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Liza's GazeboThe Glencoe Park District was established in 1912 and is located in Glencoe, Illinois. The purpose of the Park District is to provide recreational facilities, activities and programs to its residents, as well as non-residents.

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. Click here to 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.

5-Year Strategic Plan & Strategic Road Map

The Glencoe Park District's 5-Year Strategic Plan is an essential planning tool the District will use during the next five years to guide decisions about program, facility, and service improvements. To develop this plan, consulting firm Public Research Group, LLC (PRG) collected information from Park District stakeholders - including Glencoe residents and other primary users, board members, and staff - using surveys, focus groups, town hall meetings, and individual interviews. The input generated was analyzed and organized into a series of strategic goals and tactics presented in a 5-year plan.

The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners formally approved its “Strategic Road Map” at the September 20, 2011 regular board meeting. This plan document, which builds off the framework of the Strategic Plan, identifies 32 specific initiatives, which will help the Glencoe Park District better serve the needs of the community and Park District patrons. 

CLICK HERE to download the Glencoe Park District's Strategic Plan.

CLICK HERE to download the Strategic Road Map dated September 20, 2011.

These plans are highly interdependent. We cannot even begin to think about the way our unit of government should be structured and run without deep consideration of the support that the community needs and the best way to deliver those services. Likewise we cannot fully develop and manage our parks, facilities and programs without a deep understanding of what our communities, patrons and target market expect from us.

We will report the status of these plans though direct written communications or through our website, and hope you will provide any input, insight, or suggestions you have over the coming months and years.

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Our Facilities

Facilities include the renovated 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. View the Glencoe Park District Safety Committee (PDF)

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 for more details.

The Glencoe Park District strives to serve the community faithfully by developing and maintaining quality facilities, open spaces, and recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities. To that end, the District shall at all times provide responsive and courteous service, exercise fiscal prudence, and manifest environmental awareness. Where possible, the Park District shall cooperate with other community organizations and agencies to enrich further the lives of Glencoe residents.