If you want to see your child’s face light up, watch them touch and explore a variety of trucks and emergency vehicles during Touch-A-Truck in Northbrook, a longstanding family favorite. The free event, offered by the Northbrook Park District in partnership with UL Solutions, takes place 10am-12pm on September 23 at Underwriters Laboratories, 333 Pfingston Road in Northbrook.
Chris Leiner was Northbrook Park District’s director of parks and properties for 19 months before being selected by the board of commissioners to lead the district starting September 1. He previously worked for seven years as director of parks and planning for the Glencoe Park District, where he was part of the team that earned a 2019 National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association.
Molly Hamer’s exceptional 37-year career in parks and recreation traces a direct line to the values her parents instilled in her: cherish family and treasure leisure. Hamer’s retirement comes in the wake of being named 2023 Professional of the Year by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, on whose board she served from 2014 to 2016.
Brewfest is coming back with delicious craft beer tasting and great music at Northbrook Park District’s Village Green Park for the third year in a row. The event from 3-7pm on September 9 will feature 15 breweries along with food and live entertainment. It is presented by the Northbrook Park District and the Village of Northbrook.
Debbie Stoery has trained figure skaters who went on to compete in the Olympics and others who were the first in the world to perform technical elements in competition. And yet, Stoery says, her greatest achievement in her 53 years as a professional figure skating coach has been teaching life skills to hundreds of students, mostly at the Northbrook Sports Center.
A Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Monday, August 28, 2023, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Northbrook to celebrate six new Northbrook Park District Hall of Fame inductees. The event will include a ceremony featuring individual recognition of each new Hall of Fame member, an autograph session, light refreshments and a cash bar.
The Northbrook Park District’s two golf courses are getting a major underground infrastructure renovation thanks to a nearly $1.2 million capital project. The project, which affects the water wells and irrigation systems at Heritage Oaks Golf Club and Anetsberger Golf Course, was approved by the park district’s board of commissioners in the fall. “Although it’s an element that is below the ground, it really does function as the heart of the golf course,” according to Director of Parks and Properties, Chris Leiner.
Everybody loves Party on the Green, a free festive day full of live music, games and giveaways returning this year on August 12. The party, courtesy of the Northbrook Park District, will begin at 4pm at Village Green Park, located at Shermer and Meadow roads in downtown Northbrook.
Sadly, a burr oak tree had to be removed Tuesday from Village Green Park. Arborists from SavATree Nels Johnson Tree Experts were called to remove the damaged branches, and they determined that the top of the main leader, or tree stem, had a substantial amount of rot and was not structurally sound.
The Northbrook Park District is hosting an open house to obtain community input regarding project plans for upgrades at Meadowhill Aquatic Center (MAC). The open house will take place from 6-7:15pm on August 1 at Meadowhill Aquatic Center, 1501 Maple Avenue. The broad plan for the upgrades includes both visible and behind-the-scenes improvements to the bathhouse and mechanicals.