Clarkson Park

1950 New Willow Road (Willow Road & Bristol Street)

Clarkson Park is a 3-acre park named after Jim Clarkson, a Northfield resident and one of the pioneers in the development of the Northfield Park District. The park was renovated in 2004 to add new amenities throughout, including a children's playground and the Cavallari Pavilion, our open-air shelter that has a number of picnic tables underneath it, making it perfect for small outdoor gatherings. The highlight of the 2004 renovation was the remodel of the Clarkson Lodge, which now includes indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a concession stand, and meeting/party area inside.

The park is currently undergoing a major renovation which includes a new playground, splash pad, pavilion, band shell, rain garden, seat walls and paths. The project is scheduled to be completed in April 2021. Some items are weather-dependent and may take longer. Look for Park District announcements of the park opening here on our website and on social media. Sign up for our emails to stay up-to-date.

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Amenities & Rental Opportunities

Clarkson Park offers many rental opportunities and has been used for such functions as weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, birthday parties, graduation parties, and much more.

The Lodge is currently unavailable for rentals. When rentals resume, please submit a Clarkson Lodge Rental Request.

Clarkson Lodge

Capacity: 75 people

Weekdays (Monday-Thursday):

Resident Fee: $60/hour

Non-Resident Fee: $75/hour

Fri, Sat, Sun, Holidays – 4 hour rental

Resident Fee: $360; $60/additional hour

Non-Resident Fee: $480; $90/hour

The Following Procedures Apply to All Rentals:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your rental fee is charge to reserve your rental. The balance will be charged one month before your rental. If your rental date is less than one month away, the entire rental fee will be charged.
  • A $250 refundable damage deposit is required.
  • Liquor liability insurance is required if alcohol will be served at your event. Use this link to purchase insurance through The Event Helper.
  • Written notice must be given for all cancellations. Cancellations made less than 30 days before your event forfeit the entire rental fee.