Cary Park District  •  255 Briargate Road  •  Cary, IL 60013  •  847.639.6100  •
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does program registration begin?
Each season has a registration start date. Please refer to the seasonal brochure for the registration start date for residents and non-residents.

How can I register for Park District programs
You may register for programs using one of the following ways:

  1. Online using Rapid Reg - Rapid Reg, the quick and easy online registration is available through our website. Click on the Rapid Reg icon on the right hand side of the page. This form of registration requires you to submit credit card payment and is alos in "real time"; you will know immediately that you have been accepted into a class. Some classes are not available for online registration but may be registered using the following methods below.
  2. Mail - Complete a registration form and mail the form with payment to Cary Park District, Attn: Registration, 255 Briargate Road, Cary, IL 60013.
  3. Fax - Complete a registration form and fax to 847.639.6290. Credit card payment only is accepted with a faxed registration form.
  4. In Person - Visit the Community Center and register at the front desk.
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday: 5:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  5. Drop Off Box - Place a completed registration form and payment (no cash) in a sealed envelope and drop it off in the drop box in the Community Center parking lot.

The Park District does not accept phone registrations. The Park District accepts checks (payable to Cary Park District), cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. American Express is accepted with Rapid Reg only. Please do not pay with cash if mailing or dropping off your registration in the drop box.

Registration confirmations are only given if you use Rapid Reg. At the end of your transaction you may print or email your receipt.


Who organizes youth swimming, basketball, soccer, football, and baseball for the Cary area?
The organizations listed are responsible for the operation of their group's activities. All questions and concerns regarding their programs or activities should be directed to the specific group to which the questions pertain. The Park District works cooperatively with the groups to meet the athletic and recreational needs of the community.

Cary Barracudas Swim Team Cary Basketball Association
Cary Soccer Association Junior Trojan Football/Cheerleading
Cary Youth Baseball & Softball

Are the sports fields playable?
The Park District posts weather related cancellations and field closures on the Weather Update section of the website and has Weather Hotline for your convenience. The number is 847.639.6200. Information regarding field playability for a specific day is recorded and posted to the website after 4:30 p.m. If the information you are seeking is not available on this website or the hotline, please call the Community Center at 847.639.6100. For sports association game cancellations contact the sports group directly.

When do the adult softball games begin?
League play for adult softball begins during the last week of April (Summer) and August (Fall) each year. Team registration is accepted beginning in January (Summer) and June (Fall). Typically game times are scheduled for 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Prize money and awards are distributed to the winning team in each league. For more information check the website brochure or call 847.639.6100.

I am in a Cary Park District softball league. How can I find my schedule, team standing, and league information?
Softball league schedules, scores, team standings, and league information can be found online in the Sports Leagues information section. Game scores and team standings for the current leagues are available within 72-hours after your team's game is played. League information, including schedules, may be downloaded and printed from the website.

When can I register my child for the E.T. KidZone program and when does it begin?
Registration for the upcoming school year begins in May and is accepted at the Community Center, 255 Briargate Road. The E.T. KidZone program is offered before and after school to families with children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade at all the Cary District 26 elementary schools. For more details please refer to the E.T. KidZone section of the website, the current Cary Park District program brochure, or call 847.639.1928.

What does the Park District offer during the winter?
The Park District publishes a winter/spring program brochure that is mailed to all residents within the 60013 and 60021 zip codes. It lists numerous recreational programs and activities. If outdoor activities interest you, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding are available. When conditions permit, enjoy ice skating on the pond at Jaycee Park. To determine skating conditions, please call the information line at 847.639.6200. Skating is offered Monday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Skating areas are lit during the evening hours, and there is a warming shelter for skaters’ comfort. The grounds at Lions Park or Kaper Park are great for cross-country skiing! If sledding is a favorite pastime, check out the sled hill at Lions Park. The park is open until dusk. Of course, taking a walk through one of the many parks or natural areas is a year-round option.

Is the Park District part of the Village of Cary?
The Cary Park District is a separate unit of government from the Village of Cary. The Park District was approved by voter referendum on October 30, 1971. It is authorized by legislation to levy and collect taxes, and to establish local policy, ordinances, and resolutions to enact and complete its purpose. As a Park District, the Cary Park District’s purpose is to acquire and maintain land and facilities for park and recreational purposes, and organize and supervise planned recreation programs. The Park District encompasses all of the Village of Cary, Trout Valley and parts of Oakwood Hills, Lake in the Hills and unincorporated McHenry County.

Where do I vote?
To determine where you vote, you may refer to your Voter Registration Card for your precinct information and call the Village of Cary at 847.639.0003 to find out the appropriate location. Another way to determine where you vote is to contact the McHenry County Clerk’s Office at 815.334.4242. You may go to your township office to register to vote.

How do I know if I am a Cary Park District resident?
Cary Park District resident definition is anyone living within the Cary Park District boundaries. If you are not certain whether you qualify as a Cary Park District resident, please refer to your current property tax bill or contact your Village or City Office of where you live.

Does the Park District have a Fitness Center?
Yes, the Cary Park District does have a Fitness Center located in the Community Center at 255 Briargate Road. The Fitness Center offers residents quality fitness equipment and programs at reasonable fees. Memberships are available to residents and non-residents of the Park District. Memberships provide use of the Fitness Center's cardio and strength training equipment, free weights, locker rooms, and showers. Personal training and childcare are available for an additional fee.

Does the Park District have a skate park?
The Park District does have a skate park in Lions Park. The skate park is open from dawn to dusk and is available to skateboard, inline, and bike enthusiasts. Visitors must abide by the posted rules to the park.

Does the Park District have a dog park?
Yes, the Park District does have a dog park at Hoffman Park on West Main Street. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk and offers an 18-acre fenced in open play area, a fenced in small-dog area, two training areas for owners to acclimate their dogs, dog waste bag stations, garbage/recycling cans, drinking fountains for dogs and people, restrooms, double gate entry with electronic key access for security and valid dog pass users only and onsite parking. Passes are required for the dog park and can be purchased at the Community Center. more




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