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Parks and Recreation




Grab the kids, grandparents, strollers, neighbors, and leashed furry friends and meet at the east LF Metra Station for an energizing Community Walk to kick-off the city-wide GO Lake Forest community wellness movement. 
Our GO Lake Forest Community Walk is a partnership with several Lake Forest community organizations and the Lake County Health Department to promote its new health initiative, GO Lake County. The goal of GO Lake County and GO Lake Forest is to improve the health of Lake County residents by promoting the simple act of walking as means to improve health. Look for other events in town throughout the year promoting healthy living and an active lifestyle. 
Join us and your neighbors in walking your way to better health! 
• We will meet at the downtown Lake Forest Metra Station and walk north along the bike path for 1 mile and turn around walk 1 mile south. 
• Parking will be available at Gorton Community Center and also at the Metra lot located at the northwest corner of Westminster and McKinley. Street parking will also be available. All parking is first-come first-served.
• Souvenir water bottles provided to the first 300 participants.

Summer Camp 2018 Registration is open!


Online Registration Tips


Registration is open for the Annual Fred Jackson Golf Outing!



Looking for a fun summer job?

We have the following part time positions open:

Summer Camps: Camp Counselor, Extended Day Camp Director
Lakefront: Beach Guard, Lifeguard, Basin Rental
Dance: Dance Office Administrative Assistant

Please visit:…/recreation-seasonal-emp…/ to learn more and download an application.

Give to the Deerpath Golf Course Renovation Project!

Fundrasing is underway for the DPCG Renovation Project. Please consider a tax-deductible pledge or donation. Donations are accepted at the Recreation Center or online by clicking the links below. 

You can download and print the Donation/Pledge Form here or pick one up at the Recreation Center.  Thank you for your support!


Learn more about the history of the course, the project and how you can help by clicking here

Donate to the DPCG Renovation Project


Looking for a unique gift idea? 


Give an LF Parks & 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. Call 847.234.6700 for more information.

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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 60045

Director: Sally Swarthout

Phone: 847-234-6700
Fax:  847-615-4251
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 847-234-6702
M-Th: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Fr & Sat: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed
M-Th: 8:30am - 9:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Fitness Center Regular Hours Click here
Program Guides:

Summer Camp 2018

Winter Spring 2018

Click here to register or make a payment.


Beach Opens (06:00 AM - 11:59 PM)

Event's details
May 26, 2018
Time:06:00 AM - 11:59 PM


Fred Jackson Annual Golf Classic (11:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

Event's details
June 01, 2018
Time:11:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: Deerpath Golf Course, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Family Golf Sundays (03:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Event's details
June 03, 2018

Time:03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Deerpath Golf Course, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Bring the kids out to play golf!

Family Golf Sundays (03:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Event's details
June 10, 2018

Time:03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Deerpath Golf Course, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Bring the kids out to play golf!

WDC's Animals in the Park (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
June 11, 2018
Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Open Mic Night at the Beach (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Event's details
June 11, 2018
Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Forest Park Beach, , -


WDC's Animals in the Park (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Event's details
June 14, 2018
Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Concerts in the Square (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Event's details
June 14, 2018
Time:06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: Market Square, Lake Forest, IL -60045

Enjoy summer nights with free live music in Market Square!
Online Registration

Lake Forest residents can register for Parks and Recreation Department classes online 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. Registration is taken on a first come first serve basis. Click on link for up to date information or questions.

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

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