WELCOME TO the new and improved deerpath community park!

As of Friday, December 1, 2023, the newly constructed Deerpath Community Park will be open to the public! Between December 1 and February of 2024, the park will operate as any other public park in Lake Forest, from dawn until dusk each day, for general recreational usage. The Lake Forest Recreation Department will begin taking rental requests in February 2024. Lights at the new park will be turned on in February as well. Enjoy the park and playgrounds, take a walk along the path, try the fitness equipment, and stay tuned for programs and events at the park this spring!

Park amenities include:

  • Synthetic turf athletic fields
  • 2 shaded open-air pavilions with restrooms
  • 8 dedicated pickleball courts (opening spring 2024)
  • Playground
  • Walking path
  • Fitness stations
  • Natural areas and nature trail
Deerpath Community Park Schedule


To avoid damage, the following are NOT ALLOWED ON THE TURF FIELDS:

  • Chewing Gum
  • Pets
  • Chairs and Tents
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Metal Cleats
  • Food and Beverages (with the exception of water)


  • Motorized vehicles
  • Outside catering
  • Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and vaping (including parking lots and adjacent areas)
  • Movement of any equipment and/or amenities unless authorized by City staff

Please view the full list of Park Rules & Guidelines below:

Park Rules & Guidelines

Thank you for your cooperation!

Coming soon! Watch live broadcasts of games or replays at WatchLFSports.com. If a parent is working late, a grandparent lives out of state, or an athlete wants to relive a great play, they'll be able to tune into the games played at Deerpath Community Park new sports cameras at Deerpath Community Park.

Pickleball court construction is still underway and the new courts will open in spring 2024!

  • 8 pickleball courts
  • Concrete sidewalk/gathering area down the middle
  • 24 new parking spaces

Please note: In response to strong community interest, the project design was updated to include eight dedicated pickleball courts (instead of both tennis and pickleball courts). Converting all Deerpath Park courts to pickleball still leaves 16 tennis courts throughout other City parks, providing plenty of access to those who wish to play tennis.