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Central Park


  1. 2 small grills
  2. Tables
  3. Two Pavilions
Located on Lakewood Boulevard, just steps from some of Park Forest’s most popular attractions like the Park Forest Public Library, Park Forest Aqua Center, and Freedom Hall, Central Park is a favorite among those looking for an easily found outdoor space capable of accommodating large or small groups.


Central Park boasts two pavilions with eight tables in each, electrical outlets. Rental of the East Pavilion includes an attached kitchen area complete with a sink, stove, and refrigerator. The West Pavilion does not include a kitchen area. Restrooms are conveniently located between the East and West Pavilions. Two small grills are located by the West Pavilion.

Central Park is a great outdoor park for events like family reunions, class reunions, and work functions. It is particularly popular with those wishing to be near play areas for children.

2019 Central Park Pavilion Rates

Pavilions can be rented between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Quiet hours after 8:00 p.m.

*Groups over 99 people require renting both East and West pavilions.

Groups of 99 or less - East Pavilion with Kitchen - $20 per hour
Groups of 99 or less - West Pavilion - $15 per hour
*Groups of 100-199 - East & West Pavilion together $35 per hour
*Groups of 200 or more - $50 per hour (Additional fees may apply)

2019 Park Permit Lottery 
Park Forest Village Hall
350 Victory Drive
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9 am
Check-in time: 8:30 am-8:45 am - Bring State ID

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Park Permit Lottery on Saturday, February 2, 2019 beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportunity to secure their preferred Park Forest Park Pavilion (Central Park and Logan Park) on their preferred date.

Two separate lotteries will be held for Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents.

This system is designed to allow Park Forest residents priority selection in what has become a popular lottery event, with an increasing number of non-Park Forest residents participating in the process. Please check-in between 8:30 am-8:45 am (bring State ID). The Park Permit Lottery for Park Forest residents will begin at 9 a.m. The lottery for non-Park Forest residents will immediately follow the Park Forest resident lottery.

Park Permit Lottery Procedure: 
All members of the public (Park Forest residents and non-Park Forest residents) must be present by 9 a.m. Please arrive between 8:30 am-8:45 am to check-in. Those in attendance (who are obtaining a park permit) will be invited to place their names in the appropriate permit lottery. Please bring a State ID to verify residency. Names will be pulled for the Park Forest resident permit lottery first, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Names will be drawn for the non-Park Forest resident lottery second, and permits will be issued in the order names are selected. Please note that individuals are restricted to one picnic date per person. Full payment is due at time of reserving a permit. No phone orders.

Temporary Liquor Permit

(Please allow a minimum of 10 business days prior to event for processing.)
A Temporary Liquor Permit is required for all park permits requesting to serve and/or consume alcohol in the parks. A Temporary  Liquor Permit  application must be completed by the Park Permit holder and returned with a $5 non-refundable fee. Once the Temporary Liquor permit application has been approved by the Village of Park Forest, the permit holder will be required to obtain a $1,000,000  liability policy through their insurance company. Please contact Recreation & Parks for more information. 



Village of Park Forest Ordinances - Pet Waste Disposal and Removal 

Sec. 14-2. - Declaration of nuisances. It shall be deemed unlawful and a nuisance for any person within the village limits to:  (3) Permit any pet under his care or control to deposit any excrement upon the property of another, without the express consent of the owner of the property; appear with a pet upon any alley, street, sidewalk, park, playground, parking lot, church or school grounds or other property of public use, without some means for the removal of excrement; fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet; or dispose of such excrement except as provided in section 86-4 of this Code. This section shall not apply to a blind or physically handicapped person while walking his guide or support dog.

Sec. 14-49. - Removal of excrement. (a) No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person's consent, without some means for the removal of excrement, nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet. This section shall not apply to a blind or physically handicapped person while walking his guide or support dog. (b) This section shall be enforced under and in accordance with chapter 2, article VII of this Code, which article provides for the administrative adjudication of certain ordinance violations.