About Glencoe Park District

About Us

The Glencoe Park District was established in 1912 and is located in Glencoe, Illinois. The Glencoe Park District  enriches lives and creates memorable experiences by providing exceptional services, parks, programs, and facilities.

Glencoe Park Board of Commissioners

The Glencoe Park Board is the legal governing authority through which the business of the District is conducted. The five Park Commissioners are elected by residents of the District and serve four-year terms without pay. Commissioners are selected to run for election by the Glencoe Caucus. The goals of the Caucus are to create a process for the selection of candidates, which is open and transparent, representative and participatory; to ensure and preserve the integrity of that process; and to choose candidates who are best suited to meet the governance needs of the Village. Visit the Glencoe Caucus website and download an application to become a Park Board Candidate.

When Board members are present at a legally constituted meeting, they have the authority to establish or change Park District policy, approve the budget, negotiate agreements, and sign contracts. Once the meeting is adjourned, all Board Members return to their role as citizens and taxpayers. The Park Commissioners also serve on Board Committees, which includes Finance Committee of the Whole, Marketing and Communications, Personnel and Policy, Recreation, Special Projects and Facilities, Plan Commission and NSSRA Liaison. After a Board Committee has reviewed and reached a consensus on an item, the item is brought to the Board for final review and/or approval. Click for a list of recent Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

Our Facilities

Facilities include the Takiff Center, Watts Center, and Glencoe Beach. The Takiff Center, located at 999 Green Bay Road, is the Park District's main office and features a gymnasium, meeting and activity rooms, a community hall, early childhood enrichment classrooms and preschool facility. The Watts Center, located at 305 Randolph, houses two artificial outdoor lighted ice rinks, activity rooms and rental space. Adjacent to the facility is Watts Park, which features two tennis courts, a ball field, one nine-hole disc golf course, a sled hill and soccer fields. Glencoe Beach is located at 55 Hazel Avenue and is both a boating and swimming beach facility.

Our Staff

The Park District employs 29 full-time staff, augmented by approximately 225 part-time and seasonal staff. View the Glencoe Park District Organizational Chart (PDF)

The Park District has a strong commitment to maintaining the safety of our parks, facilities, and programs. The Safety Committee, consisting of key full-time staff members, is responsible for the review of safety procedures and meets monthly to discuss any safety concerns. For more information, contact the District's Safety Coordinator

Special Recreation Services

We participate in a special recreation cooperative, the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). NSSRA is an intergovernmental partnership of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburban area of Chicago. The organization provides year-round recreation programs and services for children and adults with disabilities who live in the partner communities. Visit the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association's website for more details.