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Fall Registration Starts July 30

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fall GuideMake an Italian Feast. Take a Yoga Class. Build Robotics and Code with Legos. Join the After-School Art Club.  Learn Tennis or Cheer. Go To Baking Boot Camp. What will you do this fall?

The Fall Guide to events and activities was mailed to Glencoe households this week. Inside, you'll find details about sports and after-school programs, as well as details about new special events, preschool classes, and more. Click here to read it online!

Register

Online Registration for Fall programs will start at 6:30 AM on Wednesday, July 30. With Real-Time Online Registration, you will register for programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead of waiting for the program lottery, your registration will be confirmed immediately. 

Online registration is the BEST way to ensure your spot. It is also the fastest and most convenient way to register. However, you can still register in person, by mail, or by fax.  

In order to ensure your spot in our fall programs, we suggest you set up your household account immediately and confirm your username/password is correct. That way, on July 30, you can log in, click on the class you want, submit your registration payment, and receive confirmation immediately. 

If you have any questions, call us at (847) 835-3030. Staff will be available at 6:30 AM on July 30 to assist with registration. Registrations will be accepted online, by fax, or in person; telephone registrations will not be accepted at any time. 

New Date! Midwest Dueling Pianos

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rock out as Midwest Dueling Pianos perform on Liza's Gazebo in Kalk Park. Pack a picnic, bring your family, and come ready to dance

The one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that is Midwest Dueling Pianos will leave you singing, cheering, dancing, and laughing so hard you'll be doubled over gasping for breath. The all-request driven show spans generations and keeps everyone entertained.

Midwest Dueling Pianos was originally scheduled to preform on June 11 but was cancelled due to weather. The concert has been rescheduled for July 23, from 6:30-8 PM, at Kalk Park. 

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Glencoe Park District Mourns Loss of Former Director

Monday, July 07, 2014

Glencoe Park District’s longtime Executive Director Rodney Aiken, who retired on June 30, 2009 after 18 years with Glencoe Park District, and a total of 32 years in the parks and recreation field, passed away on July 3, 2014. Born April 4, 1950 in Naperville, IL the son of Shirley Ramsdell and the late Lawrence Aiken.
Rod was the beloved husband of Lynn, loving father of Andrea (Ed) Chacon, Rebecca McClure and Andrew (Holly) McClure, cherished grandfather of Eddie, Ethan, and Landon Chacon, and dear brother of Kim (Micky) Aiken.

Aiken contributed not only to program development throughout his time in Glencoe, but also to the updating and re-development of the Park District infrastructure.  Many parks and facilities were renovated, including Friends Park in 1995, Lakefront Park along Glencoe Beach in 1997, Shelton Park in 2006, and a substantial Watts Center renovation in 2001.  One of the largest achievements occurred when the Park Board and School District #35 Board approved a land exchange at no cost to Glencoe families, through which the title of the former North School was transferred to the Park District. 

The Community Center renovation, spearheaded by Aiken and completed in 2008, was a major project and milestone for the Glencoe community. The project began in the mid 1990’s and included years of planning, research, and community focus groups, which concluded with a very successful referendum.  Today, the Community Center is a beautiful landmark in Glencoe that retained its historic integrity with tasteful touches of modern architecture and aesthetics.

“I had the privilege to be on the Board that hired Rod,” states Park Board President Hilary Lee.  “I feel very lucky to have been a part of Rod's tenure.  I will miss his amazing calmness and his incredibly upbeat outlook on life.”

Aiken’s career in parks and recreation started as a teenager.  He thrived and enjoyed recreation programs as a child, and began working at a local YMCA throughout high school.  This led to the declaration of a Parks and Recreation Administration major in college, and graduating with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field.  Aiken served the Elmhurst Park District for two years as Recreation Supervisor, then as Recreation Center Director.  He later joined the Palatine Park District for nine years as the Superintendent of Recreation.  During his career, Rod was a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.

"Rod Aiken led the Glencoe Park District during a time of explosive growth in facilities, programs, and attendance by Glencoe residents. He cared about this community and served it well,” said Commissioner Robert Kimble. “He was also a good friend. My wife, Peggy, and I always cherished time with Rod. He was both thoughtful and fun. We had great conversations. We will miss him.  Our thoughts are with Lynn and the other members of his family."

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation Leadership Academy, 536 East Ave, La Grange, IL 60525 or the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, P.O. Box 617, Douglas, MI 49406.

A celebration of Rod's life will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Glencoe Community Center, 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Arrangements entrusted to: Friedrich-Jones Funder Home & Cremation Services, 44 South Mill St, Naperville, IL 60540. 

July 4th Fun Run Results

Monday, July 07, 2014

Congratulations to all of the runners who completed Glencoe's 4th of July Fun Run.

  • Women’s 18 & Up:  Stephanie Pappadis-Corrado (15:24)
  • Men’s 18 & Up: Miles Keleher (12:58)
  • Girls 17 & Under: Cara Keleher (13:05)
  • Boys 17 & Under: Quincy Tichenor (12:42)

   

Glencoe's 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

July 4th is a great time to get together with family, friends and neighbors. In Glencoe, residents of all ages can take part in a full day of festivities on Friday, July 4.

  • 8 AM: 2-Mile Rotary Fun Run (Starts at the Train Station)
  • 10 AM: Village Art Fair (Wyman Green)
  • 10 AM: Preschool and Family Games (Kalk Park)
  • 12 PM: Glencoe's Got Talent (Kalk Park)
  • 2 PM: July 4th Village Parade (Starts at Central School)
  • 4 PM: Concessions by Red Hen (Lakefront Park)
  • 4:30 PM: Old-fashioned Games (Lakefront Park)
  • 5:30 PM: Park and Ride to Lakefront Park starts (Village and Train parking lots)
  • 6 PM: Music by Shout Out (Lakefront Park)
  • 9 PM: Fireworks Start (Lakefront Park; Rain Date July 5)
The day will kick off at 8 AM with the annual 2-Mile Fun Run, which is co-sponsored/organized by the Glencoe Rotary Club. The run starts at the Glencoe train depot and twists throughout town. Residents do not need to pre-register to participate; just show up ready to run!

Family Games follow at Kalk Park from 10 AM to 12 PM. Preschool-aged children will enjoy games like the Duck Splash, Bozo Buckets, Bean Bag Ring Toss, Bowling and Spray Bottles. Slightly older children can participate in games like Crazy Water Cup Relay, Balloon Relay, Mummy Wrap, Eating Races, and Egg Toss.

The Village of Glencoe’s Art Fair at Wyman Green will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM. Local vendors and artists display their work at booths stretched across the green. This event is always a nice highlight for adults, as residents eagerly look forward to browsing the unique art pieces. 

Do you have a special talent you would like to share with your friends and neighbors? If so, you need to be part of Glencoe's Got Talent at 12 PM at Kalk Park! The sixth annual talent show will feature performers of all ages and talents, including singers, musicians, and dancers. Please fill out an entry form and drop it off either at Village Hall, the Glencoe Public Library, or the Takiff Center. Admission is free and open to all; the deadline for registration is June 30 by 5 PM.

The annual July 4th Parade takes place at 2 PM, which showcases Glencoe families, neighborhoods, camp groups, and local organizations. All residents have the opportunity to participate. If your group is interested, meet at Central School (620 Greenwood) to line up for this one-of-a-kind small town parade, which follows a neighborhood route through downtown Glencoe.

At 5:30 PM, Glencoe residents and non-residents can take advantage of the Park & Ride to the Lakefront Park. Families can park at either the Village lot or train lot and take the free bus shuttle to Lakefront Park. Throughout the evening, food will be available for purchase from Red Hen at Lakefront Park.
 
With a repertoire of songs from the 50s to today's Top 40, the band Shout Out will kick off festivities at 6 PM at Lakefront Park. Shout Out's fun mix of music will get you dancing like there's no tomorrow. 

To cap off the July 4th festivities, a spectacular fireworks show will be launched from the sand at 9 PM. You can watch the enhanced show at Lakefront Park! Please note, due to recent storms, the ground may be muddy. Wear appropriate shoes, bring bug spray, and bring tarps/chairs to enjoy the show! 

PLEASE NOTE: As a safety precaution, Glencoe Beach will be CLOSED on July 4 in order to prepare for the fireworks show. Glencoe Beach tokens will be honored at Maple Avenue and Elder Lane beaches in Winnetka. Glencoe Park District residents without tokens will be assessed the Winnetka Park District resident rate ($5) with proof of residency required. All non-resident guests will be required to pay the non-resident fee ($10).

 The following street closures are in effect from July 3 at 10:00 PM through July 5 at 6:00 AM:
  • Hazel and Park Avenue (up to Longwood) 
  • Longwood (between Hazel and Park Avenue)

 There will be no parking on any of Hazel and Park Avenue on July 4. Other parking restrictions may be posted by the Village of Glencoe.

Summer Glencoe Quarterly

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The spring issue of Glencoe's community newsletter, The Glencoe Quarterly, is now available! Inside, you'll find details about the Master Planning process, Fourth of July Fireworks, and Resident Rates at Neighboring Pools, as well as details about special events.


Click here to read the latest news from the Park District, Village of Glencoe, Family Services of Glencoe, and School District 35 online now, or watch your mailbox for delivery.

Follow us to fun!

Monday, June 09, 2014

With a focus on "No Child Left Inside," we're organizing free activities for families to enjoy at Glencoe parks.  Keep reading to find out where Park-n-Play will be each week and what fun activities we have planned!

Each Park-n-Play event will take place from 6:30-7:30 PM on Thursday evenings.

  • June 12: Finding Nature at Friends Park (Vernon Avenue and Tudor Court): Make your own pet rock, go on a nature walk, and create an art project with objects found in the park!
  • June 19: Painting Party at Kalk Park (Park Avenue and Green Bay Road): Guest artist Rino Libertore will lead a fun painting project at the park. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy!
  • June 26: Creative Movement at Watts Park (305 Randolph Street): Learn the moves to all the popular songs as Chicago Loves Dance instructors lead a park-wide dance party! Be sure to wear gym shoes!
  • July 10: Shelton Park TBD
  • July 17: Lincoln Drive and Old Green Bay Road TBD
  • July 24: Woodlawn Park TBD
  • July 31: Veteran's Memorial Park TBD
  • August 7: West Park TB


In the event of rain, Park-n-Play will be canceled.

Broadway Bound Presents Peter Pan, Jr.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

Glencoe Park District and HUF's Broadway Bound students will perform Disney's Peter Pan Jr., a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up!

Reserved seating tickets are now available for all four shows; click on the links below to purchase tickets. All the performances will take place at the Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka). 

Ticket Information: Please print tickets and bring to the appropriate show for admission. No refunds will be issued. Tickets are non transferable. Ticket prices increase at the day of the performance and will only be available for general seating in the last four rows.


Spring Egg Event Photos

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came to our Spring Egg events on Saturday, April 19. Be sure to check out our photos from the Spring Egg Hunt and Biscuits, Bones and Bunnies Hound Hunt on Facebook.

Share Your Ideas. Be Heard.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Re|creation is Glencoe Park District's community-based comprehensive planning process. This site is your portal to discuss ideas about improving your parks, programs, & facilities! Glencoe Park District's leaders are using Re|creation to formulate the District's ten-year Master Plan. 

For example, we like to think our parks are the best in Chicagoland, but we know there is always room for improvement! Is there something we don't have that you'd like to see added to our district? Did you recently fall in love with playing pickle ball and would like to see a court added to our parks? Or what about a place to take that canine friend of yours to play? Use Re|creation to pin where you want your new amenity added and tell us a little about how this new amenity would make our district better!

Share your comments below or visit www.glencoeparksconnect.com to submit your ideas.

Real-Time Registration Starts April 9

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Real-Time Registration for Spring/Summer programs will start at 6:30 AM on Wednesday, April 9. Real-Time Registration allows you to register for programs on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Instead of waiting for the program lottery, your registration will be confirmed immediately. 

Online registration is the BEST way to ensure your spot. It is also the fastest and most convenient way to register. However, you can still register in person, by mail, or by fax.  

In order to ensure your spot in our spring/summer programs, we suggest you set up your household account immediately. That way, on April 9, you can log in, click on the class you want, submit your registration payment, and receive confirmation immediately. 

If you have any questions, call us at (847) 835-3030.

Read the Spring Issue of Glencoe Quarterly!

Monday, March 03, 2014

The spring issue of Glencoe's community newsletter, The Glencoe Quarterly, is now available! Inside, you'll find details about Real Time Registration, Broadway Bound performances, the Master Planning process, and an update on Fourth of July Fireworks, as well as details about special events.

Click here to read the latest news from the Park District, Village of Glencoe, Family Services of Glencoe, and School District 35 online now, or watch your mailbox for delivery.

Dance 2XCEL Wins First Place!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Glencoe's new Dance 2XCEL competitive dance team took first place at the Second Annual Wilmette Dance of Stars on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Wilmette Dance of Stars was the first competition for the new Dance 2XCEL team, which formed earlier this year.

Glencoe's Dance 2XCEL team is composed of dancers age 11-14 who auditioned for the team. The team meets each week; training is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and hip hop taught at the advanced level by Jessica Deahr.

For more information about the Glencoe Park District dance program, send an email to huf99@aol.com.

Programs Return to Normal Schedule

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

All Park District programs will return to the normal schedule on Wednesday, January 29. 

To read our general closing guidelines, please click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (847) 835-3030.

January 28 Weather Closings/Cancellations

Monday, January 27, 2014

Due to the extreme weather conditions expected on Tuesday, January 28, most programs are cancelled. The following programs will take place tomorrow:
  • Children's Circle 
  • Before and After-School Adventures full-day program 
  • Adult Fitness Classes 
  • First and Second Grade Basketball Clinics 
  • SNAG Golf 
  • Karate
  • Open Gym (10 AM-3 PM)
All other park district programs are cancelled (including ELC, GJK, and preschool/kindergarten/youth enrichments). Watts Ice Center will be closed all day; the Takiff Center will close at 6:30 PM.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.glencoeparkdistrict.com or call our weather hotline at (847) 835-7720. 
  
The Glencoe Park District makes every attempt to open its facilities and operate programs when doing so does not pose a risk to participants and employees. 
 
However, the ultimate decision to attend a program during inclement weather belongs to the participant, who needs to determine if it is safe to travel to and from a program.
 
To read our general closing guidelines, please click here.

January 27 Weather Closings/Cancellations

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Due to the extreme weather conditions expected on Monday, January 27, the Glencoe Park District has made the following decisions: 

  • Early Learning Center (ELC) and Glencoe Junior Kindergarten (GJK) classes are canceled. 
  • Children's Circle will be open normal business hours (7 AM-6:30 PM)
  • Before and After-School Adventures participants will be offered a full-day program, from 7 AM-6:30 PM, in Room 230 at the Takiff Center (please note, the program will not take place at Watts). 
  • The Takiff Center will be open until 6:30 PM. 
    • Hatha Yoga (9:15-10:15 AM) will take place
    • Open Gym will be offered (10 AM- 3 PM) with an attendant.
    • All other park district programs are canceled. 
  • Watts Ice Center rinks will be closed.  
For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.glencoeparkdistrict.com or call our weather hotline at (847) 835-7720. 
  
The Glencoe Park District makes every attempt to open its facilities and operate programs when doing so does not pose a risk to participants and employees. 
 
However, the ultimate decision to attend a program during inclement weather belongs to the participant, who needs to determine if it is safe to travel to and from a program.
 
To read our general closing guidelines, please click here

Update on Fourth of July Fireworks

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Changes to the U.S. Coast Guard regulations on fireworks over open bodies of water forced the Park District Board of Commissioners to make a tough decision at the January 21 regular meeting.

“Our tradition of shooting fireworks off of a barge in Lake Michigan cannot continue under new U.S. Coast Guard regulations,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director of the Glencoe Park District. “Unfortunately, the barges that meet the regulations will not be available for Glencoe’s Fourth of July fireworks display.”

Water depth, distance from shore, size of the barge, and fallout zones for the fireworks display are all factors dictated by the Coast Guard law. Any barge on open water must have an ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) certification; only two ABS barges are in the Chicago area, which puts them in high demand.   Firework displays in Chicago utilize the Chicago River and do not need to follow the open water requirements set forth by the Coast Guard.

Staff from the Glencoe Park District, the Village of Glencoe, and Melrose Pyrotechnics met at the beginning of the month to look for alternative locations for fireworks in Glencoe. Professional fireworks displays require a fallout zone with a minimum radius of 350 feet. The fallout zone must be clear of people while the show is set up and executed (approximately 10 AM to 10 PM).

Potential locations included Watts Park, Kalk Park, the Takiff Center, and the Glencoe Boating Beach. All of the area parks were eliminated due to the proximity of residential homes located within the required fallout zone. The group also examined the Glencoe Golf Course, but traffic accessibility, safety concerns, and course damage eliminated it as a possibility.

Shooting fireworks from the Glencoe Bathing Beach was deemed the safest option, but it is not without pitfalls: in order to set off fireworks from the beach, Glencoe Beach will need to be closed on July 4 for the entire day and the Boating Beach will be open limited hours. Spectators will be able to watch the show from Lakefront Park.

“We investigated every option. In this land-locked community, we really had one choice: cancel the fireworks or provide a safe show by closing the beach for the day,” said Bob Kimble, President of the Board of Commissioners. “There is no perfect solution.”

The Board agreed 4-0 (Andre Lerman abstained) to set the fireworks off on Glencoe Beach on July 4th.

“There is a silver lining. Instead of paying for a barge, we have an opportunity to enhance our fireworks display and the events leading up to the show,” said Sheppard.

Historically, the Patriotic Days Committee has contributed to the overall success of the day. Ninety percent of the costs associated with the Fourth of July are subsidized by the Glencoe Park District. Last year, the Village of Glencoe contributed $4,000 and provided Public Safety in-kind support. The Glencoe Park District and the Village of Glencoe work together on planning, staffing, and logistics associated with the Fourth of July.

The Park District and Village are forming a new planning committee to enhance Glencoe’s celebration. If you would like to join the steering committee, please contact the Park District at (847) 835-3030 or info@glencoeparkdistrict.com

January 7 Weather Closings/Cancellations

Monday, January 06, 2014

Due to the extreme weather conditions expected on Tuesday, January 7, the Glencoe Park District has made the following decisions: 
  • Children's Circle Full Day Preschool and Before/After-School Adventures will be open normal business hours (7 AM-6:30 PM)
  • Early Learning Center (ELC) and Glencoe Junior Kindergarten (GJK) preschools and all other early childhood and youth classes are canceled unless indicated below.  
  • The Takiff Center Registration Office/Main Entrance will be open until 7 PM. 
    • All fitness classes will take place as scheduled
    • Open Gym will be offered (10 AM- 3 PM)
    • Dog Obedience is cancelled
    • Hand Build & Wheel Throwing is cancelled
    • All House League basketball practices are cancelled (at District 35 and Takiff Center)
    • Broadway Bound is on as scheduled (3:45-5:30 PM)
    • Youth Basketball Clinic is on as scheduled (5-6 PM) 
    • Adult and Child Karate classes are on as scheduled (4:15-6:30 PM)
  • All GPD programs at District 35 facilities are cancelled
  • Watts Ice Center rinks will be closed. 
At 3 PM, we will re-evaluate weather, road conditions, and school availability to determine if programs scheduled after 5 PM will be held. Additional cancellations will be posted on our website (www.glencoeparkdistrict.com) and on our weather hotline (847-835-7720). 
  
The Glencoe Park District makes every attempt to open its facilities and operate programs when doing so does not pose a risk to participants and employees. However, the ultimate decision to attend a program during inclement weather belongs to the participant, who needs to determine if it is safe to travel to and from a program.
 
To read our general closing guidelines, please click here


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (847) 835-3030.

January 6 Weather Closings/Cancellations

Monday, January 06, 2014

Due to the extreme weather conditions expected on Monday, January 6, the Glencoe Park District has made the following decisions: 
  • All scheduled classes at Takiff Center are cancelled for the remainder of the day
  • All GPD programs at District 35 facilities are cancelled for the day
  • Watts Outdoor Ice Center is closed today.
  • Registration office/main entrance at Takiff will close at 3 PM today.
  • Open Gym at Takiff Center will be from 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Children Circle and Before and After-school Adventures are operating on their normal schedule.

Please use your best judgement when choosing to travel to or participate in any program during inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm!
 
 
For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.glencoeparkdistrict.com or call our weather hotline at (847) 835-7720. 
  

The Glencoe Park District makes every attempt to open its facilities and operate programs when doing so does not pose a risk to participants and employees. 

 

To read our general closing guidelines, please click here


If you have any questions or concerns, please call (847) 835-3030.

Camp Registration Now Open

Friday, December 20, 2013

Register by January 31 to save 10%!

Glencoe Park District staff is looking forward to another great season of summer camp! This year brings back many of your favorite activities, special events, and field trips, as well as some exciting improvements, including:
  • A brand-new Nature Exploration Camp
  • All camps now offer 8-week, 4-week and 2-week session options
  • Catered lunch service for Panda and Koala Bears, Kinder Korner, Sun Fun, Camp Adventure, Action Quest, and CITs
  • Fun new adventures, field trips, and games
See the full camp descriptions for more exciting details!

Santa's Calling!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Want a holiday treat for your little boy or girl? Have your child receive a special call from Santa Claus himself!

Elves from the Glencoe Park District are working with the North Pole to coordinate free phone calls to children in the 847 area code* on Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19. To talk to Santa, fill out the form here and return it to the Park District by 5 PM on December 13.

*Local calls only!

Winter Glencoe Quarterly Now in Your Mailbox!

Monday, December 02, 2013

The winter issue of Glencoe's community newsletter, The Glencoe Quarterly, is now available! Inside, you'll find details about Watts Ice Center, preschool registration, new summer camps, as well as details about special events.

Click here to read the latest news from the Park District, Village of Glencoe, and School District 35 online now, or watch your mailbox for delivery.





Give Us Your Best Shot!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Are you a budding photographer? Enter our Best Shot contest and your photo could be featured in future Glencoe Park District brochures!  

Your photo submission MUST be taken at a Glencoe Park District park, facility, event, or program. There is no limit on the number of submissions per photographer. Photos must be accompanied by a location or event where the photo was taken, date photo was taken, photographer’s age, name, address, phone number and email. Photos may be sent to info@glencoeparkdistrict.com or 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. 

Read the Watts Ice Center Guide Online!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Watts Ice Center Guide will be in your mailbox this weekend! Inside, you'll find details about hockey and ice skating programs, as well as details about public skating hours, season passes, and rink rentals. Click here to read it online!







Now Accepting Applications for Glencoe Park District Beach & Lakefront Advisory Group

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Glencoe Park District Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group is a representative sounding board that provides valued input and overall oversight of the Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Park. The Advisory Group’s primary purpose is to ensure beach programs and operations best serve the needs of the Glencoe community and beach patrons.

The group serves in an advisory capacity to Park District Staff and provides input to the Park Board in the following three areas:

1) Programming and operations at Glencoe Beach, Perlman Sailing Beach and Lakefront Park, which includes parks, beaches and indoor facilities,
2) Natural environment, which includes landscape character, ecology, and water (lake and park),
3) Built environment, which includes roads, parking, trails, and structures.

The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners formally authorized the creation of the Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group at its regular board meeting on October 18, 2011.  The group consists of a limited number of volunteers, representing a cross section of patrons and members of the community who have an interest in Glencoe Beach and Lakefront Park. The group meets approximately four times per year, with weekday evening meetings that last 60-90 minutes.  The Advisory Group reviews annual operational plans, policies, and long-range plans related to the Glencoe Park District Beach and Lakefront Park.

The Park Board is looking for volunteers to be considered for appointment to a two-year term on the Glencoe Park District Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group.  If you are interested, please fill out the application by November 29, 2013 and send to alerman@glencoeparkdistrict.com.  E-mail inquiries and general questions regarding the Glencoe Park District Beach and Lakefront Advisory Group are also welcome.

More Information

NEW! Membership Passes at Watts

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watts Center skating and hockey passes go on sale November 4. 

This year, our new software system replaced the traditional ice “tokens” with membership passes. As a result, each pass holder will receive a swipe card to use for admission. Membership passes must be presented each time you skate at Watts. Hockey pass information will be stored on the same swipe card.

The Watts ice rinks will open November 29. On opening day, you can skate for a cause! Between 6-8 PM, your admission fee ($10/person) helps to further the good work of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. 

Halloween Celebrations at Glencoe Park District

Friday, October 11, 2013

Ghosts and goblins, oh my! We're celebrating Halloween BIG this year, with fun events to get you in the spirit!
  
The celebration starts with the Great Pumpkin Day, one of the best community events in Glencoe. Food, games, and, of course, pumpkins will be a part of the day.
  
BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) to our Pumpkin Decorating Party! We're playing Halloween music, serving hot dogs, and providing everything you need to make the perfect pumpkin. And, we'll take care of the gooey clean-up!
  
Finally, our annual Halloween Party is the perfect place for little ones to debut their fabulous costumes! Bring a trick-or-treat bag and get ready for a night filled with carnival games, crafts, entertainment, and pizza. Admission wristbands are now available to purchase at the Takiff Center. 
  

Friends Park Dedication

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to the Friends Park Dedication on Thursday, September 12. Below is a summary of the remarks made during the dedication. 

The park is the result of the work of many people. It started with the vision of the Board of Commissioners, who saw this space as an opportunity to re-imagine what a park could be. Together, present and previous Commissioners spent countless hours listening to community feedback and debating design ideas. Thank you to Commissioners Bob Kimble, Hilary Lee, Steve Gaines, Andre Lerman, and Seth Palatnik, as well as previous commissioners  Maxine Retsky and Trent Cornell.

Friends Park is the product of hours of hard work, led by our Executive Director Lisa Sheppard, Director of Parks Rick Bold and Director of Facilities Steve Nagle, Director of Finance/Human Resources Carol Mensinger, and Director of Recreation Cheryl Declerck, as well as our architectural consultants Ben Kutsheid and Miranda Lovato. Special thanks to our fantastic parks team and the crew from Hacienda Landscaping, who spent the summer creating a beautiful park for Glencoe to enjoy.

Throughout the project, the support of a number of organizations made this day possible. Thank you to the Village of Glencoe, Glencoe schools, the Writers Theater, the Woman’s Library Club, and all our friends of Friends Park.

Our team also received wonderful feedback from you, our friends and neighbors. You shared your ideas by responding to surveys, participating in focus groups, sending us emails, calling us, coming to board meetings, and even visiting us in person. It was your passion that drove us to build a space that is accessible to every age and ability. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and help make Friends Park a community destination. 

Throughout the years, Friends Park has been the place for kids to meet their friends and make new friends. A spot for parents to talk to neighbors and develop friendships with strangers. The park’s location has become a symbol of friendship and the bond the community shares.

Eighteen years ago, a group of citizens, Village trustees, and Park District officials came together to build Friends Park. They spearheaded a fundraising campaign and worked together to build a place for the community to gather. We continue to honor the great Glencoe tradition those individuals started in 1995 by keeping the original dedication plaque here today. 

Today’s Friends Park is a continuation of the great work those individuals started in 1995, carried on for the next generation of Glencoe residents.

In rebuilding Friends Park, we wanted to advance the same spirit of friendship invoked in the original dedication.  We believe the new Friends Park connects the residents, of all ages and abilities, to the community.

A few weeks ago, six year old Ari Rosen said, “Mom, I’m so excited for Friends Park to open! I can’t wait to play at the park with my sister!” While this may not seem like a big deal to many people, Ari’s older sister Hayden is restricted to a wheelchair. They have never been able to play on a playground together. 

When designing Friends Park, our team put a lot of care and thought into making sure it was a place that ALL kids could enjoy. The poured-in place surface and ramps on the play pieces gives wheelchair access to most of the equipment. We included a Sway Fun attraction, a play pieced designed for kids with and without special needs to play on together. Bright colors were used to help with vision issues and inspire imagination.  Little things, like the interactive panels, accessible swings and reachable drinking fountain makes Friends Park a welcoming place for people of all abilities and ages. 

Today we are honoring Noel Jay Mirasol, a man who was a dedicated Glencoe volunteer and passionate about cycling, swimming, and photography. His lifelong career with IBM was second to the importance he placed on family and friends. Jay would have loved the community atmosphere found at Friends Park today. Jay’s  wife, Kendra, and children, Nicholas and Alexandra, generously gifted the Glencoe Park District with a fountain in his memory.

We are also honoring Esther and Jack Michlin, Glencoe residents for over 64 years, with a bench. The bench was a surprise from their dear friends, Arlene and Keith Bronstein and family. Thank you.

Finally, we are honoring the service, commitment and stewardship of previous park district commissioners Maxine Retsky and Trent Cornell. Thank you for your service.

The spirit of friendship is alive and well at Friends Park, from the partners and advocates who helped move the project forward to the strangers who are now becoming friends by visiting the park.

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the Glencoe Park District, we are pleased to welcome you to Friends Park. 


Read the Fall Glencoe Quarterly Online!

Read the Fall Glencoe Quarterly Online!Friday, August 30, 2013

The fall issue of Glencoe's new consolidated community newsletter, The Glencoe Quarterly, is now available! Inside, you'll find details about the Friends Park Dedication, the Park District's Before/After School programs, as well as details about our Spook-tacular Halloween celebration.

Click here to read the latest news from the Park District, Village of Glencoe, and School District 35 online now, or watch your mailbox for delivery.

Friends Park Dedication

Friday, August 02, 2013

Friends Park is almost ready for visitors! Join us for the Park Dedication on Thursday, September 12 at 6 PM. The evening will include fun and games for the entire family to enjoy!


When completed, Glencoe's newest playground will feature a large, 5-12 year old playground structure with slides and climbing areas, a boat-themed structure for 2-5 year olds, a new surface, 9 swings, a Sway Fun, a Super Nova, a Rock n' Cross and a rope mountain climbing structure, as well as expanded seating and a new water fountain with a bottle filler station and pet-level bowl.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Important Information

Anyone may request information from the Glencoe Park District by postal mail, electronic-mail or in writing.

The Glencoe Park District Freedom of Information Act Officer:

Jenny Runkel, Administrative Assistant
999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
jrunkel@glencoeparkdistrict.com
(847) 835-7531

Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director
lsheppard@glencoeparkdistrict.com


Compliance with Public Act 97-0609

July 15, 2014
Pursuant to Public Act 97-0609 (5 ILCS 120/7.3), this document represents applicable employee compensation.