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The City of Evanston is dedicated to creating the most livable city in America. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department play a critical role in creating opportunities to improve the overall quality of life for residents.  Our department encompasses 76 parks, 50 playgrounds, 12 facilities, 6 beaches, an ice rink, and 5 community gardens all within our 7.8 square mile radius.  

Through reorganization efforts in 2013, the department expanded priorities to include community services in addition to parks and recreation while sharing park maintenance responsibilities with Public Works. The new community services division was created to address the changing needs of the community and to reach underserved populations.  One of the largest initiatives implemented by the Youth and Young Adult division is the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program which recently hired over 600 youth.  Additionally, we partner with many community partners to provide workforce development and training programs as well as advocacy and supportive services. 

Our Mission

The City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all citizens by providing collaborative opportunities for our community to grow, learn, create and play.

Strategic Plan

2017 Executive Summary
2012 Strategic Plan Report
2001 Parks Strategic Plan Part One
2001 Parks Strategic Plan Part Two

Administrative Offices

2100 Ridge Ave, Suite 1100
Evanston, IL 60201
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
recreation@cityofevanston.org