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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!

Tanabata Celebrate the Japanese Star Festival on Tuesday, July 7 at 12-1pm at Lilac Cottage or 7pm at the Waukegan Bank Foundation Concert at the Stiner Pavilion at Waukegan Beach. Make a wish and attach your wish or poem for the upcoming year to the “wishing tree”. Call Jack Benny Center for more information, (847) 360-4740.

Bowen Blues Come rock out with the Rockin' Aces at the Morrison Picnic Shelter in Bowen Park. This event is free, and begins at 7pm, rain or shine. Please call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts for more information (847) 360-4740.

Music at Washington Park Come to Washington Park from 6-7pm and enjoy some music. For more info, please call (847) 360-4740.

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.
July schedule:
7/8 Arbor Park @ 10am
7/9 Fireman's Memorial Park @ 10am & Western Tot Lot @ 6pm
7/15 Graham Park @ 10am
7/16 Armory Park @ 10am & King Park @ 6pm
7/29 Ray Bradbury Park @ 10am
7/30 Kirk Park @ 10am & Diversity Park @ 6pm
ArtsPark will also be at July Events including Music at Washington Park and Movies in the Park at Bowen Park.

Family Yard Sale Do you have items in your home that you would like to sell? Here is your chance! Bring the family and rent a vendor space! Your proceeds are yours to keep. Leftover items can be taken back home with you or donated to the Salvation Army.
Looking to find that special treasure or item you need at a great price? his event is open to the public. Please call the Belvidere Recreation Center for more information (847) 360-4700.

Yoga and Zumba Outdoors Check-in is on-site at the Waukegan Beach. Join us 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.

Howard E. Ganster Pool Is Open for Season 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.

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

Audition Notice For the Bowen Park Theatre's Fall Production The Waukegan Park District’s Bowen Park Theatre Company (847-360-4740) is holding an open call for two plays that will be on the Schornick stage in late September to mid-October.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5:30pm and Monday, July 13, from 5:30 to 9:00pm at the Schornick Theatre in Goodfellow Hall, 39 Jack Benny Drive. This is a cold read and actors are asked to bring in a headshot and resume to the audition. Actors are invited to set up an audition time by contacting the Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 847-360-4740. Please click here to read more.

Mayor's Cup Men's Soccer Tournament Are you and your team interested in playing in the 2nd annual Mayor's Cup on July 19? This tournament is hosted by Waukegan Mayor, Wayne Motley. Please call Richard Fibish (847) 782-3627 for more information.

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.
July 19 - Softball Sizzle Batter Up! Bring your glove, bat and spikes for a fun afternoon of softball, catch or just a day under the sun. Feel free to bring a soccer ball too, there is a soccer field behind the outfield fence. Bring food for an optional cookout afterwards!

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.

Summer Stories Stories are coming to the Bowen Park Amphitheater, by the playground, this summer. Join us on July 1, 8 & 15 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.

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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