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Jump into Fall with Winnetka Park District’s Annual Fall Fest

Posted August 30, 2017

Fall Fest

It’s that time of year again: Summer vacation is over and Fall is on it’s way. Pull out your flannels, comfy boots, snuggle scarves and welcome the Fall season with the Winnetka Park District at its annual Fall Fest!

This year’s Fall Fest will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 4:00 to 9:00pm at Duke Child’s Field (1321 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL).

“Fall Fest is one of our village’s largest events, bringing around a thousand people each year to celebrate this great community and welcome Fall amongst neighbors, friends, and family,” said John Shea, Superintendent of Recreation at Winnetka Park District. “Park District staff have been preparing for this year’s event for the past few months, and we are expecting it to be one of our biggest and best yet.”

What can you expect to see this year? Well, aside from the usual music, pumpkin roll races, balloon entertainment, and temporary tattoos, the Park District staff will also be hosting some friendly competitions and activities for tweens, teens, and adults. These include street hockey, a tennis knock-down challenge, golf target challenge with the infamous GolfZilla, and inflatable foot darts and apple spinning games.

“And of course, we’ll be bringing back one of the community’s favorites — Touch-a-Truck — where children can touch, honk and climb aboard a vast array of specialized vehicles, like zambonis, police cars, fire trucks, military vehicles, cement trucks, and village/park vehicles,” said Shea.

Businesses and nonprofits from the community will also be present at the event, and providing fun activities for the family, including sand art, painting and stamping with celery, face painting, and breakfast bag decorating and filling for donations to low-income families.

Food, soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase throughout the event, and free Graeter’s ice cream will be offered to the first 200 children starting at 6:45pm.

The event will wrap up with the showing of the Trolls movie at dusk.

For more information on this event or a complete list of activities and times, visit winpark.org/event/fall-fest.

Bring The Entire Gang To The Family Camp Out

Posted July 24, 2017

The Winnetka Park District’s Annual Camp Out at Tower Road Beach is this Saturday, July 29. There is still time to register. Learn more…

Where’s the Next Party in Winnetka?

Posted July 10, 2017

We’ve had a great summer of fun so far.

1st – The Winnetka Music Festival
2nd – Fourth of July Celebration

What’s next? It’s the Centennial Celebration Evening Party at the Winnetka Golf Club. This July 22 event takes the place of the ever popular Winnetka Parks Foundation’s Party on the Pier.

Learn more…

Fourth of July Details…

Posted July 03, 2017

Looking for details for all the July 4th festivities? Click here…

Take Dad To The Beach Ballpark Brunch – A Day Earlier This Year!

Posted May 30, 2017

This year’s brunch will be celebrated on Saturday at a new location – Elder Lane Beach. Make it a whole weekend for dad, he deserves it. Learn more…

First Tennis Special Event of the Summer…Kids Night Out

Posted May 30, 2017

Have your kids join the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center staff on Thursday, June 22 for Kids night Out: Tennis, Pizza + Movie. No experience necessary and might just be a fun way to expose your child to tennis. Learn more…

Outdoor Courts Ribbon Cutting Slated For June 25

Posted May 30, 2017

The new outdoor courts are playable, but a formal ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 25 in conjunction with the Nielsen Summer Smash event.

Summer Smash info…

Due to Weather Centennial Range Fair Cancelled

Posted May 20, 2017

Sorry folks! Due to rain the Centennial Range Fair scheduled for today has been cancelled. No rain date (pun intended).

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.