The City of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, developed this plan in 2019 to guide park, facility, and program development decisions for the next ten years.

comprehensive mASTER PLAN



The 2019 Parks and Recreation Master Plan was developed as a comprehensive 10-year strategic plan to guide future improvements for all City parks and recreation facilities. While the comprehensive Master Plan provides a high-level guide for City-wide planning, the City develops individual Master Plans to dive deeper into details for individual park sites.

What's Happened so far

The City of Lake Forest and the Park & Recreation Board have been working with the community to develop a Master Plan for Northcroft Park (1365 South Ridge Rd).

During the first phase of the process, the City gathered input to better understand how residents currently use the park and identify opportunities for improvement. Over 100 people attended a community engagement session called Planning and Pizza in the Park on May 24, 2023. Through conversations, comment cards, and children's activity sheets, we heard great feedback from residents of all ages.

In addition to the engagement session, 440 responses were collected via an online survey from May 25-June 15, 2023. View the Northcroft Park Master Plan Community Engagement Results for a summary of feedback received at the engagement session and through the online survey.

Preliminary design concepts were created using feedback collected through the online survey and community engagement session. The City hosted second a S'mores and More! Community Engagement Session on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 to gather resident feedback on the preliminary design concepts.

The community engagement session and survey provided helpful feedback that was used to develop a final schematic design. City staff worked with Hitchcock Design to complete the design phase of the master plan that was presented to and approved by the Parks & Recreation Board on March 19, 2024.

The Process

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next Steps

The draft Northcroft Park Master Plan is expected to go before City Council for review and approval in June 2024. Once approved, the Master Plan will serve as a planning tool for future improvements.


If you have any questions, please contact Superintendent of Parks and Forestry Chuck Myers at or (847) 810-3565.