Welcome to the McHenry Parks and Recreation Department. The department is governed by the City Council of McHenry and provides recreation Programs and Trips & Special Events for all ages. The Parks and Recreation Department manages 38 different park sites, as well as Merkel Aquatic Center, Petersen Park Beach, McHenry Zone Skate Park and McBark Dog Park, which can be utilized for family, individual and community activities. Discover the benefits of parks and recreation!
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Community Recreation CenterConstruction of the Community Recreation Center is expected to begin in Spring of 2015 and be completed in Spring of 2016. The 18,200 square foot facility will include a 4,500 square foot fitness center, group exercise room, dance room, locker rooms, babysitting room, a large multipurpose room with a service kitchen and offices for recreation employees. Information on fitness memberships and community rentals will be coming soon!
McBark Dog Park Presented by Gary Lang Subaru
Click here for the Dog Park Registration Packet. McBark Dog Park is located north of the McHenry Kohls with parking in the existing lot north of the store. We would like to thank Kohls and IDOT for their cooperation in granting the use of the site for the dog park. The park features shade, a large running area for dogs, onsite parking and running water. The park is open from 7 am to dusk. The dog park provides year-round opportunities for dogs and their owners to socialize as well as exercise – both important to an animal’s temperament and health.
Annual Passes & FeesAn annual pass is sold for local dog owners to access the facility. Gate access is a controlled system allowing only dog pass holders. Fees are for one calendar year from September 1 through August 31. Passes are sold in person only at McHenry Municipal Center.
Registration Requirements: Registration form for each dog, proof of residency for resident rate, pet name, breed, birthdate (adopted/rescue date), gender, neutered/spayed, Certificate of Rabies Vaccination, distemper vaccination (vet receipt), and veterinarian’s name, address and phone number.
Why Trees? Click the Tree City USA logo to see a 12 minute video on why trees are important to the community.PLANT TREES MCHENRY!
The City of McHenry’s cost sharing tree planting program for single-family residences who meet certain requirements is available again this year.
The program is to promote the planting of trees throughout our city. This year the following species are available for planting:
|Turkish Hazelnut||Honey Locust|
|Armstrong Maple||Redmond Linden|
|Triumph Elm||Ginkgo Magyar|
|Common Hackberry||Little leaf Linden|
|State Street Miyabie Maple||London Plane|
Availability is limited and trees will only be planted on public right-of-way. Planting will take place in Fall of 2015. If you are interested, contact the City Forestry Division at 815-363-2162 for application and eligibility requirement information.
Volunteer OpportunitiesThe McHenry Parks & Recreation Department has several opportunities to assist with special events and recreation programs. Click here for SUMMER 2015 or FALL 2015 opportunities. Volunteers are needed for special events, dance recital, Fiesta Days events, day camp programs, athletic programs, aquatic programs, swim lessons, swim team and pool special events.
If you are a student of McHenry High School, you can earn credit through S.O.S. (Service Opportunities for Students) program by volunteering hours.
Park Map, Amenities & AddressesThe McHenry Parks & Recreation Department has 38 parks with a total of more than 635 acres which offer a wide range of recreational activities and park facilities.
Click here to view Facilities Map
Click here to view Park Amenities
Click here to view Park Addresses
Facilities Utilized for Programs
The McHenry Parks & Recreation Department acknowledges the cooperation of School Districts #15 and #156 and local businesses and churches in making their facilities (gymnasiums, multipurpose rooms, stages, classrooms) available for recreation programs.
|Facilities Utilized for Programs||Address|
|Alden's Kennels||6810 Barnard Mill Road / Ringwood|
|Duker Elementary School||3711 W. Kane Avenue|
|Edgebrook Elementary School||701 N. Green Street|
|Fox Ridge Park||5408 Dartmoor Drive|
|Golf Academy at Terra Cotta||5200 Pleasant Hill Rd. / Prairie Grove|
|Greens of Irish Prairie||4300 Shamrock Lane|
|Hilltop Elementary School||2615 W. Lincoln Road|
|Knox Park Pool / Ballfields||201 S. Green Street|
|Lakeland Park Community Center||1717 W. Sunset Avenue|
|Landmark School||3614 W. Waukegan Road|
|Merkel Aquatic Center||201 S. Green Street|
|McBark Dog Park||2500 N. Richmond Road|
|McCracken Field||3712 Kane Avenue|
|McHenry Flying Dragons Martial Arts||1323 N. Riverside Drive|
|McHenry High School - East||1012 N. Green Street|
|McHenry High School - West||4724 W. Crystal Lake Road|
|McHenry Middle School||2120 W. Lincoln Road|
|McHenry Municipal Center||333 S. Green Street|
|Parkland Middle School||1802 N. Ringwood Road|
|Petersen Park Ballfields||4300 Petersen Park Road|
|Petersen Park Beach||4311 Lakewood Road|
|Petersen Historic Farm||4112 McCullom Lake Road|
|Riverwood Elementary School||300 S. Driftwood Trail|
|Shamrock Farms Park||6402 Dartmoor Drive|
|St. Paul Episcopal Church||3706 St. Paul Avenue|
|The Studio School of Art||3316 W. Pearl Street|
|Valley View Elementary School||6515 W. Route 120|
|Valley View on Hillside||6102 E. Hillside / Crystal Lake|
|Veteran's Memorial Park||3400 Pearl Street|
|Whispering Oaks Park||4300 Front Royal Drive|
Directory & StaffOffice Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Parks & Recreation Department - 815.363.2160, Fax - 815.363.3186
- Park Maintenance - 815.363.2168
- Lakeland Park Community Center 815.363.7243
- Merkel Aquatic Center - 815.363.2169 (summer only)
- Petersen Park Beach - 815.363.2126 (summer only)
Parks & Recreation Staff
- Superintendent of Recreation - Cindy Witt
- Athletic & Aquatic Supervisor - Nicole Thompson
- Athletic Program Coordinator - Pattie Lunkenheimer
- Park Planning & Forestry Superintendent - Tom Schmidt
- Park & Downtown Maintenance Superintendent - Pat Gorniak
- Park & Downtown Maintenance Assistant Superintendent - Jeff Friedle
- Park Maintenance - Tracy Crowder
- Downtown/Park Maintenance - John Dillon
- Park Maintenance - Chris Etten
- Park Maintenance - Mike Harper
- Administrative Assistant - Kathy Quick
- Office Assistant - Tina Conaway