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The Village of Hawthorn Woods Park and Recreation Department is committed to conducting its recreation programs and activities in a safe manner and holds the safety of participants in high regard. The Village of Hawthorn Woods continually strives to reduce such risks and insists that all participants follow safety rules and instructions that are designed to protect the participants' safety. However, participants and parents/guardians of minors registering for the programs/activities listed must recognize that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in recreational activities. You are solely responsible for determining if you or your minor child/ward is physically fit and/or skilled for the activities contemplated by this agreement. It is always advisable, especially if the participant is pregnant, disabled in any way or recently suffered an illness, injury or impairment, to consult a physician before undertaking any physical activity.


Recreational activities are intended to challenge and engage the physical, mental and emotional resources of each participant. However, despite careful and proper preparation, instruction, medical advice, conditioning and equipment, there is still a risk of injury when participating in any recreational activity. Understandably, not all hazards and dangers can be foreseen. Depending on the particular activity, participants must understand that certain risks, dangers and injuries due to inclement weather, slips and falls, poor skill level or conditioning, carelessness, horseplay, unsportsmanlike conduct, premises, defects, inadequate or defective equipment, inadequate supervision, instructing or officiating, and all other circumstances inherent to indoor and outdoor recreational activities exist. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for the Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation Department to guarantee absolute safety.


Please read this form carefully and be aware that in signing up and participating in the programs and events, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages or loss which you or your minor child/ward might sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with these programs/activities (including/transportation services and vehicle operations, when provided).

Participants in all programs and events, by their attendance, recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to participants in these programs, and voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity a minor child/ward or self may have (or accrue to child/ward) as a result of participating in these programs/events against the Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation Department, including its officers, officials, agents, volunteers and employees. Participants in all programs and events, by their attendance, do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation Department, including its officials, agents, volunteers and employees from any and all claims for injures, damages or loss that minor child/ward or self may have or which may accrue to self or minor child/ward and rising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with programs/activities/events.


Photos and video footage are taken of participants in a village organized class, during a village sponsored special event, or at the Village's parks, facilities, or property. The Village maintains the right to utilize these photos taken for Village purposes including marketing on its website, social media accounts, printed newsletters and brochures, and submission to local media outlets, without further permission and without any compensation to individuals in these photos. All photos are property of the the Village of Hawthorn Woods.