Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health

5/18/20 - Park Forest announces changes to summer offerings due to coronavirus pandemic - click here for more information:  

In compliance with Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, Village Hall and all Village operations are closed through the end of May.  This includes all Recreation, Parks & Community Health facilities and programs.  As this is a fluid and evolving situation, please visit the departments Facebook page or the Village’s website for updated information.  We are answering emails and phone messages as we are able so please leave your phone number if you have a specific question.  We understand that this might be a trying time for some and appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate through this time. 

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Recreation, Parks & Community Health Staff Contact Director


Robert Gunther
Director 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:

  • Ball fields
  • Bark District Dog Park
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Pavilions
  • Skate park
  • Tennis courts


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.

 Recreation, Parks & Community Health Brochure

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

2020 Winter/Spring Brochure

Winter2020 Cover

Please note the registration deadlines for programs.

  • Please register early or the program/trip may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
  • Information printed in the brochure may change.
  • Registration Form and Waiver -  A completed registration form and signed waiver is required before participating in any program or trip. Form: Registration Form and Waiver

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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