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Please take a look around and visit our site often for the latest news and information about our agency, special events, programs and classes, sports leagues, registration dates and general park district happenings.

If you experience difficulty using the web registration, we are aware and working to resolve what appears to be an intermittent issue. Registration can be taken in person at one of three facilities: the Belvidere Recreation Center, the Field House Sports and Fitness Center and the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. Registration via fax is also accepted at (847) 662-6621. If you have questions, please call (847) 360-4700. We apologize for the inconvenience.



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Park District Happenings!

Bonnie Brook Banquets and Dining Join us for Wednesday Night Dinners from 5 - 8pm each Wednesday. Please click here for the May menu. Don't forget that we also offer the Last Sunday of the Month Brunch, May 31 from 10am-2pm and Friday Night Fish Baskets. Call (847) 360-4730 for more information.

Waukegan Park District Board Announces New Officers The Board of Commissioners of the Waukegan Park District announced the election of new officers for fiscal year 2015-16. At the May 12 meeting, Patricia Foley was elected President, George Bridges as Vice President and Janet Kilkelly as Treasurer. In addition, the Board expressed their appreciation to Terry Duffy for his service as President in the prior fiscal year and his 12 years as a Commissioner. Charles W. Smith, of Smith, LaLuzerne & Hartman Ltd. Ltd. was renamed attorney for the Waukegan Park District Board.

Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" Fine Arts Festival The 16th Annual Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival will be Saturday, June 6 from 10a-4p in Bowen Park. The festival is dedicated to showcasing local and regional artists and venues, championing the arts, remaining free to the public, offering low participation fees to artists, and remembering one of Waukegan’s favorite sons, author Ray Bradbury.  To learn more, click here for the Sponsorship Packet.

Artist/Vendor Applications Available for Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival Varieties of fine arts & crafts are encouraged including: ceramics, drawing, glass, fiber arts, graphics, leather, metal, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, water color, weaving, wood, and others. Artists/Vendors, please click here for application. Application deadline is May 27.

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June is Parks Month Did you know that June is Parks Month and the Waukegan Park District has something planned for almost every day in June? Click here to download the June calendar of events!

Fishing Derby The annual Fishing Derby provides prizes for the largest fish caught by age categories. The Derby is from 8-10:30am on Saturday, June 6 at Bevier Park. Advance registrations are encouraged, use program #0683. By doing so, you can save on the registration fee and avoid long lines. Limited supply of fishing poles are available with valid I.D. (first come, first served). Click here for more information in English and Spanish. For more information, call (847) 360-4700 or please click here for the press release.

Howard E. Ganster Pool Opens for Season on June 6 We invite you and your family to experience the fun and excitement of the summer at the Howard Ganster pool. Located in beautiful Belvidere Park, features include many exciting water-based components such as a children’s wading pool and multi level diving boards. Come out and discover why the Howard Ganster pool is the best way to "beat the heat" this summer in Waukegan! Passes are on sale now at the Belvidere Recreation Center.

Parks and Play Join us in highlighting three community parks this June. This program brings together 3 departments to provide activities for our community. Join us for entertainment, lifelong sports, nature. This program will run from 6-7:30pm on June 12: Belvidere Park, June 19: Bevier Park and June 26: Bowen Park.

Yoga and Zumba Outdoors Check-in is on-site at the Waukegan Beach. Join us June 13, July 11 & August 8. Yoga is 8-9am and Zumba is 9:10-10:15am. A limited amount of yoga mats will be available. For more information, call Sam at (847) 782-3621.

Arts Park The Cultural Arts van will bring an art project to neighborhood parks throughout Waukegan. In the event of rain, this activity will be cancelled. Call 847-360-4740 for further information.
June schedule: 6/10-Yeoman Park @10am, 6/11-Plonien Park @10am & Bedrosian Park @ 6pm
6/17-Powell Park @ 10am, 6/18 Diversity Park @ 10am & Woodard Park @ 6pm
6/24-Ben Diamond Park @ 10am, 6/25 Fireman's Memorial Park @ 10am & Park in the Glen @ 6pm

Tour of Homes The annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, June 21 from 1-5pm, is a self-guided tour that showcases selected, beautiful homes in Waukegan. Participants are able to learn the history of some of the finest homes in the city as well as tour their interiors.  The Tour of Homes, started in 1969, is the main fundraiser of the Waukegan Historical Society. Ticket Prices: $10 Advance Tickets for Waukegan Historical Society Members, $15 Advanced Tickets for General Public, $20 Day of Tour Tickets. General Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Jack Benny Center, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Bowen Park or the Downtown ACE Hardware, 239 N. Genesee St., Waukegan
Exact cash or checks only please. Click here for flyer in English and Spanish.

Summer Sunday Fun Days These free programs are geared towards families to come out and enjoy the fresh summer air while getting exercise in the process. To sign up, contact Jeremiah Johnson at (847) 782-3624. All programs will start at 1pm and last for an hour or two depending on turnout and participation.

June 21 - Explore Powell Park    Come out to enjoy some of Waukegan's best natural scenery and scale the peaks and valleys of Powell Park. Climb the steep incline from the ravine to street level, take the staircase or go exploring along the creek. Stay for an optional lunch at Papa Marcos with a 10% discount for our group.

Summer Stories Stories are coming to the Bowen Park Amphitheater, by the playground, this summer. Join us on June 24 at 6pm to hear Local community leaders read stories at 6pm on Wednesdays. After the story please browse our Little Free Library. Call (847) 360-4740 for more information.

American Independence Parade Unit Applications Available Are you interested in marching in the 2015 Independence Parade on June 28? The theme is Celebrating Community. Floats are highly encouraged. Application deadline is June 5. Please click here to download the General Unit application.
Special Units, please click here.

Partners in Parks Golf Outing If you enjoy golfing and supporting a great cause, come play in our Partners in Parks fundraiser.  The golf outing takes place Friday, July 24th at Bonnie Brook, shotgun start at 8:30am with a round of golf, breakfast & lunch, plus an awards program. Sign up now! Click on the following link for brochure and additional information.

Lifeguards Needed Be a lifeguard at Howard Ganster Pool this summer. Apply through training programs offered by Jeff Ellis Management, JEM! Click here for more information.

Waukegan Park District Approves New Strategic Plan The Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners approved the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan at a recent meeting. Barbara Heller, of Heller and Heller Consulting, Inc, returned to assist with the new strategic plan which built upon the strategies and outcomes of the previous 2010 plan. The plan reflects significant public input from a variety of sources including a public meeting with more than 80 community members in attendance. The plan is organized by strategic themes, goals and initiatives spanning the next three fiscal years. Click here to read more.

The complete 2015-2017 Waukegan Park District Strategic Plan is available on the Planning Documents page. Please click here.

Summer 2015 Special Use Permits and Pavilion Rental Applications Available Park Use Permits help the District accommodate groups and ensure guests have a pleasant, safe, and enjoyable park experience. Park Use Permit green space and pavilion rental applications are available. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, first come, first served. Applications need to be completed and submitted in person at the Belvidere Recreation Center, (BRC) 412 S. Lewis Ave Monday thru Friday, 9am-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Proof of residency and identification are required and rental fees and security deposits must accompany the completed application. For more information, please call 847-360-4700 or click here to review the 2015 Waukegan Park District Park Use Permit Guide & Application.

Facility Contact Information
Belvidere Recreation Center:   847-360-4700
Field House Sports & Fitness Center   847-782-3300
Jack Benny Center for the Arts:   847-360-4740  
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County-Waukegan Office   847-360-4760             


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Our parks are now Tobacco Free! The National Recreation and Park Association awarded the Waukegan Park District its highest honor, the 2013 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management The Waukegan Park District has achieved National Accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) The Waukegan Park District is an IPRA/IAPD Distinguished Accredited Agency Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) The Waukegan Park District is ADA Compliant
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