Entertainment and Recreation

The Twin City Farmers Market opened its doors in July 2005 in the historic Twin City Produce Co. building. The Market is open year-round and hosts over 20 year-round vendors offering locally raised beef, pork, free range chicken and eggs, homegrown produce, hers, and other artisanal food products.

The Sterling Market Place is an outdoor pavilion that complements the indoor Twin City Farmers Market and the market to expand their offerings to the open-air setting during the warmer months of the year. As a bonus, the Market Place is available for rent for community members!

The Woodlawn Arts Academy is the premier arts-based, educational institution of the Sauk Valley area. Year-round programming includes visual arts, dance, music, theatre, woodworking, culinary arts, and education. 

City of Sterling Parks

The City of Sterling maintains over 15-acres of park land, most of which are within the heart of the city.

Central Memorial Park

Central Memorial Park is a 1.8-acre park hosting events like Movies in the Park and band and music concerts that draw thousands of residents to Sterling’s downtown.

Platt Park

Platt Park is a 8.6-acre park home to a baseball field, playground, tennis court, and a one-half-mile multi-use path.

Sterling Riverfront Park

Sterling Riverfront Park is a newly developed 14.3-acre park that reclaims river frontage as public space.

Sterling Parks District

Sterling Parks District is a 501(C)(3) dedicated to recreational programming for Sterling residents. The Parks District owns/operates 12 parks, a marina, a golf course, and two recreation centers:

Westwood Fitness and Sports Center

The Westwood Fitness and Sports Center is the Sauk Valley’s largest fitness facility featuring over 35,000 square-feet of training equipment and space. Westwood offers a variety of group fitness classes, a cardio theater, a kids gym, juice bar, two NBA-size basketball/volleyball courts, batting/throwing cages and golf net, indoor soccer/football AstroTurf field and track, six pickleball courts, and two racquetball/wallyball courts.

Duis Recreation Center

The Duis Recreation Center has been home of the Sterling Stingrays Swim Club since the facility opened and includes a 25-yard swimming pool and diving well, two basketball/tennis courts, a handball court, and fitness equipment.

Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA offers a wide variety of athletic, youth, and family programming, including before and after school programming.

The YWCA of Sauk Valley has been making a difference across the Valley by being committed to making it a better place for everybody. Top priority for the YWCA is continuing to make the organization’s mission of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, a reality.

Heather Sotelo
Greater Sterling Development Corp.
1741 Industrial Drive Sterling, IL 61081
Phone (815) 625-5255
Fax (815) 625-5094
Email hsotelo@sterlingdevelopment.org