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Stepan Family Gives Donation for Boat Launch

Posted July 12, 2021

Winnetka Park District to use donation for upkeep + development at Lloyd Beach

Winnetka, IL; July 12, 2021 — The Winnetka Park District, in conjunction with the Winnetka Parks Foundation, is pleased to announce the acceptance of a generous donation from the Stepan family to enhance the boat launch at Lloyd Beach. In recognition of their donation, the boat launch has been renamed Stepan Family Boat Launch.

The family’s donation will help with outer pier improvements to the Stepan Family Boat Launch and other future improvements to the launch area.

“As a family who has called Winnetka home for more than 75 years, we are honored to support such a precious recreational asset. We truly love everything this community offers and are grateful to leave a lasting legacy to be enjoyed by families for years to come,” said Charlotte (Stepan) Shea. Mrs. Shea, her brothers and sister, parents, and extended family members enjoyed many boating excursions from the boat launch.

“There are so many wonderful memories of times spent boating on Lake Michigan. Activities at Lloyd Park and the boat launch have been woven into our family for decades. We are thrilled to support the Winnetka Park District and the boating community. Giving back is very important to the entire Stepan family,” said Mrs. Shea.

The financial support from the Stepan family will provide continued improvement and maintenance to serve the powerboat community. Recent improvements at Lloyd Park, such as a new, expansive beach, more efficient traffic flow, enhanced motorized and non-motorized boat storage, and longer operating hours, allow Lloyd Beach to accommodate more patrons this season. All of the projects completed are part of the Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Lakefront Master Plan.

“My sincerest thanks goes to the Stepan family for their donation and support. The Park District board of commissioners is honored to accept the Stepan family’s investment in the boat launch. The Stepan family’s donation helps the Park District complete another portion of the Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Lakefront Master Plan,” said, Warren James, president of the Winnetka Park District board of commissioners.

“The entire community is thrilled to see the progress made thus far and are excited for the future of our lakefront. We have many projects ahead of us. The Stepan family’s investment in the boat launch is greatly appreciated,” said James.

Later this summer, the Stepan family will gather at the Stepan Family Boat Launch for a dedication ceremony.

About the Winnetka Parks Foundation

The Winnetka Parks Foundation (WPF) is an official 501c3 nonprofit organization, established in 1999 to enrich our village parks, beaches, recreational activities, and community events. In partnership with the Winnetka Park District and other entities, the WPF also coordinates and sponsors youth programming events to engage underserved communities, extending our outreach beyond the Village of Winnetka. Through generous donations from community members, the foundation has raised more than $2 million to help fund key Winnetka Park District events and projects, to include the Stepan Family Boat Launch and other Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Lakefront Master Plan projects.

Sunshine, Water and Sand Oh my!

Posted July 11, 2018

When you think of Summer, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

For us at the Winnetka Park District, it’s the beach. Our beaches offer open water to swim in, plenty of sand to play on, and lots of space for families to enjoy.

Even your four legged family members can join you at the Centennial Dog Beach so everyone can get in on the fun!

In Winnetka we know every day spent at the beach is a special day, but we like to go above and beyond to pack your Summer full of new and exciting events.

July 14th we’ll be having a Water Carnival at Tower Road beach from 10:00am- 12:30pm. The carnival happens to fall close to national hot dog day, so of course free hotdogs will be provided. On top of the games and activities we have planned, we will also host a sandcastle building contest.

At the same beach on Saturday July 28th, there will also be a Family Camp Out starting at 7:00pm ending at 10:00am Sunday. We’ll provide games, a movie, and refreshments as well as the option to cook your own food using the grills on the beach. Our movie of choice is Finding Dory, which you can see for free if you aren’t planning on spending the night. The sound of the waves will wake you up in the morning and we’ll greet you with a continental breakfast before the camp out comes to an end.

Our last Summer beach event is the Farewell to Summer Family Luau also located on Tower Road Beach. This event is scheduled for Saturday August 25th from 4:00-7:00pm. There will be dinner, swimming, and games followed by a performance from The Barefoot Hawaiian Dancers.

Your golden ticket to enjoy some fun in the sun at Tower Road beach this Summer is a Winnetka Beach pass. Admission to every event is either free or lowered with the purchase of a pass, and you’ll have access to our beaches all Summer!

Take advantage of everything these short summer months have to offer by spending them outside at the beach, we’ll see you there!

New Tower Road Beach House Enhancements

Posted May 07, 2018

The Winnetka Park District is making a few enhancements to the Tower Road Beach House which will have a positive impact for our residents and patrons this upcoming beach season and beyond. The most impactful change will be the reconversion of the restrooms to allow access beyond staffed hours of operation. This will be accomplished through a timed lock entrance to the restrooms, while eliminating access to other areas of the facility. “Our official start of the swim beach season is early June, but we recognize that as the weather improves we have more visitors to the lakefront”, said John Shea, Superintendent of Recreation. “This change allows us to be more accommodating without extending the length of our season and daily hours of supervised operations.”

These enhancements will improve the existing function of the facility including, expanded staff visibility, improved access to the restrooms, and a new water chiller. A majority of the project, including restroom access, is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

Photo: Rendering of Tower Road Beach House after renovations.

This project is part of the Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Plan – a community vision for the Winnetka Lakefront.



Tower Road Beach Access Road Re-Paving Tentatively Starting April 19

Posted April 16, 2018

As part of the Village’s annual road rehabilitation program, A Lamp Concrete Contractors will be milling and re-paving the driveway that provides access to the Water Plant, Electric Plant, Tower Road Beach and the pier. The work is expected to take approximately three days to complete. Milling of the deteriorated asphalt service is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 19th. Paving work is scheduled to follow during the week of April 23rd.

During the construction work, access to Tower Road Beach will be limited to the pedestrian walkway in Tower Road Park. The Village appreciates and thanks you for your cooperation and patience during the completion of the planned improvement. If you have any questions, please contact the contact the Water & Electric Department at (847) 716-3558.

The spring program brochure is here!

Posted January 29, 2018

Check out the Winnetka Park District spring brochure to see what programs and events are coming up in the spring and summer.

The winter brochure is here!

Posted November 17, 2017

Check out the Winnetka Park District winter brochure to view our upcoming holiday events, winter break camps, programs, and more!

And be sure the save the date for our spring brochure coming in January which will include more information on our summer camps! We offer a wide array of summer camp programs for youth and teens, with flexible full-day or half-day options.

  • Variety and adventure camps
  • Lakefront camps (sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming)
  • Athletic and sports camps (baseball, football, field hockey, golf, tennis, hockey, ice skating and more!)

Learn When To Register For Your Favorite Fall Programs Or Events

Posted July 31, 2017

The Winnetka Park District registration for fall programs and events starts in early August. Check out our registration page for specific dates per facility.

Check Out The Fall Guide

Posted July 31, 2017

Check out the online version of the fall guide…

Lakefront Staff Conduct a Successful Mock Rescue

Posted July 18, 2017

On Tuesday, July 19, 2017 the Winnetka Park District Lakefront staff conducted a mock rescue scenario with the cooperation of the Winnetka Fire and Police Departments. In advance of this drill patrons were notified that Tower Road Beach water access would be unavailable between 2:50 – 3:45 pm, while the District’s other two swim beaches, Elder Lane and Maple Street Beaches remained opening for swimming.

All lifeguard and beach attendants not on active duty at the other two beaches attended this mandatory training. After reviewing procedures and expectations from the Winnetka Park District management, Police and Fire the staff conducted a simulated drowning rescue utilizing lifeguard staff.

This drill is a part of the on-going training staff are provided through the beach season.

Positive feedback was received for all those involved in today’s in-service training.

“I think the training was success. It is a very important part of keeping the community safe. Winnetka Park District does a great job coordinating it.” – Brian O’Connell – Winnetka Police Department

“I think it went incredibly well. They followed all the rules. Overall they did everything we expected of them.” – Chris Tillson, Winnetka Fire Department

“Watching the scenario it looked like the staff had effective communication. Overall the rescue went well. I appreciated the fire and police personnel being here.” – John Shea, Superintendent of Recreation.

“I thought the rescue was excellent and everything went very smoothly.” – Mac Parkinson, Lakefront Staff Member 


Mock Rescue Drill Scheduled for July 18

Posted July 13, 2017

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 the Lifeguard Staff will be conducting a mock water rescue as a part of their on-going training in cooperation with Winnetka emergency personnel.

Swimming at Tower Road Beach will be halted from 2:50 – 3:45 pm for this exercise. Beachgoers will be allowed to observe and remain on the beach. A recap of the training will be posted on our website after the event.

Maple Street Beach and Elder Lane Beach will remain open for swimming during this time period.

Thank you for your understanding.