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Contact Jenny Runkel, Administrative Assistant at (847) 835-7531, to learn more about our donation program.
Glencoe Park District reserves the right to change the location of the tree, bench, picnic table, or stadium seat if the park is redesigned. Parks under renovation have donation opportunities following the park designer's plans and may have special items not listed here. The District will determine which parks are no longer available for donation opportunities due to lack of space, although established items may be adopted.
Free Skin Cancer Screenings
Visit Lakefront Park on August 13 or 14 for a free skin cancer screening at the Destination Skin Care truck.
Green Bay Trail Update
Village to improve trail crossing at Hazel Avenue starting August 8.
Designs for Lakefront Park Renovation Approved
At the July 19, 2022 Park Board meeting, Commissioners approved design options for the Lakefront Park Racquet Courts and Playground renovation.
Rotary Fun Run Results
Here are the results from the July 4 Rotary Fun Run. Thank you to all that participated and joined the race!
Programs/Facilities Open July 6
All Glencoe Park District programs and facilities will resume on Wednesday, July 6 at normally scheduled times.
Parade Canceled; Beach Closed
Due to recent events, Village of Glencoe Parade is canceled.
Time To Process
To allow our community and staff time to process this tragic event, all Glencoe Park District facilities will be closed, and all programs cancelled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5.
Glencoe's Independence Day Celebration
Now TWO days of fun! Fireworks, music and fun on July 3, plus Rotary Fun Run, Family Games, Village Parade and Beach Party on July 4.
Court Closures for Cleaning
The tennis courts at Central, Shelton, Watts, West and Lakefront Park, along with the basketball courts at Kalk, will be closed for cleaning.
New Pier Coming Soon
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has approved repairs to the pier at Glencoe Beach. The pier will be closed until Memorial Day weekend while work takes place.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance
The Illinois Department of Public Health updated COVID-19 guidelines on March 24.
Early Childhood Programs now Mask Recommended Environment
Last night, our Board of Park Commissioners decided that our Early Childhood wing will continue to follow the DCFS, CDC, and IDPH guidance. This means that as of today, March 2, 2022, our wing is a mask-recommended environment.
Spring/Summer Digital Guide Now Available
We're offering a fresh slate of activities and fun this spring! Registration for spring/summer programs and beach passes starts at 7 AM on Thursday, March 10 for Glencoe residents. Non-resident registration starts Monday, March 14 at 9 AM.
Face Masks/Vaccine Cards will no longer be required for most activities (excluding Early Childhood programs)
Watts Season Extended
Due to cold temperatures, the Watts rinks will stay open until March 6.
Lakefront Park Community Meeting Recap
Watch the Lakefront Park Community meeting and share your feedback in the link.
Community Meeting for Lakefront Park
The Board would like to invite the community to share ideas about the park at the Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Community Meeting on the Lakefront Park Courts and Playground held at the Takiff Center at 7 p.m.
Watts Building to Re-Open
Inside open to public beginning Thursday, February 10
Weather Closure Notifications
In the event of inclement weather, we will make a closure decision by 7 AM for morning programs.
Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines
Our programs and facilities will continue to follow the CDC guidelines.
Face Coverings Required
Face coverings are required all all indoor Glencoe Park District facilities. Proof of vaccination must be shown by participants over age 18.
Vaccine Mandate Update
December 31 Guidance from Cook County
Vaccination & Mask Requirements
Effective January 3, 2022
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners is considering selling a parcel of inaccessible land near Green Bay Road.
Cook County has updated their guidelines.
Updated Plans for Watts
Architects from Wight shared updated designs for the upcoming Watts Recreational Center remodel at the Board of Commissioner's December 7 meeting.
Prescribed Burn at Glencoe Parks
The controlled burn will be done on November 23.
Be Part of the Lakefront Park Design
Seeking Community Feedback
Be Part of the Lakefront Park Design Process
The Glencoe Park District is making plans to renovate the tennis courts at Lakefront Park and would like your feedback!
The Great Mud Run Results
We have the results!
Carol Spain Sworn in as Park Commissioner
At the September 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, Carol Spain was appointed as the District's newest Commissioner.
Youth Program Changes
Together with District 35, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay the start of certain after-school programming by one week.
West Park Design Concept
On August 3, the Glencoe Park District hosted a Community Input Meeting to share initial design concepts for West Park (adjacent to West School at Forestway and Dundee roads).
Masks are no longer required outdoors.
Community Input for West Park Renovations
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved developing a plan for renovations to West Park.
Board of Commissioners Now Seeking Applicants
The Park Board is looking for interested candidates to fill the vacancy on the Park Board left by Brandon Hinkle, who resigned due to a move out of state.
Celebrate Independence Day in Glencoe
We're celebrating Independence Day with a fun run, preschool and family games, a parade, and live music!
Masks Required in Public Areas
After reviewing updated CDC and State of Illinois face mask recommendations, the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has approved new guidelines.
Thank you, Josh and Dudley
Thank you to our retiring commissioners, Dudley Onderdonk (2015-2021) and Josh Lutton (2017-2021).
Mask Update for Vaccinated
Yesterday the CDC announced that
The staircase leading to the Perlman Boating Beach is scheduled for replacement starting in April.
South Overlook Update
We’re pleased to announce that the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has begun repairs to the South Overlook (the Hazel Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park).
Summer Projects at the Beach
South Overlook, boat house stairs and beach improvements to be done over the summer.
Every Day Outside
100 Day Challenge
July 4th Fireworks rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend.
Kalk Park Phase 2
New drainage being installed
Glencoe Park District Receives $2,500,000 in State Funding to Renovate Watts
Watts one of 17 projects awarded Parc Grant
Glencoe Honey Now For Sale
Organic honey, harvested behind the Takiff Center, is now available for purchase!
Duke Park Now Open
Construction of the new playground, which is located near Lincoln and Crescent Drives, is now complete.
2020 in Review
As 2020 comes to a close, here's a look back at the challenges and celebrations Glencoe Park District faced.
Winter Registration January 5
We are excited to offer a wide variety of online and in-person programs this winter, beginning the week of January 18.
14 day quarantine recommended before returning to programs.
Glencoe Holiday Light Tour
Decorate your home for the holidays and help spread some cheer to Glencoe this year!
Watts Ice Rink Open Friday
With the state's move to Tier 3, there are a number of new restrictions Watts users must follow.
District 35 Remote Learning Shift
Kids Club Essential Enrichment Camp to offer full day care; Early Learning Center Preschool to offer remote learning.
New Tier 3 Mitigations
Updated November 18, 2020
New Watts Waitlist
Current state guidelines stipulate 50% capacity or 50 people or fewer at a facility.
Watts Season Passes Sold Out
Watts season passes are now SOLD OUT and the waitlist is full.
Watts Season Passes
We’re pleased to open the Watts ice rinks on Friday, November 27.
November / Decembr Classes Available Online
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.
Board Approves General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds for Park Improvements
Bonds will help fund over $6 Million in park improvements over the next 3 years.
Schuman Overlook Repairs
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved the commencement of repairs to the Schuman Overlook (the Park Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park).
Glencoe Park District Retains AAA Credit Rating from Moody's Investor Services
Park District financial outlooks is stable.
Construction Started on Duke Park
New playground is now under construction.
Cardboard Regetta: Rules and Registration
On Friday, August 7, turn paper and duct tape into a seaworthy vessel!
Public Beach Protection Pilot Program Update
The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Pilot Project for Section 1122 for communities in Glencoe, Lake Bluff, North Chicago, and Evanston!
Park 7N Progress
The Glencoe Park District continues to discuss Park 7n with residents both in favor and concerned about the move of the Booth Cottage.
FAQs: Booth Cottage on Park 7N
Get some of your frequently asked questions answered.
Glencoe Historical Society Land Lease Approved
Park 7N Land Lease Approved for Relocation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Booth Cottage
Governor Awards Oslad Grant to Connect Glencoe Project
$400,000 Grant to help fund trail project.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Booth Cottage Update
Community Input Meeting Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm
Dog Park Task Force Decision
Last February, we began a community conversation about adding a dog park to Glencoe.
Task Force Meeting Minutes
Over the course of several months, the Dog Park Task Force explored six potential sites in Glencoe.
Dog Park Task Force Update
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.
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).
Lincoln & Crescent Playground now Duke Park
The playground at the corner of Lincoln and Crescent Drive is getting a new name.
Board Approves Lincoln Playground Design
At the August 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, plans for Lincoln Playground were approved.
Connect Glencoe Awarded $200,000 State Grant
Bike path grants will support development and land acquisition for bike trails in seven counties.
Glencoe Park District Dog Park Task Force Application
The Glencoe Park District Board is seeking volunteers to serve on a three month task force to explore the feasibility of dog park sites throughout Glencoe.
Potential Dog Park Sites Discussed
The Glencoe Park District Committee of the Whole met on May 7, 2019 to discuss the feasibility of a Dog Park in Glencoe.
Board Discussion on Community Dog Park
The Board of Commissioners will discuss a potential community dog park at their May 7 Committee meeting.
Board Approves Connect Glencoe Architect
The architect has been chosen.
Connect Glencoe Grant Applications Submitted
Board Refines Phase 1 of Connect Glencoe
Community Dog Park Meeting Recap
Here's the presentation and results from the February 12 community meeting, which was shared with the Board of Commissioners at their March 2019 Special Projects and Facilities meeting.
Connect Glencoe Site Master Plan Approved
The Board of Commissioners officially accepts the Master Plan for the Old Green Bay Road Linear Park System.
Community Input Meeting
Glencoe Invited to Share Ideas
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Donations and Dedication Program
Our parks, beaches, and open spaces are part of what makes living in Glencoe so special. The gift of a tree, bench, picnic table, or stadium seat is a great way to honor a loved one or favored pet, celebrate a memorable occasion, thank a person or group for their service to the community, or share a family motto or quote while supporting the Glencoe Park District. For more information about donation options, please call (847) 835-7531 or send us an email.
Timeline: Donations can take 12-14 weeks from the point the park district receives the plaque inscription from the donor; longer if products required are on backorder. If the donor has a specific date they would like the donation competed, please note the date on the donation form. We cannot guarantee a timeline shorter than described above.
The 2022 Watts renovation plan activates inaccessible program space and updates aging mechanical systems, addressing accessibility and space constraints. When completed, this equates to 2,318 additional square feet of accessible multi-use indoor space and a infrastructure lift for the beloved ice rink. Additional amenities outside the project budget may be added if donors are interested.
- Studio Rink Player Box: To expand the Studio Rink usability for games, dedicated players boxes and additional spectator areas would be added on the west side. The new space will expand the rink’s functionality, offer increased player safety, and expand viewing options for all. $100,000
- Outdoor Fireplace: Warm up around our outdoor fireplace, complete with comfortable seating. The fireplace will be located between the rinks, so you can still watch your children on either rink. $50,000
- Gathering Plaza: This enhanced entrance will serve as an outdoor classroom, as well as offer a place to wait between programs. It can be used year-round for events and games happening at Watts Park. $100,000
- Naming Rights: Naming rights are available for both the rink and the facility. Contact Lisa to discuss.
Many varieties of trees and site locations are available for your donation. While final selection of the site and species remains with the Park District staff, we will consult with you on the species and potential location. Installations are completed Park District staff and planted at the proper time in spring or fall, depending on the species. The price includes the tree, installation, 3" x 5" plaque with custom inscription, and continued maintenance of the tree for five years following the installation date. Also available are established tree adoptions which ensure the maintenance of long-lasting mature trees, are beautiful from adoption day one, and are strong, having made it through the first year. Peruse the list below for the most recently planted trees!
- Shade Trees: $750 Commonly taller than fifty feet at maturity, these trees provide glorious shade, cheerful fall colors, and wildlife habitats that can last up to 200 years. Varieties include Tuliptree, Planetree, Buckeye, Maple, Elm, and Oak.
- Ornamental Trees: $750 Intermediate in size, these graceful clump or trunk trees provide colorful flowers that have a lifespan of up to 30 years. Varieties include Linden, Red Bud, Magnolia, and Flowering Dogwood.
- Evergreen Trees: $750 | Ponderosa Pine Market Price. The ornaments of the White Pine, the unique beauty of the White Fir or the rugged, enduring Ponderosa Pine will be a lasting dedication. Please note, the Ponderosa Pine may take up to seven months to locate.
Trees available for adoption PLANTED FALL 2021!
- Dundee & Green Bay: American Linden
- Jackson & Green Bay: Heritage Oak
- Kalk Park: American Hornbeam
- Ida & Old Green Bay: Worplesdon American Sweetgum
- Lakefront Park: Shagbark Hickory, Pecan Hickory
- Lake & Green Bay: Bur Oak
- South & Green Bay: Accolade Elm
- Vernon & Madison: Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple
- Vernon & Monroe: Shagbark Hickory
- Takiff Center: Prairie Expedition Elm
Trees available for adoption PLANTED FALL 2020!
- Duke Park: London Plane Tree, Hackberry, Red Oak, Red Bud, Swamp White Oak | Map
- Lakefront Park: Shagbark Hickory, Burgundy Bell Red Maple
- Green Bay & Lincoln: Shagbark Hickory
- Vernon & Monroe: Shagbark Hickory
- Shelton Park: Heritage River Birch, Autumn Splendor Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Valley Forge Elm, American Hornbeam, Armstrong Red Maple, Scarlet Oak
Donation options are available to suit nature lovers, social butterflies, baseball fans, and more. Select any bench, picnic table, or stadium seat without a plaque or, in the case of benches, with a plaque that reads "Adopt this Bench." The price includes the bench, table, or seat, a stainless steel plaque with a custom inscription, and maintenance for ten years or the life of your bench, table, or seat.
- Bench at Glencoe Beach $4,000
- Picnic Table at the Boating Beach $4,000
- Corner Bench at the Boating Beach $3,000
- Standard Bench $3,000
- Picnic Table $3,000
- Stadium Seat at Berlin Park Baseball Field $1,000
- Cash donations of any amount, which may be targeted to a specific program, park, facility, or the Park District in general
- Cash donations to renovate complete or partial parks or facilities
- Want to help beautify one of Glencoe's parks? Donation options are available for a variety of projects and custom donations
Along the trail there are four social spaces that are available for donations in part or full.
- Drinking Fountain $15,000
- Blocks $14,200 all four or $4,200 each | SPECS
- Zig Zag $13,200 | SPECS
- Chill Seating $4,000 single or $6,000 double | SPECS
- Bench $3,000 each | Map
ALL OPTIONS | Map
- Interactive Water Fountain $100,000
- Water Runnel $50,000
- Drinking Fountain $15,000
- Hand-crank Train Car $4,500 each ONLY 1 LEFT!
- Picnic Table $3,000 each
You can contact Jenny Runkel, Administrative Assistant at (847) 835-7531, to learn more about our donation program.