News and Announcements

Duke Park Now Open

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Duke Park is now open! Construction of the new playground, which is located near Lincoln and Crescent Drives, is now complete. The playground features an interactive water feature, a hand-crank train, and a 2-12 year old play area with a poured-in place safety surface. The hand-crank train cars will be added soon. The interactive water feature will open when the weather is warmer.

Duke Playground is part of the Connect Glencoe project, a half-mile walking path that links 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.

2020 In Review

A look back

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As 2020 comes to a close, here's a look back at the challenges and celebrations Glencoe Park District faced. We would like to thank the entire Board of Park Commissioners and Park District staff, for tirelessly working to meet our ever-changing goals this year. Our success is the result of a hard-working team, dedicated to bringing the very best service and amenities to the people of Glencoe. We are also successful because of the support of the Glencoe community. We would like to thank the Glencoe community for supporting the Park District by visiting the beach, walking in the parks, trusting us with the care of their children, skating at Watts, playing at our playgrounds, attending our special events, sharing our stories, and participating in our programs in spite of a pandemic.

Winter Registration January 5

Online resident registration starts at 7 PM

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We are excited to offer a wide variety of online and in-person programs this winter, beginning the week of January 18. 

In-person programs and activities offered will occur only as allowed by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)'s mitigation guidelines in place at the time. Each program description includes a plan if in-person classes are not allowed. 

Resident registration for winter programs will start at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 5. Non-resident registration will begin at 9 am on Friday, January 8. 

Travel Guidance

14 Day Quarantine Recommended Before Returning to Programs

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For those of you choosing to travel over break, we need your support to keep our program participants safe. The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.

Watts Ice Rinks Open Friday

Make a reservation before you visit!

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With the state's move to Tier 3, there are a number of new restrictions Watts users must follow. Most notably, advance reservations are now required for all visitors and our capacity is now limited to 25%. All season pass holders must make a reservation to enjoy Public Skate or Open Hockey. For more details on restrictions on passes and reservations, please visit our Watts FAQ page

District 35 Remote Learning Shift November 30-January 18

Kids Club Essential Enrichment Camp to Offer Full Day Care; Early Learning Center Preschool to offer Remote Learning

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District 35 administration and school board decided on November 19 to shift students to a full remote learning model November 30-January 15. 

Following the Tier 3 guidelines, the Glencoe Park District will continue to provide childcare for families enrolled in Children’s Circle and Kids Club Essential Enrichment Camp. The Early Learning Center (ELC) preschool will follow District’s 35 school schedule. Glencoe Park District will offer a virtual preschool program for ELC students November 30-January 18, including a 30-minute virtual circle time, take-home activities, and online specialty lessons. 

New Tier 3 Mitigations

Updated November 18, 2020

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The Governor announced that the state of Illinois will be moving into Tier 3 mitigations on Friday, November 20. The announcement includes an order to pause indoor recreation activities. 

Glencoe Park District program managers have contingency plans in place and will be contacting program participants by the end of the day with those plans. Updates will also be posted to our website as information becomes available. 

Tier 3 allows for essential childcare and preschool, which includes Children’s Circle, Early Learning Center, and Kids Club Camp, to continue to operate following guidelines supplied by DCFS and the IDPH

Outdoor activities, including skating at Watts ice rinks, will continue with limited capacity. The state’s guidelines, as it relates to general Park District operations, are  outlined here. 

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 [email protected] or (847) 835-3030.