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AS OF July 21, 2020

General Info

Summer Programs


Facility Rentals

Tennis/Pickleball/The Racket Club

Fishing Boating



Parks/Playground/Splash Pads/Amenities/Facilities

General Information

Is the Park District Administrative Office open?

The Crystal Lake Park District Admin Office is open regular hours of operation, Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-5 pm, Sat (Jul 11-25), 9:30 am-Noon. For your convenience, the drive up window is also available Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-Noon for dropping off registration and payments. Click here for facility open dates.

How do I contact the Park District?

While many staff members are working remotely, we are still available to answer your questions! We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 8:30 am to 5 pm. For general questions and inquiries, please use the website Contact Form, crystallakeparks.org/contact-us or email jleech@crystallakeparks.org and your email will be forwarded to the staff member in charge of that program or facility.

What if I am concerned about activity in a park or have an immediate safety concern?

Park Police remain on duty. To report any park damage or if you need Park Police assistance, please call 815-455-2313 (Police non-emergency number)

Summer Programs

The summer 2020 digital activity guide is live and registration is open!

Due to the evolving CDC guidelines surrounding summer camps, programs and events, we have made the decision to provide the summer guide in digital format so that updates can be made as the need arises.



The Crystal Lake Park District's newly developed Day Camp program begins July 6 following the DCEO, IDPH and American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines. Staff is currently being hired and will have to go through the onboarding process along with training that consists of the typical camp staff training along with the new training program that specifically addresses the new environment due to the COVID-19 situation. Registration information can be found on our website.


Will you still have Concerts in the Park? (updated 5/18/20)

The 2020 Concerts in the Park series has been cancelled.

Is summer softball happening? (updated 7/1/20)

A summer/fall softball league will begin July 20. Register your team today!

league info

What about Independence Day Festivities?

The annual Fireworks Display is produced by the City of Crystal Lake and held at Crystal Lake Main Beach. Staff of both agencies are working together to evaluate CDC guidelines as they pertain to a special event of this magnitude. As of June 3, the fireworks display has been tentatively postponed until the fall.

When does the golf center open? (updated 6/15/20)

The Lippold Park Family Golf Center driving range, practice area and miniature golf is open following the guidelines provided by the DCEO. If there has been recent high rain totals, please call the Golf Center at 815.477.5401 to insure the driving range is open. Low, peat grass does not allow mowers to maintain the range area when wet.

View Golf info in Digital guide


Is my program/event being refunded?

For ongoing programs, prorated refunds for the period of the closure will be issued. Full refunds will be issued for single day events or programs that were to take place during this closure period. Credit to your card on file should be expected within 7-10 days after you are notified of cancellation.

Extended Time and Barlina House Refunds/Credit

Due to the announcement that school will not be opening for the rest of this school year, ET & Barlina House will also remain closed. Everyone has 2 weeks credit from March. This can be used in one of two ways:

1. You can email kdunn@crystallakeparks.org for a refund of the two weeks OR;

2. You can register for next year's Extended Time starting May 1st, and use your two week credit towards next year.

Families that have Punch Passes left for this year can use the first two options for the remaining days they have left.

What events are cancelled?

Update: June 1, 2020

For the most up to date information regarding summer programs and events, visit our summer 2020 digital guide

All indoor programming other than what has been specifically called out in the Governor's Executive Order is postponed until further notice.

Facility Rentals

I had a facility rental scheduled, what do I do?

Existing individual and organizational facility rentals during this time period have been handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lauren Thibodeau, Facility Rental Supervisor at lthibodeau@crystallakeparks.org, 815-459-0680, ext. 1226.

Are you still booking facility rentals?

Yes, for information about booking facility rentals June 1 and beyond, please contact Lauren Thibodeau at lthibodeau@crystallakeparks.org

Tennis/Pickleball/The Racket Club (UPDATED 6/15/20)

When will The Racket Club reopen?

The Racket Club Tennis facility is open for lessons and open play following the guidelines provided by the DCEO.

View Tennis Info in Digital guide

What is happening with my Racket Club membership?

Racket Club monthly dues are on hold until the facility re-opens. Please note: we are still processing automatic payments monthly for outstanding balances prior to the club closing. For questions regarding Racket Club operations, please contact Rob Laue at rlaue@crystallakeparks.org.

Are tennis courts and Pickleball Courts open?

All outdoor public tennis courts and pickleball courts (singles play preferred but not required) are open. In addition, the outdoor courts at the membership based Racket Club are open to members for play. Please follow social distancing recommendations.

View Pickleball Lesson info in digital guidE

Fishing Boating

Can I fish?

Yes, fishing is allowed at all Crystal Lake Park District parks with ponds/lake during regular park hours, 9 am-dusk. Fishing is also allowed outside of park hours of operation on Crystal Lake to those that have purchased a Fishing Key.

How do I get my boat gate key? Are you allowing boating on the lake?

Boat gate keys may be purchased in our Administration Building during business hours (see above.)

The registration form and guidelines can be found on our website. Please print and complete prior to purchasing your key. Proof of residency and the current watercraft registration is needed to purchase a key.

Fees: 18 years -59 years $80

60+ years $40

Bring in your 2019 gate key to receive a $5 discount.

I am unsure about boating regulations on Crystal Lake, who do I contact?

The Village of Lakewood is responsible for enforcement of boating regulations on Crystal Lake.


updated June 8, 2020

Boat Rentals at Main Beach are available with advance reservations.


Beaches (UPDATED 7/1/20)

Will the beaches open?

Main Beach is open with limited capacity.

Park District residents may enter from 9 AM-DUSK; Non-Residents may enter from 2 pm-DUSK.

Season passes (residents only) will be available for purchase at the Administration Building.

Why might West Beach not open?

Due to the myriad of safety and operation measures that have to be met in order to comply with CDC and IPDH guidelines, along with an extremely shortened beach season and staffing concerns, it is not fiscally responsible or safe to attempt operations of both Main and West Beaches.


Are you still hiring summer staff?

At this time, hiring of summer staff is on hold. Stay tuned to our 'Job Opportunities' page on the website and Park District social media for any changes to seasonal position hiring.

Parks/Playgrounds/Amenities/Facilities (UPDATED 7/1/20)

When will facilities open back up? All dates are contingent on any changes to the Governor's Executive Order.

Racket Club: OPEN with limited capacity

Nature Center: OPEN

Lippold Family Golf Center: OPEN

Main Beach: OPEN

Colonel Palmer House: OPEN

Parks: OPEN Parks and trails remain open. We ask that users adhere to the Governor's Executive Order and follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines when visiting these spaces. This includes practicing social distancing and not gathering in groups. Ignoring guidelines could result in increased restrictions.

Playgrounds: OPEN

Splash Pads: OPEN

Skate Park/Batting Cages at Lippold Park: OPEN

Basketball Courts: OPEN

Outdoor Pickleball/Tennis Courts: OPEN Doubles play on tennis and pickle ball courts is allowed, but singles is still recommended. For a list of parks with tennis courts and pickleball courts, visit our interactive map