Des Plaines Park District

Summer at the Park District

Jobs Available

We are hiring! Apply Now!

Of course, it takes a huge team to get these facilities, programs and events into full swing and to operate them for the duration of the summer and we are recruiting for members of that team NOW.
While we are the largest employer of youth in the community, we also have openings for and hire all ages. A few of the jobs available are lifeguard, pool staff, day camp staff, landscape crew, cashier, front desk staff, and more. Click here to see complete list of jobs.

2nd Annual Kiwanis Cup

Saturday, June 3 • Race starts at 8:00am
Calling all students, grades K–8, to join us for the second annual KIWANIS CUP. Compete with your classmates to race against challengers from other local schools. Race distance is approximately 1 mile around beautiful Lake Opeka. Followed by Family Day at Lake Park Golf Course & Marina. Come out and enjoy live entertainment, inflatables, climbing wall, food trucks, paddle boats, kayaking, sailing on the lake, & golfing! Each runner will receive a t-shirt representing their school color. Register before the May 16 deadline to receive a shirt.
School Grade 2022/2023:
6–8     #508092-1
4 & 5     #508092-2
2 & 3     #508092-3
K & 1     #508092-4
Click here for details.

Family Day at Lake Park

Saturday, June 3 • 10:00a
Come out and enjoy everything that beautiful Lake Park has to offer!
• Golf & FootGolf on the 18-hole course
• Paddle boats, and kayaks
• Live entertainment
• Inflatables for kids
• Climbing wall
• Food Truck
Click here for details.

Live at the Lake Concert Series

Thursdays, June 15–August 17 • 6:00–8:30p, all concerts start at 7:00p
This summer, enjoy 10 days of free music at our various locations! For more information about Live at the Lake, check or the DPParks App!
Click here for details.

H20 Nights

Ages 11–14, Grades 6–8
Join up with your friends at Chippewa Pool to listen to your favorite songs played by our awesome DJ. Includes pizza and soft drinks. All registrations must be made by 5:00p prior to each listed date. No day of registration will be accepted.
Min/Max: 10/60
DPPD Staff
Chippewa Pool
Select Fridays, 7:00–10:00p R/NR: $26
June 9 #155403-1
July 14 #155403-2
August 11 #155403-3

Des Plaines Optimist Club Movies in the Park

Free! Purchase your popcorn & drinks starting at 7:00p. Movies begin as soon as it’s dark (around 8:00p). Bring blankets & chairs, a picnic dinner, kick back and enjoy lake breezes as the sun sets. In case of rain, movies are rescheduled for the following Friday. Cancellations will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter. Great thanks to our good friends from the Des Plaines Optimist Club for providing these free movies for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit the Des Plaines Optimist Club on Facebook at
The 2023 Series
Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, 2200 Lee Street, at Fargo Avenue
Friday, June 9 Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Friday, June 16 DC League of Super-Pets
Friday, July 7 Polar Express, Celebrate Christmas in July
Friday, July 21 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  PG-13
Friday, August 4 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Friday, August 18 Top Gun: Maverick  PG-13
Click here for details.

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Thursday, June 22 • 11:00a
All Ages
Come out and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson! We will join in with waterparks, pools, facilities, swimmers and instructors from all around the world! It’s great fun with a serious purpose, this annual event was created to share the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Come make some noise and help us spread the word that SWIMMING LESSONS SAVE LIVES. Bonus: Come for the event, stay all day! 
Chippewa Pool
Click here for details.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Saturday, July 15 •  10:00a–12:00p
Ages 5+
Ahoy Sailors, Skippers, Captains and Pirates! It’s time to set sail across the mighty Chippewa Pool in our annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.
Step 1: Assemble your crew, some cardboard, duct tape, and engineering ingenuity.
Step 2: Create your sea worthy vessel.
Step 3: Arrive at Chippewa with your boat and shipmates and get ready to sail across the seas against other swashbucklers in the family-friendly event. 
Rules and guidelines:
Min/Max: 6/16
Chippewa Pool
R: $15/NR: $20 per boat
Click here for details.

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711