The Lockport Township Park District and the Will County Forest Preserve are stewards to 2 major recreational attributes of the Downtown. The first is the Canal Bike and Walking Path that connects Dellwood Park in the south with Isle A La Cache to the north. The second is the vast open space just west of the Downtown where the Des Plaines river runs through undisturbed prairie.
Less then a mile away, the Park District operates an 18-hole golf course, an indoor tennis / fitness facility, and an indoor pool. The Park District also has its own police department, responsible for all law enforcement on the district’s property, ensuring that parks and facilities are safe places to play. Special events and holiday celebrations - including concerts, art and flower shows, golf outings, movie presentations, pool parties, and events for Easter, Halloween, and Christmas - spice up every season.
Canal Bike & Walking Path
Running the entire length of the historic Downtown is the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The original towpath has been converted into a popular walking and bicycle path. Mile markers with historic information and character silhouettes line the path as it follows the canal.
The path originates in Joliet at the Old Iron Works. Following the path north takes you past a network of paths adjacent to the Sanitary and Shipping Canal. The path crosses into the Downtown at Division Street where the remains of Lock #1 can be seen and explored. In the center of Downtown, the path crosses the Lincoln Landing and passes the Public Landing Restaurant with its outdoor table service. Further north, the path cuts through the Star Business Park, past some of the best preserved canal walls in the I&M Canal, and on to Isle A La Cache.