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


athletic field assessment

The City of Lake Forest Athletic Field Assessment was undertaken in the spring and summer of 2020 to better understand the needs for City owned field improvements, locations, and layout. The need for a detailed understanding of the City's athletic fields was identified in the 2019 Parks and Recreation Department 10-year Strategic Master Plan. The goal of this Athletic Field Assessment was to gain a better understanding of the field conditions across all City parks, how the fields are used, options for improvements, and consideration of priorities.

athletic field assessment

deerpath sports complex

During development of the Parks and Recreation Department Master Plan in 2019, the community identified artificial turf fields/improved field drainage systems as one of the most important outdoor amenities improvements for Lake Forest. The recommendation in the Master Plan was to further study the need for addressing field conditions across all City parks, how the fields are used, options for improvements, and considerations of priorities.

In 2020, the City, in partnership with The Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, engaged Hitchcock Design Group to conduct an Athletic Field Assessment to provide a high-level evaluation of all the City owned athletic fields and present conceptual recommendations based on athletic field needs. The Athletic Field Assessment presented three recommendations for improvement:

  • Improvements in-place to enhance park utilization without layout changes or major investments
  • Layout improvements that reposition fields in existing parks
  • Sports complex options that include synthetic turf, sports lighting, and improved capacity to host large events and tournaments

City staff presented several of those options at the City Council Workshop Meeting in July 2021. During that discussion, there was a clear consensus that something needs to be done to improve the City's athletic fields. Council directed City staff to begin investigating two options: 1) layout improvements with the existing natural turf and 2) a synthetic turf sports complex at Deerpath Community Park. Both options are being evaluated and will be presented to council for consideration.

At the Capital Budget Workshop in November, City Council will review preliminary options and consider designating funds for project design. No formal decision about natural or synthetic turf will be made at the workshop. Official budget approval for a final design option would occur in March 2022. Between November and March, there will be a community engagement process with many opportunities for residents to engage and share feedback.

Share Your Feedback
Prior to the November Workshop, we want to give residents a place to tell us about your priorities related to a potential Deerpath Sports Complex. We designed a short survey to do just that. Take the 2 minute survey to share your feedback! The survey results will give City Council a better understanding of community sentiment on the issue. There will be more opportunities to engage throughout the process.

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deerpath sports complex FAQ'S