Glencoe Park District awarded prestigious Grand Plaque during 2019 NRPA Annual Conference
Months of preparation and commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation has paid off for Glencoe Park District. They have been awarded the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), awarded this honor to Glencoe Park District live during the Opening General Session at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
Public to view from Lakefront Park
At their September 17 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to continue fireworks on July 4 at Lakefront Park.
Prior to the meeting, a community survey was shared via email and social media with residents. 546 people responded to the survey. For survey results and comments, please click here.
On September 14, 2019, 356 Glencoe kids completed The Great Mud Run. The 2K course included 12 obstacles, including two new challenges, at Watts Park. For complete results, click here.
July 3 at Glencoe Beach or July 4 at Lakefront Park?
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking community feedback about changing the Independence Day fireworks to July 3. If approved, Independence Day fireworks would be shot from a barge on July 3 and viewing would once again be on the sand at Glencoe Beach. This would also mean Glencoe Beach would be open on July 3 and 4. If you would like a voice in the decision, please complete the survey
by September 12.
Bike path grants will support development and land acquisition for bike trails in seven counties
Governor JB Pritzker today announced $2.6 million in grants for 16 local projects that will help communities acquire, develop and improve bike path facilities throughout Illinois. Funds for the Bicycle Path Grant Program, administered by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), are for the acquisition of land or development of facilities for bicycle paths. The Bicycle Path Grant Program was approved by the Illinois General Assembly in 1989 and funding comes from a percentage of motor vehicle title fees. The program provides a maximum grant award of $200,000 per application for development projects, with no maximum grant award for acquisition projects. Glencoe Park District was awarded $200,000 for Connect Glencoe, a .53-mile trail that will connect five separate parks to the larger 9-mile Green Bay Trail that links four villages.
Online registration for fall programs starts at 7 am on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Non-resident registration starts Monday, August 5 at 9 am.
New Water Safety and Recreation Pilot Program
After the deadliest year on the Great Lakes, the Glencoe Park District launched Beach S.A.F.E. (Sailing & Aquatics for Everyone) on July 15 to introduce water safety in a fun and informative way.
“Seventeen people have drowned in Lake Michigan this year and 775 Great Lakes drownings have occurred since 2010. As a public beach, it is our responsibility to provide the Chicagoland community with resources to reduce risks on Lake Michigan,” said Matt Walker, Glencoe Beach Facility Manager.
Wondering about coastal erosion and why our beaches are disappearing?
Get the inside scoop to find out what's being done and what you can do! Come join the Illinois Sand Management Working Group for a night of learning and discussion at the Evanston Ecology Center to learn from our expert panelists on coastline erosion and community-level resilience.
More activities, events, and fireworks!
To make the 2019 4th of July festivities worthy of Glencoe’s 150th birthday celebration, the Glencoe Park District partnered with the Village of Glencoe to make this awesome annual event even bigger and better. In addition to your Fourth of July favorites like the Rotary Fun Run and Glencoe’s Got Talent, we are expanding the Parade route so that participants and on-lookers alike end at Lakefront Park. Once there, the Party in the Park will start right away, with beer and wine sales, live music, guaranteed food trucks, bounce houses, a dunk tank, minute-to-win-it contests and more. The evening will round out with a performance by the Blooze Brothers followed by a special Sesquicentennial fireworks show!
FREE! This summer, join us three times a week for 30 minutes of movement! Walk, run, or roll down the outdoor path with your friends and family members. We’ll provide the music and track your progress.