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Beach Parking Update 7.16.19
Thank you for your patience during the North Beach Access Road Construction Project.
After careful consideration and monitoring of the parking at the South Beach Lot on weekends, we have decided to reopen the sale of South Beach Parking Permits to residents with City of Lake Forest vehicle stickers starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 8:30 am. Parking is first come, first served.
Permits will be available at the mid-season prorated price of $57 and are available at the Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest. Our main entrance is under construction. Please enter the building through the doors closest to the Fitness Center.
Please note:
  • One permit per household.
  • Weekend parking for City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker and overflow parking will remain at Deerpath Middle School.
  • Guest Parking Passes are available weekdays only. They are not available on weekends or holidays.
  • Beach Pavilion Rental requests are suspended until further notice.

Beach Parking Update 5.30.19
Thank you for your patience during the North Beach Access Road Construction Project.
The optional South Beach Parking Stickers are now sold out and suspended until further notice. Adjustments may be made as the season continues.
Don’t forget – Your Lake Forest city vehicle sticker will gain you access to the South Beach Parking Monday-Friday with the exception of holidays.

Beach Parking Update 5.29.19
Thank you for your patience during the North Beach Access Road Construction Project.  
Guest Parking Passes are available weekdays only. They are not available on weekends or holidays. 
Beach Pavilion Rental requests are suspended until further notice.

North Beach Access Road Construction, Bluff Restoration, and South Beach Parking Plan for Summer 2019
Thank you for your patience during the North Beach Access Road Project
On March 4, 2019, the City Council approved an agreement for the restoration of the failed bluff along the North Beach Access Road. The project will begin this month, with the majority of the work being completed by the end of September 2019 (weather permitting). To register for weekly email updates on the project, please sign up for Construction Updates at
Please understand that this summer’s reconstruction of the Access Road/Bluff and parking plan is much larger in scope than 2018. In 2018, the road was closed on June 28, which was close to halfway through our summer beach season. This year we had the opportunity to put a plan in place ahead of the season opening. Last summer there were 9,757 cars and 16,947 beach visitors that utilized the lower south parking lot on weekends and holidays from June 28 - September 3, 2018. It is our goal to minimize the impact of traffic and congestion while keeping the beach and sail/power boating operations safe and open for all. We will be open to adjustments to the parking plan as the season progresses and construction moves forward.   
The Parks and Recreation Board and City Council, as well as representatives from Police, Fire, Streets, and Parks & Recreation staff have discussed the situation at length and have approved what is believed to be the safest plan, which will best manage beach/boating/parking facilities and resident expectations.
Construction Traffic:
The City anticipates a large amount of truck traffic on Deerpath to access the construction site. 
Trucks will enter Lake Forest from Route 41 east to Westleigh Road to Sheridan Road north to Deerpath east to Lake Road, whereby no railroad crossings or school traffic will be impacted. 
Differences you will see this year include:
1. Clear signage and communications outlining this summer’s changes.
2. Increased staff availability at entrance points to answer questions and direct traffic. 
3. Police support to manage traffic and safety.
4. Road Closures / New Configuration which impact traffic and parking:
Lake Road will be closed going north at Deerpath.
Due to construction and truck traffic, there will be no parking available on the city streets as there was last year.  
The Ring Road will be closed at the north end for reconstruction of the bluff, so there is no place for cars to safely exit that area. Using the grass area or parts of Forest Park for parking was discussed but since there is no way to exit safely, this idea is not feasible. 
The upper south lot can only accommodate 15 cars.  It will be used for staff parking and to manage turnaround traffic.   
Beach Parking:
For 2019, a new beach parking plan and beach parking regulations will be in place and has been approved by the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Board as well as The Lake Forest City Council.  The goal of the parking plan is to provide a safe waterfront environment, exceptional customer service, meet resident expectations, and to best manage staff and beach/parking facilities. Even after the north beach access road failed in the summer of 2018, almost 24,000 vehicles parked at the south parking lot, and Lake Forest beach hosted nearly 47,000 guests. The City will communicate the beach parking plan through the summer Dialogue newsletter, marketing, print and social media, web sites, email notifications, signage, and information made available at City buildings.
Summer 2019 beach parking will be limited to the South Beach Lot with the following criteria:
Weekday Parking: 
Lower south beach parking lot will be open to all residents with a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker.
Middle row parking will be reserved for trailer, boat storage, and watercraft permits. 
Non-residents will be directed to park at the East Train Station.
Weekend & Holiday Parking:
• From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm a lower south beach parking permit (as space is available) or watercraft launch permit is required.
Lower south beach parking lot will be open to residents with a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker from 6:00am – 9:00am and from 5:00pm to close to accommodate residents walking in the morning or enjoying dinner or the evening hours at the beach. 
Lake Forest Residents: Parking for vehicles with a City of Lake Forest sticker is behind Deerpath Middle School.  Shuttle service will be provided to and from the south beach parking lot continuously from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 
Non-Residents: Parking will be available at the Deerpath Middle School lot after the non-resident fee of $15.00 per person is paid at the Recreation Center and wristbands are obtained. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the south beach parking lot continuously from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Non-residents may also park at the East LF Train Station.
Once the season is underway, adjustments may be made.  If it becomes clear that the lower south parking lot has space availability on the weekends and holiday, parking may be opened up to residents with City of Lake Forest vehicle stickers. Overflow parking will remain at Deerpath Middle School. 
Middle row parking will be reserved for trailers. 
On July 4, the parking and shuttles will run from the Lake Forest High School East Campus parking lot, not Deerpath Middle School, due to the Festival & Fireworks event being held there.  
The top south parking lot will be designated for beach staff only.
Signage will be added in key locations regarding parking and the shuttle service.
Bicycle racks will be available at both staircase entrances. 
Uber can be utilized and beach goers can be dropped off at the Upper South Lot drop off area. 
Handicapped parking will be available in the lower south parking lot.  
Anyone with a LF vehicle sticker may drop off people and/or equipment at the lower south lot.  
Residents with City of Lake Forest vehicle stickers bringing in a paddleboard or kayak on the weekend from offsite will be issued a temporary parking pass at the facility.
We are looking at additional options for storage so residents can keep large, bulky items at the beach.
Strollers are allowed on the shuttle bus, but keep in mind that the aisles are narrow. 
For family safety, please be aware that the south lot is typically reserved for boaters and there are cranes and other heavy equipment being used to launch boats. Stick together and make sure everyone in your group is aware of their surroundings. 
Golf cart transportation between the south beach pavilion and the north pavilion swimming area will be provided.
Pedestrian traffic will access the beach from the north belvedere stairway and the south wooden stairway. 
Caretaker passes, daily boat launch passes, and guest parking passes will continue to be issued for weekdays only (not on weekends or holidays).
All beach pavilion and fire circle rentals have been temporarily suspended for the summer.  Any existing rentals of these facilities will be honored.
All emergency vehicles will access the lakefront from the south parking lot unless access from the north lot is available.

We are pleased that our residents will still be able to spend their summer enjoying the beach and our beautiful lakefront during construction.  Although this summer poses a challenge, we promise to keep the public updated and we are excited to see the final result!

The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation and the City of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department are collaborating to update the Parks and Recreation Department Master Plan. This Master Plan will provide recommendations for improvements over a 10-year period. 
The Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department serves almost 20,000 City residents with 17 parks, natural areas, and trails totaling over 200 acres, 2 facilities, and programs and events for all ages. ​
Opportunities exist to enrich the Parks and Recreation Department facilities, programs, and open space to improve the quality of life for residents. Your participation is crucial to the success of this project. Our survey is now closed, but please check back for updates. 

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


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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 - 5:00pm
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:
Click here to register or make a payment.


Park and Recreation Board Meeting (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Event's details
September 17, 2019

Time:06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building, Lake Forest, IL -60045

The public is welcome to attend.
This meeting is not televised.

Fall Festival (03:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

Event's details
September 21, 2019
Time:03:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Parking Lot behind City Hall, Lake Forest, IL -60045


Family Fun Camp Out on the Beach (05:00 PM - 08:00 AM)

Event's details
September 28, 2019-September 29, 2019

Time:05:00 PM - 08:00 AM
Location: North Pavilion, Forest Park Beach, , -



Bird of Prey: The Story of The Rarest Eagle on Earth (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Event's details
September 28, 2019
Time:06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater at Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest, IL -60045


City of Lake Forest Temporary Phone Outage (07:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Event's details
October 05, 2019
Time:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM

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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