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Welcome and thanks for visiting!

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. Please let us know if you are having any difficulty using web registration by calling (847) 360-4713.


In the meantime, 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) 360-4713. We apologize for the inconvenience.



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Park District Happenings!

Turkey Trot Race Results Turkey Trot races were held Saturday, November 15. Click here for race results.

Tis the Season to Give – Food for Paws Holiday Pet Food Drive The Waukegan Park District is hosting the fourth annual Food for Paws Holiday Pet Food Drive, underway now through December 12. All donations are given to WAGS (Waukegan Animals Getting Saved), a local organization that works to offset costs involved in caring for homeless animals at Waukegan Animal Control. Click here for more information.

Make Some Magical Christmas Memories Join the Waukegan Park District on Saturday, December 13 for a new holiday family program called Christmas with the Clauses. It will be at the Jane Addams Center, in Bowen Park, and families will meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and an Elf. Enjoy making a Christmas ornament, eating a delicious chocolate chip cookie, and sipping hot chocolate or milk. The festive atmosphere with holiday music, decorations, and jolly elves is sure to create a Christmas memory that will last a lifetime.  Please bring your camera. Please click here for more information or call (847) 360-4700 for more information.

Polar Bear Plunge - Here’s a reason for freezin’! You’re invited to the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge hosted by the Waukegan Park District and the City of Waukegan on Thursday, January 1, from 10-11am at the Waukegan Beach, 201 Seahorse Drive, Waukegan. Join the Pledging Program this year and help us raise even more financial support for individuals with disabilities in this community! Click here for the Polar Bear Plunge page to learn more.

Help Wanted The Waukegan Park District, Field House Sports and Fitness Center is currently looking for Spin/Group Cycle and Group Exercise Instructors. If interested, please contact Sam Stevens at sstevens@waukeganparks.org.

Indoor Pool at the Field House Governor Pat Quinn came to the Field House on Saturday November 1 to announce that the Waukegan Park District was awarded a $2.5 mill on PARC (Park and Recreation Construction) grant. The funds will be used to help build an indoor pool addition to the Field House Sports and Fitness Center in Hinkston Park.

Jack Benny Center for the Arts Is Recruiting Music Instructors Cultural Arts Division– Are you degreed in music or music education? Do you play your instrument as a profession or are you a member of a professional orchestra or ensemble? The Jack Benny Center for the Arts has available studio space and is seeking new music instructors. For more information, please call (847) 360-4740 or click here.

Waukegan Park District Receives Two Readers’ Choice Awards from the Lake County Suburban Life and Great Lakes Bulletin The Waukegan Park District is proud to have received two Readers’ Choice Awards from the Lake County Suburban Life and the Great Lakes Bulletin. The Field House at Hinkston Park was named the Best Fitness Center and Bowen Park was named Best Neighborhood Park. For more, please click here.

Waukegan Park District Receives Four Best of the Best Awards from the Illinois Association of Park Districts The Waukegan Park District was honored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts with four Best of the Best Awards at the Annual Awards Gala on Friday, October 24. Dan Moran, a reporter with the Lake County News Sun received the Illinois Parks’ Top Journalist award. Best Friend of Illinois Parks-Mid-sized business was awarded to North Shore Gas. The Cultural Arts Division received the Helen Doria Arts in the Park Award. Ralph McLean, was chosen for the Illinois Association of Park Districts Good Sportsmanship Award. Click here to read more.

Introducing Voice Instructor Rebecca Blumer Cultural Arts Division-Welcome Rebecca Blumer, newest voice instructor at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. Rebecca will be teaching private voice lessons for ages 12 and up at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts on Wednesdays between the hours of 5-7pm starting November 12. The fee for eight half-hour lessons is $150 for residents and $155 for non-residents.  Please call 847-360-4740 for further details and to sign up for lessons. Call the Jack Benny Center for more information (847) 360-4740.

Yoga with Jacquelyn Cotey at the Jack Benny Center Cultural Arts Division - Experience Jacquelyn Cotey’s passion for yoga and health on Thursday evenings, November 6 through December 18, from 7-8:15pm at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. This 6-week class costs $60 for Waukegan Park District residents and $70 for non-residents, class ID#3395, please register before October 30. Please call (847) 360-4740 for more information.

Park Commissioner Nomination Papers Available There will be 2 park commissioner positions on the ballot for the April 7, 2015 election. The six-year positions currently held by Commissioners Terry Duffy and Pat Foley are up for election. Both incumbents are seeking re-election. Candidates seeking election as Waukegan Park District Park Commissioners may pick up nomination papers at the Corrine J. Rose Administrative Office, 2000 Belvidere. Please click here for more information.

Waukegan Park District Receives the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced that the Waukegan Park District has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget. Click here for more information.

Buffet Dining at Bonnie Brook Golf Course Come to Bonnie Brook for buffet-style dining at the clubhouse from 10a-2pm on the last Sunday of each month. November brunch is on the 30th. Reservations suggested, please call (847) 360-4734 for more information.

Wednesday Night Dinners Year-round, come and enjoy Bonnie Brook’s mouth-watering Wednesday Night Dinners. The regulars will be the first to tell you, they love the midweek break from cooking at home. The dinners feature a wide variety of entrees, such as: fish, pasta, ribs and pot roast, delicious sides and a fresh selection of soups and salads. Dinner is served Wednesday evenings from 4:30-8pm. Click here for Bonnie Brook's dining information.

Click here for the Wednesday Night Dinner menu for November.

Volunteer Opportunities Available The Waukegan Park District would not be as successful as it is today without the exceptional talents of our citizen volunteers. Our programs, facilities and committees serve the needs of our entire community and our volunteers play a critical role in our exceptional service delivery. Volunteers are needed for the following upcoming events: 
Turkey Trot - November 15
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Volunteers must also fill out a Volunteer Agreement form, please click to download.

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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