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



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Ottawa Recreation Summer Programs


Friday, May 18th

  • Register online. (A convenience fee applies when registering online.)
  • Early registration by mail. Follow the directions on the Registration Form (Download PDF).
  • Register on Registration Day | 1:30-4:30pm on June 6th at the Shepherd School Cafeteria.
  • Register at the Recreation Officer before a camp starts beginning June 7th.


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

Ottawa Rec Summer Program Brochures Available!  

Check out our brochure online, look for your child to bring one home, or pick one up at Ottawa's City Hall.  Mail-in and Online registration now open.  

Special Events!

Registration forms and rules for Adult Softball Now available online!   Paper Registration Copies will be available at City Hall  or at The Ottawa Y in early April.  Return Forms and Rosters by May 2.

Online and Mail-in Registration for Summer Recreation Programs will begin when the brochures are available after mid-May.  

  • Call Tim Trumbo, Adult Sports Director (815) 252-8698 , with questions regarding adult softball, adult kickball, or adult basketball.
  • To reserve a shelter, contact City Hall at (815) 433-0161.
  • Ottawa Recreation no longer sponsors Jim Sutherland Tball.  The various leagues host their own Tball programs as does Grand Ridge.  Youth League registrations usually occur the first part of February.  Check the Youth Leagues Tab on the left of the page to access specific youth league information.
  • For scholarship info based on financial need, click HERE

Ottawa Soccer Club Information

Ottawa Soccer Club Facebook

Ottawa Rec Tennis Facebook


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 Piagentini

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.