30/30 Lightning Safety Rule:
Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

The Northbrook Park District strives to provide a safe environment for participation in all activities.

Automatic External Defibrillators
Life-Saving Equipment in Northbrook Parks
The Northbrook Park District has 19 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) inside facilities―to restart a heart after sudden cardiac arrest―and 6 outdoor units that are accessible to the public at all times. The outdoor units were donated by the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation and are linked to a monitoring system that will dispatch police and paramedics when the door is opened.

Outdoor AEDs are in the following locations:

  • Village Green Park (on the south side of concession/restroom building, facing the playground)
  • Techny Prairie Park and Fields (2-at the Clubhouse patio and the batting cage)
  •  Meadowhill Park (2-on the east side of the Chalet and north side of the Outdoor Education Center)
  •  Wood Oaks Green Park (on the north side of the tennis building)

Installed in weather-proof cabinets, the outdoor AEDs are safe and easy to use, with audio prompts. If a person does not need a shock, the machine will not deliver one.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for young athletes, so placing the defibrillators in public areas can save lives. Northbrook is believed to be one of the first Park Districts to provide AEDs for the public in an outdoor setting.

Indoor AED locations:
Joe Doud Administration Building (2)
Techny Prairie Center (1)
Northbrook Sports Center (2)
Sportsman’s Country Club―Main building (1), Driving Range (1), Ranger carts (2), Maintenance Building (1)
Leisure Center (2)
Senior Center (1- portable, for Senior trips)
Meadowhill Aquatic Center (1)
Northbrook Sports Center Pool (1)
Village Green Center (1)
Batting Cages at Techny Prairie Park and Fields (1)
Chalet/Ed Rudolph Velodrome (1)
Outdoor Education Center, Meadowhill Park (1)

The NPD has received accreditation, the highest loss-control award, from the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), which was developed as an alternative to commercial insurance. The accreditation signifies excellence in risk management programs and their implementation. During the review process, the Park District is judged on written policies and procedures, loss experience, property management, human resources and training.

Are You Covered?
The NPD does not carry medical accident insurance for program participants, as the cost would be prohibitive. Please review your personal health insurance plan to be sure you and your family have proper coverage. The absence of coverage does not make the Park District responsible for payment of medical expenses.

The Park District also requires program participants to sign a waiver and release of all claims as
a condition for participation.

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