McHenry Veterens Parks McHenry Parks & Recreation DepartmentWelcome 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 Center

Construction 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 & Fees

An 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.

  Resident $15
  Non-Resident $25
  Additional Dog $10

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.

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 Opportunities

The 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 & Addresses

The 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 & Staff

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Telephone Directory
  • 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