News and Announcements

Staircase Repair

Perlman Boating Beach Access

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The staircase leading to the Perlman Boating Beach is scheduled for replacement starting in April. Working with expert civil and structural engineers, the Park District has developed a permanent solution to improve storm water management and install a safe, structurally sound staircase. Furthermore, within the project confines, contractors will install new native erosion-resistant landscaping. This project will temporarily impact the access to the Boating Beach. Every effort is being made to accelerate the process of replacing the stairs. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely this project will be completed by the traditional start of the Boating season. The Park District will make every effort to limit this project’s impact on the access of the Boating Beach.

South Overlook Update

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We’re pleased to announce that the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has begun repairs to the South Overlook (the Hazel Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park). The project goal is to repair the existing overlook wall and prevent further erosion to the soils at the base of the wall. Weather depending, construction will be completed by May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day).  

Summer Projects at the Beach

South Overlook, Boat House Stairs & Beach Improvements

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Based on the condition of the existing infrastructure at Glencoe Beach, the Park District has undertaken an extensive capital improvement program at this site. This work aims to ensure continued access to the lakefront for this generation of Glencoe residents and the next. 2021 improvements include replacing the Boat House staircase, repairing the Park Avenue Overlook, improvements to the Beach/Water Plant access ramp, exterior maintenance of the Safran Beach House, and repairs to the Glencoe Beach pier.

Every Day Outside

100 Day Challenge

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The average child spends 1,200 hours per year on passive screen time! 

Let’s work together to match that with 100 days outside this summer. The concept at the core of this movement is simple - the amount of time kids spend outside ‘actually matters’, though you may not hear this very often. A childhood flooded with nature time benefits kids (and adults) in untold ways. However, the spirit behind it is one of encouragement - not competition. Every Day Outside is about striving for engaged time outside, and that looks different from one family to the next. That’s the beauty of nature play; it works for any age and any stage, in any outdoor environment. No matter what, we promise you’ll never regret committing to making memories outside.  

Fireworks Rescheduled to Friday, September 3

July 4th Fireworks Moved to Labor Day Weekend

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The annual fireworks celebration is a collaborative effort among the Glencoe Park District and the Village of Glencoe. Together, the decision has been made to cancel the 2021 Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration traditionally held at Lakefront Park. The Park District is still planning to offer some smaller activities during the day on July 4, including the popular Preschool Games. Glencoe Beach will be open to season pass holders on July 4. Other events and activities will be announced soon. 

 

The fireworks celebration requires a number of contracted services, as well as permits, to be secured months in advance of the event. The committee explored modifications to the event to adhere to possible mitigations, including reservations for designated spots and a drive-in event. However, it was determined, based on the historically large crowd, not only at Lakefront Park but also in the surrounding areas, controlling the attendance in any alternative format would not be possible. Due to the current mitigations imposed by the pandemic and the uncertainty of whether or not the mitigations would be lifted at the time of the event, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the evening July 4th events at Lakefront Park. All those involved in the planning share the community’s disappointment with this decision. We were hopeful that this holiday tradition would be possible, but the decision needed to be made with the information known at this time.  

 

However, the Park District is planning a fireworks show with live music on Friday, September 3 at Lakefront Park. The event will kick off Labor Day weekend, which we hope will be a safe time to celebrate together. Glencoe Beach will be closed on Friday, September 3 to allow for the safe preparations of the fireworks show. The Beach will be open to season passholders Labor Day weekend (September 4-6). 

Kalk Park Phase 2

New Drainage Being Installed

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The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has approved the commencement of Phase 2 upgrades to Henry J. Kalk Park. The project goal is to install drainage in the meadow area of the park to manage excess storm water, and replace the lighting removed in 2016. 

Glencoe Park District receives $2,500,000 in state funding to renovate Watts

Watts one of 17 projects awarded PARC Grant

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Governor JB Pritzker announced more than $24.9 million for PARC grants to 17 park districts, forest preserves and local governments to construct, renovate, and improve recreational facilities. The PARC grant monies will be distributed throughout the state for various renovation projects, including $2,500,000 to update and renovate Glencoe Park District’s Watts Recreational Center. The project includes updates to ADA-accessibility, including an elevator and a secondary entrance. Ice-skating support spaces will be renovated, plus a new multi-purpose room, restrooms and storage areas will be added. New dasher boards will be installed at both skating rinks. 

Glencoe Honey Now For Sale

All Proceeds Benefit C.A.R.E. Scholarship

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Organic honey, harvested behind the Takiff Center, is now available for purchase! Each jar is $10 and all proceeds benefit our C.A.R.E. (Community Access to Recreation for Everyone) Scholarship. Honey can be purchased at the Takiff Center front desk. 

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.

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