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Parks and Recreation

Enhancing Your Life Through Active Recreation

Maintaining an active lifestyle in Buffalo Grove is easy, thanks to the Village’s more than 400 acres of parkland, cutting-edge recreation facilities and lushly landscaped golf courses.

Buffalo Grove Park District

The Buffalo Grove Park District was officially organized a little over 40 years ago, on September 19, 1969. Now an award-winning organization, the Buffalo Grove Park District has become an unmatched staple in the lives of more than 45,000 people. Currently, the fully accredited park district manages 50 well-maintained park sites and facilities, totaling 411.75 acres of land.

Water fun is had at the Aquadome Pool, Spray ‘N Play and Willow Stream Pool, while skaters enjoy grinding at Busch Grove Community Park’s exciting Skate Park. The park district also oversees the highly rated Golf and Sports Center, along with two disc golf courses, a soon-to-be opened dog park, the educational Raupp Museum and the 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Buffalo Grove Fitness Center.

Accompanying these features is a calendar year of programming for people of all ages and abilities. From performing arts, child care and summer day camps to athletics, swimming and senior activities, the Buffalo Grove Park District offers something for everyone. Plus, the park district, along with 15 neighboring park districts, supplies recreation and leisure programs for those with disabilities through the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA).

A Field of Their Own

Kendrigan Field became a reality in June of 2007, when it was dedicated as the state’s fourth baseball field designed for special needs players.

Located within the park district’s Twin Creek Park, the $2.6 million Kendrigan Field is complete with a hard rubber field, embedded bases, covered dugouts and an electronic scoreboard. The field is utilized by the Buffalo Grove Recreation Association’s Buddy Ball League, which was organized in 1994 as a way for children with special needs to participate in America’s pastime.

The Buddy Ball League, which includes the Buddy Ball team for ages six through 16 and the Sr. Buddy Ball team for ages 17 through 21, teams up each player with a buddy. These volunteer buddies assist their players as needed—pointing out where to throw the ball, helping players bat and run the bases and, most importantly, offering encouragement. There are no rules and no outs—just a fun game of ball.

In addition to the field—designed by architect John Green, locally known for other buildings such as the Village Hall and the Raupp Museum—the park features a handicapped-accessible playground, the Safety Town course and classroom, a nine-hole disc golf course, biking trails, bocee ball courts and a pavilion.

Kendrigan Field, named in honor of the late Kevin Kendrigan, who served as the executive director of the Northwest Special Recreation Association for 30 years, was presented with the Governor’s Home Town Award in 2008. This award is granted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as a way to honor Illinois citizens who volunteer their time, money and efforts in order to enhance the quality of life for all in their community.

Hitting the Greens

Buffalo Grove Golf Club – Built in 1965 and purchased by the Village in 1977, the Buffalo Grove Golf Club features 18 challenging holes, complete with bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways and tees. The well-maintained municipal course offers an exciting game of golf for players of all skill levels, with a testing mix of towering trees, sand traps and water hazards. Three sets of tees allow golfers to play from as far back as 6,883 yards to as short as 5,983 yards. Accompanying the course is an all-greens driving range with 25 stations, a putting green and a chipping and pitching green. PGA and LPGA professionals are available for private lessons and clinics, and the full-service pro shop is ready to furnish each golfer with top brand name gear. The Buffalo Grove Golf Club also hosts the delicious Village Bar & Grill, an ideal dining establishment for a casual dinner, private party, meeting and outing.

Arboretum Club – The scenic Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove is a beautifully appointed course featuring a rich landscape of trees, wildflowers and rolling greens. Designed by Dick Nugent, a well-known golf course developer and architect from Illinois, the 18-hole Arboretum Golf Course is joined by a modern 27,000-square-foot clubhouse, which houses a full-service pro shop, spacious locker rooms, a snack shop, as well as a restaurant and bar. PGA professionals are available for private instruction and clinics, and outings are regularly hosted here. In addition to the great golf experience offered, the Arboretum is a fine destination for weddings, meetings and corporate gatherings.

Golf and Sports Center – The Buffalo Grove Park District’s Golf and Sports Center stands as one of the country’s leading indoor golf facilities. In fact, Golf Range Association of America has presented the facility with multiple recognitions as one of the “Top Ten” Golf Domes in North America. The dome offers an opportunity for practice from November through March, with a putting green and a separate chipping green with two sand bunkers making up the golf options at this 30,000-square-foot center. The facility also features a full-service pro shop, a snack shop, private and group instruction, along with spaces for indoor soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse and football. Athletic training programs, an athletic enhancement program and a fitness and conditioning program round out the eclectic offerings of the Golf and Sports Center.

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