Archive for Outdoors


Some of the most widely used FREE resources in the City of Evanston for the past year have been the Street Soccer pitches!  But as much as our community loves them, neither the City of Evanston nor District 65 can afford to buy and keep them.  These pitches have been on loan from Mettle Sports at NO cost to the city, the schools, or the park district.

Help Evanston own the Street Soccer pitch at Robert Crown Center!

To learn more and donate, click here. 

Let The Children Play! – Playwork Workshop – March 8 – Please note the time change!

Parents, early (and not so early) childhood educators, park and rec staffers, children’s librarians, nature and forest educators, play therapists, and anyone interested in livable and child-friendly environments – come and hear about this unique professional approach to children’s play!

Arboretum Winter Trees Night Hike – January 13

Mother and three kids having fun in forest on snowy day. Girl is aged 9 and boys are aged 6. The laughing boys are running in front and the mother with daughter is walking in the background. It's snowing on cold winter day.

Test your nocturnal senses on a guided hike through the Ladd Arboretum on Friday, January 13, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy themed activities, a campfire, and s’mores! Pre-Registration required.

Location: Evanston Ecology Center
Age: 5 yrs. and up
Fee: $5 R/$7 NR
Activity: 142149

Register online or call 3-1-1.

Outdoor Ice Skating Now Open!


Outdoor ice rinks are now open at all three Evanston locations: Ackerman Park, Baker Park, and Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park. As weather conditions change, visit the City’s website or text SKATE to 847-448-4311 for an automated response, to check the Current Outdoor Rink Status 

Rink Locations:

  • Ackerman Park, Central St. at McDaniel Ave.
  • Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St.
  • Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.

Note: Indoor public skating is available at Robert Crown Center)

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