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Parks, Trails & Amenities

With almost 200 acres of developed parks along with 11 miles of bike trails and over 20 miles of nature and walking trails, the City of Lake Forest offers a beautiful environment for all that want to enjoy the outdoors.

The Park section is committed to offering the best maintained parks in the area. We consider it a privilege to serve this community and will strive to make your parks the best they can be.  Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Maintain 200+ acres of City parks
  • Maintain athletic fields in the parks
  • Maintain & beautify the community by caring for landscaping throughout the city
  • Maintain city bike paths
  • Controlled burns on public property for habitat restoration & invasive species control
  • Installation & maintenance of playgrounds         
  • Dredging the boat basin at Forest Park Beach

We hope to see you visit one of our many beautiful park locations and see what's new.  With 12 parks in the community, you will find we have so much to offer visitors of all ages.  There are playgrounds, pavilions, sport fields, walking trails and much more.  We hope that you enjoy your time spent at our City of Lake Forest parks and we hope you'll be back soon!

Want to rent some space in the parks?  Check out a wide variety of pavilions rentals that are available in our parks.

The trails in Lake Forest are a well-kept secret.  With over 200 acres of parks, the Lake County Forest Preserve, Open Lands and area bike paths, there are over 30 miles of trails that can be utilized throughout the City.  These trails connect the community to nature and to each other.  They can be a wonderful place for a peaceful walk, an energizing run or a leisure bike ride with family and friends.


Parks Section

800 N. Field Drive
Lake Forest, IL  60045

Phone:  847-810-3567
Fax:  847-615-4670

Supervisor:  Rich Paulsen

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Take the Sustainability Survey here!

All Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents are encouraged to participate in the survey.  If you are a Lake Bluff resident, the City will provide your responses to the Village of Lake Bluff.  

The purpose of the Sustainability Survey is to gain insight on local environmental issues, and to use that data as guidance in the creation of the Lake Forest Sustainability Plan.  The LFCEL will plan a Community Forum in the fall of 2015 to present the information.

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

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