Lake Forest Parks & Recreation
Re-Opening Plan
Everyone at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation is looking forward to reopening and welcoming the community back to our facilities and programs during the upcoming phases of the Restore Illinois Plan. We have been planning for every scenario and we are prepared to adjust and change our plans as we get closer to Phase 4-Revitalization.

Listed below is an update of our facilities and programs:

Recreation Center: Our building remains closed to the public and will reopen during Phase 4 with limited capacity.

Forest Park Beach : The beach is open daily. Swimming opened on June 11, 2020. Please visit our website for all beach & boating information. Forest Park Beach

Lake Forest Fitness Center: Begi nning June 8 one-on-one personal training and outdoor group exercise classes for 10 opene d. Please call 847-810-3932 to reserve you class. View the schedule here . Memb ership fees will continue to be on hold as the facility remains closed for regular workouts. We are hopeful that we will be able to open the Fitness Center in phase 4 while adhering to IDPH and state guidelines.

Wildlife Discovery Center: Outdoor exhibits and trails reopened on June 12. Indoor exhibits and restrooms will remain closed.

Stirling Hall Art Center: Closed. We will offer classes in a limited capacity in Phase 4.

Lake Forest Dance Academy: LFDA is offering virtual dance classes during the month of June and will offer in-person dance classes beginning in Phase 4 with limited capacity.

Athletics: Open beginning in Phase 4 with limited capacity.

Lake Forest Sailing: LFS is offering sailing lessons and camps in limited capacity.

Deerpath Golf Course: Open with limitations. Visit for more information.

Summer Programs and Day Camps: Due to social-distancing space limitations as specified by the Restore Illinois Plan Phase 3, we are unable to offer camp at our normal capacities and those registered for our traditional day camps that were to start June 15 have received refunds.

We are committed to providing a safe summer day camp experience for the children of our community. We are offering the following:

  • Streaming Summer: June 2020: To provide you with an early summer alternative, we will be offering online programs. Streaming Summer will offer high-quality, safe, and fun recreational programs, in the comfort and safety of your own home. Visit our website for more information and to register: Virtual Programs

  • Summer Camp Experience In-Person Camps Start July 6: All camps will consist of smaller group sizes separated by location with the intent to allow for little to no crossover between camp groups. Each camp will have multiple groups of 8 participants, ages 7-12, which stay together for the duration of camp. Registration is open.

  • Summer Programs: Staff is targeting Phase 4 for additional youth sports programming such as dance, athletics, gymnastics, karate, etc. Details will be forthcoming.

Summer Events: After careful consideration and current social distancing requirements, we have decided to cancel all of our Lake Forest Parks and Recreation summer events including Concerts in the Square and the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation’s Festival & Fireworks. This was not an easy decision to make or one that was made lightly. Our community has many traditions surrounding these events, and we look forward to summer 2021.

Tennis Courts: Outdoor tennis courts are open with guidelines posted.

Squash/Racquetball Courts: Closed.

Athletic Fields: Fields remain closed.

Pavilion & Facility Rentals: Park and facility rentals remain closed and unavailable in 2020.

Parks and Playgrounds: Parks have remained open for walking, jogging, and biking during the stay-at-home order as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. However, playgrounds, restrooms and park water fountains will remain closed.

Fall Program Guide: You will be receiving communication regarding the start of our fall programs as we get closer to August. A decision has not yet been made regarding the printing of a fall brochure. Please stay tuned for more information.

Our team is prepared to adjust and make appropriate changes as we get closer to Phase 4-Revitalization. We will continue to keep you as informed as possible. For the latest information, please visit our website .

We appreciate your patience and hope to see you soon! 
Summer Camp Experience 2020 

Online-only registration is open! 

Our staff has been working hard to design our 2020 camps to make sure we are outdoors as much as possible while using newly designed activities/games/sports that provide added health and safety measures.

We are confident that these camps will retain all of the fun and friendship as our beloved camps from years past!

  • Camps are limited to groups of 8 campers.
  • All the details are listed in our camp guide.
  • If a camp is full, please join the wait-list! Guidelines may change at the end of June and wait-listed campers may be admitted.
Coming Soon! 

Our NEW July & August Program Guide is coming soon - watch your email and our social media platforms!

Dance, athletics, fitness, art, and more! Although capacity will be limited, we are are excited to welcome you back to our our programs.

Most of our these programs are already on our registration site - click the box below to browse and register.

Important Dates!

  • July 6: In-person Summer Camps & Programs start
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City of Lake Forest
400 Hastings Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045