Board FAQs

How can the public learn what is happening at the Park District?
The Park Board welcomes participation from residents. Residents who would like to learn more about the Park District are encouraged to read the Board meeting materials and are invited to attend meetings. To view the current meeting materials, click here. An archive of meeting agendas, board packets and approved minutes is also available on this website by clicking on Meetings, Agendas & Minutes.

The Winnetka Park District website  is a great source for information on the District’s current initiatives, finances, facilities, programs and events. Another source of information is the Program Guide, a catalog of upcoming seasonal program offerings which is mailed to all residents of the district four times a year in January, April, July and November.board-photo-peterson-070415

In addition to the Program Guide, the Park District publishes a monthly e-newsletter, with information on upcoming park district events and programs, which is distributed to subscribers. Click here  if you would like to join our e-mail list to receive this informative update.

Residents can also follow the Winnetka Park District through Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

How can the public express opinions or share facts with the Board of Commissioners and staff?
At Regular Park Board meetings, there is an agenda item called “Remarks from Visitors”. Remarks may also be solicited at special meetings. Public hearings are specifically designed to seek feedback from the community. If you have a question or concern and would like to address the Board at any of these meetings, please comply with the basic guidelines below.

  1. The Board President will chair the meeting.
  2. Any resident or visitor wishing to address the Board, an individual Board member or a guest presenter, must direct their questions and comments to the President at the appropriate time or at the President’s invitation.
  3. The Board will hear a resident’s comments only after the President has recognized the resident to speak.
  4. Speakers will be allowed three minutes and may not yield their time to other speakers.
  5. Persons wishing to speak for a second time may do so with the consent of the President, only after all others have had an opportunity to address the Board.
  6. Please refrain from comment or question at a Public Hearing until the presentation has been completed.
  7. At the discretion of the Chair, you may be asked to submit your question in writing on a 3 x 5 card and you will receive a written response within one week of the hearing.

The President will strive to allow all residents equal opportunity to address the Board. In general, the Board will not comment or respond to issues requiring Board consideration until the issue has been reviewed by the Board/staff.

The Board often has a full business agenda and must complete the work of the Park District at scheduled meetings. Please do not repeat comments or questions that have already been made by others and please do not interrupt Commissioners or other speakers.