About Us


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.

Recreation Opportunities

The Park District owns and maintains 27 park sites throughout the community.

Recreation opportunities include the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Golf Club, 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 programs year-round. Major recreation programs include athletics, outdoor nature programs, one-day workshops, day camps, parties and rentals, and special events. The District is affiliated with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association.


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 governs the business of the Park District. Each commissioner serves a term of four years. Click here to view the current Board.


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 villages of Glencoe and Northfield, as well as some unincorporated areas. The Park District’s population is approximately 14,500.

Real Estate

The equalized assessed value of real estate for 2014 was $1,311,785,849 (most recent available).

Tax Rate

The tax rate for 2014 was .395 per $100 of assessed value (most recent available).

Fiscal Year Budget

The fiscal year begins January 1 and concludes on December 31. For information on our current operating budget, click here.

Bond Rating

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.


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.

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