Parks Archives

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.

 

 

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!)

Robert E. Burke Memorial Park Rededication

Posted November 09, 2017

Join the Winnetka Park District and Winnetka Police Department on Saturday November 11 as we rededicate the Robert E. Burke Memorial Park.

In 1957, Robert Burke, a Winnetka police officer, was killed in the line of duty. In 1997, the Robert E. Burke Memorial Park was dedicated to and named in honor of the officer. After 20 years of wear and tear, the original park sign had deteriorated and was in need of replacement. A local high school student requested permission to refurbish the sign for his Eagle Scout project, and it is now complete.

On Saturday, November 11 at 11am, a short ceremony will be held at Robert E. Burke Memorial Park to rededicate the park and remember the officer for his contributions to the community.

Santa’s coming to Hubbard Woods!

Posted November 06, 2017

Santa's Visit

Join the Winnetka Park District as we welcome Santa Claus to Hubbard Woods Park!

Why fight for a mall parking spot when Santa will be just down the street? Warm up with some hot chocolate while your child visits with Santa and has their picture taken. Other fun activities include a trackless train ride, cookie decorating, and real reindeer. If your child has a letter for Santa, this is also the perfect opportunity for them to hand deliver it.

Registration for this event is not required – all you have to do is show up!

Fee: Free
Ages: All
Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Hubbard Woods Park (939 Green Bay Road)

View the Crow Island Woods Stewardship Plan Interactive Map

Posted October 13, 2017

The Crow Island Woods Stewardship Plan was developed in 2011 to address environmental issues for a sustainable ecosystem. Since this time, the District has also had to account for storm damage and emerald ash. Learn 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.