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

Master Planning for the Future of Northcroft Park


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 are engaging the community to help 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.

The Process

Master Plan Progress

next Steps

Preliminary design concepts were created using feedback collected through an online survey and community engagement session earlier this year. The City hosted a S'mores and More! Community Engagement Session on Tuesday, October 17 from 4-5:30 pm at Northcroft Park to gather resident feedback on the preliminary design concepts.

Please take the survey to review the preliminary design options and share your feedback. The survey closes on Friday, November 3.
Please note - we recommend taking the survey on a desktop or tablet, since it's harder to view the large design concept images on a mobile device.


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

Deerpath Community Park Improvement Project

The City of Lake Forest began construction on the Deerpath Community Park Improvement Project the week of March 27, 2023. For the latest project information, visit the Deerpath Community Park Improvement Project webpage.

For the history and background of this project, visit the City of Lake Forest Athletic Field Improvements page.