In 2017 the Village was honored by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus with an award recognizing Algonquin as a statewide leader in environmental stewardship. Specifically, the Village was recognized for its model programs in water conservation, volume-based solid waste program, tree preservation, and sustainability planning.
Additionally, the Village started participation in a new program through the National Wildlife Federation to promote wise conservation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats in parks and open spaces. As a result, the Village constructed the Spella Park Pollinator Project, which involved restoring 9 ½ acres of turf grass into a wildflower extravaganza, specific to native pollinator species, with educational classes and site visits provided by the Algonquin Public Library. This project fits into the Village’s larger initiative of restoring open spaces to native areas. Over the past 11 years the Village has undertaken over 135 acres of native restoration projects.
And finally, the Arbor Day Foundation announced that the Village was named a Tree City USA community for the 21st consecutive year. Through the professional commitment to its program, Algonquin is proudly recognized as a leader in urban forestry.
Algonquin provides recreational services to the community with 23 parks, a swimming pool and splash pad, community center (Historic Village Hall), and an expansive trail system. The Events and Recreation Division offers nearly 400 programs and events annually. Portions of Algonquin are also served by the Dundee Township Park District and Huntley Park District.
In 2017 the Village completed Snapper Field improvements including upgrades to the basketball/hockey rink, extension of the pool deck that connects it to the basketball court, additional seating areas and adding a walking path. The Village also opened the Quarry View Disc Golf Course located in the Algonquin Lakes subdivision. This course is recognized by the Professional Disc Golf Association as a beginner friendly course that can be made more challenging by playing the walking paths as out of bounds.