How do I register for Park District programs?
You can: register in person at the Leisure Center and Prairie Lakes Community Center; use our Online Registration system; mail or fax a completed form. Registration forms and information are available at the facilities, or you can download a PDF.
Resident and non-resident registration dates, payment options and program dates are always published in the Spectrum Program & Events Guide, or you can download PDFs of those information pages. Non-resident registration always begins one week after resident registration. Residents who have never registered with the Park District are required to submit proof of residency with their registration. Acceptable proofs of residency include: current voter's registration card, current driver's license, copy of current utility or phone bill or real estate tax statement showing taxes paid to the Des Plaines Park District.
Click here for complete information on how to sign up for Online Registration.
Where: Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street
When: Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday.
Please bring proof of residency. Your registration will be time-stamped in the order received.
Walk-in registrations will be processed after the 7:00-8:30am drop-off registrations are processed.
Where: Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street
When: Monday-Friday: 7:00am - 9:30pm; Saturday: 8:30am - 6:00pm; Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00pm
A drop-off slot is located to the right of the receptionist counter. Please, do not drop-off a cash payment.
Drop-off registrations are accepted at Prairie Lakes Community Center, but are not processed until the following business day.
Drop-offs received prior to 7:00 am on the first day of registration, for residents and non-residents, are held until the following business day.
Mail completed forms with payment to: Des Plaines Park District, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018
Mail-in registrations received before the first day of registration, for residents and non-residents, are held until the following business day.
Fax your completed registration form to 847-391-5707 with complete credit card information.
Faxed registrations received before the first day of registration, for residents and non-residents, are held until the following business day.
Who is eligible to register for programs?
Des Plaines Park District residents are individuals who reside within the Park District boundaries and contribute financial support to the district through property taxes. Residents and non-residents are all welcome, and most programs are listed with both resident and non-resident fees. Pease note that some residents of the City of Des Plaines may not reside within the boundaries of the Des Plaines Park District. Please call the Park District at 847-391-5700 if you have any questions about your residency status.
For a PDF map of the Park District boundaries, Click Here.
Can I get my money back if I'm not satisfied with a program?
Yes, In order to receive any refund, you must complete a Refund Request Form. Copies of this form are available at any of our facilities.
- Satisfaction Guaranteed. Participants will receive a full refund if they are dissatisfied with the program after the 1st class meeting, and we receive a refund request form at least 24 hours before the 2nd class meets. Note: An administrative fee of $2 per class or program is charged for processing all refunds.
- After the first week of a program/class no refunds will be granted unless the program/class is cancelled. Refund requests received after the first week of a program will be honored if the request is due to a medical condition. A doctor's note must accompany the request.
- No refunds for gift certificates will be allowed. Gift certificates may be used toward any Park District facility, program or trip.
- The refund request for trips must be received 48 hours prior to the day of the trip; refunds will be prorated based on the program costs incurred prior to receipt of the refund request.
- Refunds take approximately 2 weeks to process, and are mailed in check form or credited to your credit card account.
- If you have an outstanding balance, any refund will first be applied to that balance.
- Additional policies apply to memberships, and passes. Details are available at the facilities.
How do I apply for a job with the Des Plaines Park District?
Employment Applications are only taken online. To apply for a job with the Park District, Click Here.
Applications may be filed at any time, however, only applications for a Vacancy (a job that is open) are reviewed by the supervisor.
General applications (for non-specific Positions) are kept in the system for one year.
Any online applications which are started, but not completed, are automatically deleted after 25 days.
Most part-time positions are available on a seasonal basis and include: Front desk staff at facilities, building supervisors, class instructors, maintenance staff, lifeguards, pool staff, camp staff, golf course and golf range staff, Lake Park, Mountain View Adventure Center and Mystic Waters concessions.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved, learn new skills and meet new people. Our volunteers receive special benefits as well as the respect they so richly deserve for serving the community through the Park District. You must be at least 16 years old.
Soccer & Basketball Coaches, contact Joshua Cantres, Athletic Supervisor. 847-391-5711
Lake Park Golf Course Starters, contact Brian Panek, Manager of Golf & Facilities. 847-803-GOLF
Special Events, contact Linda Traina, Superintendent of Recreation, or Jennifer Boys, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation. 847-391-5711
How do I rent a room in a facility or in one of the parks?
The Facilities Rental website has photos, forms, and lots of information. If you have not rented a room, a shelter, a fieldhouse or other facility from us, start by reviewing the website.
Park District rooms and buildings are available for rental use when available. Since Park District programs have first priority, and generally use all buildings Monday through Friday, facility spaces are often more available on Saturdays and Sundays. Unfortunately, rentals are not available on legal holidays. Kitchen facilities are designed for limited food preparation as can be accommodated by a range, oven, and refrigerator.
Rental agreement (PDF).
Photos of the rooms at Prairie Lakes, the Arndt Park, West Park and Cumberland Terrace Fieldhouses, and the Lake Park Picnic Shelters are available for you to see: Photos
The following facilities are available for rent:
- Lake Park, South Picnic Shelter (Optimist Club Shelter). Seating for 64-72. Outdoor grill.
- Lake Park, North Picnic Shelter. Seating for 72-80. Outdoor grill.
- West Park Picnic Shelter No. 1. Seating for 32-40. Outdoor Grill.
- West Park Picnic Shelter No. 2. Seating for 32-40. Electrical outlet.
Prairie Lakes Mt. View Room 1 Capacity 35 The kitchen is available, for an additional fee. Remodeled in Fall 2013.
- Prairie Lakes Mt. View Room 2 Capacity 65
- Prairie Lakes Mt. View Room 3 Capacity 35. Mt. View Rooms may be combined as needed, including the kitchen.
- Prairie Lakes Meeting Room 1 Capacity 35
- Prairie Lakes Meeting Room 2 Capacity 35
Prairie Lakes Multi-purpose Room 1 Capacity 50 The kitchen is available for an additional fee.
Prairie Lakes Multi-purpose Room 2 Capacity 30. May be combined with MP Room 1 for access to the kitchen.
*Not available in June, July, or August.
Some other rooms may be available at Prairie Lakes and the Leisure Center on weekends. Capacities vary from 30 to 60. Smoking and alcohol consumption are not permitted in any Park District building, with the exception of Golf Center Des Plaines. Rentals are handled on a first-come, first-served basis when the completed application is received. There are time restrictions and a deposit is required. Call 391-5700 between 8:30am and 5:00pm, weekdays. Or, you can call the Facility Rental voice mail at 847-391-5705 and leave your name, phone number, date, group size, and room desired. Facility Rental website.
Maps and directions are available for every park and facility are available: Click Here.
Club Casa provides provides all food and beverages, including alcohol, for meetings, parties and special events in the River Room. Rentals are available throughout the week. Call 847-298-5100 for information and reservations. Click Here for the River Room website.
Does the Park District provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities?
Yes. The Des Plaines Park District, in cooperation with the Maine Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR), will provide reasonable accommodations as required to allow any individual with a disability to actively participate in Des Plaines Park District programs or programs offered by M-NASR. These reasonable accommodations may include: providing communication aids and services, revising policies and practices, removing barriers, selecting available alternate activity sites, or taking other appropriate actions.
Although many individuals with disabilities may prefer to participate in programs offered by the Maine Niles Association of Special Recreation (847-966-5522), others may wish to enroll directly into the programs offered by the Des Plaines Park District. On our Program Registration Form is a check box for the ADA accommodation request. If you want to enroll in a Des Plaines Park District program and believe that an accommodation might be required, you can also call Linda Traina (847-391-5090) to discuss your specific situation.
Who do I call concerning problems in my neighborhood park?
Please call our Oakwood Maintenance facility: 847-391-5744, or e-mail Chris Leiner, Assistant Superintendent of Parks & Planning
Can I call to find out if a ballgame or special event has been cancelled?
Yes. Call the Program & Events Hotline at 847-391-5705.
Can I walk my dog in the park?
Des Plaines Park District Code Section 8.04
(b) Dogs on leash* and under control are permitted in Des Plaines Park District owned parks,
including general open space non-athletic areas, pathways and parking lots.
Dogs are restricted from all playgrounds and athletic/sports fields and facilities including but not limited to:
• Ballfield Infields and Outfields • Soccer Fields •Skate/Bike Parks • Tennis Courts
• Volleyball Courts • Basketball Courts • Golf Facilities • Picnic Shelters • Ponds and Lakes
Dog owners/handlers are required to abide by the City of Des Plaines Ordinance Section 6 Chapter 1
as it relates to inoculations, licensing and cleaning up after their dog.
No owner/handler will permit their dog to drink from a Park District water fountain unless the
fountain is designed as “dog friendly” and includes a surface mount bowl.
No owner/handler will tie or tether their dog to any post, tree, bench, fence, Park District structure
or other stationary object.
At any time the Park District may impose restrictions due to special events, construction, or special
circumstance in the interest of public safety.
*Leash not to exceed 6 feet in length.
The Forest Preserve operates a dog friendly area at Beck Lake.
General Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations for all Park District parks are available at our facilities, and are published in the Spectrum Program & Events Guide.
Park Rules and Regulations.
Sponsorships, advertising, and donations
The Park District has the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion Buy A Brick program, as well as opportunities for donations for specific site amenities
including memorial trees and benches. Please contact Susan Chiakas at 847-391-5744 or schiakas@DPParks.org for further information.
The Park District has a number of opportunities available every year, and on a multi-year basis, for businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor events. We are always happy to discuss mutually beneficial arrangements which include event naming, advertising, public relations, and promotion–at the event, in our facilities, in our publications and on our website.
Advertising and promotion in Park District facilities and publications is generally restricted to non-profit organizations.
Please contact Linda Traina, Superintendent of Recreation at 847-391-5090 or ltraina@DPParks.org, for information.
If you would like your non-profit organization's message on our Digital Message Board, at 515 E. Thacker Street,
please download and fill-out this Digital Message Board Request Form..
Sponsorships, and Advertising & Promotion opportunities include:
• Fall Fest, a three-day family-friendly festival in September.
• The Spring Fun Fair, in May.
• The Annual Fishing Derby, at Mountain View Adventure Center.
• Footlighters Theatre Company productions.
• Dance Company performances.
• The annual Live at the Lake Summer Concert Series, in Lake Park.
• Advertising in the quarterly Spectrum Program and Events Guide.
• A wide range of special events throughout the year.
Please contact Linda Traina, Superintendent of Recreation at 847-391-5090 or ltraina@DPParks.org, to review our current sponsorship and advertising packages.
Memorial Trees and Benches
Read about the Park District Memorial Tree & Bench Program.
Please contact Susan Chiakas at 847-391-5744 or schiakas@DPParks.org for more information.
The VFW and American Legion maintain the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion Buy A Brick program.
Information is available by contacting Steven Schaefer, 847-452-6991, or David Murphy, 847-398-1315.