Our Parks and Recreation

Miniature Golf

The Des Plaines Park District, Mount Prospect Park District, and Cook County Forest Preserve maintain approximately 700 acres of parks and open space. Picturesque lakes, adventure miniature golf, family aquatic centers, state-of-the-art fitness centers, bike and hiking paths, 18-hole golf courses, horseback riding trails, and the world's largest nonresidential YMCA provide outstanding leisure and recreational service to the community.

The Cook County Forest Preserve offers more than 100 miles of paved bicycle trails and over 200 miles of multi-use trails in the Forest Preserve. Large open spaces allow your dog to run, fetch and play uninhibited and unrestrained. The District’s six nature education centers provide a gateway for discovery of the natural diversity of Cook County. Each center offers programs and displays about the plants, animals, and communities of the region, and all but Sagawau ELC have live animal exhibits. 

Des Plaines Park District

Visit the Des Plaines Park District website, or call 847.391.5700 for more information about their recreational programs, facilities, and services including:

  • Mystic Waters family aquatic center with water slides, lazy river, leisure pool, and drop slides
  • Over 300 recreational programs and special events
  • 18-hole par 3 golf course
  • 18-hole adventure (miniature) golf course
  • 37 park sites
  • Bike trails
  • Boating
  •  Fitness center / health club
  • Ice skating
  • Offering 73 acres for fishing
  • Picnicking and golfing
  • Theater facility for local entertainment
  • Three swimming pools

Mt. Prospect Park District

Serving residents west of Mt. Prospect Road, please visit them at, or call 847.266.5380 for any questions or more information on any of the following services:

  • 18-hole golf course
  • 29 park sites
  • Big Surf wave pool
  • Bike trails
  • Friendship Park Conservator
  • Fitness center
  • Ice skating
  • Over 300 recreational programs and special events
  • Three swimming pools
  • Tennis courts

Cook County Forest Preserve

The Cook County Forest Preserves offers 66,747 acres throughout the Chicago-land area. Call 800.870.3666 or visit the Forest Preserve District of Cook County website for more information about the following:

  • 10 golf courses
  • 6 nature centers
  • 52 miles of bicycle trails
  • 200 miles of hiking / horseback riding trails
  • 2,210 picnic areas
  • Special areas offering sledding, fishing, boating, and swimming