Get Your Beach Passes – Beaches Are Now Open!

Posted May 23, 2016

The Winnetka Park District Beaches opened June 4 for the 2016 season. Get your beach pass now and avoid the lines. More info . . .

Applications for the Fourth of July Parade Are Due June 23

Posted May 20, 2016

Parade entries for the Annual Fourth of July Parade are due Thursday, June 23.

Application . . .

Vice President Ian Larkin Presented “State of the Park District” at Town Hall Meeting

Posted May 19, 2016

Vice President Ian Larkin presented the “State of the Park District” at the Annual Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Caucus on Wednesday, May 18.

Copy of Handout . . .

Dwyer Park Community Meetings: May 21 & 25

Posted May 07, 2016

The Winnetka Park District is in the planning stages for playground renovations and site design at Dwyer Park. Learn more . . .

Join Us At The Hubbard Woods Park Rededication: June 15

Posted May 06, 2016

Join us for the rededication of Hubbard Woods Park on June 15. Learn more . .  .

Dwyer Park Playground Renovation & Site Plan Community Meeting #2

Posted May 03, 2016

The Dwyer Park playground is up for renovation and overall site design. As a part of the planning timeline, the Winnetka Park District initiated the project with the first set of community meetings in May.

The next set of meetings will be held Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 am at the WPD Community Room, 540 Hibbard Road.  The agenda for each meeting is identical. That way if one cannot attend the first meeting, interested residents will have an opportunity to participate in the second meeting. Concept plans will be included in this meeting.

Community members unable to attend any meetings, but wish to express your opinions regarding Dwyer Park playground renovations and overall site design, please contact Costa Kutulas at (847) 501-2052 or email him at

Learn more . . .

Hubbard Woods Splash Pad Is Open

Posted April 30, 2016

Cool off this summer at the new FREE Splash Pad Sprayground located in the southeast corner of the Hubbard Woods Park. All the spray features are self-activated during hours of operation, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm daily. Adjacent to the splash pad is a playground for hours of fun and enjoyment.

2016 WPD Community Needs Assessment Survey Results

Posted April 29, 2016

Chris Tatham from the ETC Institute presented the findings from the 2016 Community Needs Assessment Survey at the April 28, 2016 Board Meeting. Learn more . . .

Stay Informed During The 2017-2021 Strategic Plan Process

Posted April 11, 2016

Keep up-to-date on the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan by getting on the email list. This list will be used to send periodic email updates, including community input opportunities. Once the plan is completed we will continue to keep you informed about our progress with quarterly email updates.

2016 Man of the Year: Commissioner John Thomas

Posted April 11, 2016

The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce honored John Thomas as their 2016 Man of the Year at the 40th Annual Recognition Lunch, held April 6, at The Winnetka Community House.

Thomas and his wife, Ellen, have lived in Winnetka for over 40 years. He has added immeasurably to life in Winnetka through his work on public boards, non-profit boards, and aiding rehabilitation programs for those recovering from addiction.

John began his incredible tenure of public service chairing the 1999 Caucus Parks Committee and then the 2000 Winnetka Caucus Council. He then served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and is now doing his third stint on the Winnetka Planning Commission. He was a Winnetka Parks Commissioner in 2005-2009 and returned for a second term in 2011 and is now starting a third term from 2015-2019. John currently chairs their Parks and Beaches Committee and is their representative both to the Winnetka Planning Commission and to the Winnetka Caucus.

He also lives an active life of service outside of civic affairs. John was on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Northern Illinois Girl Scouts. He was President of United Way-Winnetka/Northfield and board member of United Way-North Shore. Currently, John is an active member of the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club and their current president. John is also a long time board member of the Winnetka Youth Organization, serving from 1986 until 2005 and rejoining again in 2010. He has chaired the WYO Board several times along the way and his leadership has been instrumental in the organization’s growth in programs and services for local teens.

John is an incredible asset to our community and all the organizations, including the Winnetka Park District.