River Forest Park District

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Since 1912, the River Forest Park District has offered a variety of recreational and educational programs for people of all ages.  The Park District maintains 10 parks covering 30 acres, and The Depot at 401 Thatcher Avenue.  In addition, the Park District partners with several local organizations to provide recreational and educational opportunities for our community. 

2012 Fall Programs

Browse the Park District's 2012 Fall Fun Guide at www.rfparks.com, and you will discover a wide variety of program offerings, such as:

Tot Programs: Ballet Classes; Interactive Nature, Cooking & Painting Classes; and Kindermusik.

Youth Programs: Magic Classes, Guitar Lessons, Etiquette Classes, American Red Cross Babysitter Training, Computer Explorer Classes.

Youth Sports: Travel Basketball Program, Recreation Basketball Program, Fall Soccer, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Illinois Shotokan Karate, Tennis Lessons, and Golf Lessons.

Adult Programs: Basketball, Illinois Shotokan Karate, Painting Classes, and Golf Lessons.

Fitness Programs: Zumba Classes and Yoga Classes.

Special Events:

  • Makin Tracks 5K Run Walk (September 15).
  • Zero Waste Campout (September 28-September 29)
  • Family Fireside Halloween (October 19th).
  • Adult Paddle Tennis Mixer (November 10th)
  • Holiday Tree Trimming (November 29th)
  • Polar Express (December 1st & 8th)


    The Depot

    The Depot is sited at the intersection of the METRA train line and Thatcher Avenue. Today, the building houses the Park District Administration Offices and two rooms to host Park District programs, or is available for meeting and party rental opportunities.
  • The Upper Meeting Level Room (600 SF) is fully restored back as a 1950's train station waiting room with large windows, a terrazzo tile floor, and the original wood panel wainscot. This room is perfect for group meetings and/or parties of 10-25 persons.
  • Directly off the parking lot, this room has brick and concrete walls, ceilings and floor; and a small kitchenette. A bathroom is adjacent to the room. This room is ideal for children's birthday parties of 10-16 persons.

    Keystone Center
  • Meeting Room (800 sq. ft.) - Renovated in 2012, this room has a large
    open space with a carpeted floor, cathedral ceiling, and skylights. Two
    ADA compliant bathrooms are adjacent to the room.* This room is ideal
    for group meetings and/or parties of 10-35 persons.
    *Please note the bathrooms are shared with the general public between
    April 1-November 1.


    Themed Birthday Parties
  • Do you want to create a fun and innovative birthday party experience for your child? Wondering what you can do to entertain 16 children and not destroy your home in the process? Push your child's imagination to the ultimate level of fun with one of the River Forest Park District's theme birthday party packages.  All our themed birthday parties are two hours and include admission for four adults and a maximum of 16 children. The Park District will provide 2 theme birthday party staff to run and organize the activities for the first hour of the party. For the second hour, a birthday celebration meal will be provided including two (2) slices of cheese pizza per child, lemonade, and all paper goods. Parties must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. Parties are limited by availability of facility space and staff.  For more information, please contact Karen Scherrer @ 708-366-6660 x105 or kscherrer@rfparks.com

 

 The Park District publishes three seasonal fun guides a year which are mailed to the residents of River Forest in the months of April, August, and November. In addition, a supplemental Summer Camp Program Guide is posted on the Park District website in February. For more information, please contact us at 708-366-6660 or at www.rfparks.com.

 

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