Recreational activities flourish throughout the year in Rolling Meadows. A beautifully landscaped 86-acre greenbelt, complete with bike paths, is situated in the heart of town. Rolling Meadows also borders the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Busse Woods, which features an 11.2-mile, Class I bicycle trail and the 590-acre Busse Lake. Active residents also have access to a number privately owned health and recreation facilities, along with a host of park sites and facilities offered through the Rolling Meadows Park District.
Among the many recreational facilities provided by the Rolling Meadows Park District, located within the city and nearby, include: 11 parks with lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields, picnic sites and more; a nature preserve with hiking trails; the Nelson Sports Complex at Salk Park, featuring an indoor ice arena, fitness center, gymnasium center, Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, water slide and wading pool; the Community Center on Pleasant Drive, which offers programs from pre-school through senior activities; the Rolling Meadows Golden Years Council, home to a variety of activities for seniors; the Northrop Teen Center, which provides teens with a safe, fun, after-school environment; William B. Fosser’s Puppet Opera Theatre at Park Central; and West Meadows Ice Arena, which features a NHL-size indoor rink. In addition, the Park District provides a year-round schedule of sports, athletics, special events and activities for all ages.
The Rolling Meadows Park District, along with 15 neighboring park districts, also offers recreation and leisure programs for people with disabilities through Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA). Programs offered are similar in design to the park district, but are created based on the needs and choices of the people with disabilities. Activities include weekly programs, special events, leisure education, day camp, trips and Special Olympics training. In addition, NWSRA offers inclusion services for those choosing to recreate in their home park district with their non-disabled peers.