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The River Trails Park District was established in July, 1965 for residents east and northeast of Randhurst Mall even before they became part of Mount Prospect. Then-15-year-old Jan Richards was the winner of the contest to design the new entity’s logo. The first park board was elected in April, 1966, who hired Marvin Weiss. That September, voters approved an $850,000 bond issue in order to purchase five park sites -- Aspen, Burning Bush, Sycamore, Tamarack and Woodland Trails. In 1969, the voters approved a bond issue to construct a swimming pool and administration building. During the early years, programming took place at the schools and parks in School Districts 26 and 21 and Grace Lutheran Church. In 1975 the park district acquired the Rob Roy driving range property and built a maintenance garage, six tennis courts and playgrounds at all the parks, thanks to another bond issue and a federal grant. The budget of the River Trails Park District was very limited, with operating costs paid by pool and recreation fees. In the 1980s the Park District’s luck changed, thanks to Kensington Business Center and Rob Roy Country Club Village. Between 1979 and 1984 the park district’s tax revenue almost doubled. In 1986 the Marvin W. Weiss Community Center as built, named for the District’s first director. In 1989 the Park District purchased Rob Roy Golf Course and the following year the Kensington Business Center donated a two-acre parcel of its land, now known as Maple Trails. The 1990s were a decade of reconstruction and updating. In 1997, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded Woodland Trails with the coveted “Award of Excellence.” In 2000 the park district was awarded the distinction of being named as an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency. They received the distinction for a second time in 2013. In early 2016 the district began converting its building at 550 Center Drive to “The Zone,” a facility featuring nearly 13,000 square feet of interior play space. #FlashbackFriday #mountprospect #mountprospectcentennial #mountprospect100 ... See MoreSee Less

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