Frequently Asked Questions about the Wilmette Park District's response to State of Illinois Tier 3 Restrictions
We know you may have several questions regarding Winter programming, and about how we are adapting to the State of Illinois Tier 3 Restrictions overall. Here are a few answers for you:
Are any Wilmette Park District programs running right now?
We continue to run programs and events in compliance with Restore Illinois Phase Four, Tier Three restrictions. We're thoughtfully designing new types of classes and events, always with your health our top priority. We encourage you to check our website often for updates, as programs are evolving.
How will I know which programs will be offered this winter? How do I register?
Traditionally, we mail our Winter Session Explore! guide to Wilmette residents in early November; registration for Winter Session programs typically begins at the beginning of December; and programs start the first week in January. This Winter is a little different. Identifying programs to offer within ever-changing restriction levels is a very fluid process. Because of this, we will not publish a traditional issue of Winter 2021 Explore!, in print or online.
Within Tier 3 restrictions, we're creating a variety of opportunities for recreation both indoors and outdoors. These include:
- new options for one-on-one instruction,
- outdoor group classes,
- virtual programs via Zoom,
- Tier-3-compliant family events, and
- "pop-up" classes
When these classes open for registration, we will post the information on our website, and on social media. We encourage you to check online frequently, as we will post continual updates. Note: Platform Tennis classes are listed in the Platform Tennis section of this site; registration is currently underway for them. Additionally, Preschool registration is underway.
Is the Summer Camp Guide coming out soon?
The Summer Camp guide will come out later than usual, with registration in early spring. As we continue to navigate current guidelines, we are creating a variety of safe, compliant camp offerings for our community.
Do Early Childhood Center of Wilmette programs such as Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment continue to run?
Yes. Our Early Childhood programs are continuing. For more details and to learn more about how we are keeping safe, visit the Early Childhood section of our website.
Are Beyond the Bell after-school programs running?
Yes. We are currently offering C.A.R.E. and Supervision for Remote Learning in compliance with Tier 3 restrictions.
Can I still work out at Center Fitness Club?
Yes. Capacity limits have been set, so advance timeslot registration is required. Personal training will also continue, and virtual group fitness classes are available for those who wish to work out with us from home. Check our website for more information.
We like to go to free skate in the wintertime. Will the ice rinks be open?
Ice skate time is available by reservation. Centennial Ice Rinks is open for one-on-one training. For more information, check out the Ice section of our website.
Will outdoor ice skating be available?
We plan to set up outdoor ice rinks in the parks as soon as weather permits. Check our website for updates.
Once conditions allow (six inches of snow on the ground), trails will be groomed for cross-country skiing at the Wilmette Golf Course.
If the weather is nice, can we play golf?
The Wilmette Golf Course is closed for the season. When weather permits, the driving range may open. Check golfwilmette.com for up-to-date Golf status.
How about outdoor tennis or pickleball?
Outdoor tennis courts will be available all winter long (pickleball lines have been added to Hibbard and Maple courts); reservations are not required off-season; however, if you prefer to reserve an outdoor court, you can do so through www.yourcourts.com.
Is the Platform Tennis Club open?
Yes, with group size restrictions. All players must wear a mask, even when playing. Winter class registration is underway; go to the Platform Tennis section of this site for info.
Is the Wilmette Tennis Club open? Can I still take tennis lessons?
Yes. Under the new restrictions, the Tennis Club is available for private lessons and singles play only. Remember to wear your mask, even during play. To make a tennis court reservation, please call the Tennis Club Front Desk at 847/256-9676.
How about music lessons?
Yes, in-person or virtual lessons are available from the Center for the Arts.
Are rentals available for parties or gatherings? Can we book a birthday party?
No. At this time we are not offering room/facility rentals, or booking birthday parties.
Are all parks open?
The Park District is closely following recommendations from the Governor's office, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities. Wilmette Park District parks are all open, including playgrounds. Please click here to see the CDC's recommendations for staying healthy while visiting parks and playgrounds.
Are all facilities open?
At this time, the Park District plans to keep all facilities open and operating with the necessary adjustments made to our programming. Please see below for a list of our facility customer service desk hours and phone numbers:
Centennial Ice Rinks: 847-256-9666
- Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wilmette Tennis Club: 847-256-9676
- Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Community Recreation Center: 847-256-9686
- Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Center Fitness Club: 847-920-3900
- Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Administrative Offices: 847-256-6100
- Monday & Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Tuesday & Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
As always, thank you for your ongoing patience, support and flexibility as we collectively navigate this pandemic together.