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!                   

McBark Dog Park Presented by Gary Lang Subaru

Click 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.

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

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.

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 Opportunities

The McHenry Parks & Recreation Department has several opportunities to assist with special events and recreation programs. Click here for 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 & 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 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
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 & 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
  • 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 - Tina Conaway