News and Announcements

Dog Park Task Force Decision

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Last February, we began a community conversation about adding a dog park to Glencoe. The conversation started with a community input meeting, which brought over 100 residents out on a cold night to discuss logistics, the pros and cons of a dog park, and potential locations. From there, the Board of Commissioners reviewed community feedback and honed in on six potential locations. They also appointed a Task Force of eleven community members to further explore the feasibility of a Glencoe dog park. Then, the Task Force got to work. They toured each potential location, eliminated unsuitable locations, and selected one acceptable location for the dog park: the southwest corner of Shelton Park. 


Click here to see the Task Force's presentation to the Board of Commissioners. 

2019 Year in Review

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we're reflecting on an amazing year. With our new Strategic Plan as our guide, we affirmed our mission to enrich lives, build community, and create memorable experiences through exceptional parks, programs, and facilities. Click here to read some of our highlights.

Dog Park Task Force Update

Friday, December 6, 2019

After many months of work, the Dog Park Task Force is prepared to present its findings and recommendation to the Park Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Takiff Center. More

We would like to thank our 11 member task force for their due diligence in researching and discussing this issue thoroughly.

Connect Glencoe Awarded $667,150 TAP-L Grant

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Connect Glencoe Awarded $667,150 TAP-L Grant

On October 10, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee  approved the FFY 2020-2022 locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). The program included $667,150 in grant funding for Connect Glencoe. The Glencoe Park District will use funds towards connect five separate parks with a meandering path that takes walkers, runners, and bikers through an urban garden of mature trees. The trail will connect users to various gardens, activity amenities, a new playground, an interactive water feature, a sculpture, as well as downtown businesses, the lakefront, and the train station. 

 

Watts Community Meeting Summary

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Watts Community Meeting Summary

On November 5, approximately 50 community members attended a meeting on the future of Watts Recreational Center. The meeting was the first step in a long-term planning program for the facility.

The next step is to share feedback and flush out ideas with the Watts Advisory Board. The next Advisory Board meeting will be held November 26 at 7 pm at the Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe). If you are interested in joining the Watts Advisory Group, applications are available here.

Watts Community Input Meeting on November 5

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Watts Community Input Meeting on November 5

The Glencoe Park District is beginning a Master Plan project for Watts Recreational Center. The plan will address programming space and the ice rink's infrastructure, which is nearing the end of its' useful life. In addition, the plan will explore options to expand the facility's program offerings.  


Throughout the process, the Board of Commissioners would like the community's feedback. We invite you to share your thoughts by completing our survey, sending an email, and/or attending a public meeting on the project. A community input meeting on Watts Recreational Center will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 5 at the Takiff Center. 

Glencoe Park District Wins National Gold Medal Award in Parks and Recreation

Glencoe Park District awarded prestigious Grand Plaque during 2019 NRPA Annual Conference

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Glencoe Park District Wins National Gold Medal Award in Parks and Recreation

Months of preparation and commitment to the highest level of service in parks and recreation has paid off for Glencoe Park District. They have been awarded the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), awarded this honor to Glencoe Park District live during the Opening General Session at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Board Approves July 4 Fireworks

Public to view from Lakefront Park

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Board Approves July 4 Fireworks

At their September 17 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to continue fireworks on July 4 at Lakefront Park. 

Prior to the meeting, a community survey was shared via email and social media with residents. 546 people responded to the survey.  For survey results and comments, please click here.  

2019 Great Mud Run Results

Saturday, September 14, 2019
2019 Great Mud Run Results

On September 14, 2019, 356 Glencoe kids completed The Great Mud Run. The 2K course included 12 obstacles, including two new challenges, at Watts Park. For complete results, click here.

Community Survey: Independence Day Fireworks

July 3 at Glencoe Beach or July 4 at Lakefront Park?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Community Survey: Independence Day Fireworks
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking community feedback about changing the Independence Day fireworks to July 3. If approved, Independence Day fireworks would be shot from a barge on July 3 and viewing would once again be on the sand at Glencoe Beach. This would also mean Glencoe Beach would be open on July 3 and 4. If you would like a voice in the decision, please complete the survey by September 12.
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