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.


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Park Forest Aqua Center 2021 
Season Membership Click Here to Register Online

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Park Forest Aqua Center
2021 Swim Lessons Click Here to Register Online

2021 Park/Equipment Permits


Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Park Permit Lottery will not be held this year. A new procedure for obtaining Park/Equipment Permits for 2021 is listed below.

Click here - How to Obtain a 2021 Park/Equipment Permit 

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005.

Booking capacity for 2021 permits will be restricted to a maximum of 50 attendees. Should state COVID-19 public health restrictions change at any point in 2021, capacities can be adjusted by contacting Recreation, Parks & Community Health Department and paying the difference in price (if any.)

Recreation, Parks & Community Health Brochure

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health brochure is published three times a year. Winter/Spring, Summer and Autumn. 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.  

Please note the registration deadlines for programs.

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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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