Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health

Mission Statement

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health operates under the philosophy that its facilities are available to all residents of Park Forest for a reasonable cost and its programs and services are available to everyone, regardless of one’s ability to pay, their ethnic background or orientation.  In its interactions, the Department will treat all peoples with dignity and respect.  

The department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all peoples and to advance the use and enjoyment of parks, recreation and environmental conservation under the guiding values of community Health & Wellness, Sustainability and Social Equity. 

Vision Statement

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health will be a nationally recognized provider of exceptional, community driven experiences in parks and recreation with special regard to community health, social equity, fiscal and environmental sustainability.


The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health offers close to 120 recreational activities and instructional programs, and is responsible for roughly 400 acres of park land including:


Additionally, the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health operates the regionally popular Park Forest Aqua Center, the Park Forest Tennis and Health Club and Freedom Hall.

Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health has expanded its services to include Community Health. Contact the department with questions on where to go for various health services as well as health and wellness programming and workshops.

The Village’s recreation facilities, public parks and park facilities are available and maintained primarily for and by the residents of Park Forest and it is the general intent to give Village residents priority in the use of these facilities. Both residents and non-residents are welcome to use the Village’s parks and facilities and to enjoy recreational programs in a non-discriminatory manner.

Village of Park Forest - Bridge to Phase 5 – Restore Illinois Plan
Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health

As of Friday May 14, 2021 the Illinois Department of Public Health along with Governor Pritzker’s office moved our state to a “Bridge to Phase 5” in the Restore Illinois Plan. As many of us were excited to hear this step in the right direction, questions remained as to how the revised guidelines would affect our services in the Spring and Summer months. In accordance with the IDPH Guidelines and after careful review of the “Bridge” plan, staff has made the following adjustments to our departmental procedures during the “Bridge” plan. Click here to continue reading full document.

Recreation, Parks & Community Health Brochure

Current programs and events are listed on the Recreation, Parks & Community Health Department website. Due to Covid-19 Mitigations the brochure schedule is subject to change. The current brochure link is listed below:  

2021 Autumn Brochure Revised 10/11/21

Autumn Brochure cover page

  • Please register early or the program/trip may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
  • Please note the registration deadlines for programs.
  • Information printed in the brochure may change.
  • Registration Form and Waiver -  A completed registration form and signed waiver is required before participating in any program or trip. Form: Registration Form and Waiver

Online Registration

Registration from the comfort of your home with anytime, around the clock access! Create your online account today by clicking the button below.

Please note: some programs will not be available for online registration.


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Somonauk Nature Adventure Park
Coming soon to Park Forest, IL. Somonauk Nature Adventure Park combines adventure and nature in one park-redevelopment strategy. Planned renovations for the 16-acre park include construction of a two-acre pond with native, prairie, and emergent wetland, recreational fishing, and kayaking. Additional site amenities include walks; accessible, elevated seating; and opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and ziplines. The project also becomes part of the village’s Best Management Practices (BMPs) for stormwater management. Click on the link below to read the full article. 

Murphy Park Redevelopment Project

Village Green Expansion Project Features