The Winnetka Park District’s mission is to provide a balance of quality recreation and leisure opportunities, while protecting assets, natural resources and open space for the benefit of present and future generations.
We help build an active, vibrant community identity and a sustainable environment by promoting healthy lifestyles for residents of all ages and abilities through quality recreation services, parks, facilities, programs and partnerships that meet the highest standards of excellence.
The Winnetka Park District is a unit of local government, duly organized on September 22, 1903. February 4, 1904, marks the first meeting of the Park District Board of Commissioners. Attendants included Rev. Haarth, president; George Baker, commissioner; Charles Thorne, commissioner; C.W. Coman, commissioner; H.A. DeWindt, commissioner; Max Meyer, treasurer; and Mary Busscher, secretary.
A seven member, volunteer Board of Commissioners, each of whom serves four years, governs the business of the Park District. The current Board consists of Arthur “Mickey” Archambault, Teresa Claybrook, Gerri Kahnweiler, Ian Larkin, Brad McLane, John Peterson and John Thomas.
The Winnetka Park District covers 4.8 square miles in northern Cook County adjacent to Lake Michigan, approximately 17 miles north of downtown Chicago. It includes the Village of Winnetka and portions of the Village of Glencoe and the Village of Northfield, as well as some unincorporated areas. The Park District’s population is approximately 14,500.
The equalized assessed value of real estate for 2014 was $1,311,785,849 (most recent available).
The tax rate for 2014 was .395 per $100 of assessed value (most recent available).
Fiscal Year Budget
The operating budget for 2016 is $9,654,081 before Capitals and debt payment. The fiscal year begins January 1 and concludes on December 31, 2016.
The District issues General Obligation Bonds periodically for capital improvements. Moody’s Investor Service, Inc. has given the Park District a rating of Aa1, citing well-managed financial operations that yield stable operations and ample reserve levels as the reason.
Established in 1904, the Winnetka Park District purchased the first parcel of land to be dedicated to open park space. Over the next century, through donations and purchase acquisition, open space under stewardship has increased to over 240 acres. Spread throughout the community, 27 park sites comprised of a community park, neighborhood parks, play lots, passive parks and linear parks offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities for the residents of Winnetka.
Recreation facilities include A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Golf Club and driving range, Skokie Playfield Complex, Winnetka Ice Arena, Winnetka Platform Tennis, the Green Bay Trail, a boat launch, three swimming beaches and a dog beach.
The District provides a full range of activities and services year-round. Major recreation programs include athletics, outdoor nature programs, one-day workshops, day camps, birthday party service and special events. The District is affiliated with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association.
The District has an appointed Executive Director responsible for administration of the District and 40 full-time staff. The District also employs over three hundred part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers, and volunteers.