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.


CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:  The large dog park area at Katz Park will be temporarily closed for construction.  Weather permitting, the area will re-open May 4th.  We thank you for your patience while we expand and improve the dog park area and amenities.

Workday at Prairie Park: Garlic Mustard Pull

Date: Saturday May 2nd, 2015
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Location: Prairie Park

(Meet at tee #1 on the disc golf course)

Garlic mustard is an invasive species within our woodlands. Come help restore the Oak-Hickory woods at Prairie Park. Training and bags will be provided. Please wear gloves and sturdy shoes or boots. There will be a walk after the pull to look for native woodland plants and critters. For more information, contact Josh Clark, Park Foreman at (815)739-6459.



You can set up an account for you and your household, then register for activities, join athletic leagues, or purchase memberships.



The DeKalb Park District is making final preparations to launch a brand new website.  We are excited to present a new way for the community to explore and engage with Park District offerings.  Please check back shortly.  Thank you for your patience.


Summer 2015 Program Guide!


  • Summer Day Camps *NEW LOCATION*
  • Swim Lessons at Hopkins Pool
  • 80th Anniversary Celebration Week
  • Summer Aquatic Programs - NEW

General Announcements


DeKalb Park District Staff will be performing trimming work along the trail sections from Sycamore Road to the trestle bridge. Staff will be clearing around shrubs and trees that were planted in the spring of 2013. Work is scheduled to commence on April 13th, 2015 and end by April 17th, 2015. Staff will be on the trail between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm weather permitting.  For further information please call: 815-739-6459.

State Grant Suspensions put Projects on Hold
On March 9, 2015 the DeKalb Park District received notification that two previously awarded State grants were being suspended. These grants were earmarked to make much needed improvements and repairs on the Ellwood House Mansion and renovations at Lions Park.

The Ellwood House grant was 100% funded by the State in the Amount of $126,000 and the Lions Park, OSLAD Grant was a $200,000 matching grant.

We encourage residents to contact the Governor’s office, and their representatives in the General Assembly and encourage them to restore funding for these much needed park projects.

  • Park development and construction projects create jobs and economic growth.
  • Museums and historical sites are part of the cultural fabric of Illinois.
  • With construction season upon us, the suspension could not come at a worse time, particularly if the long-term fiscal solution for the State’s budget is to create jobs and grow the economy. The suspension will end up costing jobs, stunt economic growth and unnecessarily cost local taxpayers for construction delays or unreimbursed expenses.
  • Grants with matching funds are win-win programs for the State. By making a modest investment of capital funds that come from a dedicated funding source, these construction projects help leverage additional local dollars giving the State twice the return on its investment.

Thousands of people throughout our state enjoy our Parks and Cultural sites every day. Additional questions regarding these grants can be directed to the DeKalb Park District at (815) 758-6663.

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