In conjunction with the Barrington Police Department we encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings in all of our parks.  If you see something say something.

The Importance of Situational Awareness

Situational awareness means being aware of your surroundings:  people, places, and things. Being in tune with what’s going on around you at all times.  In other words, being mindful and more present in your daily activities.  Criminals are opportunists who strike when they see that you are distracted.

  • Stay alert at all times; don’t let your eyes and ears be distracted by electronic devices.  If you are wearing earbuds, only wear one so you don’t drown out your environment.
  • Be mindful of surroundings:  who, what, and where
  • Walking or running alone is not recommended, but if you do, be confident. Walk with a purpose.  Look Alert!  Be Alert!
  • Trust your first instinct.  If something feels suspicious, get away and report it immediately by calling 9-1-1.


Information for Residents with Disabilities: NISRA

Do you know someone with a disability who would like to go out, have fun and make friends, but needs a little special assistance? Since 1976, the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) has provided recreation programs for people with disabilities, with the objective of enriching their lives through meaningful recreation experiences. Socializing, building physical skills, learning, relaxation and fun are some of the benefits gained from participating in NISRA’s year round activities. Sports, fitness, social, cultural, outdoor and preschool programs, along with camps, special events and trips offer enjoyment for children, teens and adults of all ability levels. NISRA also offers Special Olympics training and competition in 16 sports. NISRA’s full time professional recreation staff hold college degrees in therapeutic recreation or related fields, along with various certifications. Part-time staff and volunteers help people with disabilities learn new skills and have fun. Do you have a talent to share and some time to give? Contact NISRA to learn more about part-time work or volunteering. Ask for the NISRA brochure at the Park District office.

Call (815) 459-0737 or go to for more information.