The Village of Hinckley - a small, family focused community



Pioneer Park 

Pioneer Park, located on Route 30 at the far west end of the village, adjacent to the Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School is a nostalgic village park. The open space and large shade trees make this a perfect place to visit often whether for a play date, picnic, group outing, or for just a quiet get-a-way. 

Located within the park is a:

-  shelter building with kitchen facilities that may be rented for group activities

-  lighted tennis court and multi-use area that is often used for basketball, soccer, or  floor hockey

- play area which includes a Climbing Web, Xcelerator and Tilted Sky runner

  -spinning, swings, and parallel bars

-  swinging bench where adults can sit and relax

Garfield Park 2013 ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting at Garfield Park Shelter. Pictured: Cary Gawel, Advisory Board member, Jim Roderick,Village President, and Kris Kestila-Ohnstad, Parks and Rec Coordinator. Thanks again to everyone who made the construction of the shelter possible. 

Garfield Park is a small neighborhood park located on Garfield Street two blocks north of Route 30.  The equipment at this park is geared for the younger children.  Play equipment includes swings and a modular play set.  There is ample open space for just running or playing small group games.  

Streamside Park

Registration Information

Streamside Park is a quiet open space nestled along the Little Rock Creek on S. Sycamore Street.  It is the perfect place to take youngsters to fish in the spring or to sit by and enjoy the sounds of the small creek. 

  • Registration forms are available at the Hinckley Village Office, the Hinckley Public Library, and available for download.

  • Registration forms and fees must be received at the Village Office 1 week prior to the class starting date.***If you register after this time please contact Kris at 815-739-1336 or email her at to confirm class availability.

  • Refunds are given up to 1 week prior to the class starting date.  If a refund is requested after this time it is at the discretion of the instructor pending supplies purchased and enrollment.  No refunds will be given after the class has begun.  Refunds are given if a class is cancelled.

  • HCB denotes the Hinckley Community Building as a program location in class descriptions.  Check the bulletin board at the HCB for room assignments.

  • Grade levels are based on the fall school year placement.

  • Download your registration form here - REGISTRATION FORM

Advisory Committee

  • Cary Gawel

  • Carol Bish

  • Jacob Austin

  • Rachel Lang

  • Kris Kestilla-Ohnstad, Program Coordinator - 815-739-1336 Email:

   Meetings are held at the Hinckley Village Office bi-monthly and begin at 6:30pm.  These meetings are open to the public.

Suggestions for future programs are always appreciated.  Call Kris at 815-739-1336 or email her at if you have a skill you would be willing to share or if you have an idea for a program.

 Scholarships are available for program fees.  If you would like further information contact Kris.

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