If you are like me, the arrival of spring has you ready to get back outside and be active again! Cold weather mixed with COVID-19 regulations has kept many of us cooped up most of winter which can have a negative effect on our physical and emotional well-being.
For those of us anxious for fresh air, Schaumburg Park District has many awesome activities to get us engaged with the great outdoors again, while still following social distancing protocols.
Did you know that there is a large working farm, right in the heart of Schaumburg? Heritage Farm, located at 201 S. Plum Grove Road, is a throwback to life in the 1880s in Schaumburg. One of the current highlights of visiting the farm are the chickens. Every 19th century farm had a flock of chickens, with the eggs providing extra income for the family. Heritage Farm’s chickens are Brahmas, a historic breed traditionally raised for both meat and eggs. Later this spring, pigs and cattle will also be returning to the farm. In addition to the chickens, visitors can also walk the grounds and see old farm barns and farm buildings and take to the unpaved trails to discover other areas of Spring Valley. Weekend visitors can also take a short tour of the restored and furnished farmhouse on the property.
Hit the pavement at the nearly mile-long trail around scenic Volkening Lake! Located at 900 W. Schaumburg Road, next to the Schaumburg police station, the scenic path around the lake is 7/10th of a mile around and is ideal to walk, run or just enjoy a moment of solitude. For those who want an extra challenge, Volkening Lake also features an outdoor workout equipment area.
Engage in active recreation at the Meineke Park Challenge Course, 220 E. Weathersfield Way. Built in 2017, the ninja-warrior style course features a mix of obstacles including climbing walls, sway steps and more. With a large on-site timer, it’s easy to have a friendly competition with family, friends or even yourself.
While you’re out enjoying the amenities offered by Schaumburg Park District, be sure to practice social distancing! For more fun ideas, keep checking in on our website and follow us on social media! Our Summer 2021 Program Guide, full of hundreds of ways to Take Time for Fun, will be released digitally in May.
~Stephanie Gear, Superintendent of Education & Enrichment Programs