Resources & Information

Elgin Parks and Recreation

Mission Statement
The mission of the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department is to provide recreational experiences, protect environmental resources, foster human development, increase cultural unity, promote health and wellness, support economic development, strengthen safety and security, facilitate community problem-solving, and enhance our community.

Vision Statement

We create community through people, parks, and programs

Core Values
Safety
Caring
Excellence
Accessible
Efficiency

Contact Info
Elgin Parks and Recreation Department
100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

847-931-6123 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Email Parks and Recreation

Holiday Hours

The Centre of Elgin and Eastside Recreation Center
New Year's Day
5 a.m. - Noon
Easter Sunday
Closed
Memorial Day
Closed
Independence Day
Closed
Labor Day
Closed
Thanksgiving Day
Closed
Day after Thanksgiving
5 a.m. - Noon
Christmas Eve Day
5 a.m. - Noon
Christmas Day
Closed
New Year's Eve Day
5 a.m. - Noon

Parks & Recreation Program Brochure

The Parks and Recreation Program Brochure is printed four times a year. It will be available at the start of each registration period to be viewed online, or can be picked up at any of the following locations:

60124 zip code:

  • Gail Borden Library - Rakow Branch, 2751 W Bowes Road
  • Bowes Creek Country Club, 1250 Bowes Creek Boulevard
  • Toll Brothers Model Offices, 3511 Tournament Drive

60123 zip code:

  • Elgin Township Office, 729 S McLean Boulevard
  • Wing Park Golf Clubhouse (during golf season), 1000 Wing St
  • The Highlands Golf Course Pro Shop, 875 Sports Way
  • Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr

60120 zip code:

  • Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove Avenue
  • Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard
  • City Hall, 150 Dexter Court
  • The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way
  • Eastside Recreation Center, 1080 E Chicago St
  • Elgin Chamber, 31 South Grove

Our registration sessions are:

  • Winter Session registration starts November 1
  • Spring Session registration starts March 1
  • Summer Session registration starts May 1
  • Fall Session registration starts August 1

Active Duty Military Discount
Active duty military personnel can receive a 50% discount on daily fees and charges for recreation activities at City of Elgin golf courses, swimming pools, and The Centre of Elgin. A 10% discount is available to active duty military personnel on any annual membership at The Centre of Elgin.

Outdoor Program Cancellations
For updated information regarding outdoor program cancellations call our Parks and Recreation hotline at 847-931-6140.

Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association
The Parks and Recreation Department works with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) to provide recreational opportunities for residents with disabilities.

The Lords Park Pavilion
Have your next gathering at the beautiful Lords Park Pavilion. Download the Lords Park Pavilion Rental Brochure.

Hosting a Special Event or Block Party?
Download a copy of Elgin’s Special Event Packet, or pick one up at City Hall, 150 Dexter Court Any questions can be directed to Barb Keselica, Special Events and Community Engagement Coordinator, at 847-531-7056.

Elgin Parks and Recreation Facilities
View the most frequently used Elgin Parks and Recreation facilities. Visit the Elgin Parks website for an interactive view of Elgin's parks or view a list and map of all parks facilities. The numbers on the map correspond to the numbers on the list of Parks Facilities.

City of Elgin Golf Courses

The City of Elgin owns and operates three golf courses:

Elgin Sports Complex
The Elgin Sports Complex features 10 lighted softball fields, 10 full-size soccer fields, two sand volleyball courts, and The Hill, the Chicago area's premier BMX track.

Hemmens Cultural Center
Hemmens Cultural Center offers you the rare opportunity to experience legendary entertainers and world-class performing artists in an intimate setting.

Volunteer Opportunities
Many volunteer opportunities exist that would be perfect for your unique style. Sign up today.

Photo Policy
City of Elgin staff will periodically take photos of program participants and park visitors. These photos may be used in our publications, including seasonal program guides, facility brochures, advertisements, and our website. If you wish not to have your photo taken, please notify the photographer at that time.

Refund Policy
The City of Elgin reserves the right to refuse to register, or to expel any individual from participation in any program or class for any reason. Partial/full refunds or make ups will not be issued due to participant cancellation or failure to attend. Parks and Rec related cancellations will be rescheduled for the end of the season.