News and Announcements

Watts Ice Rinks Open Friday

Make a reservation before you visit!

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With the state's move to Tier 3, there are a number of new restrictions Watts users must follow. Most notably, advance reservations are now required for all visitors and our capacity is now limited to 25%. All season pass holders must make a reservation to enjoy Public Skate or Open Hockey. For more details on restrictions on passes and reservations, please visit our Watts FAQ page

District 35 Remote Learning Shift November 30-January 18

Kids Club Essential Enrichment Camp to Offer Full Day Care; Early Learning Center Preschool to offer Remote Learning

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District 35 administration and school board decided on November 19 to shift students to a full remote learning model November 30-January 15. 

Following the Tier 3 guidelines, the Glencoe Park District will continue to provide childcare for families enrolled in Children’s Circle and Kids Club Essential Enrichment Camp. The Early Learning Center (ELC) preschool will follow District’s 35 school schedule. Glencoe Park District will offer a virtual preschool program for ELC students November 30-January 18, including a 30-minute virtual circle time, take-home activities, and online specialty lessons. 

New Tier 3 Mitigations

Updated November 18, 2020

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The Governor announced that the state of Illinois will be moving into Tier 3 mitigations on Friday, November 20. The announcement includes an order to pause indoor recreation activities. 

Glencoe Park District program managers have contingency plans in place and will be contacting program participants by the end of the day with those plans. Updates will also be posted to our website as information becomes available. 

Tier 3 allows for essential childcare and preschool, which includes Children’s Circle, Early Learning Center, and Kids Club Camp, to continue to operate following guidelines supplied by DCFS and the IDPH

Outdoor activities, including skating at Watts ice rinks, will continue with limited capacity. The state’s guidelines, as it relates to general Park District operations, are  outlined here. 

New Watts Waitlist

Opens at 7 PM October 29

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Thank you for your continued support of Watts Ice Center. Unfortunately, our season passes sold out before many of our neighbors were able to purchase a pass. We understand and share your frustrations with COVID-19 restrictions. 

Current state guidelines stipulate 50% capacity or 50 people or fewer at a facility. This equates to 50 people on the main rink and 25 people on the studio rink. 

Please know that the high demand for season passes caused us to re-evaluate and increase our public skate offerings. For this reason, we will re-open the waitlist on Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm. If passes are issued, it will be in the order they are received. There is no guarantee that anyone on the waitlist will get a season pass. We will continue to monitor restrictions and expand pass sales as appropriate. 

To adhere to the limited capacity, we are requiring pass holders to make a skate time slot reservation in advance. The reservation system is designed to provide confidence to our pass holders to know when and where they will be able to use their pass. For more details on restrictions on passes and reservations, please visit our Watts FAQ page.

If COVID-19 restrictions change, we will communicate how those changes affect your season pass, waitlist status, or the availability of more passes. 

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please contact us at or (847) 835-3030.

Watts Season Passes

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We’re pleased to open the Watts ice rinks on Friday, November 27. Before the season starts, we’d like to share with you the extra safety stipulations that will take place once the rink opens. Our goal is to create a safe and fun environment that follows the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our capacity at the rinks is limited. Therefore, access to the rinks will require the online purchase of a season pass. Season passes will go on sale at 9 AM on Friday, October 23 for Glencoe residents (passes for non-residents go on sale October 30).

November/December Classes Available Online October 14

Resident Registration Starts October 16

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The Glencoe Park District’s digital November/December Fall Program Guide of available classes will be available to view on Wednesday, October 14 after 2 PM. On Friday, October 16 at 10 AM, registration for residents will begin. Non-residents may sign up for classes on Monday, October 19 at 9 AM.

Board Approves General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds For Park Improvements

Bonds will help fund over $6 million in Park Improvements Over Next 3 Years

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On September 15, 2020, the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to issue $4,355,000 of General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds, Series 2020, for park improvements.


The bonds will be used to fund a variety of capital projects as part of its’ multi-year Master Plan. There are over $6 million in Master Plan projects that will need to be funded over the next 3-5 years, including necessary improvements to Lakefront Park/Glencoe Beach, Watts Center, the Park Maintenance Building, and park infrastructure, in order to maintain continuity in service levels.

Schuman Overlook Repairs

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The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved the commencement of repairs to the Schuman Overlook (the Park Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park). The project, which is slated to start in September, will repair the existing overlook wall and prevent further erosion to the soils at the base of the wall.

2020 Great Mud Run Canceled

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The Glencoe Park District has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Great Mud Run, planned for Saturday, September 12. After evaluating the feasibility of large gatherings this fall, it was determined that the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners, and spectators could not be guaranteed.

While we are unbelievably disappointed to cancel this much-loved Glencoe tradition, we hope you will mark your calendars for the 2021 Mud Run!