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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Glencoe Beach Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Phase 4 Restore Illinois Info

Our most common questions about the beach are answered here - updated July 1

Our most common questions about the beach are answered here, including changes made to beach operations since the state entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

Know before you go by checking www.glencoeparkdistrict.com to see if the Beach is close to or at capacity. We suggest signing up for text or email alerts about the Beach using Rainout Line and subscribing to Glencoe Park District. Notifications will be sent out to subscribers and posted in the alerts section of our homepage when the Beach is at 80% and when it’s full.


What changes have been made to the beach since the state entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan?

  • The playground/sprayground opened. 
  • The Park District has started to hire and train lifeguards. Once the guards have completed new modified training standards and certifications, we will begin to guard the water. We expect to start guarding the water within the next two weeks. Lifeguards will be posted daily between 10 AM – 4 PM, until mid-August (or longer, depending on staff availability) and then only on weekends only until Labor Day. Season passes will still be required to access the Beach from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, through Labor Day. Reminder: Currently, the water is not protected by lifeguards. The minimum age to enter the beach area alone is 12 years of age. To enter the water, while unguarded, patrons must be at least 16 years of age, per the Illinois Department of Public Health. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible person at least 16 years of age while entering the water. Swimming alone is not recommended.
  • Groups of 10 people are allowed to sit together.
  • Boater assistance - once lifeguards are trained, our priorities will move to offering on-the-water boater assistance. Boat staff training has been scheduled and we expect to start this service by mid-July. 

Are daily admissions currently allowed? 
No, only beach season passes are permitted this year.

Can I purchase a pass at the beach? 
We are currently sold out of beach season passes. There is a waitlist available HERE 

Could I be turned away due to capacity being reached? 
Yes, due to social distancing mandates, we have limited attendance at Glencoe Beach. If that happens, we will let individuals in as other guests leave. Know before you go by checking www.glencoeparkdistrict.com to see if the beach is close to or at capacity. We suggest signing up for text or emails alerts about the beach using Rainout Line and subscribing to Glencoe Park District. Notifications will be sent out to subscibers and posted in the alerts section of our homepage when the beach is at 80% and when it’s full.

What is the capacity?
At this time, the capacity is 500 people at one time.

Can my nanny bring my kids using my pass? 
The pass is not transferable to other individuals. However, you can add a family member or your nanny to your household account by calling the Park District at (847) 835-3030. Our customer service team is available Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM-5 PM.

Can I get a guest pass?
Yes, season pass holders can buy guest passes by calling the Park District at (847) 835-3030. Our customer service team is available Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM-5 PM. Please allow 48 hours to process. There is a limit of one ten-punch card per household. The cost for residents is $50 and $100 for non-residents. We are not accepting any forms of payment at the beach in order to reduce person-to-person contact.

Can residents and non-residents still park at the beach? Is a permit required? 
Parking is available for residents and non-residents at the beach on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to walk or ride a bike if you are close.

Are courtesy golf carts available this year? 
At this time, there is no cart service due to safety concerns. Exceptions may be made for handicap or elderly guests.

Is it possible to have cart service for an elderly person that has trouble walking long distances? 
If a guest needs assistance to the beach, they may drive their vehicle down to the parking pad and drop the guest off, but must park their vehicle by Lakefront Park. Guest with an accessibility placard are permitted to park at the bottom in the designated accessibility parking space if it is empty. A cart may be available to assist visitors, but we ask you to contact the facility manager at (847) 835-1185 at least an hour ahead of your arrival to arrange this. As long as the beach is open, a cart should be available.

Can I swim before the beach opens between 6-9 AM?
Yes, in the designated swim area and at your own risk.

Update - July 1 What is the lifeguard situation?
The Beach staff has been developing plans for weeks to prepare to expand Park District services as we moved into Phase 4. The Park District has started to hire and train lifeguards. Once the guards have completed new modified training standards and certifications, we will begin to guard the water. We expect to start guarding the water within the next two weeks (mid-July.) Lifeguards will be posted daily between 10 AM – 4 PM, until mid-August (or longer, depending on staff availability) and then only on weekends only until Labor Day. Season passes will still be required to access the Beach from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, through Labor Day.
 
Reminder: Currently, the water is not protected by lifeguards. The minimum age to enter the beach area alone is 12 years of age. To enter the water, while unguarded, patrons must be at least 16 years of age, per the Illinois Department of Public Health. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible person at least 16 years of age while entering the water. Swimming alone is not recommended. Here is a chart:

Min. Age to Enter* Beach Water
Lifeguard on Duty 12 12
No Lifeguard on Duty 12 16
* unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible person at least 16 years of age

Since we are not able to reserve trellis/sun shelters, will someone be monitoring them so that one group doesn’t monopolize it all day? 
Staff will not be tracking the amount of time a group spends at the sun shelters. Additional seating has been added to the trellis area and the pier. 

Why are walkers not allowed to use the ramps and stairs as in past years?
To reduce crowding on the ramps and stairs, we are only allowing season pass holders up and down to exercise and to help encourage social distancing between 9 AM – 9 PM.

Why can’t I use inflatables in the water?  
Only Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) may be used in the swim zone. Inflatables are not intended for open water usage and give a false sense of security to weak swimmers. 

Why can’t I bring my paddleboard/kayak down and launch it from the beach? 
By allowing day launches, the Park District could incur a liability to the safety and well-being of the guest. Bringing a paddleboard/kayak down the ramp can cause congestion and put other beach visitors at risk due to the size and awkwardness of the crafts.

Updated July 1: Why do I have to accompany my child who is under the age of 16? 

At facilities and beaches not guarded by lifeguards, all persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or another responsible person at least 16 years of age. This is a mandate from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

  

Once the beach is guarded by lifeguards in mid-July, the minimum age to enter the beach area alone is 12 years of age. To enter the water, while unguarded, patrons must be at least 16 years of age, per the Illinois Department of Public Health. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible person at least 16 years of age while entering the water. Swimming alone is not recommended. 

Here is a chart:

Min. Age to Enter*  Beach Water
Lifeguard on Duty 12 12
No Lifeguard on Duty 12 16
* unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible person at least 16 years of age

Why do we allow access to Glencoe Beach to non-residents?  
Non-resident beach access is required by law. Over 20 years ago, the Glencoe Park District accepted an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant for large-scale improvements to Glencoe Beach. One of the requirements when we accepted the grant was that non-residents have access to the beach at no more than twice the fee of residents. The current difference between resident and non-resident fees is the maximum legally allowed under OSLAD guidelines. 

Update: Is the Play/Sprayground open?  
Yes, it opened on June 27.

Can patrons use grills/sun-shelters? 
Guests may use the grills and sun shelters on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guests must provide their own charcoal. Guests are not allowed to bring their own grills to the beach or Lakefront Park. 

Will concessions be available? Can I bring food and coolers? Will drinking fountains be usable? Will I have access to drinking water?  
The concession stand will not be open this year. Season pass holders can bring coolers and non-alcoholic beverages. We hope to make water fountains available as restrictions ease. We recommend visitors bring water bottles with them to the beach. Absolutely no glass containers are allowed.  

Is smoking or vaping allowed?
There is no smoking or vaping allowed at the beach.

Are bathroom facilities available?
Bathrooms are open for use during operational hours, but showers are not available.

Are people expected/required to wear masks? 
We ask that visitors wear masks until you reach your spot on the beach. We cannot force guests to wear them.

Are dogs allowed?
No dogs are allowed on the beach at any time between May 15 and September 15.

Can I rent umbrellas and chairs or buy sunscreen and towels? 
We are not renting paddleboards, beach chairs, umbrellas, and kayaks at this time due to safety reasons. We do not sell sunscreen or towels.

Updated July 1: Is there a family size limit?  
Groups of ten people are allowed.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Glencoe Beach Season Passes Sold Out - Wait List Available

Due to an overwhelming response from the community, season passes for Glencoe Beach have sold out. Season pass sales were implemented as part of our summer safety protocols to manage overcrowding at the beach and support social distancing requirements. Additionally, we hope to prevent our season pass holders from waiting in long lines for admission to the beach.

We have created a wait list and may authorize the sale of additional passes in the future as state-wide regulations ease. Further along in the summer season, we will have a better understanding of attendance patterns and how well our social distancing requirements are working. Please click HERE to add yourself to our wait list. Fees are charged to join the waitlist.

Refunds will be issued if season passes remain unavailable. There are no partial refunds for using passes part of the summer.

Beach Pass Waitlist Fees

Early Bird Rates through June 1, 2020. Regular Rates start June 2, 2020.

  • Individual/First Family Member: (Early Bird) $76 R/$152 NR (Regular Rate) $95 R/$190 NR

  • Additional Family Member: (Early Bird) $15 R/$30 NR (Regular Rate) $15 R/$30 NR

  • Senior Individual (Age 65+): (Early Bird) $42 R/$84 NR (Regular Rate) $54 R/$108 NR

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Summer Camp Programs Restructured to Prioritize Safety

The Glencoe Park District has made the decision to restructure our summer camp program. After evaluating the many concerns of parent responses shared in our camp survey, we have created a Back to Basics Summer Care program for children aged 3-12 years old. This scaled-back version of summer camp will be a full-day option for families currently enrolled in camps and planned in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.
 
The Back to Basics Summer Care program will begin on Monday, July 6, allowing us time to implement new safety protocols. It will offer outdoor fun, nature digs, kitchen experiments, yard games, obstacle courses, and time with friends. Care is available Monday-Friday from 7 AM-6:30 PM until Friday, July 31. Families not interested in this redesigned program will be given a household credit and the option of a full refund. 
 
The Summer Care plan includes specific drop-off and pick-up times. Children will be placed in assigned groups of no more than 10 children that would never mix with any other group. Our staff will wear masks, do temperature checks in the morning, and sanitize toys. Additionally, our maintenance staff will deep clean rooms used and high-touch areas daily. To learn more about what Back to Basic Summer Care will look like and all safety precautions in place, visit our Summer Care Safety Protocols page.    
 
Children will need to be re-registered for the Summer Care program. We ask that families enroll their children only if they need full-time care due to work, as space is limited. Openings are reserved exclusively for families who have already signed up for camp.
 
Registration for the Summer Care program will be held on three different dates. Priority will be given to Glencoe residents who are currently enrolled in our extended day programs. Residents with children enrolled in half-day camps, specialty camps, Sailing and Aquatics, and traditional camps will be the next group able to enroll their children, followed by non-residents. Registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the assigned dates. 
 
Below are the new registration dates:
  • Glencoe residents with children enrolled in our extended day programs, 7 AM-6:30 PM, 7 AM-3 PM, or 8:45 AM-6:30 PM. Registration will open Wednesday, May 27 at 9 AM.
  • Glencoe residents with children enrolled in camp from 9 AM-3 PM, half-day preschool camps, and Sailing and Aquatics camps. Registration will open Monday, June 1 at 9 AM.
  • Non-residents with children enrolled in any camp programs. Registration will open Wednesday, June 3 at 9 AM.
 
Our program managers will reach out to notify you of your assigned registration date and a link to sign up on your assigned day. Registration will not be available via Webtrac. If you are a resident and have one child in our extended day program and one or more children in other camps, you will be able to enroll all of your children on Wednesday, May 27.

The cost for residents per child for the July session is $1,400 for preschoolers and $1,200 for children ages 6-12. The non-resident rate is $1,610 for preschool and $1,380 for youth. There is no sibling discount. We will likely follow the same protocols in August with registration preference to those enrolled in our July Summer Care program.​

As restrictions ease further in the summer, we will look to offer options for children enrolled in our Action Quest and Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program. 
 
If you would prefer a refund to your credit card instead of your Park District household account, please email Lauren Kinsey, Registration/Customer Service Manager, at lkinsey@glencoeparkdistrict.comRefunds will be given in full. Credit card refunds will take place after all refunds are complete and first put to your household. Requests may take us up to ten business days to process.  ​
 
Please know, we have made these decisions based on the safety of our community and staff, our responsibility to our taxpayers, and local and state-wide orders. 
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new COVID-19 world. Please continue to look for updates from us via email, social media, and on our homepage

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Beach Announcement: COVID-19 Safety Stipulations

COVID-19 Safety Stipulations

Last week, the Park District Board of Commissioners made key decisions to preserve access to the Glencoe beach this summer, with extra safety stipulations put in place due to COVID-19.

 

“We realize residents’ Glencoe beach experience will change in some ways this summer but believe we can all still find joy, comfort, and recreation at the beach. It’s a great way to show support for our community and Park District,” said Lisa Brooks, President of the Board of Park Commissioners.

 

The Glencoe beach will open as planned on Saturday, May 23, but with modifications to protect our guests and staff during this uncertain time. In order to help manage potential overcrowding this summer, access to the beach will require a season pass. No daily passes will be available for sale.

 

Season passes will be sold online HERE. Unfortunately, patrons will not be able to buy a season pass at the beach. To ensure availability, purchasing passes in advance of the summer season is strongly recommended. Early bird rates will be available through Monday, June 1.

 

The beach will be open to season pass holders from 9 AM to 9 PM and open to walkers only from 6 AM to 9 AM. The beach will be closed after 9 PM.

 

Park District staff will closely monitor visitors to reduce capacity and allow an approximate 10 ft. perimeter around individual patrons or family groups. On the busiest days, the beach may reach capacity. Beach attendees will be expected to practice social distancing and safety measures at all times. 

 

This summer, the beach house will open only for bathroom use. There will be no shower access nor concessions sold. Rentals will not be available at all this summer, including paddle boards, beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and barbeques. Paddle boards and kayaks may become available if restrictions are lifted and they can be safely rented out.

 

Per the Governor’s executive order, at this time, there is no swimming and no playground/spray pad access. This restriction may change in coming weeks.

 

Because of the seriousness of the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements and due to an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of our community and staff, no lifeguards will be on duty. If swimming is permitted this season, patrons will swim at their own risk. Park ambassadors will be onsite to monitor beach activities.

 

“Our staff has worked hard to balance safe and practical solutions with the needs of Glencoe residents who love our beach,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director of Glencoe Park District. “But we cannot risk the health and safety of our community and our staff in the event of a rescue. Any potential person-to-person contact must be minimized whenever possible. Lifeguards are not equipped nor trained to deal with potentially infectious patients. We understand that this news is deeply disappointing, but truly is the only way we could open the beach this summer.”

 

Park district staff will be supplied with personal protective equipment. 

 

“This summer is filled with challenges to deliver the recreational programs and services you have come to expect, but our staff is working hard to make your summer as fun and safe as possible,” Sheppard added. “We ask for your patience and kindness these next few weeks as the beach season gets underway. It’s all new to us too.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Unplug & Play with Us on Saturday, July 11

Chalk Art Contest Being Held at Takiff!

Next Saturday, July 11, the Glencoe Park District will participate in Illinois’ Unplug & Play campaign! This one-day event is held to encourage Glencoe residents to ditch their electronic devices and plug into fun and activities available at the Park District.

 

The Glencoe Park District is hosting a chalk art contest from 10 AM-12 PM in Takiff’s back parking lot. Participants will be encouraged to illustrate how they unplug – with exercise, books, walks, playing in parks, or however they find happiness away from electronics! All contestants’ drawings will be photographed, with the winner selected via a Facebook poll and awarded a Park District swag bag! Click HERE to sign up to attend!

 

Chalk art can also completed at home and submitted online. Applicants should send images with their name and contact information to internrec@glencoeparkdistrict.com by 1PM on July 11. Winners will be contacted later that day.

 

Participants are asked to bring their own chalk and should wear face masks when walking to and from their assigned location. All participants will be assigned a spot at least 6-feet away from other families. Current Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidelines limit parks to a maximum of 50 people at the same time.

 

For more information about Unplug & Play, please email Serena Tyler at internrec@glencoeparkdistrict.com or at (224) 250-0113.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Changes: Playgrounds and Sprayground Open!

The State of Illinois has allowed the Park District to open playgrounds. The parks team will be out early Saturday, June 27, removing barriers throughout the day. Patrons should remember that playgrounds are limited to no more than 50 people, patrons should use the playground at their own risk, use hand sanitizer before and after use, and practice social distancing from non-family members while playing. Face-coverings are recommended.


An additional Restore Illinois Phase 4 change is the reopening of the Takiff registration desk on Monday, July 6 for walk-in service. Visitors who enter the building are required to wear a mask and maintain a 6 ft. distance from others. 

 

The Glencoe Fitness Center in Takiff will also open on July 6 with some modifications and new safety protocols, including requiring reservations to work out. Click here for more information.

 

We suggest guests continue to access Park District services online and opt to call or e-mail the Park District with questions during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Additionally, we recommend checking out our new July classes, clinics, and half-day camps to keep active and have fun this summer.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Registration is Open for July's In-Person and Virtual Classes, Clinics, and Programs!

 

Registration for July programs begins Friday, June June 26! We have in-person classes for kids and adults, as well as virtual programs planned. Non-residents may register on Monday, June 29 at 7 AM.

Options include:

Virtual Preschool

In-Person Preschool

Virtual Adult Art Classes

Virtual Children’s Art Classes

Virtual Youth Enrichments

Teens

Virtual Sports

In-Person Sports

Tennis

Pickleball

Adult Fitness

Dekhockey

In-Person Half-Day, Multi-Sports Programs for Kids

Click HERE to view the PDF of ourJuly programming brochure! Each class title is linked to our registration site. Our half-day sports programs can be viewed HERE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Half-Day, Multi-Sports Programs Offered for Kids Ages 5-11

Registration Now Open for These Weekly Sessions!

Half-Day, Multi-Sports Programs Offered for Kids Ages 5-11
Keep your child active and happy this summer with new sports and games programs at Watts! We are now offering a Summer Sports Trac Monday-Thursday from 9 AM-12 PM. Click HERE to register! 

Your child will participate in various sports, including dekhockey, tennis, camp games, track & field, soccer, basketball, and more! Hot Shot Sports, Coach Jon Pranian, Dekhockey's John Scully, and GPD Tennis Pros will coach this program.

The Sports Trac classes run two days per week (M/W or Tu/Th) with three classes from 9-9:45 AM, 10-10:45 AM, and 11-11:45 AM. Park District staff will transition your child from class to class.

Monday
  • Track and Field
  • Triple Play - Basketball, Soccer, & Baseball
  • Camp Games

Tuesday
  • Tennis
  • Dekhockey
  • Sports & more with Jon

Wednesday
  • Tennis
  • Dekhockey
  • Sports & more with Jon

Thursday
  • Track and Field
  • Triple Play - Basketball, Soccer, & Baseball
  • Camp Games
 
Questions? Contact Adam Wohl at awohl@glencoeparkdistrict.com.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Village of Glencoe & Glencoe Park District Partner to Provide 4th of July Fun

Vehicle Parade, House Decorating Challenge, Virtual Glencoe's Got Talent, and Rotary Fun Run Planned

The Village of Glencoe and Glencoe Park District have partnered to provide fun, socially distant Independence Day activities after the unfortunate cancellation of Glencoe’s traditional 4th of July celebrations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Glencoe’s new events for Saturday, July 4 include a Village and Park District vehicle parade, a patriotic house decorating challenge, a virtual Glencoe’s Got Talent and a Rotary Fun Run.

For this year’s Glencoe 4th of July parade, the Village and Park District are coming to you! Rather than gathering in downtown Glencoe, the parade (including Public Safety and Public Works vehicles, as well as Park District trucks and equipment) will work its way through the community between 1-3 PM. HERE is a map of the event!

Step out on your front porch and wave your flags as the parade passes by! Since the Village is focused on keeping the community healthy and safe, parade vehicles will not stop, and no candy or other materials will be handed out. On-lookers are asked not to congregate on sidewalks and to remain on their property as the parade vehicles pass by.

Residents are also encouraged to celebrate their patriotic spirit by decking out their homes and front lawns as part of an Independence Day decorating challenge! A map of all participating homes is available HERE for the Glencoe community to enjoy.

This year’s Rotary Fun Run will be a virtual one, with participants able to run or walk two miles anytime between July 3-5. Runners and walkers will be encouraged to raise funds for Special Olympics. Participants who raise $50 for Special Olympics will receive a special 2020 4th of July commemorative hat, and those who raise $100 will receive a 4th of July t-shirt. Once you complete your two mile run/walk, submit proof of it using Map My Run (or an alternative) to Liz Visteen at evisteen@glenoceparkdistrict.com. The first 100 people to send in their time will receive a 4th of July finisher ribbon. Runners can donate to the Rotary’s Special Olympics fundraiser or email Liz with a link to their own fundraising page here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/SPECIAL

Glencoe's Got Talent will still take place on July 4, but online! The annual show will feature talented performers under the age of 18, and will be held from 11 AM-12:30 PM via Zoom and broadcast live on Facebook.  

Contact Management Analyst/Deputy Village Clerk Jordan Lester at jlester@villageofglencoe.org or Special Events and Active Adults Program Manager Liz Visteen at evisteen@glencoeparkdistrict.com with questions.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Basketball Courts Now Open: Please Follow Our Safety Protocols

Our basketball courts are now open, but players will need to follow guidelines: 

  • ⁠Team play is not permitted. Practice your shooting, dribbling, and ball-handling skills.⁠

  • Focus on individual skill building vs. competition.⁠

  • Social distance when possible.⁠

  • Group play should be limited to members of the same household. ⁠

  • Sharing equipment is not recommended.⁠

  • Please exercise good decision-making. If organized group play takes place, courts may be closed.⁠

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Current Status of Parks & Facilities

Glencoe Beach

Open
Last Updated June 14 2:43 PM (CST)

Disc Golf

Open
Last Updated June 10 8:47 PM (CST)

Takiff Center

NoticePlayground, sports court use, and group play is prohibited in parks
Last Updated May 22 2:07 PM (CST)

West Soccer/Football

Closed
Last Updated April 29 3:12 PM (CST)

Watts Ice Center

Closed
Last Updated March 12 10:39 PM (CST)

Shelton Park Tennis Courts

Closed
Last Updated March 12 11:39 PM (CST)

House League Basketball

Last Updated March 12 10:39 PM (CST)

Glencoe Boat House

Canceled
Last Updated October 13 10:31 PM (CST)

Watts Soccer Field

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled
Last Updated April 27 4:29 PM (CST)

Takiff Soccer/Football

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled
Last Updated April 27 4:29 PM (CST)

Central School Soccer Field

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled
Last Updated April 27 3:29 PM (CST)

West Kindergarten Baseball Field

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled.
Last Updated April 26 8:05 PM (CST)

Watts Bronco Field

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled.
Last Updated April 26 8:05 PM (CST)

West Pony Field

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled.
Last Updated April 26 8:05 PM (CST)

Takiff Softball Field

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled.
Last Updated April 26 8:04 PM (CST)

Melvin Berlin Park

ClosedSaturday, April 27 - all games are canceled.
Last Updated April 26 8:04 PM (CST)