Welcome to the DeKalb Park District. We invite you to explore the wide variety of recreation opportunities on our website. Take a look at the current program brochure, find a park in your neighborhood or learn about the DeKalb Park District facilities. There is something for everyone! We encourage you to visit the site often to learn about upcoming activities and events.


General Announcements

Park District Receives OSLAD grant for Lions Park renovation.

The Park District recently was awarded a state OSLAD (Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development) grant to renovate Lions Park.  Below are the schematic designs and park features associated with the project.

Lions Park OSLAD Grant Project:  Schematic Design

Lions Park OSLAD Grant Project:  Park Features


Dog Park Opens at Katz Park
The DeKalb Park District has converted one of the four softball fields at Katz Park into a dog park. Katz Park is located on Dresser Road, east of DeKalb High School. The dog park is divided into areas for big dogs and smaller dogs and allows visitors to unleash their dog in a fenced in area. Dog owners may bring their dogs to the park during regular park hours (7:00am-dusk). We ask that people pick up after their dogs and follow the posted rules.

Tree Trimming & Park Maintenance Notices

Roberts Playground Removal

Roberts Playground is scheduled for removal this spring. Work will commence as soon as possible, weather permitting.   For details on the decision to remove the playground, please see the December Park Board Meeting Minutes (section VI: A).

Nature Trail

During the November 14, 2013 board meeting the DeKalb Park District Board of Commissioners awarded work to Elliott & Wood Inc. to perform improvements on the Nature Trail Trestle Bridge abutments. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday April 7, 2014. It is anticipated that construction activities will take one week to complete (weather permitting). The section of trail located between North First Street and Country Club Lane will be closed during construction activities. For information please call: 815-739-5928.  To view the full scope of the bridge abutment project...click here.


Spring/Summer 2014 Program Guide!



  • Hopkins Pool ...inside cover
  • Junior Golf League ...pg 17
  • Summer Quest Day Camp ...pg 26-27
  • Couch-to-5K Training ...pg 38

and much more!


DeKalb Park District Mission...

To provide diverse, high quality, active and passive recreational facilities and services to all residents of DeKalb.

Our Goals….
  • To offer quality recreation programs and facilities
  • Provide a comprehensive park system
  • To care for the facilities, parks and trails
  • To strengthen our operations and increase visibility in the community