Welcome to the McHenry Parks and Recreation Department! The department is governed by the City Council of McHenry and provides recreational activities for all ages. The Parks and Recreation Department manages 37 different park sites within the city limits which can be utilized for family, individual and community activities. Discover the benefits of parks and recreation!
Dog Park Opening in Summer 2013
- The McHenry Parks and Recreation Dog Park will be
opening in Spring/Summer 2013! The dog park will be located
north of the Kohls store on State of Illinois right–of–way
property (FAP 420 – future Route 53 extension). Parking will
be in the existing lot north of the Kohls store. We would
like to thank Kohls and IDOT for their cooperation in
granting the use of the site for our community dog park.
Park Features: shade, a large running area for dogs, onsite parking and running water. The park will be 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.
The dog park is divided into two separate areas – small dogs and large dogs. The large dog area is 3.7 acres, and the small dog area is 0.3 acres (approximately).
An annual pass will be sold for local dog owners to access the facility. Gate access will be a controlled system allowing only dog pass holders. City resident and non–city resident fees will be announced at a later date.
Registration Requirements: 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.
Fees for the dog park are for one calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Note: Prorated fees will be announced depending on opening date.
- Dog Park Map & Layout
- Dog Park Rules and Regulations
Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in McHenry in June of 2011. Residents should now plan accordingly by assuming their ash trees are now infested. Newly affected trees may show few, if any symptoms and may appear healthy and green for up to a few years. Then decline will start to appear in the upper branches of the tree. Decline will appear as smaller than normal leaves in the tree and the color of the leaves will be lighter. The next year, dead limbs will be present and more declining branches will be present throughout the tree. Aggressively destroying declining ash trees, or in some cases aggressive insecticidal treatments, may slow the rate of tree mortality locally and remains the best practice.
The McHenry Parks & Recreation Department has several opportunities to assist with special events and recreation programs. Click here for SUMMER 2013 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 in making their facilities (gymnasiums, multipurpose rooms, stages, classrooms) available for recreation programs.
|Facilities Utilized for Programs||Address|
|Crystal Ice House||320 E. Prairie Street / Crystal Lake|
|Duker Elementary School||3711 W. Kane Avenue|
|Edgebrook Elementary School||701 N. Green Street|
|First Baptist Church||509 N. Front Street|
|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|
|Lakeland Park Community Center||1717 W. Sunset Avenue|
|Landmark School||3614 W. Waukegan Road|
|Lippold Park||8597 IL Route 176 / Crystal Lake|
|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 Historic Farm||4112 McCullom Lake Road|
|Raymond's Bowl||3960 N. Johnsburg 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|
The McHenry Parks & Recreation Department appreciates the use of business and church space for recreation programs.
- 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
- Petersen Park Beach - 815.363.2126
Parks & Recreation Staff
- Superintendent of Recreation - Cindy Witt
- Athletic Program Coordinator - Pattie Lunkenheimer
- Park Planning & Forestry Superintendent - Tom Schmidt
- Park Maintenance Superintendent - Ambrose Kittl
- Park Maintenance Foreman - Jeff Friedle
- Park Maintenance - Tracy Crowder
- Park Maintenance - Mike Harper
- Park Maintenance - Tyler Lamz
- Administrative Assistant - Kathy Quick
- Recreation Assistant - Anja Hertel
- Recreation Assistant - Tina Conaway