This is an update of a blog post that ran in the summer of 2020. After garnering a number of responses, the dates and info for each park have been added thanks to the Park District’s website and articles and press releases in the Daily Herald. If there are additional details that you can contribute, please add a comment or send me an email to email@example.com.
There are innumerable parks in Schaumburg Township. Some large, some small. Many were given to the villages when property was being developed. Some serve as community centers, some as neighborhood parks and some as water retention basins too.
While I recognize the names of some of the parks listed below, I thought it might be interesting to throw this out to the readership and see what you can tell me.
If you know who or what the parks are named for, it would be most helpful. Giving a time period when the park opened would be an added bonus.
Any memories you would like to share would be great too!
We’ll start with the parks in Schaumburg and move on to the other villages in the township.
If you’d like to leave a comment, please do so. If you’d rather email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, that would be fine too. I will update the list as the comments come in.
In any case, thank you for your local history contribution!
Abrahamsen Park. Named for Schaumburg’s first fire chief, Lloyd Abrahamsen who retired in 1980. The park was dedicated on April 30, 1982.
Atcher Island. Named for Mayor Robert O. Atcher, the second mayor of Schaumburg. 2005. The water park replaced Atcher Pool.
Atcher Park. Named for Mayor Robert O. Atcher, the second mayor of Schaumburg. (ca. 1969) Atcher Pool opened in the summer of 1971.
Belle Park. Named for its location on Belle Lane.
Bock Neighborhood Center. Named for Robert Bock, one of the presidents of the Schaumburg Park District board. He served from 1971-1980. The new pool and recreation center opened in June 1980.
Bock Park. Named for Robert Bock, one of the first founders and board members of the Park District. He also served the first president of the Schaumburg Park District board. It was formerly called Civic Park which opened in 1963. Dedicated as Bock Park in 1979.
Bond Park. Named for Elaine Bond, one of the first founders of the Schaumburg Park District, the first secretary of the Schaumburg Park District Board from 1963-1978 and the first secretary of the Schaumburg Park District office. The park was previously named Webster-Warwick Park for the two streets that intersected at the park. Ca. 1977-1979.
Brandenburg Park. Named for longtime Schaumburg Park District board member, John Brandenburg who served from 1968 to 2000. Dedicated in 1982.
Briar Pointe Park. Named for the Briar Pointe Condominiums development where it is located. Dedicated ca. 2000.
Bunker Hill Park. Named for the Battle of Bunker Hill. It is also just down the street from Paul Revere Park so, possibly, the Revolutionary theme was intentional?
Campanelli Park. Named for Alfred Campanelli who developed the Weathersfield subdivision. Date unknown.
Colony Lake Park. Named for the Colony Lake Condominiums development where it is located. Dedicated ca. late 1970s.
Community Recreation Center. Facility opens in 1980.
Connelly Park. Named for Margaret A. Connelly, who served as a board member of the Schaumburg Park District from 1979-1997. She also served as president of the board during this time. Park dedicated in 1996.
Copley Park. Named for the Shops at Copley Center on Golf Road that were completed in 1989. The Park District took over the park in 1997 after the industrial park officials who ran the park made improvements and ceded it to the park district. On October 1, 2014 the park’s name and purpose was changed to the K-9 Dog Park.
Cove Park. Named for the Spring Cove subdivision where it is located.
Derda Park. Named for Paul Derda, who served as the first administrator of the Schaumburg Park District from 1968-1978. Ca. 1980
Doherty Park. Named for Mike Doherty, a longtime board member of the Schaumburg Park District. Dedicated in 1993.
Dooley Park. Named for Thomas Dooley, the humanitarian. Adjacent to Dooley School which opened in 1966.
Duxbury Park. Named for Duxbury Lane where it is located in the Weathersfield subdivision. Date unknown.
Eagle Park. Likely named for the Lunar Excursion Module or LEM that Buzz Aldrin piloted during the landing on the moon. Buzz Aldrin Elementary School is part of Eagle Park. Ca. 1971 when the school opened.
Einstein Park. Named for Albert Einstein, the theoretical physicist. Adjacent to Einstein School which opened in 1974.
Falk Park. Named for James Falk, former commissioner and president of the Schaumburg Park District board. Served from 1967-71. Adjacent to Nathan Hale School. Announced June 10, 1971.
Freedom Park. Dedicated to the Iran hostages, the freedom this country represents and to those throughout the world pursuing freedom. Dedicated on April 30, 1982.
Golf & Knollwood Park. Named for its location at Golf Road and Knollwood Drive. Dedicated ca. 1995-1996.
Gray Farm Park & Conservation Area. Named for Dr. Herbert Gray who was the long time owner of the farm where the conservation area is. Dedicated ca. 1978.
Hilltop Park. Named for the Hilltop Manor subdivision where it is located. Dedicated in 1984.
Hoover Park. Initially named for J. Edgar Hoover, as was the school that surrounds the park. The name was later changed to honor Herbert Hoover. Dedicated ca. 1974-75 after the school opened.
Jaycee Park. Named for and funded by the Schaumburg Jaycees. The park was turned over to the park district on June 1, 1974.
Jerry Handlon Administration Building. Named for Jerry Handlon who served as the longtime administrator of the Park District from 1978-2004. Dedicated in 2004.
K-9 Dog Park. Formerly, Copley Park, the name and purpose was changed on October 1, 2014.
Kay Wojcik Conservation Area at Oak Hollow. Named for Kathleen “Kay” Wojcik who served as Schaumburg Township Clerk and in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1983-2003 and in the Illinois Senate from 2003-2005. Dedicated May 23, 2009.
Ken Alley Safety Park. Named for Ken Alley, who served as Schaumburg Chief of Police from 1987 to 1994. Park opened in September 1997.
Kessell Park. Named for Ray Kessell, the third mayor of Schaumburg who served on the village board from 1963-1975 and then as mayor from 1975-1979. Dedicated on August 11, 1979.
Kingsport East Park. Named for the Kingsport Village East subdivision where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1983.
Kingsport Lake Park. Named for the Kingsport Village subdivision where it is located. Dedicated in 1985.
Knollwood Park. Named for its location on Knollwood Drive.
Lancer Creek/Twin Ponds Park. Named for its location in the Lancer Park subdivision and the two ponds that are part of the park.
Levitt Detentions. Named for its location in a subdivision developed by Levitt & Sons.
Liberty Park. It is possible it is named for its proximity to Paul Revere Park and Bunker Hill Park.
Linden Park. The naming information is unknown. The park was dedicated ca. 1994.
McLemore Park. Named for Douglas O. McLemore who served on the park district board as a trustee and as president from 1974-1983. Dedicated in 1993.
Meineke Park. Named for Ellsworth Meineke, who was one of the first Schaumburg village trustees and served as chairman of the first Schaumburg Plan Commission. He was also one of the founders of the Spring Valley Nature Center. Dedicated ca. 1971.
Meineke Recreation Center. Named for Ellsworth Meineke, who was one of the first Schaumburg village trustees and served as chairman of the first Schaumburg Plan Commission. He was also one of the founders of the Spring Valley Nature Center. Originally opened as the Meineke Community Center and dedicated February 27, 1972.
Merkle Cabin at Spring Valley. Named for Frank Merkle who owned much of the land where Spring Valley is today. The Merkle family purchased the property in 1942 and the Park District acquired it after Frank Merkle’s death in 1979. Dedicated November 21, 1981.
Mraz Park. Named for Edward Smith Mraz, the first attorney for the Schaumburg Park District. Dedicated in 1991.
Nantucket Park. Naming is unknown. Dedication ca. 1986.
Olde Nantucket Park. Named for the Nantucket Cove subdivision where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1975.
Olde Salem Park. This park’s name continued the New England theme of the Weathersfield subdivision. Dedicated in 1984.
Olympic Park. Dedicated June 1, 1996.
Park St. Claire Conservation Area. Named for the Park St. Claire subdivision where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1991.
Pat Shepard Center. Named for Patricia Shepard, the park district’s long-time early childhood supervisor, who began in this position in 1986. The center was dedicated in her name in May 1994.
Paul Revere Park. Named for the US patriot during the American Revolution. Dedication date is unknown
Pembroke Park. Named for nearby streets Pembroke Drive and Pembroke Court. Dedicated ca. 1990.
Pochet Park. Named for Pochet Lane where it is located. Both are likely named for Pochet Island off the coast of Cape Cod. Dedication date is unknown
Polk Brach Park. Named for Polk, and Frank and Helen Brach who had farms bordered by Higgins, Meacham, Schaumburg and Plum Grove Roads. Dedicated ca. 1992-1993.
Prairie Park. Named for the prairie land in the area. Dedicated ca. 1986.
Roberts Park. Named for Joseph F. Roberts who served on the park district board from 1973 to 1981. Dedicated 1982.
Russ Parker Park. Named for Schaumburg’s longtime chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals who served from 1967 to 1986. He then went on to serve the Schaumburg Park District’s long-range planning committee from 1987 to 1993 and then its joint advisory committee until 2005. The park was dedicated in his name in 2006.
Ruth MacIntyre Conservation Area. Named for the longtime 8th grade science teacher at Frost Junior High who was active in environmental and conservation concerns and created a 13-acre sanctuary adjacent to the school that ballooned to the 36-acre conservation area. She taught in District 54 schools from 1956-1979. Rededicated on September 24, 1994 from Munao Park to the above named conservation area.
Salk Parks. Named for Jonas Salk, the doctor who used the in-vitro culture to develop the polio vaccine that is still given to children today. The parks also surround Enders-Salk School that opened in 1976. Dedication date is unknown.
Savannah Trace Park. Named for the Savannah Trace Apartments development where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1985.
Schaumburg Baseball Stadium. The Schaumburg Flyers began their inaugural season in 1999. It was subsequently renamed Alexian Field and Boomers Stadium. It is now known as Wintrust Field and is wholly owned by the Village of Schaumburg.
Schaumburg Golf Club. Purchased and opened in September 1989. Grand opening is in 1993.
Schaumburg Regional Airport. The Village of Schaumburg purchased the airport in 1994 and gave it this name.
Schaumburg Tennis Plus. Purchased and opened in 1998.
Sheffield Ridge Park. Named for the Sheffield Towne subdivision where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1969-1971.
Slingerland Park. Named for Walter Slingerland who served as one of the village of Schaumburg’s first village trustees from 1956-1969. He also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Plan Commission, in the Public Works Department, twice on the Township’s Quadrennial Land Assessment Committee which evaluated land values, and was the trustee who pushed to change the village’s name from Schaumburg Center to Schaumburg. Dedicated ca. 1981.
Sport Center. Grand opening October 18, 2003.
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary. Named for the artesian springs that could be found in the area. Opened in 1983.
Sunset Park. Named for its location on Sunset Drive. Dedication date unknown.
Terada Park. Named for Henry Terada, the Schaumburg Park District treasurer from 1964 to 1971. The park was named in 1971.
The Water Works. Opened in 1995.
Timbercrest Park. Named for the Timbercrest subdivision where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1970-71.
Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley. Named for Vera Meineke, wife of Ellsworth Meineke, who served as a trustee on the early village boards. Ellsworth and Vera were very active in the formation of Spring Valley. Vera gave $50,000 to be used for construction of a natural interpretation building that became this nature center. It opened in 1985.
Veterans Park. Named for the military veterans who have served our country. Dedicated July 12, 1997.
Village in the Park. Named for the Village in the Park Apartments where it is located. Dedicated ca. 1970.
Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley. Named for longtime, local resident Fred Volkening who left money in his will for the park district. The farm opened in 1995 and the grand opening was in 1997.
Volkening Lake. Named for the family of Fred and Carrie Volkening whose farm was on the northwest corner of Salem and Schaumburg Roads. The park district began leasing the lake from the village of Schaumburg in the late 1970s.
Walnut Greens Golf Course. Grand opening was May 14, 1988.
Woodstock Park. It is presumably named for the site of the famous music festival in Woodstock, NY. Dedication date is unknown.
Zocher Park. Named for Andrew Zocher who served on the park district board from 1980 until his sudden death in 1984. Keller Park was renamed in his honor in August 1985.
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*The top photo is of Atcher Pool with credit to the former Profile Publications, Inc. of Crystal Lake, IL. The photo was used in the 1978 Northwest Suburban Association of Commerce and Industry (NSACI) annual yearbook.
*Credit for the photos of Connelly and Slingerland Parks is to Homes By Marco.