News and Announcements

New Watts Waitlist

Opens at 7 PM October 29

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Thank you for your continued support of Watts Ice Center. Unfortunately, our season passes sold out before many of our neighbors were able to purchase a pass. We understand and share your frustrations with COVID-19 restrictions. 

Current state guidelines stipulate 50% capacity or 50 people or fewer at a facility. This equates to 50 people on the main rink and 25 people on the studio rink. 

Please know that the high demand for season passes caused us to re-evaluate and increase our public skate offerings. For this reason, we will re-open the waitlist on Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm. If passes are issued, it will be in the order they are received. There is no guarantee that anyone on the waitlist will get a season pass. We will continue to monitor restrictions and expand pass sales as appropriate. 

To adhere to the limited capacity, we are requiring pass holders to make a skate time slot reservation in advance. The reservation system is designed to provide confidence to our pass holders to know when and where they will be able to use their pass. For more details on restrictions on passes and reservations, please visit our Watts FAQ page.

If COVID-19 restrictions change, we will communicate how those changes affect your season pass, waitlist status, or the availability of more passes. 

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please contact us at or (847) 835-3030.

Watts Season Passes

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We’re pleased to open the Watts ice rinks on Friday, November 27. Before the season starts, we’d like to share with you the extra safety stipulations that will take place once the rink opens. Our goal is to create a safe and fun environment that follows the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our capacity at the rinks is limited. Therefore, access to the rinks will require the online purchase of a season pass. Season passes will go on sale at 9 AM on Friday, October 23 for Glencoe residents (passes for non-residents go on sale October 30).

November/December Classes Available Online October 14

Resident Registration Starts October 16

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The Glencoe Park District’s digital November/December Fall Program Guide of available classes will be available to view on Wednesday, October 14 after 2 PM. On Friday, October 16 at 10 AM, registration for residents will begin. Non-residents may sign up for classes on Monday, October 19 at 9 AM.

Board Approves General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds For Park Improvements

Bonds will help fund over $6 million in Park Improvements Over Next 3 Years

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On September 15, 2020, the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to issue $4,355,000 of General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds, Series 2020, for park improvements.


The bonds will be used to fund a variety of capital projects as part of its’ multi-year Master Plan. There are over $6 million in Master Plan projects that will need to be funded over the next 3-5 years, including necessary improvements to Lakefront Park/Glencoe Beach, Watts Center, the Park Maintenance Building, and park infrastructure, in order to maintain continuity in service levels.

Schuman Overlook Repairs

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The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved the commencement of repairs to the Schuman Overlook (the Park Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park). The project, which is slated to start in September, will repair the existing overlook wall and prevent further erosion to the soils at the base of the wall.

2020 Great Mud Run Canceled

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The Glencoe Park District has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Great Mud Run, planned for Saturday, September 12. After evaluating the feasibility of large gatherings this fall, it was determined that the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners, and spectators could not be guaranteed.

While we are unbelievably disappointed to cancel this much-loved Glencoe tradition, we hope you will mark your calendars for the 2021 Mud Run!

Construction Started on Duke Park

New Playground Now Under Construction

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On August 18, construction of the new Duke Park began. Located at the corner of Lincoln and Crescent Drive, the new playground will feature an interactive water feature, a hand-crank train, and a 2-12 year old play area with a poured-in place safety surface. Duke Playground is part of the Connect Glencoe project, a half-mile walking path that will link five parks between Maple Hill and Park Avenue. Along the path, new social spaces, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and new landscaping will be added. In addition to the new playground at Duke Park, the project also includes improvements to the Maple Hill pedestrian crossing and a revitalized Veteran’s Park plaza.

Connect Glencoe is primarily funded through grants and private donations.

Joint Glencoe Government Agencies Message: Mask Use

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the Village of Glencoe, Glencoe Park District, Glencoe Public Library and Glencoe District 35 have released critical public health information detailing simple, yet vital, steps that the entire Glencoe community can take to slow the spread of COVID-19. This public health guidance, rooted in scientific data released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), has reiterated the importance of wearing a face mask, washing our hands and keeping our distance from others.