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Dixon Park District

Dixon Park District

     Welcome to the official website of the Dixon Park District in Dixon, Illinois.  There is much to see and experience, including historic Lowell Park where Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in his youth.  Discover hiking and biking trails, the Nature Center, golf driving range, splash pad, tennis courts, pickle-ball courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, hockey courts, baseball diamonds, Wooden Wonderland and more.

If you need staff outside office hours, please call the office number; there is a 24-hour staff number on the message to help you with an evening or weekend problem.


If you are planning to be a volunteer for the Dixon Park District, or through a group that uses Park District facilities (such as Dixon Girls Fast Pitch), please click on the green VOLUNTEER box below.



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Dixon Park District  

Executive Director Search Underway

Due to the retirement of the current Executive Director, The Board of the Dixon Park District is accepting resumes.


The Dixon Park District serves the residents of Dixon, IL with 1160 acres of beautiful park land including historic Lowell Park where former U.S. President Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard, hiking and biking trails, soccer fields, baseball fields, hockey rink, golf driving range, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, dog park, splash pad, nature center and museum, and more. The mission of the Dixon Park District is to maintain a high standard of leadership and competency in the promotion of sound environmental practices and lifestyles and to maintain a creative and efficient park and recreation system. The Dixon Park District works with an annual budget of approximately $1.3 million and is capped under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in Lee County.


Roles and Responsibilities

Manage daily operations, personnel, and crisis situations. Respond to citizen requests and complaints.

Plan, recruit, hire, and train department heads and staff. Supervise and evaluate employee work performance. Discipline employees and recommend promotions.

Plan and develop goals, objectives, and philosophies for the Dixon Park District.  Develop strategies to prepare and implement projects and programming and plan for future needs and operations.

Efficiently prepare, plan, submit and recommend the annual Dixon Park District budget. Monitor, manage, and forecast daily revenues, expenditures, financial operations, obligations and staffing levels within a balanced budget.

Analyze, coordinate, and prepare official agreements. Maintain contacts with city, state, and federal officials and legislators. Examine and evaluate lawsuits and EEOC complaints. Review and maintain park ordinances and codes.

Review and recommend written policies and procedures for Board approval. Implement Board decisions and policies. Inform Board of relevant legislative and legal matters and complaints.


Desired Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Park and Recreation Management. Master’s Degree preferred.

Five years of experience in park and recreation field including 3 years of administration or supervisory experience.

Eligible to be registered by a state professional park and recreation organization and/or an appropriate national association.

Continuing education in park and recreation related fields.


Residency Requirement

Must reside within the Dixon Park District, or be able to relocate into the Dixon Park District within 6 months.


Desired Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of budget and accounting techniques.

Knowledge and understanding of Park District Code, local, state, and federal regulations.

Knowledge of community resources and outside sources of funding.

Knowledge of personnel practices, interviewing, and employment procedures.

Knowledge and ability in working with consultants and contractors.

Ability to organize and maintain proper record systems.

Ability to exhibit self-control.

Ability to secure the proper financial advice and information.

Ability to supervise, train, and evaluate individuals.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with proper grammatical form.

Ability to perceive and analyze problems/situations and make rational decisions and take appropriate action.

Ability to establish priorities, plan, and delegate.

Ability to motivate others to accomplish tasks or influence their direction of thought.

Ability to listen and consider the needs and feelings of others.


Salary and Benefits

Annual salary commensurate with experience.

Full health insurance coverage provided.

Company vehicle.



Please send cover letter and resume to:

Dixon Park District

804 Palmyra St.

Dixon, IL 61021

Or fax to: 815/284-4950

Or email to: [email protected]


Resumes will be accepted until Monday, April 30, 2018 at 5:00pm.


Dixon Park District is an Equal Opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


Haymarket Square Farmers Market.     Click the link below for a  2018 Farmers Market Application.

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The electronic  gate will open at 6 am and close at 9 pm.

ROADS ARE NOW OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN LOWELL PARK. If heavy rain occurs, roads may be closed. Please stay on hard surfaced roads as the grassy area are very soft. 

Lowell Park is open to non-motorized visitors from 5 am until 11 pm daily.

Park Board Meetings
  • The public is encouraged to attend.
  • Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 6 pm at the park office, 804 Palmyra Street, Dixon. The December Board meeting is the second Wednesday of the month.
  • Agendas, Minutes, Audits and Financials posted on this web page.