Parks and Facilities

At Gurnee Park District, we are grateful to be able to offer our residents many parks and facilities throughout our community. Below you will find a full listing of our parks as well as facilities:

Hunt Club Park Community Center

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center

Viking Park Community Center


Betty Russell Community Park - 5300 Pinewood Road
Christine Thompson Park - Woodlawn Ave & Belle Plaine Ave
Churchill Hunt Park - 6000 Westminster Lane
FitNation - 1655 Nations Drive
Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Ave
Village Park/Nature Preserve - Continental Village
Vineyard - Vineyard Drive
Westgate Park - Lawson Blvd & Hancock

FitNation - 1655 Nations Drive
Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center - 900 North Hunt Club Road
Hunt Club Park Community Center - 920 North Hunt Club Road
Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Ave

Betty Russell Community Park - 5300 Pinewood Rd.
Christine Thompson Park - Woodlawn Ave & Belle Plaine Ave
Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Ave Handicap accessible
Village Park/Nature Preserve - Continental Village Handicap accessible
Vineyard - Vineyard Drive Handicap accessible
Westgate Park - Lawson Blvd & Hancock Handicap accessible

Betty Russell Community Park - 5300 Pinewood Rd.
Baseball/Softball, Basketball Courts, Pickleball Court, Ice Skating Rink, Hockey Rink, Skate Park, Soccer Fields, Tennis Court, Volleyball

Christine Thompson Park - Woodlawn Ave & Belle Plaine Ave
Pickleball Courts

FitNation - 1655 Nations Drive Basketball Courts, Pickleball for members of FitNation and guests

Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Ave
Baseball/Softball, Basketball Courts, Soccer Fields, Community Park, Skate Park, Tennis Courts, Pickleball Court (Portable net)

Vineyard - Vineyard Drive 
Baseball/Softball, Basketball Courts, Soccer Field

Westgate Park - Lawson Blvd & Hancock 
Basketball Court, Soccer Field

O'Plaine Park - O'Plaine Rd & Russell Ave
Pickleball Courts

Hunt Club Park - 920 N. Hunt Club Road
Pickleball Courts, Soccer Fields, Community Park, Fishing, Basketball Courts

Betty Russell Community Park - 5300 Pinewood Road
FitNation - 1655 Nations Drive (Indoor Pool Rentals)
Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Avenue

Betty Russell Community Park - 5300 Pinewood Road
Churchill Hunt Park - 6000 Westminster Lane
Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Avenue

Program Locations

At Gurnee Park District, we house many of our programs in our own facilities as well as we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with local program contractors to utilize their buildings. This allows us to provide programming at locations convenient for you and your family. To find out the location of your program, click here.


Park Trails are multipurpose trails located within greenways, parks, and natural resource areas. They are the most desirable type of trail because they:

  • Emphasize harmony with the natural environment
  • Allow for relatively uninterrupted pedestrian movement through the city's park sytem and development areas, which may include commercial and industrial parks
  • Effectively ties the various parks and recreation areas together to form a comprehensive park and trail system
  • Protects users from urban development and associated vehicular traffic
  • We offer 16 unique trails throughout the Gurnee area: View all of the trail systems.

Park Rules

In order to provide safe, accessible, and entertaining parks for all, please abide by the following regulations. Failure to do so may result in expulsion, fine, and/or arrest.

  • While enjoying the park, please respect its use by others
  • Hours: sunrise to sunset
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited
  • Leash and pick up after all pets
  • Pets are not permitted on the playground area or sports fields
  • Rollerblades and skateboards are not permitted on or near the playground
  • Bicycles, tricycles, scooters, or similar vehicles should not be used on the playground. Please park them in the bike rack
  • Parents are responsible for the supervision and conduct of their children at all times
  • Please use your discretion as to your child's physical ability to use any of the playground equipment
  • Games and sports are allowed in designated areas only
  • Motorized vehicles left after closing will be towed at owner's expense
  • Loitering in parking lot is not allowed
  • Hunting and firearms are not allowed
  • To preserve nature, please stay on the marked trail
  • Metal detectors of any kind are not allowed in the parks
  • Golfing is not permitted in parks
  • Organized league games or practices are not permitted without a permit
  • Tobacco use is not allowed on or within 25 ft. of any playground, sports field, skate park, shelter or structure and at any outdoor special events

WARNING: Violation of these rules may result in a fine of up to $1,000. We ask for your assistance by reporting vandalism or unsafe conditions to the Gurnee Police, 911 or the Park District Office at 847-623-7788. Thank you.

A complete list of park rules can be found in the Gurnee Park District Ordinance Code:

Download the Complete Gurnee Park District Ordinance Code


  • Fishing is allowed in areas where the District has not posted signage prohibiting such activities. 

  • Fishing in District Waters shall comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of the State of Illinois as administered by the Department of Natural Resources and comply with any rule or regulation or restriction posted by the District controlling the size, species and number of fish that can be taken from a designated body of water. Each fish possessed by an offender in excess of the fishing limit shall constitute a separate violation. 

  • Only a hook and line, using no more than two hooks per line, each line being closely attended, may be used. No Person shall use drugs, poisons, explosives, electricity, or missiles of any kind to fish in District Waters. 

  • No Person shall dig, scratch, or otherwise disturb District Property in order to locate/take bait. 

  • Carefully and immediately return to the water any fish that does not conform to size or species restrictions imposed by any applicable state, or District law, ordinance, rule or regulation, or that the Person chooses not to keep.

  • Ice fishing is prohibited on any District Waters.

Garden Plots

Questions about reserving a garden plot? Contact Jeff Reinhard at 847-599-3770
Reservations: March 1 - May 1
Season Length: May 1 - Nov 15
Cost: $25.00

Click here to reserve a plot at Mother Rudd Park

Click here to reserve a plot at O'Plaine Park

Tobacco Free Parks Ordinance

Smoking is not allowed in any park or park location.

Download the Tobacco Free Parks Ordinance

Thor Guard- Gurnee Park District's Lightning Prediction System 

Gurnee Park District has installed the Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System at Hunt Club Park and Viking Park. The system predicts strikes by measuring electrostatic charges on the ground and in the air. This system is in place at many area park districts and golf clubs, including the Naperville and Oak Brook Park Districts and Warren Township.

The Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System is installed in two zones within the Park District. Each zone has a lightning sensor that sets off remote warning horns when lightning is imminent. The system covers two sites selected due to high recreation or sport use.
When the system predicts lightning in the area, a 15-second warning horn will sound. Depending upon weather conditions the warning horn may be heard within a two-block radius. Anyone who hears the horn should seek shelter immediately in a building or a hard-top vehicle. All activities at the parks should also stop with the horn sounds. After the danger is reduced, an all-clear signal of three short horn blasts will sound. A strobe light will also flash until the danger has passed. The system will be active daily, from April through October, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm at Viking Park and 8:00 am to 8:30 pm at Hunt Club Park.

All patrons should use common sense when they hear thunder and/or observe lightning in the area and should proceed into a safe location.

According to the National Weather Service, each year about 400 people in the United States are struck by lightning while involved in outdoor activities. Please note: Lightning travels in the atmosphere, and it can strike even on a sunny day. Gurnee Park District believes installing the Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System will benefit the whole community.

For more information about the Thor Guard Lightning Prediction System, please visit or contact the Director of Parks and Planning, Jeff Reinhard, at 847-599-3770.

Rainout Line

Rainout Line is used to communicate the status of our sports fields, outdoor practices and games, outdoor ice rinks, Hunt Club Aquatic Center, and outdoor Special Events. It is the fastest and easiest way to get weather related updates for our outdoor facilities, amenities and programs. It can be accessed by computer, mobile device or by phone and is updated in real-time. Click here to visit the Rainout Line or call our RainOut Line Hotline at 847-268-2080.  For more information on Gurnee Park District emergency closings and cancelations click here

Soccer Goal Safety Information

The Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners adopted a policy on soccer goal safety on August 16, 2011 to specifically address the safety issues associated with movable soccer goals. For more information, please download the entire policy below:

Download the Soccer Goal Safety and Education Policy

Tree Dedication

Each year, the Gurnee Park District dedicates and plants trees in its parks in honor and in memory of special individuals, couples and groups. A tree is also a wonderful way to remember someone you love, as a birthday, anniversary or graduation gift. Trees may be planted in any community or neighborhood park.

To learn more about Gurnee Park District tree dedications, click here. 

Athletic Field Rentals and Permits

Are you looking to rent a Gurnee Park District field? Contact the front desk at 847-623-7788 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for complete details and available dates.