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Parks in Ottawa

Ottawa Recreation offers programs throughout the year, but especially in the summer, to provide recreational opportunities for the citizens of Ottawa. The Playground and Recreation Board members are committed to providing quality recreational opportunities with the lowest possible fee to the greatest number of people.

Summer Recreation Office Hours (June and July) Our office will open   June 2021.  

Please call or email with questions, and we will replay as soon as we can.  

9-noon and 1-4  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

815-434-7292     cityrec@cityofottawa.org

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Summer Rec update: Planning for summer camps and park programs is almost done.  The brochure goes to the printer this week!  We should have the brochure to the schools the week of May 17, and online registration will begin the same time. This summer won’t be the same as pre-COVID, but there will be some activities. Keep wearing your mask so we can all be safe and have our activities!  Our goal is to distribute the brochure and begin online registration by mid-May.

Summer Adult Softball: Adult Softball rosters and rules are available!  We’ll be starting later than usual, but we will be starting!

Visit the Adult Softball Page.



Job openings  

Ottawa’s Riordan Pool is now accepting applications for lifeguards. The link to download the application is HERE.  You may also pick up a paper copy of the application at Ottawa City Hall.  Please Return all application to Riordan Pool C/O Ottawa City Hall. You can drop them off or mail them to us at 301 W. Madison St., Ottawa.  Or email the application to Riordanpool@gmail.com.  


Youth teams wishing to use City of Ottawa baseball and softball fields must submit proper documentation. No exceptions!  

Email cityrec@cityofottawa.org with questions.  


Riordan Pool 2021

  • The Ottawa YMCA is hosting a lifeguard training.  The full class begins April 21, and Recertification starts May 10. HERE is the flyer or contact the Ottawa Y at 815-433-2395 for more information.
  • The Playground and Recreation board is working on repairing the pool to make it useable for the summer.  We should have a clearer picture in late May.


Ottawa Recreation City Tennis Will Return This Summer!  More information when our brochure drops in May!

Useful Links

Bridges Alternatives for Older Adults
To reserve a shelter, contact City Hall at (815) 433-0161.

Questions or Concerns?

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