News and Announcements

Phase 5 Guidelines

Masks No Longer Required Outdoors

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Glencoe Park District is proud to join the state of Illinois in moving to Phase 5 on Friday, June 11. As we prepare for the next phase, we’d like to share how this will affect summer programming and operations, including camp. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve followed federal, state, and local guidelines for our operations. Recently, as restrictions have loosened, guidelines have shifted quickly (and often conflicted with older guidelines). As we head into summer, we will follow CDC and DCFS guidelines. This means no masks for outdoor programs and masks are required indoors for programs that contain children under age 12.

Celebrate Independence Day in Glencoe!

Free activities on July 4

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We're celebrating Independence Day with a fun run, preschool and family games, a parade, and live music! All activities are free and open to the public! 

Please note, due to the ongoing pandemic, fireworks will not take place on July 4. Please join us on  Friday, September 3 for Summer's Last Blast, featuring live music by The Empty Pockets and a fireworks show at Lakefront Park. The fun starts at 6 PM.  

Glencoe Beach will be open to season pass holders only on July 4th from 10 AM to 7 PM. A steel drum band will perform live music from 1-4 PM at the beach. 

Masks required in public areas for ages 2 and up

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After reviewing updated CDC and State of Illinois face mask recommendations, the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has approved new guidelines:

  • Masks must be worn at all times by unvaccinated individuals age 2 and up.

  • Masks must be worn at all times by staff, parents, and children in our Early Childhood wing. This rule is mandated by our DCFS childcare license.

  • Masks must be worn at all times by staff, participants, and programs at any Park District program that includes children under age 12. This is to protect individuals ineligible for vaccination.

  • Masks must be worn in "common spaces" at Park District facilities, including restrooms, hallways, lobbies, and entrances. This is to protect individuals ineligible for vaccination.

  • Vaccinated individuals participating in programs with others over the age of 12 can choose to remove their masks once they arrive in their program space. This includes, but is not limited to, Glencoe Fitness, fitness classes, adult art, and adult ceramics programs, as well as some staff-only spaces. A sign will be posted in these spaces that states "By entering this room without a face mask, you are verifying truthfully that you have been fully vaccinated or have an exemption from the Glencoe Park District." Mask-only times will continue to be offered at Glencoe Fitness.

    After wearing masks for a year, we know this is exciting news for those who are fully vaccinated. We hope to have further clarification soon on outdoor programs and facilities. We will update you when changes to these guidelines occur. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards a fully re-opened Park District!

    Mask Update

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    Yesterday the CDC announced that "fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance." After wearing masks for a year, we know this is exciting news for those who are fully vaccinated.

    In response to the CDC announcement, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated that he will revise executive orders to align with new CDC guidelines on mask wearing by vaccinated individuals in indoor and outdoor spaces. Until we receive these revised executive orders from the State of Illinois and the corresponding guidelines from our regulatory agencies, masks are still required to be worn at all times in our facilities. As soon as we receive guidelines to adjust operations, which we hope will be very soon, we will make adjustments as quickly as possible and communicate to our patrons.

    We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards a fully re-opened Park District!

    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).