President's Message

Spring/Summer 2014

         Remember summer? How about green grass and sunshine that really mean business? The Park District is already hard at work making sure everything is ready whenever Mother Nature switches gears from snow drifts to tulips.

     The beautiful Wilmette Golf Club is making plans for its grand reopening in late spring. The golf course closed at the end of July, 2013 for major reconstruction to address flooding problems and renovations that include 14 new greens, 10 new tees, 51 new sand traps, the expansion of three lakes, the grading of every fairway and seeding of more than 60 acres of land. Look for information in early spring about a weekend of celebratory events welcoming golfers back to the course. 

      In addition to the golf club, all our facilities will be open and operating this summer, providing a continuum of recreational options year round. In case you’ve forgotten, last summer Centennial Ice Rinks were closed for state-of-the-art ice surface reconstruction and the Wilmette Tennis Club was undergoing major repairs. This summer we’ve added the NEW Wilmette Platform Tennis Club featuring four courts and a paddle hut to the mix of activities available for you and your family. 

     The Sailing Beach opens May 10. New at the lakefront will be kayak and stand up paddle board lessons. With the addition of 10 more paddle racks we now have 90 storage spaces for paddle boards. Centennial Family Aquatic Center opens its preseason on May 24 (weekends only until June 14). The beaches at Gillson and Langdon Parks also open on May 24. 

     Fireworks and family fun take center stage on July 3 when the Park District hosts the Independence Day festivities in Gillson Park. The Fun Run and Walk for Fun, along with Youth Run events, take place on July 4—also in Gillson Park.

     The Board of Park Commissioners hopes to present a final comprehensive Lakefront Master Plan that will be scheduled soon for review. The Board remains committed to serving the community through sound fiscal management that preserves our natural resources, protects the valuable assets of the facilities and provides excellent recreational opportunities.

     I encourage you to provide the Board with feedback on any concerns you might have. Please do not hesitate to contact me at

James P. Crowley
Board of Park Commissioners    

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