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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!

Summer 2015 Special Use Permits and Pavilion Rental Applications Available Beginning March 2 Park Use Permits help the District accommodate groups and ensure guests have a pleasant, safe, and enjoyable park experience. Beginning on Monday, March 2nd, Park Use Permit green space and pavilion rental applications will be 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. BRC will be open on Monday, March 2 from 9am-8pm. Thereafter, Monday thru Friday, 4-8pm 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.

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

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra presents: Young People's Concert  February 28, 2015 at 11:00am at the Trapp Auditorium, Waukegan High School This special concert is a musical tour of the sections of the orchestra along with some glimpses into the wold of music making. This is a perfect family event. Students are free when accompanied by an adult and the adult tickets are $5.00. Please call the Jack Benny Center for the Arts for tickets for more information.

Waukegan SportsPark's Softball Field Named Field of the Year Representatives of the Waukegan Park District were on hand last month to receive the top award from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for the 2014 Softball Fields in the Schools and Parks division. Noel Brusius, the Waukegan Park District Sports Turf Manager, submitted the nomination and accepted the award from STMA President David Pinsonneault. Click here to read more.

Artist/Vendor Applications Available for 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. This is a free annual family event that celebrates the start of summer. 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. 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.

Chicago Wilderness Recognizes the Waukegan Park District for Conservation Achievements Waukegan Park District one of 13 sites honored in the Chicago region On December 11, the Chicago Wilderness alliance honored the Waukegan Park District with the Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. The Waukegan Park District received the award for habitat restoration in Bowen Park’s Glen Flora Ravine. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

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 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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