About Lords Park
This 108-acre regional park, located on the east side of Elgin, was first established in 1892 by the Lord family of Elgin. This park has a wonderful history and is currently home to some of the area's destination facilities including the Elgin Public Museum, the Lords Park Zoo, the historic Pavilion and the Lord's Park Aquatic Center. This park offers numerous facilities in a picturesque setting of mature Hickory and Oak trees on rolling terrain. Picnicking is a popular activity at one of the two permitted picnic shelters. Playgrounds, basketball and tennis complement the open play field used for practice or pickup games. A large little league baseball complex is part of the Lords Park property and includes ten fields used by the little league group.
About Wing Park
Formally opened in 1903, Wing Park has a rich history of providing a multitude of amenities to residents. This 121-acre regional park is home to the Wing Park Bandshell and is active with many musical performances in the summer months. It is also a destination for families with the Wing Park Aquatic Center and the 9-hole Wing Park Golf Course. Besides the destination venues, this park offers basketball, tennis, sand volleyball and a large playground to users. A little league baseball complex also is located in the park. Picnickers have two permitted picnic shelters to use in the heavily wooded, rolling terrain parcel. A paved path allows users to traverse the length of the park by hiking or biking.
The Parks and Recreation Department has several picnic shelters available for rent to Elgin residents. Two shelters are located at Wing Park, and Lords Park and one at Trout Park. You can check for shelter availability and reserve a picnic shelter online by following the online web link below. If you do not have an online account you will need to first setup your household account. You can also check on availability by calling the Centre of Elgin Main Courtesy Desk at 847-531-7000. Picnic shelter reservations are not taken over the phone and can also be reserved in person at the Front Courtesy Desk.
Elgin residents may reserve a shelter starting mid-January of the current calendar year, while non-residents can reserve up to two weeks in advance of the reservation date. All reservations must be made by the Thursday before the reservation date. No refunds are given.
Lords Park Shelter
Wing Park Shelter
Elgin has two outdoor family aquatic centers for your enjoyment. Lords Park Family Aquatic Center is located at 325 Hiawatha Drive, on the east side. Wing Park Family Aquatic Center is located at 1030 Wing Street, on the west side of Elgin. Both are equipped with water slides, lap pool, children’s play area, and sand volleyball courts.
Due to ongoing negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, service level reductions remain in place, including the closure of Lord's Park Family Aquatic Center for the 2021 outdoor pool season. Patrons are encouraged to utilize Wing Park Family Aquatic Center or Adventure Island at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin.
About Trout Park
This 44-acre park has a long interesting history as a destination for Chicagoans as a nature resort and amusement park. Since 1972 this parcel has been a designated Illinois Nature Preserve. The upper portion of the park has a rare grouping of White Cedar trees established in a fen environment. The area is enjoyed by hikers on the trails and picnickers at one of the two permitted picnic shelters. A playground and well maintained baseball field complex are also major attractions to the upper portion of the park. The riverfront property includes a fishing area, nature trails, the Fox River Bike Path and parking for users.