Programs & Events

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Mini-Scavenger Hunt

Sip, Shop and Stroll - Thursday, August 8th

We'll have a table set up during Sip, Shop and Stroll downtown where you can pick up your scavenger hunt and buy tickets for our Escape Room. If you complete the scavenger hunt by the end of Sip, Shop and Stroll, you'll receive a discounted ticket rate, so don't miss out!

ESCAPE ROOM - Haunted Hospital

Fleming Community Center - Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th

This hospital themed Escape Room will bring together a piece of Elgin's history with a fun, interactive evening for our community. In each room you'll be tasked with figuring out puzzles and completing challenges to get through all of the rooms to the final escape point! This event is for participants 13 and up, with teams of 2 to 6 people. Tickets are $12 per person

Teen Council

Join us to come up with new ideas for Parks & Rec events and activities that cater specifically to teens and young adults in the community and work as a team to flesh out ideas in to workable events including: budget, itinerary, scheduling and supplies.

We are looking for motivated, responsible teens/young adults who are interested in helping Parks & Rec create content who are organized and creative. You must be able to meet for 2 hours twice a month and more often as event planning is in full swing

You will receive community service hours, reference letters (if applicable) and gain valuable work experience.

High School or home school students aged 14-18 are encouraged to apply by emailing

S'mores in the Park
senior karaoke
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ballroom dance class
Cooking class
senior picnic
Easter Egg Decorating

GIANT TENNIS -- Kickoff Spring Break with some outdoor fun! We'll provide the giant rackets and tennis balls, all you have to do is register online.

ART CLASS -- Owner of Clever Tiger Art Gallery, Ashley Smith, will be teaching an art class this Spring Break. Event fee is $10 per participant, all supplies included, but if you buy your registration before January 15th, it's only $5 per person.

COMMUNITY FIELD DAY -- Enjoy some fun in the sun with a classic field day. We'll be grilling hotdogs and competing against other members of the community in three-legged race, egg toss, tug-of-war, and more.

CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING -- Come participate in catch and release fishing at Morris Memorial Park! We will have a limited number of poles and bait to borrow as well as a station for learning how to tie knots and identify the fish available in the pond.

PARK BEAUTIFICATION DAY  -- Bring your friends and come beautify the Fleming Community Center grounds just in time for Spring and the Pool Season. We'll be planting flowers, picking up trash, playing games and having lunch.

Spring Break 2019
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Join us for our annual, free, live-music series, Music in the Park! Every Friday in April The Friends of Elgin Parks will host a different band. Be sure to bring your friends and family, beverages, snacks, blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this event to its fullest. 

THE DERAILERS - Friday, April 5th @ 7:00PM

E-FLAT PORCH BAND - Friday, April 12th @ 7:00PM

NICK SWIFT - Friday, April 19th @ 7:00PM

BETO AND THE FAIRLANES - Friday, April 26th @ 7:00PM
Mother's Day Crafts
Senior Trivia
The Little Mermaid
Escape room
Elgin Amazing Race
Trash Art Week


To reframe how we see trash and to keep Elgin beautiful, the Parks Dept is hosting a Trash Art Contest. Everyone, child to adult is encouraged to participate in one of our age brackets for our contest to see who can best turn trash in to treasure! You can create a collage, sculpture, jewelry, whatever your heart desires so long as it is made from 90%+ recycled materials.

Please turn in all entries to the Rec Center by 5:00PM Saturday, August 31st for display at the Rec until the following Saturday.

Winners will be announced at the Rec and on Social Media Saturday, Sept 7th.

Check Facebook for Recycled Craft days at the end of August!

Through healthy parks, engaging programs and continuous community support,the Parks Department wants to encourage everyone to connect with their community and the Elgin Parks Department. 

Make sure you reserve your spot early for our events by going to

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This Spring/Summer season we have tons of exciting new programs in store for you that are sure to appeal to every age. We hope that you'll join us in our parks and facilities to spend time with our community. We will be adding classes to the Rec Center that will be included in your membership, as well as more targeted senior and young adult programming. With your help we will strive to create and host the most relevant and interesting programming possible. 

Thank you for participating in our events and spending time in our parks. We are honored to be a part of your everyday life and hope to be engaging when it comes to quality programming.


Elizabeth Marzec

Program Manager


On behalf of the entire park staff we would like to thank you for your participation in our park system and programs. We are honored to be a part of your every day life and want to be engaging when it comes to quality programs.

Allow us to be your guide and show you some of the great opportunities that are right here in town. Our staff is committed to providing the best experience we can. We intend to help you, by providing activities and programs that enhance the quality of life, while creating community and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

We need your help in creating a park system that is responsive to your needs. Help us as we grow, show us how we can better serve you.

We look forward to a great season with you.

Michael Gonzalez

Parks and Recreation Director

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