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Central Park

Features

  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.


Amenities


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.


2021 Park Permits 


HOW TO OBTAIN A 2021 PARK/EQUIPMENT PERMIT 
NEW PROCEDURE- PRE-REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT REQUIRED

Click here for a pdf of Flyer

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. 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.) 

HOW TO OBTAIN A PARK/EQUIPMENT PERMIT

Park Forest Residents
Park Forest residents can call the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005 beginning Monday, February 1, 2021 to schedule an appointment to reserve a pavilion.  Appointments for Park Forest residents will be scheduled between February 8 to February 19, 2021, during the hours of Monday 9:30 am - 7 pm, and Tuesday thru Friday
9:30 am - 4:30 pm. The permit holder must be a “Park Forest” resident. If you missed the Park Forest resident dates listed above, please schedule a pre-registration appointment with the General Public beginning February 22, 2021.

General Public
Beginning Monday, February 22, 2021, the general public (Residents and Non-Residents) can call the Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005 to schedule a pre-registration appointment during the hours of Monday 9:30 am - 7 pm, and Tuesday thru Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT TO SECURE A PARK/EQUIPMENT PERMIT
Please note that individuals are restricted to one picnic date per person.

  • Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you miss your appointment, you will have to call
  • and reschedule.
  • Wear a Face Mask
  • Bring Your State Drivers License or State ID
  • Full payment is due at time of reserving a permit. Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, charge cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover).
  • If you are having liquor at your event, you must secure a liquor permit. See details on back of page.


2021 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.

Please note:  Occupancy is based on the current Restore Illinois Plan. Please contact Recreation, Parks & Community Health at 708-748-2005 for more information. 

Groups of 50 or less - East Pavilion with Kitchen - $20 per hour
Groups of 50 or less - West Pavilion - $15 per hour


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. 

Links:  


Park Rules 




 
Parks Best Practices Flyer



 

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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.