Recreation Archives

Recreation Department Staff Earns National Certification for Parks and Recreation

Posted May 05, 2017

John Shea, Superintendent of Recreation, along with Recreation Supervisors, Toby Ross, Kevin Rutherford and Greg Sauber were recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements—including a combination of higher education and/or work experience—and who successfully complete the national CPRP examination.  The examination tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation.  CPRP certifications are valid for a period of two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete a professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

Individuals certified as CPRPs meet high standards of education, expertise and experience established in the field for park and recreation professionals, and many agencies recommend or require CPRP certification when hiring for professional positions.

“It is wonderful that our recreation staff is committed to the professional and continued education” said John Muno, Executive Director of the Winnetka Park District. “Their passion for public parks and recreation is tested daily with the quality programs, events and services they bring to the community”.

The CPRP program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with NRPA and the CPRP Certification Committee.

7th Annual “Best Of” – Please VOTE for Centennial Dog Beach

Posted May 04, 2017

Make it Better 7th annual “Best Of” contest includes Centennial Dog Beach as a nomination for Best Dog Beach. We are excited about this honor/nomination and ask for your help.

Please help this nomination rise to the TOP by voting today. Link to voting…

Voting concludes on May 15.

Please share with all your friends, family and neighbors as well.

Start Training for the Almost 5K Firecracker Run

Posted May 01, 2017

The Winnetka Park District’s recreation department is bringing back the Firecracker Run on Saturday, July 1 so start your training. Learn more…

Show Your Support for the Winnetka’s 2017 Fourth of July Celebration

Posted April 09, 2017

The Fourth of July Celebration is the largest and most expensive community-wide celebration that takes place in Winnetka annually (at least these past 129 years).  Financial support for this event comes primarily through the Winnetka Park District, Village of Winnetka and the Winnetka Parks Foundation.   Secondary financial support comes through the business partnership program and from Boy Scout Troop 20.  The third level of support comes through private donations from community members.

Please show your support in 2017, and consider being PATRIOTIC please.

Link to Online Donations

Link to PDF Donation Form

Red Level: $49 and less financial commitment

Benefits received:

  • Another Great Community Celebration
  • Our Sincere Gratitude

White Level: $50 – $99

Includes all benefits from the previous level plus:

  • Recognition in the WPD Fall Brochure

Blue Level: $100 – $499

Includes all benefits from the previous levels plus:

  • Fourth of July Supporter Yard Sign*

Stars & Stripes Level: $500-999

Includes all benefits from the previous levels plus:

  • WPD Chic Picnic Cooler or Chair
  • Fourfest/Fireworks Reserved Parking Space near the Winnetka Ice Arena

Patriotic Level: $1000+

Includes all benefits from the previous levels plus (one of the following)

  • Starter at the Events on the Green (1 slot available)
  • Grand Marshal of the Children’s Flag Parade at Village Green (1 slot available)
  • Parade Banner before one of the music/entertainment acts (several slots available, plus you may have two/three designees carry the banner if you choose)
  • Attraction Supporter Signage at Fourthfest (several slots available – only one per activity

*Donations received by June 20, 2017, or while supplies last after June 20.  Yard signs will be delivered to Blue Level or higher homes between June 28-30.

All other physical benefits can be picked up at time of donation (in-person donation) or with receipt (for on-line donations) at the Winnetka Park District Administrative Offices, 540 Hibbard Road.  For more information contact Toby Ross at 847-501-2071 or tross@nullwinpark.org.

Upon receipt of Patriotic Donation please reach out to Toby Ross at 847-501-2071 or tross@nullwinpark.org to secure your intangible benefit.

Business partnership opportunities are still available.  Contact Mary Cherveny at 847-501-2076 or mcherveny@nullwinpark.org.

Link to Online Donations

Link to PDF Donation Form

The WPD Summer Guide Is Here! Let The Fun Begin…

Posted April 04, 2017

The Summer Program & Facility Guide Is Available! Enjoy your summer with the Winnetka Park District!

View here . . .

John Muno Appointed New Executive Director

Posted March 24, 2017

The Winnetka Park District Board of Commissioners appointed current Superintendent of Facilities, John Muno as the new Executive Director at the March 23, 2017 Park Board meeting. John Muno’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Robert Smith who served at Executive Director since January 2014. Mr. Smith will be retiring after 40 years in the Parks and Recreation industry including 12 years with the Winnetka Park District.

“It is a natural transition and one that has been in the works since our last appointment,” said Park Board President, Ian Larkin. “We anticipate a smooth transition in leadership.”

Mr. Muno has been with the Winnetka Park District since November 2011 when he was hired as the Superintendent of Recreation. His led the recreation team in tremendous growth in programming and an improvement in the quality of service. His entrepreneurial skills set, led the way to his leadership role expanding into golf and tennis management. In 2015 he moved to the Superintendent of Facilities position, which included management of ice, platform tennis, tennis and golf.

John has over 30 years in recreation and sports management and consulting.

Mr. Muno attended Western Illinois University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Park and Recreation Administration and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration. He has furthered his education through a variety of professional development courses  and conferences. During his previous years in the public sector he served on several state and national organization committees, often taking on leadership positions.

Something For Your Tweens: Try Our New Water Explorers Camp This Summer

Posted March 21, 2017

Your 5th – 8th grade can spend the summer at the beach sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. Sound fun? Learn more . . .

Looking For A Summer Job?

Posted January 02, 2017

The Winnetka Park District is seeking dedicated and passionate summer staff for camps, beaches, boating, golf and marketing.

Learn more . . .

New Programs & Events Starting In January

Posted December 27, 2016

Check out our winter guide for new program and events for your entire family!

To our winter guide . . .

Check out the Photos from Santa’s Visit & Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating

Posted December 12, 2016

The Winnetka Park District hosted Santa’s Visit and Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating on December 10, 2016 at Hubbard Woods Park.

Santa’s Visit Photos
Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating Photos