The Parks and Recreation Department has several picnic shelters available for rent to Elgin residents. Two shelters are located at Wing Park, and Lords Park and one at Trout Park. You can check shelter availability by calling the Centre of Elgin Main Courtesy Desk at 847-531-7000, but must reserve the shelter in person. Shelters can be reserved between mid April and mid October. Elgin residents may reserve a shelter starting January 2nd of the current calendar year, while non-residents can reserve up to two weeks in advance of the reservation date. All reservations must be made by the Wednesday before the reservation date. We will be limiting shelter rentals to 50 or less to conform to the Reopen Illinois plan.
Elgin has two outdoor family aquatic centers for your enjoyment. Lords Park Family Aquatic Center is located at 325 Hiawatha Drive, on the east side. Wing Park Family Aquatic Center is located at 1030 Wing Street, on the west side of Elgin. Both are equipped with water slides, lap pool, children’s play area, and sand volleyball courts.
Due to ongoing negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, service level reductions remain in place, including the closure of Lord's Park Family Aquatic Center for the 2021 outdoor pool season. Patrons are encouraged to utilize Wing Park Family Aquatic Center or Adventure Island at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin.