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 will be completed in April 2021.


Every winter we turn Clarkson Park into our outdoor ice rink, which is typically open from December through January, weather permitting.

Check the Park District’s website homepage for the most up-to-date information on ice rink status. We also put up a flag in front of Clarkson Lodge — green flag means the ice rink is open and a red flag means the ice rink is closed and you should stay off the rink. The availability of outdoor ice is dependent on weather conditions and can change quickly.

ICE RINK UPDATE (January 22)

The ice rink has OPENED! We still need your cooperation -- pay attention to the flag at the ice rink. Green flag means the ice rink is open. When you see the red flag, the ice rink is not safe and you need to stay off the ice.

There is no access to the inside of Clarkson Lodge or to bathrooms due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Individuals should follow social distancing guidance and wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance.

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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.