Recreation General Information
“Committed to creating beneficial leisure experiences that enrich life through exceptional facilities, programs and services”
Preferred Provider of Exceptional Leisure Services
The Recreation Department's goal is to offer activities for all age groups; programs that are recreational, social, cultural, physical, and also offer creative outlets.
The Recreation Department encourages children and adults to take advantage of recreational opportunities by participating in the many early childhood, youth and teen, camp, after-school, adult programs, aquatic, athletic, leagues, and/or special recreation programs. Our programs and services benefit individuals by enhancing self-esteem, creative expression, fitness and physical activity.
Program information on fall, winter, spring and summer activities can be found in the Waukegan Park District seasonal brochure. Additional activity information may be provided to children at school, or you may also see activity information on park district marquees, or in the local newspaper. Special Recreation offers a program brochure for winter/spring, summer and fall.
What are the benefits?
Early Childhood Programs provide positive recreational opportunities for fun, learning, and socialization. They are also designed to encourage creativity through songs, music, books, and art, as well as promoting self-confidence through independent play.
Youth and Teen Programs work to enhance self- esteem, expose youth to new opportunities, increase their knowledge, cultural awareness, and well being among their peers.
Adult Programs provide an opportunity for socialization, bettering ones health, skill development, reducing stress, and taking adventures. Take time for fun!
Youth and Adult Sports and Fitness Programs offer opportunities for physical fitness, mind body awareness, socialization, decreasing child obesity, increasing self-esteem, and encouraging healthy habits.
Special Recreation Services provides program participants opportunities to become responsible, productive, healthy, and contributing members of our society by preparing them through recreation with a dynamic and caring environment, which excites them and invites them to participate.
Heart's N Parks is a national community-based program supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Recreation Department's goal is to use this program in efforts to reduce the growing trend of obesity and the risk of coronary heart disease. We want to encourage youth, adults, and seniors to achieve a healthy weight, follow a heart healthy eating plan, engage in fun and regular physical activity. Come see us and join in one of our many heart-healthy programs today.
We Also Have
Gift Cards - What better way to have fun with a friend or loved one. Purchase a Gift Card at the Field House or the Belvidere Recreation Center and start having more fun today!
Room Rentals: Whether you are planning a wedding reception, birthday party, anniversary, shower or family reunion, the Recreation Department has the accommodation for you! Call (847) 360-4700 today or go to Facilities & Rentals for more information on how the Park District can help you plan your special event.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering is a great way to help others and to give back to the community. We offer several options in which you may be interested in volunteering at the park district. Individuals and group organizations are needed. We invite you to get involved today! For more information, please click here.
Sponsorship Opportunities: There are many special events that the park district offers free to the community throughout the year. If you would like to learn how you may sponsor an event or an activity at an event click here.
Scholarship Fund: The Waukegan Park District scholarship fund provides financial assistance to low-income families to ensure youth and adults have the opportunity to take part in park district programs. For more information please call 847-360-4700 and you will be put in contact with a friendly and knowledgeable staff member who can assist you. Click here for the Financial Assistant Application.
The following are a list of locations, where you may find out more information about our recreation programs, activities, athletics, special events and rentals. Please contact any of these locations for your recreational needs. You may also register for programs at the Belvidere Recreation Center and at the Field House Sports and Fitness Center at Hinkston Park.
(BRC) Belvidere Recreation Center, Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Ave
M-F 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm
Phone: (847) 360-4700
Fax: (847) 662-6621
TTY: (847) 662-3800
(FH) Field House Sports and Fitness Center, Hinkston Park, 800 N. Baldwin Ave
M-F 5:30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 7am-5pm
Phone: (847) 782-3300
Fax: (847) 782-3303
General Information Hotline: (847) 782-3309
Sports Hotline (weather): (847) 360-4785
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County Office,
Upton Park, Douglas House, 732 N. Genesee St
Phone: (847)360-4760 - Call for office and programming hours
Fax: (847) 662-2577 TTY: (847) 662-2577
Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Bowen Park, 39 Jack Benny Dr
M-R 10am-9pm, F 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
Phone: (847) 360-4740
Fax: (847) 662-0592
Bonnie Brook Golf Course and Greenshire Golf Course Programs, 2800 N Lewis Ave
Clubhouse: (847) 360-4730
Fax: (847) 360-4795
Golf Shop: (847) 360-4730