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!
McBark Dog Park Presented by Gary Lang SubaruClick here for the Dog Park Registration Packet. The 4 acre 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 our community dog park. Due to the generosity of Gary Lang Subaru, the annual passes are available at discounted rates.
The park features shade, a large running area for dogs, a small-dog area, onsite parking and running water. The park is open from 7:00 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. A dog park promotes responsible pet ownership as well as allows dogs to legally run off–leash.
An annual pass is available for local dog owners to access the facility. Gate access will be a controlled system allowing only dog pass holders. Fees for the dog park are for one calendar year from September 1 through August 31. Passes are sold in-person only at the Municipal Center.
Registration Requirements: Registration form for each dog, proof of residency for resident rate; a certificate of valid rabies/county tag number, distemper vaccinations from your vet or a vet receipt, proof of pet’s age/birthdate/adopted or rescue date.
Why Trees? Click the Tree City USA logo to see a 12 minute video on why trees are important to the community.ARBOR DAY
Arbor Day is an excellent time to plant a tree. Trees can be planted for a variety of special occasions and as memorials for someone special. It’s a great way to honor them. The Arbor Day Tree Donation Program has been established to help with all the details of planting your tree.
For further information on this program or to donate a tree, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 815-363-2162. The Arbor Day deadline for tree donations is April 10, 2015. Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 24, 2015, with a ceremony at 3 pm in the Municipal Center Council Chambers. We hope you can join us for this community tree planting celebration.
Volunteer OpportunitiesThe McHenry Parks & Recreation Department has several opportunities to assist with special events and recreation programs. Click here for FALL 2014 and WINTER/SPRING 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 Facilities Chart
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|
|Aldens Kennels||6910 Barnard Mill Road / Ringwood|
|Duker Elementary School||3711 W. Kane Avenue|
|Edgebrook Elementary School||701 N. Green Street|
|First Baptist Church||509 N. Front 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||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|
|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 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 Acres||5116 Mt. Thabor / Woodstock|
|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
- Knox Park Pool - 815.363.2169 (summer only)
- Petersen Park Beach - 815.363.2126 (summer only)
Parks & Recreation Staff
- Superintendent of Recreation - Cindy Witt
- 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 Maintenance - John Dillon
- Park Maintenance - Chris Etten
- Park Maintenance - Mike Harper
- Park Maintenance - Tyler Lamz
- Administrative Assistant - Kathy Quick
- Recreation Assistant - Anja Hertel
- Recreation Assistant - Tina Conaway