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


At the direction of City Council, City staff have been evaluating a range of field improvement options, which may include improved natural grass or synthetic turf applications for the approximately 10-acre site at Deerpath Community Park. The Parks & Recreation Board is hosting Community Workshops to gather resident input on priorities and criteria related to potential athletic field enhancements at Deerpath Community Park.

Athletic Field Improvements Community Workshops

Workshop 1 - December 15, 2021

The Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Board hosted the first Athletic Field Improvements Community Workshop on December 15 to gather input from residents on options and priorities related to potential field improvements. The workshop included exhibits and a scorecard exercise, round table discussions, and a report out session for sharing table comments. If you missed the workshop, check out the Community Workshop Summary and workshop recap video.

Workshop 2 - February 17, 2022 via Zoom
The second Deerpath Athletic Field Improvements Community Workshop was held virtually on Thursday, February 17. The purpose of the meeting was to answer questions from the first workshop (held on December 15) and provide the community an opportunity to evaluate different design approaches for Deerpath Community Park. If you couldn't make the meeting and would like to submit a comment, watch the recording or view the presentation slides, and then submit a comment form. The comment form is open through Thursday, February 24.

For the latest project information, including a summary from the first workshop, please visit

Athletic Field Improvements Survey Results

In order to get a pulse for community sentiment, we conducted a short survey to gather preliminary information on community priorities related to athletic field improvements at Deerpath Community Park. The online survey was available from October 15-23, 2021. The survey received 761 unique responses, 730 from self-identified Lake Forest residents. Responses from the 31 non-residents are not included in the summary. The survey was administered and analyzed in collaboration with Zencity, a community engagement platform for local government.


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