Park Use Permits (Now Accepting Applications at the Belvidere Recreation Center)
Waukegan Park District’s parks and facilities are ideal sites for groups and individuals. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the parks, and appreciate the convenience of facilities provided in various areas. See the application form, located at the bottom of this page, for the various locations and features of each park.
Why Park Use Permits Are Required
Our mission is to provide facilities, parks and open spaces that are attractive and safe for the people of our community. The Park Use Permit allows us to avoid overcrowding and accommodate groups for a pleasant, enjoyable park experience. It also allows you to reserve a specific pavilion.
Green Space and Pavilion Rental Permits & Applications
Park Use Permits help the District accommodate groups and ensure guests have a pleasant, safe, and enjoyable park experience. Park Use Permit applications for green space and pavilion rental 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 is open Monday through Friday, 4-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Proof of residency and identification are required. Rental fees must accompany the completed application.
There are two different types of Park Permits available:
- A Picnic Pavilion Permit
This permit is issued for use of a specific pavilion (Bevier, Bowen or Hinkston Parks). These permits reserve the pavilion for your group and include picnic tables and grills. Reservations are also available for the Bowen Park Formal Garden and the Washington Park Bandshell. These two sites do not have picnic tables or grills. For Pavilion options, click here.
- A Green Space Permit
This permit is issued for groups of 26 or more who wish to gather in the park, but do not wish to rent a pavilion. The Green Space Permit allows us to schedule larger groups using the parks to prevent overcrowding, and also assists the Park Patrol officers in enforcing regulations.
- For the Outdoor Facility Rental Permit Application, click here.
- Para la Solicitud de Permiso de Alquiler Instalaciones al Aire Libre, haga clic aquí.
Examples of different functions that require a Park Use Permit:
- Picnics with groups of 26 or more
- A family wishing to host a reunion or celebration
- A company, organization or church desiring to have a picnic
- A teacher or school planning an annual field day or class fun day activity
- A church desiring to hold a church service. All religious ceremonies must be approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Waukegan Park District. Please submit a letter with an agenda or program at least six weeks prior to your event.
- An organization wishing to have a rally, walk-a-thon or other community event.
Athletic Field Rentals
The Waukegan Park District maintains state-of-the-art athletic fields in various parks. When space is available, our athletic fields are available to rent to baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and softball organizations for practices, games, tournaments, etc. To host practices, games, tournaments, etc. on our athletic fields, go to waukeganparks.org/fields.
For More Information
If you have any questions regarding Park Use Permits, call Lali Salinas, Waukegan Park District Parks Department, at (847) 360-4725, between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.