Our District

Glenview Park District

Our mission is to provide quality recreational programs, facilities and open space.

Our vision is to promote enriching and enjoyable experience that benefit individuals, families and the community as well as the natural environment.

View our Guiding Principles.


The Glenview Park District is one of the largest, most unique park districts in Illinois! Whether you are interested in learning about the future, discovering the past, taking up a new sport, enjoying your leisure time in the great outdoors…or just plain having fun…the Glenview Park District is the place for you.

The Glenview Park District serves more than 50,000 residents including all of Glenview and Golf, small portions of Niles, Northbrook, Northfield and Skokie, and unincorporated areas beyond the village limits. Our facilities and programs are open to all.

Here is quick peek at our district:

Park Center, an award-winning community center where you can work out at our fitness center, swim year round at Splash Landings (rated by North Shore Magazine as the best indoor water park in the North Shore), play a game of pick-up basketball, walk or run our track no matter what the weather, attend classes in arts, dance and preschool, make new friends at the senior center, have a party and much more! Park Center also serves as our central registration and information center.

The Grove, a 145 acre natural and historic treasure, home to some of Glenview’s earliest settlers, where you can learn about nature, history, and the environment while visiting an authentic log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, Indian long house and tipi, nature center and hiking trails.

Historic Wagner Farm, one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County where you can milk a cow, experience farm life as it was in the 1920s, learn where food comes from, and visit the Heritage Center museum with interactive exhibits, milking parlor, ice cream parlor, greenhouse and an authentic 1930s grocery store.

Schram Memorial Museum, a refurbished World War II era Navy Chapel which can be used for weddings and other special occasions.

Tyner Interpretive Center at Air Station Prairie, a 32-acre tall-grass prairie from pre-settlement times featuring walking paths and a state of the art LEED Platinum-rated “green” environmental learning center.

Glenview Park Golf Club, located in the heart of town, this landmark 18-hole community golf course with a beautifully maintained, challenging course, a friendly staff, and a private country club feel, yet reasonably priced.

The Cafe at the Glenview Park Golf Club, great dining with a view and outdoor seasonal dining at the Gazebo Grill. The Cafe is also an ideal location for parties and banquets for 40 to 110 guests.

Glenview Prairie Club-Golf & Paddle, our newest facility and recipient of the 2013 IPRA Outstanding Facility of the Year Award. Play a quick 9-holes or a high energy game of paddle and relax with a drink and a snack around the fireplace in the cozy clubhouse our out on the patio overlooking the course.

Glenview Ice Center, a premier regional teaching center with a highly qualified staff and progressive programming. The Ice Center has two indoor ice rinks offering public skating, figure skating and hockey lessons, and hockey and broomball leagues.

Glenview Tennis Club, an eight court indoor tennis complex and learning center where you can take advantage of the unlimited benefits of playing tennis in this superb club setting. The Glenview Tennis Club is great place for all members of the family to get in shape, play tennis, and meet friends.

Roosevelt and Flick Pools, award winning outdoor swimming complexes that are fun for all ages complete with zero depth pools and one-of-a-kind water features and slides.

Great Parks, 848 acres of owned and leased land, including 26 parks and 13 school grounds, site of playgrounds, ball fields, tennis and sports courts, a dog park, two skate parks and a disc golf course.

 

How is the park district governed?

Our district is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. They serve without compensation and are directly responsible to the electorate. Day-to-day operations are handled by a professional staff led by an Executive Director.

How is the park district funded?

Approximately 7.5% of resident property tax is paid to the Glenview Park District, which is a separate taxing entity. Taxes provide about 46% of the park district’s annual operating budget of more than $18 million. The balance of income is derived from user fees, admissions, rentals, sales and so forth. Grants, donations and endowments for special projects provide another source of revenue.

Special-interest facilities such as Glenview Ice Center, Flick and Roosevelt outdoor aquatic centers, Glenview Tennis Club, Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview Prairie Club, Park Center Health & Fitness and Splash Landings Indoor Aquatic Center charge memberships, user fees and admissions. Taxes are not utilized to support the golf clubs, tennis club or ice center.

Major Organizational Divisions: The Glenview Park District has 4 functional subdivisions:

Administrative Services and Marketing – includes accounting, technology, human resources, risk management, marketing and general administrative operations
Park & Facility Services – includes parks, playgrounds, sports fields and general park district infrastructure
Special Facilities – includes Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview Tennis Club, Prairie Club and Glenview Ice Center
Leisure Services – includes Park Center, The Grove, Historic Wagner Farm and Evelyn Pease Tyner Center and Air Station Prairie operation

A Tradition of Community Cooperation

One of the keys to our success throughout the years has been the development of strong cooperative relationships with other government bodies and community organizations. Since the early 1950s, the park district has participated in cooperative agreements with local school districts under which the park district maintains school grounds in exchange for being allowed to utilize school grounds and buildings for program space.

Cooperative efforts with other government bodies and organizations also benefit the community. In just the past five years, the Glenview Park District:

  • Completed Glenview Park Golf Course Renovation— The goal of this cooperative project with the Village of Glenview created better course playability, turf conditions, drainage and value for our GPGC players as well as well as helping with storm water management improvements for the community. 16 acres feet of storm water storage was added to the course. The work included re-grassing of all the greens and fairways with a bent grass variety; rebuilding all 54 sand traps to improve drainage and increase playability; adding a new lake on hole seven and expanding the existing one and constructing a detention area on the course for approximately 4,970,000 gallons of storm water that will assist in improving storm water management in the area around the course.
  • Major project brought about by an intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Glenview installed a pumping station and generator at Cunliff Park to help improve storm water management for an area impacting over 1,000 resident  and enhance park amenities park amenities at the same time. This is a great example of two public agencies working together in the spirit of cooperation that will have long-lasting benefits to the resident as well as significant cost savings to our tax payers.
  • Jackman Park was renovated to include a new playground for both age groups, a seating plaza, pathways, lighting and landscaping. This project was made possible in part by a substantial $200,000 donation from the Glenview Park Foundation.
  • Flick Park soccer fields were renovated through a generous $500,000 donation by the Glenview Chapter of the American Youth Soccer Association. Improvements include drainage, irrigation, regarding and new athletic turf.
  • In 2013 the GPD and the VOG won Best of the Best award for Intergovernmental Cooperation on the renovation of the Administration building and Small Business Partnership with Egg Harbor restaurant for the Wagner Farm Dairy Breakfast.
  • The Glenview Farmers’ Market held at Historic Wagner Farm launched the LINK program in conjunction with the Northfield Food Pantry. The new program provides lower income families the opportunity to purchase fresh produce at the market.
  • Renovated the Willow Park Fieldhouse for cooperative use with Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association. This project was made possible by the donation of $200,000 from the Glenview Park Foundation and $200,000 from the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Foundation. The newfield house is handicapped accessible and serves as a primary programming space for NSSRA and Glenview Park District special needs programs.
  • The Glenview Park District and Village of Glenview received the 2012 Habitat Project Conservation Leadership award presented by the Audubon Chicago region for numerous cooperative joint environmental efforts.
  • Assumed responsibility for the management of Gallery Park from the Village of Glenview in 2010. This 145 acre park, the centerpiece of the Glenview Naval Air Station redevelopment, features a 45-acre lake, wetland and natural restoration areas, walking and biking trails, an amphitheater, boardwalk, playgrounds, gardens, fountain, tennis courts, and athletic fields. Inaugurated cross-programming efforts with the Glenview Library in 2011 including “sampler programs” exposing library patrons to park district offerings and “Story Walks” in Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park.

Character Counts

The Glenview Park District is a participant in the Character Counts program, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. This program fosters community education in the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect for Others, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. For more information on this program, go to charactercounts.com.

See you in the parks!