Frequently Asked Questions:
Wilmette Park District Winter Programming

In This Together!

In an effort to keep all Wilmette Park District patrons and staff healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established the following protocols based on recommendations by the state and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):

Masks To mitigate the spread of coronavirus, wearing a mask over your mouth and nose is critical. At this time, the Wilmette Park District requires that you wear a mask for the following:

  • while present in all facilities;
  • while participating in all programs;
  • while playing sports indoors or outdoors (including tennis, platform tennis and golf);
  • while at the Center Fitness Club (including during workout);
  • and when visiting our parks and playgrounds, especially in cases where you cannot maintain six feet of social distancing.

Social Distancing and Smaller Group Sizes Whether indoors or outdoors, please maintain six feet of distance from anyone that does not live with you. Wilmette Park District programs are designed to keep groups small and distanced.

Frequent Hand Washing or Sanitizing Facility patrons and staff are encouraged to wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers often, especially before eating, and after contact with public surfaces. Hand sanitizer is available in all of our facilities.

Cleaning In addition to regular daily cleaning, all facility surfaces are diligently disinfected throughout the day, including doorknobs, railings and other high-touch areas.

Ventilation The Wilmette Park District is committed to promoting as much airflow as possible in our facilities. We will open windows whenever and wherever possible.

Self-Screening Per CDC guidelines, all Wilmette Park District patrons and staff are required to stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including:

  • frequent coughing;
  • fever;
  • difficulty breathing;
  • chills;
  • muscle aches;
  • sore throat;
  • intestinal issues;
  • or recent loss of taste or smell.

Our staff and patrons submit a health screening form and perform a temperature check prior to coming to a program or facility. Staff members and patrons are required to stay home if they, or anyone in their home, are experiencing symptoms, has tested positive for COVID-19, or is currently in quarantine.

Keeping You Informed

To keep you in the loop, we will send periodic COVID-19 Update email messages to:
  • notify you of a reported COVID-19-positive individual who may have been contagious while at a facility and/or in a program;
  • inform you of changes to our programming or protocols as state guidelines evolve; or
  • share tips about how to stay healthy and remind you of our safety guidelines.

Park, Program and Event Information

Our Parks

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.

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 will be a little different, due to the ever-evolving State of Illinois restriction levels in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've found that identifying programs to offer within current restrictions is a very fluid process. Because of this, we will not publish an issue of Winter 2021 Explore!, in print or online. 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:

How will I know which programs will be offered this winter? How do I register?
Within Tier 3 restrictions, we're creating a variety of opportunities for recreation both indoors and outdoors. These opportunities include new options for indoor individual training, 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.
* Platform Tennis classes are listed on wilmettepark.org, and registration is currently underway for them. Additionally, Preschool registration is underway.

Is the Summer Camp Guide coming out soon?
Just like our Winter Explore! guide, the Summer Camp guide will be coming out at a later date than usual, with registration by early spring. As we continue to navigate current guidelines, we are creating a variety of camp offerings to best serve 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.

Cross-country skiing?
Once conditions allow (six inches of snow on the ground), trails will be groomed for cross-country skiing at the Wilmette Golf Course.

Will programs move outdoors?
Weather permitting, several of our programs will run outdoors, in small groups, with proper distancing.

Will programs be available virtually?
Some of our programs will transition to a virtual format. For classes that require materials, packets will be available for pickup at the Community Recreation Center.

If the weather is nice, can we play golf?
The Wilmette Golf Course is closed for the season; the driving range is open. Masks are required at all times. Check golfwilmette.com for up-to-date Golf Course 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.

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?
No. At this time we are not offering room/facility rentals.

Are your 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.