News and Announcements

Governor Awards OSLAD Grant to Connect Glencoe Project

$400,000 Grant to Help Fund Trail Project

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Governor JB Pritzker announced $28.9 million in grants for 89 local projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois. The funding includes $400,000 in state monies for Duke Park, the new playground being built in conjunction with the Connect Glencoe trail at the corner of Lincoln Drive and Crescent Drive in Glencoe. 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Booth Cottage

Community Input Meeting Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm

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The Glencoe Park District working with the Glencoe Historical Society to help preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s Booth Cottage through a potential land lease of Park 7N (located at Maple Hill Road and Meadow Road). The Park Board would appreciate your input on the proposed agreement. Share your thoughts on the Booth Cottage at the Park Board meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 7 PM. 

Dog Park Task Force Decision

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Last February, we began a community conversation about adding a dog park to Glencoe. The conversation started with a community input meeting, which brought over 100 residents out on a cold night to discuss logistics, the pros and cons of a dog park, and potential locations. From there, the Board of Commissioners reviewed community feedback and honed in on six potential locations. They also appointed a Task Force of eleven community members to further explore the feasibility of a Glencoe dog park. Then, the Task Force got to work. They toured each potential location, eliminated unsuitable locations, and selected one acceptable location for the dog park: the southwest corner of Shelton Park. 

Click here to see the Task Force's presentation to the Board of Commissioners. 

2019 Year in Review

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As 2019 draws to a close, we're reflecting on an amazing year. With our new Strategic Plan as our guide, we affirmed our mission to enrich lives, build community, and create memorable experiences through exceptional parks, programs, and facilities. Click here to read some of our highlights.

Dog Park Task Force Update

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After many months of work, the Dog Park Task Force is prepared to present its findings and recommendation to the Park Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Takiff Center. More

We would like to thank our 11 member task force for their due diligence in researching and discussing this issue thoroughly.

Connect Glencoe Awarded $667,150 TAP-L Grant

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On October 10, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee  approved the FFY 2020-2022 locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). The program included $667,150 in grant funding for Connect Glencoe. The Glencoe Park District will use funds towards connect five separate parks with a meandering path that takes walkers, runners, and bikers through an urban garden of mature trees. The trail will connect users to various gardens, activity amenities, a new playground, an interactive water feature, a sculpture, as well as downtown businesses, the lakefront, and the train station. 


Watts Community Meeting Summary

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On November 5, approximately 50 community members attended a meeting on the future of Watts Recreational Center. The meeting was the first step in a long-term planning program for the facility.

The next step is to share feedback and flush out ideas with the Watts Advisory Board. The next Advisory Board meeting will be held November 26 at 7 pm at the Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe). If you are interested in joining the Watts Advisory Group, applications are available here.

Watts Community Input Meeting on November 5

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The Glencoe Park District is beginning a Master Plan project for Watts Recreational Center. The plan will address programming space and the ice rink's infrastructure, which is nearing the end of its' useful life. In addition, the plan will explore options to expand the facility's program offerings.  

Throughout the process, the Board of Commissioners would like the community's feedback. We invite you to share your thoughts by completing our survey, sending an email, and/or attending a public meeting on the project. A community input meeting on Watts Recreational Center will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 5 at the Takiff Center. 

Glencoe Park District Wins National Gold Medal Award in Parks and Recreation

Glencoe Park District awarded prestigious Grand Plaque during 2019 NRPA Annual Conference

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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.


Board Approves July 4 Fireworks

Public to view from Lakefront Park

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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.