News and Announcements

Facility Closure through April 30

Plus, new virtual programs

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Due to Governor Pritzker’s COVID-19 extended Stay-at-Home order, all Glencoe Park District facilities will now be closed through April 30. The parks will remain open for walking, running, and biking for individuals maintaining social distancing. All playgrounds remain closed. 


On April 2, the Park District Board of Commissioners closed ALL sport courts, frisbee golf, outdoor restrooms and parks for group play, effective immediately. Because of the seriousness of the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, and out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of our community, the Glencoe Public Safety Department may issue citations to anyone found to be violating these rules. Glencoe’s first responders are being tasked with many responsibilities during this public health crisis - please don't waste Public Safety resources by violating these rules.


Playground Closure Update

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On March 21, 2020, per Illinois Executive Order 2020-10, the Glencoe Park District announced that all District playgrounds are closed to public use. In the next 24 hours, playground swings will be removed and entrances to playgrounds will be closed. At this time, all athletic courts are available for individual or small group play as long as the 6 foot social distancing can be maintained. We actively discourage pick-up games of basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, or other team sports that do not allow the 6 foot social distancing standard to be followed. Additionally, District parks and Glencoe Beach do remain open for walking, jogging, and biking as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements. Should reports be received that social distancing is not being maintained at the basketball courts or other areas of the parks or beach, the District may be required to expand closures.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. 

Playgrounds Closed

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Today's Executive Order from Governor Pritzker states that individuals may leave their homes to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or biking.  Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas.  However, playgrounds may increase spread of COVID-19, and shall be closed. See Executive Order here.

COVID-19 Preschool Activities

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We miss our students! During our COVID-19 closure, our Early Learning Center and Children's Circle preschool teachers have created lesson plans, schedules, and activities for you to share with your little one. We hope these will help keep your child active and inspire learning during play. While each activity is designed for a certain age group, you can absolutely do any/all of them. Just make changes to the activity to meet your child where he/she is at developmentally.

Limit Your COVID-19 Exposure

Practice Social Distancing During COVID-19 Pandemic

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We are experiencing firsthand the truly dynamic nature of our national response to the pandemic.  The announcement at the state level to close all schools affirms the steps we have taken to safeguard our staff, students, and families.  It also highlights the need to implement social distancing, one of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to CDC, “social distancing strategies increase the space between individuals and decrease the frequency of contact among individuals to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Keeping individuals at least 6 feet apart is ideal based on what is known about COVID-19. 

We strongly encourage all of our families and children to practice social distancing to avoid gatherings of more than a few friends until this pandemic has settled down. Make wise choices about limiting exposure to those who are ill and remain within a smaller circle of connections. 

We will continue to update you with any changes.


Park District Closed March 13-29

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Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, Glencoe Park District is canceling all programs and closing our facilities beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13, until Sunday, March 29. While the Park District has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are exercising an abundance of caution. The Park District closure follows New Trier Township schools and recommendations from public health officials to minimize exposure to participants and staff. 

Media Release from the Village of Glencoe (a separate municipal entity)

Village of Glencoe Employee Exposed to COVID-19 Remains Under Voluntary Quarantine and Not Showing Symptoms

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The Village of Glencoe has confirmed that the employee who is under voluntary quarantine at home after being exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 is not the Illinois resident who recently tested positive for the virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health announced today a hospitalized Cook County resident is the fifth Illinois resident to test positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Italy. The Glencoe employee, who is not a resident of Glencoe, remains at home and is not experiencing symptoms.

The employee was at work earlier this week after the exposure but had very limited contact with the general public during this time. The employee did not visit any Park District, Library or District 35 buildings/facilities, did not visit any public parks and did not visit any businesses in Glencoe while at work earlier this week. 

For current information, visit District 35's Nurse and Healthcare website.