Park Alerts

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Glencoe Beach Season Passes Sold Out - Wait List Available

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

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

Beach Announcement: 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.”

Monday, August 3, 2020

Park District Updates: Fall Registration/Before & After School Care News/Glencoe Park District Travel Recommendation

Fall Programs Available to View Wednesday, August 12, Registration on Friday, August 14

The Glencoe Park District’s digital Fall Program Guide of available classes will be available to view on Wednesday, August 12 after 2 PM. On Friday, August 14 at 9 AM, registration for residents will begin. Non-residents may sign up for classes on Monday, August 17 at 9 AM.
 

This guide will be available online on the home page of our website. A link to the digital guide will be sent to households with valid email addresses on file and posted on social media. Additional programs, classes, and clinics will be added to it later in August and early September.

 
Additionally, all classes offered will include what will happen if the state moves to a different phase of the Governor's Restore Illinois plan. Examples include moving the program outside, to a larger room, hosting the class online, or if the class will be canceled and a refund issued.

Before/After School Kids Care

We are working on programming to support working families in District 35 who need CARE support during e-learning this fall.

We know you have a TON of questions - we're working out details around the clock and will share more information as soon as we are able.

Planning a Vacation or Traveling Outside of Illinois?

The Glencoe Park District would like your help minimizing the spread of COVID in our community. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with state and local public health partners to implement after-travel health precautions. As of 7/26/20, the following states have emerged as an area with widespread or ongoing community spread: AZ, FL, LA, SC, TX, GA, MS, ID, AL, NV, TN, CA, AR, UT, NC, IA, and OK. The states and regions under this travel advisory will be updated by IDPH on a regular basis. 

It is recommended that Park District patrons who have traveled to one of these locations wait 14 days before returning to Park District programs to ensure COVID is not spread in our community.
 
Please visit the IDPH's website for updated information about COVID and the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website for suggestions on traveling within the United States.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Cardboard Regatta: Rules and Registration Link

On Friday, August 7, turn paper and duct tape into a seaworthy vessel! Build a cardboard boat and bring it to Glencoe Beach to race against other boats. We will present awards for speed and team spirit. Two team members must navigate the vessel. Click here for detailed equipment lists and rules. Must register by August 6 to participate; limited day of registration may be accepted. In case of inclement weather, the Cardboard Regatta will be canceled. 

GLENCOE BEACH | $10/15 R/NR | ACTIVITY #120824-01 | AGES 6-18 

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Fall Programming Announcement and New Masks Policy

Fall Programming Announcement and New Masks Policy
The Glencoe Park District will release a digital Fall Program Guide of available classes in early August. This guide will be available online and shared on the Park District’s website, via email, and on social media, replacing the brochure that was traditionally mailed to all Glencoe households. Additional programs, classes, and clinics will be added to it later in August as school plans are finalized.

“This online catalogue of programs, events, and classes will allow Park District staff time to assess and respond to the needs of the community, especially once Glencoe School District 35 finalizes their fall operations plan,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director of the Park District. “Printed programs typically take months to plan, edit, print, and mail. Offering online listings of classes allows us to pivot quickly and offer activities that are needed.”

The primary goal of the Park District’s fall schedule is to be of service to our community once area schools determine how they will operate. Staff is currently planning for different scenarios, including providing after-school activities and enrichments, as well as creating options for families with preschool and school-aged children.

All classes offered will include what will happen if the state moves to a different phase of the Governor's Restore Illinois plan. Examples include moving the program outside, to a larger room, hosting the class online, or if the class will be canceled and a refund issued.

Additionally, the Park District has a new policy about wearing masks while indoors, effective Monday, August 3. Masks will be required to be worn during in-person classes and for those enrolled in our Summer Care program. This rule will be in place for school aged children (kindergarten and up) and mirrors the plan in place for District 35 schools in the fall.

Current state regulations also stipulate that individuals wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they cannot maintain a six-foot social distance. While the great majority of our programs are outside and set up to be socially distanced, masks should be worn when participants cannot be six feet apart and when they enter Park District facilities.  

Exceptions to this rule include children in preschool classes and people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering. Please visit our Masks Policy FAQs page for more information.

“The latest scientific data about COVID-19 indicates there is a significant benefit to wearing masks,” Sheppard noted. “This new safety protocol is a practical way to protect the health of community and our staff.”

As always, the Glencoe Park District makes decisions based on the safety of our community and staff, our responsibility to our taxpayers, and local and state-wide orders. Please continue to look for updates from us about our fall plans via email, social media, and on the home page of our website

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Registration Open for August Programs, Classes, and Clinics

Classes include sports, art, cooking, fitness, preschool programs, and Kids Care in Fall!

Registration Open for August Programs, Classes, and Clinics
The Glencoe Park District has some serious summer fun scheduled for August! New classes and familiar favorites for adults and kids have been planned, both in-person and online. Registration opens at 7 AM on Friday, July 17 for residents and at 7 AM on Monday, July 20 for non-residents. Sign-ups for some classes, noted below, are available now! We've also included links to our Kids Clubs, which opens for registration on Wednesday, August 5.

Click HERE to view the PDF of our August program guide! Each class title is linked to our registration site.

Virtual Preschool (Registration open now!)

In-Person Preschool (Registration open now!)

Preschool Pop-Ups (Registration open now!)

Kids Club (Registration begins on August 5.)

Virtual Youth Art & Enrichments

In-Person Youth Enrichments

Virtual Karate Classes

In-Person Sports (Registration open now!)

Tennis Classes for Adults (Registration open now!)

Tennis Classes for Kids (Registration open now!)

Virtual Adult Art Classes

Adult Fitness (Registration open now!)

Classes On-Demand
Do you have a group of friends who would like to take a class together? Do you see a class you or your child want to take, but doesn’t fit your schedule? No problem! We let you form your own semi-private classes based on program and space availability. To build your class, contact Adam Wohl at awohl@glencoeparkdistrict.com. Minimums, available days and times may vary.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Changes: Playgrounds and Sprayground Open!

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 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.
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Current Status of Parks & Facilities

Glencoe Beach

NoticeMonday, August 3: Glencoe Beach water Closed due to High Surf and unsafe swimming conditions.
Last Updated August 3 12:54 PM (CST)

Takiff Center

Open
Last Updated July 31 8:47 PM (CST)

West Soccer/Football

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:11 PM (CST)

West Pony Field

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:11 PM (CST)

West Kindergarten Baseball Field

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:11 PM (CST)

Watts Soccer Field

Open
Last Updated July 16 5:11 PM (CST)

Watts Bronco Field

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:11 PM (CST)

Takiff Softball Field

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:11 PM (CST)

Takiff Soccer/Football

Open
Last Updated July 16 5:11 PM (CST)

Shelton Park Tennis Courts

Open
Last Updated July 16 5:10 PM (CST)

Melvin Berlin Park

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:10 PM (CST)

Glencoe Boat House

It's A Go!
Last Updated July 16 4:10 PM (CST)

Disc Golf

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:09 PM (CST)

Central School Soccer Field

Open
Last Updated July 16 4:08 PM (CST)

Watts Ice Center

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

House League Basketball

Last Updated March 12 10:39 PM (CST)