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Winter Spring 2017 Registration is Open!


Summer & Camp registration Opens March 7th for Residents

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2017 Counselor in Training (CIT) Application click here:

2017 CIT Application

The West Park skating pond is now closed for the season.
Although we may have cold ambient temperatures returning in the future, the ice always begins to thaw significantly around this time each year due to fluctuating temperatures.  Longer daylight hours and the sun’s trajectory also adversely affect the ice conditions and can pose a safety risk to users. 
A standard rule of thumb often used is to begin monitoring the condition of the grass that has been under ice cover for 40 days, and begin removal work after 60 days. The sooner we can close the ice and drain the pond it helps to start the restoration process to the turf for the spring and summer activities. It is also important to monitor the grasses surface for standing water after ice begins to melt.
Due to the above mentioned factors, we hope you understand why we have determined it was time to close the West Park skating pond for the season.



The City of Lake Forest is looking for qualified professionals to serve as lifeguards during the
Forest Park Beach 2017 Season


  • A valid American Red Cross Lifeguarding & Beach Certification
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Available from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Compensation: $9.15 – $16.56 DOQ

Applications can be picked up and submitted at:

Lake Forest Recreation Department, 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Applications must be submitted by March 7th, 2017

Questions - Please call 847-234-6700 or contact Aaron at 847-810-3930 or

Lake Forest Parks & Recreation * An Equal Opportunity Employer


Looking for the perfect gift? Give a Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Gift Card!

Gift cards can be used toward classes, activities, or events and are for sale at the main office and fitness center located at 400 Hastings Road. Cards can be purchased in any denomination. Your LFPR gift card may be used toward the cost of registering for classes or activities as well as for permits, rental fees, fitness passes, and drop-in usage fees.

Use your gift card for things like:

  • Athletics Programs
  • Community Events
  • Court Sports
  • Creative Arts at Stirling Hall
  • Dance Classes
  • Early Childhood or Youth Recreation Classes
  • Fitness Center Memberships, Group Exercise Classes, or Personal Training
  • Gymnastics
  • Kinderhaven Preschool Academy
  • Martial Arts
  • Park Pavilion Rentals
  • Park Permits
  • Sailing
  • Wildlife Discovery Center
  • And much, much more!

*Gift card may not be redeemed at Deerpath Golf Course, for Citadel Theatre Classes, or for Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation events. Cards expire 5 years after purchase date. Gift cards are non-refundable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Call 847.234.6700 for more information.


Click Here for helpful hints to register online!

Come to the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department to explore, experience and discover your fun side!  

The Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing residents of all ages positive experiences through a variety of high quality programs, activities, and services under the direction of professional and dedicated staff who are responsive to the changing needs of the community.

 "What Inspires You to Play?"  We believe you can find the answer to this question within the pages of our detailed brochure. But in case you need some help getting started, we have listed some options that may inspire you to have the best year ever.

So get inspired to play at our…

  • Beautiful Forest Park beach with sailboats, paddle boards, soft sand and enticing waves
  • Programs that emphasize creativity, friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship
  • New neighborhood playgrounds with twisting slides, towers and swings
  • Renovated racquetball, squash, handball, and tennis courts sure to improve your swing
  • Family-friendly Deerpath golf course where you can take lessons or play 18 holes
  • Community-Events like Stirling Hall Art Center Art Sale, Santa Visits and our Holiday Extrava-Dance-A
  • Global conservation classes and events at the unique Wildlife Discovery Center
  • Extensive fitness classes, personal training and equipment at our comprehensive Fitness Center
  • Innovative arts programs for youth and adults at Stirling Hall Arts Center

Come out and visit our many parks, facilities and programs, and get inspired to play!

Services to Residents with Disabilities

NSSRA is a partnership that provides year-round recreation and leisure opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities. For more information about NSSRA, please call 847-509-9400, email to or check their website,

For information about NSSRA inclusion services in our programs, contact our office at 847-234-6700.

400 Hastings Rd.
Lake Forest, IL

Department Head: Sally Swarthout

Phone: 847-234-6700
Fax:  847-615-4251

Weather Cancellation Hotline:

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. M-Th
8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fri.
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat.
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sun.

Fitness Center Regular Hours CLICK HERE


Winter/Spring 2017 resident registration is open:


Click here for our registration page or to make a payment.


Reptile Rampage (10:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Event's details
March 12, 2017
Time:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Passion to Dance - LFDA Company Benefit Performance (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
March 18, 2017
Time:06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest , IL -60045

Come see the Lake Forest Dance Academy Company performers in "Passion to Dance" benefit performance!

On-line Registration Anytime ..... Anywhere! 
Lake Forest residents are able to register for Parks and Recreation Department classes on line at To access an on-line account, you will need to have an email address on file with the department along with an account user ID and PIN number. Call the Parks and Recreation office at 847-234-6700 or email to for more information. In order to make on-line registration available to Lake Forest residents we had to change our registration system. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis.  Have questions about online registration? Click on link for up to date information.

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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