Park Alerts

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.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

This Saturday, May 30: Additional Tennis Courts Open, No Reservations Required; Disc Golf and Pickleball Allowed

Tennis Lessons Available

As Illinois moves into Phase 3 of its Restore Illinois plan, the Glencoe Park District will open up additional park amenities beginning this Saturday, May 30. All Park District tennis courts will open and disc golf can resume, with accommodations made for social distancing. Pickleball can also be played on tennis courts at Watts and Shelton.

All tennis courts will be open for single play or doubles play between family members. The middle net will be taken down at parks with three tennis courts and one court will be available for play at parks that have two courts. 

Reservations will no longer be required to play Players are required to use the following rack-up system to reserve a court:

  • Hang your racquet in the designated area for that court before the scheduled court change.

  • Remain with your racquet to validate your reservation.

  • Courts must be yielded promptly at the scheduled time. Please be considerate and allow points in progress to be completed without interruption.

  • Court usage is limited to one hour if other players are waiting.

All Glencoe Park District tennis programs have priority use during summer programs. Dogs are NOT allowed on the courts. Rollerblading, skateboarding, and biking are not allowed on tennis courts.

The Glencoe Park District will also be providing private lessons. Contact Shannon Stevens at for more information on private lessons.

Residents may use the tennis courts for private lessons by obtaining a permit. Private lessons are for groups of two people or less. Contact Shannon Stevens at for permitting information.


Disc golf can also resume on Saturday, May 30. New rules include limiting play to two people, using hand sanitizer and hand washing frequently, keeping your distance from others, and trying not to touch disc baskets.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Two Tennis Courts at Central Park and West Park Now Open

Tennis Allowed with New Safety Regulations

Tennis will resume at two of our outdoor courts at Central Park and West Park as of Saturday, May 16. New Park District regulations have been implemented to ensure the safety of both players and Glencoe Park District staff.

“The Glencoe Park District team reviewed national, state, and local directives, along with industry guidelines, to determine the best way to play tennis on our courts,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director of the Glencoe Park District. “Playing tennis in Glencoe will be different now, but our primary goal is to make sure we keep our community and our staff safe.”

Tennis reservations are limited to one-hour time slots per day, per household. Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance but must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Drop-in play is allowed if the court is not reserved. Players should add their names to the open time slots at the tennis court.

Courts will be available from 8 AM-7 PM, seven days a week. Residents can reserve courts via the Park District’s online reservation system HERE. The middle court will not be available in order to support social distancing rules. While it is not mandated, each player is encouraged to use a mask or a bandana.

Currently, only singles recreational play is permitted. Players under 18 must be accompanied by an adult from their immediate family.

Courts must be used for tennis only. There will be no private instruction or doubles/group play. Tennis court usage can be revoked at any time.

All drinking fountains are off and bathrooms closed at the courts. Entrance gates must remain open and congregating is not permitted on the courts, near the courts, or in the parking lot. No food is permitted on the courts.

Additionally, the Park District suggests extra precautions to keep safe when playing tennis:

Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball.

* Take one set of numbered balls and have your playing partner take a set of balls from the other can. 

* Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only.

* Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.

Visit the United States Tennis Association website to learn additional information about playing tennis safely.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Child Care Now Available to Essential Workers

Limited Openings Available

This week, the Glencoe Park District completed all necessary steps to be granted an Emergency Child Care license from DCFS to help provide care for essential workers in our area. 

Care will be provided Monday-Friday from 7 AM-6:30 PM for children ages 0-12.

If you or someone you know needs emergency child care, please contact Early Childhood Manager Jessica Stockl at for more information. Spaces are limited!


Current Status of Parks & Facilities

Glencoe Beach

Last Updated May 23 2:03 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

Last Updated April 29 3:12 PM (CST)

Disc Golf

Last Updated April 29 3:11 PM (CST)

Watts Ice Center

Last Updated March 12 10:39 PM (CST)

Shelton Park Tennis Courts

Last Updated March 12 11:39 PM (CST)

House League Basketball

Last Updated March 12 10:39 PM (CST)

Glencoe Boat House

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)