We offer recreational opportunities to the citizens of Ottawa, IL.



Ottawa Recreation Summer Programs


  • Register online. (A convenience fee applies when registering online.)
  • Register at the Recreation Office (301 W. Madison, Basement of City Hall) before a camp starts.  


All of the camps have waiting lists. Call the Recreation office to be placed on the waiting list. Only pay if you participate.

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Special Events!

Ottawa Recreation Tennis Tournament Adult and Youth Brackets

Now Open! Adult Kickball Registration  Men's and Women's Fall Softball Registration 


Ottawa Recreation Supervisors are at the parks Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday!  Morning Parks Kiwanis, Lincoln, Lincoln Douglas, Turnberry have supervisors 9 to noon .  Afternoon Parks McKinley, Rigden, Vittone, and East Side have supervisors 1 to 4.  Last day for supervisors at the parks is Tuesday, July 24.

  • Wednesdays are Special Event Days!  Check with your park supervisors for more information.  Upcoming:
    • Game Carnival at Ridgen
    • It's our end-of-the-season party!  Carnival midway games and prizes.
    • Perfect for children ages 3 to 10 years old.
      • July 25  (Rain Date: July 26)
      • Rigden Park
      • 1:15pm to 3:15pm
      • 10 games for a dollar
      • Check with the Rec Office or park supervisors for more details

Questions or Concerns?

Call Mark Astle, Director of Ottawa Recreation at (815) 434-7292.


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About Us

Ottawa Recreation offers recreational opportunities to the citizens of Ottawa throughout the year with a focus on providing most activities during the summer months. The Playgrounds & Recreation Board members are committed to providing quality programs, activities, and leagues at the lowest possible cost for the greatest number of participants.

Playgrounds & Recreation Board 

Kevin Quick – President



Phil McNally

Maribeth Manigold

Danielle Pagano

John Levy

Austin Monroe

Randy Bretag

Brian Porter

The Playgrounds & Recreation Board meets at 7:00pm in the basement of Ottawa City Hall on the second Thursday of every month.