News and Announcements

Find Gus!

Glencoe Park District Summer Scavenger Hunt

Monday, May 20, 2019
Find Gus!

Our new friend Gus is busy exploring Glencoe...and he's wandered off! Help us find Gus by looking for clues at all his favorite parks. When you find the answers, bring in your completed guidebook to the Takiff Center for a special Gus prize!


Glencoe Park District Gold Medal Finalist

Third Year Honored as Finalist

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Glencoe Park District Gold Medal Finalist

American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Glencoe Park District as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. 

Glencoe Park District Dog Park Task Force Application

Now Accepting Applicants!

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Glencoe Park District Board is seeking volunteers to serve on a three month task force to explore the feasibility of dog park sites throughout Glencoe. The group will serve in an advisory capacity to provide input to the Park Board on a potential location, size and features of a dog park. 

Potential Dog Park Sites Discussed

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Potential Dog Park Sites Discussed

The Glencoe Park District Committee of the Whole met on May 7, 2019 to discuss the feasibility of a Dog Park in Glencoe, as well as possible locations. The Committee then set other site selection criteria for a dog park site. Finally, the Board directed staff to form a community task force made of residents that are for and against a dog park to further evaluate sites. The Board will accept applications until May 31, 2019, and will then choose the members.

To see the dog park feasibility special project page, click here.

Board Discussion on Community Dog Park

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Board of Commissioners will discuss a potential community dog park at their May 7 Committee meeting. See the agenda here and read about the project here.

Board Approves Connect Glencoe Architect

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approves a contract with Altamanu to develop construction documents for Connect Glencoe with the intent of breaking ground in the Spring of 2020.  Visit the Connect Glencoe project page for more details.

Wednesday, March 27: Prescribed Burn at Robert Everly Wildflower Sanctuary

Monday, March 25, 2019
Wednesday, March 27: Prescribed Burn at Robert Everly Wildflower Sanctuary

The Pizzo Group will be doing a Prescribed Burn at Robert Everly Wildflower Sanctuary on Wednesday, March 27.  Prescribed fire, also called ‘controlled burn’, is just one of the tools we use for natural area stewardship.

Watts Ice Center Season Extended

Friday, March 1, 2019
Watts Ice Center Season Extended

Due to cold temperatures, Watts Ice Center will stay open an extra ten days. 

The seasonal facility was scheduled to close March 1, but due to weather conditions, the season will now end March 10. Open skate/hockey will be available daily 3-6:30 pm at the rink. 

Public Beach Protection Pilot Program

Glencoe Joins 4 Illinois Coastal Communities to Combat Erosion

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Public Beach Protection Pilot Program

The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Pilot Project for Section 1122 for communities in Glencoe, Lake Bluff, North Chicago, and Evanston!

Glencoe Park District Closure

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Glencoe Park District Closure

On Tuesday, January 29, Governor Pritzker issued a Declaration of Disaster for the state of Illinois due to the extreme weather conditions and cold temperatures. Due to this state-declared emergency, all Park District facilities and programs will close at 6:30 pm on January 29 and will not reopen until noon on Thursday, January 31. 

Skating at Watts Ice Center will close at 2 pm on January 29, but Kids Club will remain open until 6:30 pm on January 29. All Park District programs at school district facilities that start after 6:30 pm on Tuesday are canceled, as well as all programs on Wednesday (including Children’s Circle and Early Learning Center preschool programs, Kids Club, after-school programs, basketball practice, all enrichments, open gym, skating, Glencoe Fitness, and fitness classes). Programs will not be rescheduled.

The following programs will resume at noon on Thursday, January 31:

  • Takiff Center (including Glencoe Fitness) will open at 12 pm

  • Children's Circle Full Day Preschool and Kids Club will be open 12 pm to 6:30 pm

  • Open Gym will be available 12 pm-5 pm

  • Watts Ice Center will open at 12 pm-5:15 pm for public skate

All other Thursday regularly scheduled programs will be canceled. We will continue to monitor the forecast over the next 48 hours and notify you of any additional schedule changes. Additional notifications will be communicated through the Park District homepage, email, and social media channels. If you would like text or mobile notifications, please subscribe to Takiff Center alerts here


The Glencoe Park District makes every attempt to open its facilities and operate programs when doing so does not pose a risk to participants and employees. However, the ultimate decision to attend a program during inclement weather lies belongs to the participant, who needs to determine if it is safe to travel to and from a program. If you have any questions, please call (847) 835-3030.

The Glencoe Village Hall will be open 24/7 as the designated warming center for anyone needing a warm place to stay. Stay warm and safe, and thank you for your patience.

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