One of the most attractive aspects of Park Ridge is its community-oriented nature. There are numerous organizations, events, programs and facilities that foster communal growth and activity. Whether it is through the Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program or the CPR and Fire Safety courses taught at the local fire department, Park Ridge is a city strongly based on community pride. The Community Center offers citizens a forum for a variety of engaging activities such as basketball and racquetball facilities, a whirlpool, a fitness center, indoor pools and fitness classes. The Marine Park Leisure Center offers a cooking and art studio, a gym, various activity rooms and a preschool. Additionally, there is the Oaktown Ice Arena, the Oaktown Driving Range, the Wildwood Nature Center, Community Pools and a Senior Center.
The city also boasts special summer events and programs such as the Children's Summer Book Club, the Back to School Bash, Cultural Arts Showcase Concerts and a Farmer's Market. Park Ridge is also home to many schools that cater to children and adults of all ages. There are over 10 Pre-K and K schools, 14 elementary, 6 high schools, and 3 colleges. It seems unthinkable that with this multitude of public resources that the cost per capita of city services in Park Ridge is the lowest of its 12 neighboring communities. It is no wonder that among the list of Park Ridge's most well known citizens are Hillary Rodham Clinton and Harrison Ford.
The public resources do not stop at events and facilities. Park Ridge is also home to the Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation created to foster local business development. If a resident wants to start his or her own business, the EDC is there to help see the project through. If a resident opts for a job in Chicago or a neighboring city it is not a hassle to commute because Park Ridge has access to 5 major transportation resources: the Metra Commuter Trains, the Metra Bus, the CTA Rapid Transit, the Kennedy Expressway and the Tri-State Tollway. It is easy to get around when you live in Park Ridge. The city's mission statement says it all: "The city of Park Ridge is committed to providing excellence in city services in order to uphold a high quality of life, so our community remains a wonderful place to live and work." By taking a look at all that Park Ridge has to offer, one can only assert that they have succeeded in their mission.