Parks, Pavilions, and Picnic Groves

The Arlington Heights Park District has over 50 parks with picnic groves, pavilions, and open space that you may reserve for your event. Some of these spaces are on the grounds of our community centers and other buildings.

Apply for a permit if any of the following applies:

  • Your event is indoors
  • Your event will have over 20 people in attendance
  • You are hiring anyone to work at your event (a magician, a caterer that will stay on the property to prepare or serve food, musicians, an outside company for entertainment, referees or umpires, etc.)
  • You are charging a fee for your event
  • You will have a tent larger than 10'x10' or an inflatable at your event
  • You will have amplified music or entertainment at your event
  • Your event requires a Certificate of Additional Insurance

Pavilion, picnic grove, and park rental rates*

  0-39 people 40-74 people 75+ people
Resident $30/day $50/day $100/day
Non-resident $60/day $100/day $200/day
Commercial $90/day $150/day $300/day

* Does not apply to North School Park. Please contact Kristy McCann at for North School Park rental information, availability, and rates.

Rental Application - revised 4/2020

Reserving space at Lake Arlington, a community center, or other facility property? Please contact that facility directly for availability and to begin the application process. Click here for contact information.

Reserving space in any other park? Please contact Cari Boyle at

Park permits do not include athletic fields. If you would like to reserve an athletic field for your event, click here for more information.

Amenities and Policies

Grilling: Gas and charcoal grilling is allowed at the following parks:

Park Picnic site Restrooms
Camelot 40 person shelter indoor
Centennial 12 person shelter seasonal port-o-let
Frontier 40 person shelter indoor washroom / seasonal port-o-let
Hickory Meadows 40 person shelter none
Lake Arlington no shelter indoor washroom / seasonal port-o-let
Patriots 40 person shelter seasonal port-o-let
Recreation no shelter indoor washroom / seasonal port-o-let
Sunset Meadows 40 person shelter indoor washroom / seasonal port-o-let

 *Indoor washrooms are only accessible during normal building hours. Port-o-let unit seasons vary, and additional units may be rented for a fee.

  • Grilling is allowed May 1st through November 1st.
  • Grilling may begin at 9 am and must be cleaned up by 8 pm.
  • Users must supply their own grill and necessary supplies.
  • Grilling is only allowed on the concrete or asphalt grill pad.
  • Grill contents must be completely extinguished, cooled, and placed in the provided container.
  • Proper care must be taken to ensure the safety of all park users.
  • All incidents regarding grilling will be the responsibility of the grilling party.

Alcohol: Alcohol use is prohibited in all outdoor parks.

Smoking and smokeless tobacco use: Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products are prohibited in all Park District buildings and fenced areas and within 50 feet of playgrounds, shelters, and outdoor athletic facilities and fields.

Fireworks, firearms, and explosive materials: All are prohibited on Park District property.

Tents and inflatables: Stakes or sandbags are required to secure all inflatables and any tents larger than 10' x 10'. When using staked tents or staked inflatables, include with your application a map illustrating precisely the area(s) to be staked. You must also schedule a survey of the area(s) to be staked with J.U.L.I.E., and provide the dig number to the Park District prior to your event. View the J.U.L.I.E. website.

A Certificate of Additional Insurance is required for all staked tents and all inflatables.


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