Tennis Archives

The A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center Set to Open June 1!

Posted May 28, 2020

On May 24, Governor Pritzker, by way of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, released a document titled “Tennis Facility and Player Safety Guidance.” This document will assist tennis facilities move consistently, yet cautiously, into the state’s third phase of Restore Illinois.

Beginning June 1, all indoor and outdoor courts will be open for singles and doubles play (four or less people; restricted doubles on indoor courts). All courts must be reserved and prepaid by phone. 

The Winnetka Park District’s A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center operates as an enterprise fund, meaning the facility operates solely through user fees. Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, and the added financial burden to the Nielsen Tennis Center, the Park District has modified the outdoor tennis operation and adjusted the fee structure for reserved outdoor tennis courts.

Masks are required upon entering the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center facility. Bathrooms will be available. The tennis lounge, vending areas, and locker room showers will remain closed.

Cash transactions at the tennis center will not be permitted. Patrons may call (847) 501-2065 to register, reserve a court or for assistance.

View court rates and the full list of operational guidelines.

Tennis Returns to Winnetka!

Posted May 14, 2020

In accordance with national, state, and local directives, and industry guidelines, we’ve developed a phase-in approach to tennis. Our number one priority is to provide a safe, cautious, and slow return to tennis. Here is the current four-phased overview to gradually return to tennis:

Our responsibility is to provide a safe, cautious, and slow return to tennis. Please review the United States Tennis Association website to learn more about playing tennis safely.

The first phase of tennis in Winnetka will look different in many ways. Here are the current guidelines to begin play using the outdoor courts:

  • The courts currently are available via the reduced operating hours of 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • All courts must be reserved by contacting the A.C. Nielsen front desk. Please dial (847) 501-2065 ext. 0.
  • Each participant will be required to waive claims and hold the Park District harmless for injuries, illness or losses, including COVID-19, sustained as a result of his or her tennis play at the Park District.
  • While it is not mandated, each player is encouraged to use a mask or a bandana mask.
  • Currently, only singles recreational play is permitted.
  • Play is limited to two adults. If one player is 18 years of age or younger, she/he must be accompanied by an adult within the minor’s immediate family.
  • Private lessons are provided on a one-on-one format only.
  • Each player is required to use no more than six (6) specifically numbered tennis balls to manage touch-points between players.
  • At the time of a reservation. A two-can ball purchase will be required for $10.
  • Ball purchase will be charged at time of reservation. Payment for the tennis balls will be by credit card only.
  • Balls will be delivered to the court at your reserved time.
  • To manage social distancing, only outdoor courts are available (courts 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 12).
  • Indoor facility and related amenities remain closed.
  • All drinking fountains are off and all bathrooms are closed.
  • No food is permitted on the courts.
  • All benches and score tenders have been removed from the courts.
  • All entrance gates must remain open.
  • Congregating is not permitted on the courts, near the courts, or in the parking lot.

The Nielsen Tennis Center operates as an enterprise fund within the Winnetka Park District and is supported solely by user fees. Since early March, the facility and its operations have been significantly impacted, leading to a significant financial impact. We ask that you support safe play practices and the Nielsen Tennis Center by purchasing a two (2) canisters of new tennis balls for $10 total, which will include differently numbered balls for each player to handle.

As always the Winnetka Park District thanks you for your support of the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center as we continue to work together to bring tennis back in a safe manner.

Call (847) 501-2065 ext. 0 to reserve a court today!

Winnetka Park District Welcomes North Shore Country Day to our A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center Family

Posted August 02, 2018

On June 28, 2018 the Winnetka Park District Board of Commissioners approved a licensing agreement with North Shore Country Day for utilization of the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center outdoor courts. This nine-year commitment, (3) three year terms, makes the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center the home courts for North Shore Country Day’s girls and boys tennis teams starting in the fall of 2018.

“We are excited to welcome North Shore Country Day as part of the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center family”, said Tennis Center Manager, Pat Fragassi. “We look forward to providing a home where these young tennis players can hone their skills and be competitive.”

A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center is currently home to the New Trier High School tennis teams and that relationship will continue. The Tennis Center staff will coordinate with both schools to accommodate their training schedules and home team matches, which will be primarily after school and some weekends during the fall and spring.  This arrangement does not interfere with the A.C. Tennis Center’s lesson program, which utilizes the indoor courts in the fall and spring.

A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center is a facility of the Winnetka Park District. Players can enjoy year round tennis at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center as the facility features eight indoor and 12 outdoor courts (five lighted), a nursery, pro shop, shower/locker room facilities and public access Wi-Fi. This full-service facility offers lessons for all ages, leagues, court rentals, membership and events year round. For more information visit, winpark.org/tennis or call (847) 501-2065.

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.

Park District Holiday Hours

Posted December 12, 2017

The Winnetka Park District’s holiday hours are listed below. We hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!

Winnetka Park District Administrative Office

540 Hibbard Road Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 501-2040
Fax: (847) 501-5779
Online: winpark.org
Email: wpdinfo@nullwinpark.org

Regular Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Holiday Office Hours

  • December 22-25: Closed
  • December 29-January 1: Closed

Winnetka Golf Club

1300 Oak Street, Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 501-2050
Fax: (847) 501-2078
Online: winnetkagolfclub.org
Email: mjohnson@nullwinpark.org

Regular Hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Holiday Hours

  • December 23-January 3: Closed

A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center

530 Hibbard Road, Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 501-2065
Fax: (847) 501-3057

Regular Hours

Monday-Thursday: 6:30am – 10:00pm
Friday-Sunday: 6:30am – 7:00pm

Holiday Hours

  • December 24: 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • December 25: Closed
  • December 31: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • January 1: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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…

Swing Into A Tennis Class After The Pro Tournament

Posted July 10, 2017

A new session of tennis classes will start up the week of July 17. Stop by the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center to learn more or call (847) 501-2065. We’d “LOVE” for you and your family to play tennis with us.