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Elder + Centennial Design Development

Posted October 22, 2021
Publish Date: October 22, 2021

The Winnetka Park District is pleased to present the lakefront improvement plan for Elder Lane Park and Beach + Centennial Park and Beach. The plan fulfills a major objective of the 2030 Lakefront Master Plan — the unification of Elder and Centennial parks and beaches. The plan combines two independent parks into one park totaling approximately eight acres. The plan also provides nearly 1,000 feet of uninterrupted shoreline and unparalleled public beach access in Winnetka.

The unification of Elder Park and Beach + Centennial Park and Beach is made possible by a generous donation embodied in the property exchange agreement reached in October 2020.

The plan for the proposed improvements can be found here. A virtual reality video concept of the lakefront improvements can be viewed here.

The Winnetka Park District appreciates State Senator Laura Fine and State Representative Robyn Gabel investing time to meet with Park District board and staff members to tour Elder and Centennial, as well as the recently completed Lloyd Beach. Senator Fine and Representative Gabel have most enthusiastically endorsed the lakefront improvement plans.

We also are grateful to United States Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, as well as State Representative Jan Schakowsky, for sending their representatives to tour Elder, Centennial, and Lloyd Beaches and providing their letters of support.

The plans, as presently shown, are being submitted for permit with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and other state government agencies.

Public comments in support of the plan can be made using the form below.

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Centennial Beach is presently designated and used as a dog beach. With the plan to combine Elder + Centennial parks and beaches, Centennial Beach will become a swimming beach during the summer. The Park District and Village of Winnetka are working together to provide off-leash dog park and beach opportunities to address the needs of our dog-loving constituents and their canine friends.

To advance these plans, the Winnetka Park District established the Dog Beach + Off-Leash Dog Park Advisory Committee (the “Committee”) to determine location(s), design, and plans for:

  • An off-leash dog beach for use during the summer months;
  • An off-leash dog beach for use mid-September through mid-May; and
  • An off-leash dog park for year-round use.

Please call the Winnetka Park District if you have any questions or want to learn more about the exciting investments in store for Elder Lane Park and Beach + Centennial Park and Beach.


Hubbard Woods Splash Pad Is Open

Posted July 09, 2020

July 10, 2020

Cool off this summer at our splash pad located in Hubbard Woods Park. The splash pad is open daily from 9am-8pm. The playground at the park is also open for your fun and enjoyment!

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…