Our mission is to provide facilities, parks and open spaces that are attractive and safe for the people of our community. The Park Use Agreement allows us to avoid overcrowding and accommodate groups for a pleasant, enjoyable park experience. Many of our parks have individual picnic tables available for use on a first-come, first served basis. To guarantee your picnic date and location, it is recommended that you make a reservation in advance. For more information, contact Lali Salinas (847) 360-4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A park use permit is required for:
- any group of twenty-six (26) or more individuals.
- events or gatherings with equipment brought into a park.
- publicly advertised events or gatherings.
- events or gatherings that will impact normal public use of a park.
Regardless of group size, a permit is required for exclusive use of a pavilion. A pavilion rental includes the use of the pavilion from 9am to sunset, picnic tables, grill, and trash barrels. Most have limited electricity. Review the Park Use Agreement Brochure and Application for rental fees. Click here to view pavilions available for rent.
Green Space Locations
Green spaces are for any group size of 26 or more who wish to gather in the park, but do not wish to rent a pavilion. Green Space permits may include use of a grill (charcoal not provided). Some sites are designated sites with a sign and post. Review the Park Use Agreement Brochure and Application for rental fees and tables available per site.
Make a Reservation
Reservation requests for outdoor facilities will be accepted beginning at on Monday, March 1 at 9am. Reservations are granted on an application-review basis. Make your reservation one of three ways:
Payments and applications can be mailed to Jack Benny Center for the Arts at 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, Illinois 60087. Printable applications are available here. Make sure checks are payable to the Waukegan Park District.
The Jack Benny Center for the Arts is located at 39 Jack Benny Dr, Waukegan, IL 60087. Walk-in hours: Monday and Thursday 5pm-8pm.
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.