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About Us

our Mission

To provide outstanding parks, services, facilities and recreation programs that enrich lives, promote healthy living and inspire memorable experiences.

Strategic Plan

In September 2022 the Deerfield Park District adopted a 5 year Strategic Plan. The plan will enable the district to further its mission through establishing focus, dedicating appropriate resources, assessing organizational operations and establishing clear accountability throughout the district. The plan was developed through the collaborative efforts of many staff members at all levels of the organization along with the Board of Commissioners and compiled by the district’s Executive Director. The plan has five core strategies:

  1. Organizational Excellence
  2. Service and Outreach
  3. Park Enhancements
  4. Facility Enhancements
  5. Environmental Stewardship

2022 – 2027 Strategic plan – updated biannually 

Agency Goals

Parks and Facilities: To provide safe, well-maintained and updated parks and facilities to equitably meet the needs of the community.

Recreation: To enrich lives and build a healthier community through social, cultural, developmental and recreational based programs and services for persons of all ages.

Community Engagement: To engage the community through extensive marketing, facilitating customer feedback and enhancing partnerships and collaborations with local governments and other service providers.

Environmental Stewardship: To preserve, protect and maintain natural resources, parkland and open spaces.

Fiscal Management: To manage financial resources efficiently and equitably to ensure fiscal strength and long-term stability.


The Deerfield Park District was established in 1951 to provide recreation programs and facilities for residents of all ages. The park system operates on revenue received from the district’s share of real estate property taxes and user fees. District taxpayers have priority in all of our classes.

In 1947, some residents of Deerfield formed the Jewett Park Association and purchased from the Jewett family an 11.48 acre parcel of property, which became known as Jewett Park.

In 1951, the park district was officially formed and became a member of the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The new district purchased Jewett Park from the association, entered into a cooperative agreement with the local school districts, and hired its first employee.

In 1955, the district built its first facility, the fieldhouse in Jewett Park. In 1973 the Jewett Park Community Center was opened, and in 2003 the Patty Turner Center (a joint program of the Deerfield Park District and the Village of Deerfield offering programs and services for adults 50 and above) was opened to the public. With the construction of these two new facilities, the fieldhouse was torn down and replaced by a park pavilion with a warming house, restrooms, outdoor fireplace, a path system, new playground and more.

The Deerfield Park District has come a long way since 1951, and the variety of programs and services continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of our residents. As we continue to grow and flourish, the members of our community not only benefit from recreation and leisure opportunities for personal enjoyment, health benefits, skill development and the like, but also from both paid and volunteer work opportunities created by the Park District on a year-round basis. We look forward to continuing to serve our community with creative, safe and enjoyable offerings.

history of the deerfield park district 1951-1969 


The district is governed by an elected board of park commissioners who serve four-year terms of office without pay. The board meets the third Thursday of each month at the Jewett Park Community Center. Board members set policy for the district, which is administered by a director of parks and recreation and a staff of recreation professionals. The board receives community input through its citizen advisory committees, composed of appointed community volunteers, and from the general public.

Conduct Code Ordinances

Ordinance 2017-03


The park district registration and administrative offices are located at the Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield, IL 60015.

Registration/Administration Office Hours:
Monday- Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday – Closed

Phone: 847-945-0650
Fax: 847-945-0699

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