News and Announcements

Glencoe Park District Closure

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On Tuesday, January 29, Governor Pritzker issued a Declaration of Disaster for the state of Illinois due to the extreme weather conditions and cold temperatures. Due to this state-declared emergency, all Park District facilities and programs will close at 6:30 pm on January 29 and will not reopen until noon on Thursday, January 31. 

Skating at Watts Ice Center will close at 2 pm on January 29, but Kids Club will remain open until 6:30 pm on January 29. All Park District programs at school district facilities that start after 6:30 pm on Tuesday are canceled, as well as all programs on Wednesday (including Children’s Circle and Early Learning Center preschool programs, Kids Club, after-school programs, basketball practice, all enrichments, open gym, skating, Glencoe Fitness, and fitness classes). Programs will not be rescheduled.

The following programs will resume at noon on Thursday, January 31:

  • Takiff Center (including Glencoe Fitness) will open at 12 pm

  • Children's Circle Full Day Preschool and Kids Club will be open 12 pm to 6:30 pm

  • Open Gym will be available 12 pm-5 pm

  • Watts Ice Center will open at 12 pm-5:15 pm for public skate

All other Thursday regularly scheduled programs will be canceled. We will continue to monitor the forecast over the next 48 hours and notify you of any additional schedule changes. Additional notifications will be communicated through the Park District homepage, email, and social media channels. If you would like text or mobile notifications, please subscribe to Takiff Center alerts here

 

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 lies belongs to the participant, who needs to determine if it is safe to travel to and from a program. If you have any questions, please call (847) 835-3030.

The Glencoe Village Hall will be open 24/7 as the designated warming center for anyone needing a warm place to stay. Stay warm and safe, and thank you for your patience.

Woodlawn Park Now Open

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Woodlawn Park, located at the corner of Green Bay Road and Woodlawn Avenue, is now open after renovation. Plant restoration and a new fence will be added to the park in the spring (after the ground thaws). The new park features a walking path, a giant swing bank, two racing zip lines, a Topsy Turny spinner, as well as a soaring play structure that reaches 10' in height with slides, play panels, and ramps. The entire park wraps around protected 100-year-old oak trees.

Parking Lot Phase 2 Construction Begins August 13

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On August 13, the Takiff Center will begin Phase II of the parking lot project. This phase will involve re-orienting the parking lot to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, pedestrians, and adults dropping off children. It also includes adding more bike racks and sidewalks, as well as solar-powered lights and a designated drop-off lane to lessen traffic back-ups on Green Bay Road.  

ADA Transition Plan Feedback

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At the February 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, Recreation Accessibility Consultants shared a comprehensive access audit of all Glencoe Park District parks and facilities. The audit specifically focuses on compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, which prohibits the government from discrimination on the basis of disability in the delivery of programs and services. Recreation Accessibility Consultants presented an updated ADA Transition Plan, designed to eliminate accessibility barriers at parks and facilities. For more than forty years, Glencoe Park District has shown its commitment to recreation for people of all abilities. Since 2015, Glencoe Park District has committed $461,500 to ADA implementation. The District plans to address the recommendations in the report to assure that the benefits of recreation remain available to all Glencoe residents, including those with disabilities.  

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