Clarkson Park

1950 New Willow Road (Willow Road & Bristol Street)

Park and playground hours are from dawn to dusk.

The Garard Family Splash Pad is closed for the season.

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.

A major renovation of the park was just completed and the park reopened in May, 2021. The renovation includes a new playground, splash pad, pavilion, band shell, rain garden, seat walls and paths.

Clarkson Park BuildingView Clarkson Park Photos

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.

Clarkson Lodge rentals are now CLOSED for the winter when the building serves as the warming house for the seasonal ice rink.

Bookings for the 2022 season open in February. Rentals begin in early spring. If you are interested in renting Clarkson Lodge, please submit a Clarkson Lodge Rental Request.

Clarkson Lodge

Fri, Sat, Sun, Holidays – Minimum 4 hour rental

Resident Fee: $400; $100/additional hour

Non-Resident Fee: $600; $150/additional 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.