News and Announcements

Glencoe Beach Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Phase 4 Restore Illinois Info

Our most common questions about the beach are answered here - updated July 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Our most frequently asked questions about Glencoe Beach and our policies are compiled and answered with updated information after Illinois moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. 

Unplug & Play with Us on Saturday, July 11

Chalk Art Contest Being Held at Takiff!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On Saturday, July 11, the Glencoe Park District will participate in Illinois’ Unplug & Play campaign! This one-day event is held to encourage Glencoe residents to ditch their electronic devices and plug into fun and activities available at the Park District.


The Glencoe Park District is hosting a chalk art contest from 10 AM-12 PM in Takiff’s back parking lot. Participants will be encouraged to illustrate how they unplug – with exercise, books, walks, playing in parks, or however they find happiness away from electronics! All contestants’ drawings will be photographed, with the winner selected via a Facebook poll and awarded a Park District swag bag! Click HERE to sign up to attend!

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Changes: Playgrounds and Sprayground Open!

Friday, June 26, 2020

The State of Illinois has allowed the Park District to open playgrounds. The parks team will be out early Saturday, June 27, removing barriers throughout the day. 

The Takiff registration desk will open on Monday, July 6 for walk-in service. Visitors who enter the building are required to wear a face covering and maintain a 6 ft. distance from others. The Glencoe Fitness Center in Takiff will also open on July 6 with some modifications and new safety protocols, including requiring reservations to work out. 


The Glencoe Fitness Center in Takiff will also open on July 6 with some modifications and new safety protocols, including requiring reservations to work out.  

Registration is Open for July's In-Person and Virtual Classes, Clinics, and Programs!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Registration for July programs begins Friday, June June 26! We have in-person classes for kids and adults, as well as virtual programs planned. Non-residents may register on Monday, June 29 at 7 AM.

Half-Day, Multi-Sports Programs Offered for Kids Ages 5-11

Registration Now Open for These Weekly Sessions!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Half-Day, Multi-Sports Programs Offered for Kids Ages 5-11
Keep your child active and happy this summer with new sports and games programs at Watts! We are now offering a Summer Sports Trac Monday-Thursday from 9 AM-12 PM.

Village of Glencoe & Glencoe Park District Partner to Provide 4th of July Fun

Vehicle Parade, House Decorating Challenge, Virtual Glencoe's Got Talent, and Rotary Fun Run Planned

Friday, June 12, 2020
The Village of Glencoe and Glencoe Park District have partnered to provide fun, socially distant Independence Day activities after the unfortunate cancellation of Glencoe’s traditional 4th of July celebrations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Glencoe’s new events for Saturday, July 4 include a Village and Park District vehicle parade, a patriotic house decorating challenge, a virtual Glencoe’s Got Talent and a Rotary Fun Run.

Basketball Courts Now Open: Please Follow Our Safety Protocols

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Our basketball courts are now open, but players will need to follow guidelines: 

  • ⁠Team play is not permitted. Practice your shooting, dribbling, and ball-handling skills.⁠

  • Focus on individual skill building vs. competition.⁠

  • Social distance when possible.⁠

  • Group play should be limited to members of the same household. ⁠

  • Sharing equipment is not recommended.⁠

  • Please exercise good decision-making. If organized group play takes place, courts may be closed.⁠


Access to Water Allowed at Glencoe Beach; Additional Beach Safety Protocols Outlined

Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines Followed

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Since the State has moved to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, the Glencoe Park District will open the beach to swimming this Friday, June 5, subject to suitable water quality. Access to the beach between 9 AM to 9 PM is limited to beach season passholders. 

Registration Now Open for June's In-Person and Virtual Programs

June Program Brochure Available; Safety Protocols in Place

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Registration for June programs is open! We have in-person classes for kids and adults, as well as virtual programs planned. Click HERE to view the PDF of our June programming brochure! Each class title is linked to our registration site.

Stay @ Home 5K Race Results

Monday, June 1, 2020

Below are the finishers of the Glencoe Park District's Stay @ Home 5K! Congratulations to all of our finishers!

  • Adrian Johnson Glencoe,IL 17:13
  • Barbara Lincoln Glencoe,IL 26:26
  • Michael Rakitan Chicago, IL 30:16
  • Kerry DeWitt Glencoe,IL 31:00
  • Betsy Thelen Glencoe,IL 32:50
  • Pamela Patinkin Glencoe,IL 36:21
  • Seth Patinkin Glencoe,IL 38:43
  • Jeff Brown Glencoe,IL 51:00
  • Kim Brown Glencoe,IL 51:00



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