Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wilmette Park District voted to give stand-up paddle boarders a wider swatch of beach at the south end of Wilmette’s designated sailing beach.
Wilmette Park District recently voted to move stand-up paddle boarders to the south end of the beach at Gillson Park this summer, the option chosen out of four, was the least expensive and will cost about $17,000 to cover staffing, racks, buoys and a portable toilet, Chicago Tribune reported. Stand-up paddle boarders will get a wider swath of beach at the south end of Wilmette’s designated sailing beach and there will also be a lane for paddle boarders to travel parallel to the shore, starting at an undecided distance from the shore, exact details will be worked out in the coming months, Chicago Tribune reported. More than 400 boats and dozens of paddle board users call the beach near Gillson Park home during the summer and the park …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
As stand-up paddle boarding gains popularity many sailors say they cause safety hazards for sail boats returning to shore.
More than 400 boats and dozens of paddle board users call the beach near Gillson Park home during the summer and Wilmette Park District will be discussing three options to decongest the water-activity traffic during Monday’s parks and recreation committee meeting. Wimette resident Chris Dewey, 53, who’s been sailing from the designated sailing beach since 1986 told Chicago Tribune that he saw many close calls between sailors and stand-up paddle boarders last summer, because it’s hard for returning sailors to see paddle boarders when they are not standing up and it’s hard for returning sail boats to move around obstacles in shallow water since they must lift their rudders. Kathy Bingham, superintendent of recreation with Wilmette Park …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
More than 400 boats, dozens of paddleboard users call Gillson Park beach home during the summer.
Wilmette Park District is looking at three options to help sailors, kayakers, windsurfers and stand-up paddleboard users moving safely along the beach near Gillson Park during the May-October season, Wilmette Life reported. Among the options include moving paddleboard users to the South Beach non-swimming area or moving paddleboard use to Langdon Beach—both options have potential problems and staff is researching the options before sharing it with the park board’s recreation committee on March 18, Wilmette Life reported. Related Coverage
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Wilmette Park District wants to get feedback from parent-teacher organizations, senior citizens, young families or local Rotary groups.
Wilmette Park District says they want to hear from more than just lakefront activists on the potential futures of lakefront parks, and plans to meet with consultants to see if they are hearing and acting on the same messages commissioners have received from residents, Wilmette Life reported. The park district board also wants staff to provide a list of what must be done at Gillson and Langdon parks, along with estimates of the costs, Wilmette Life reported. Last year, Wilmette Park District hosted public hearings to share the Lakefront Master Plan, which includes the renovation of the Gillson and Langdon parks and beaches. Smith Group JJR, a Chicago design firm, is helping the park district with surveying and gathering recommendations …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wilmette Park District will host two public hearings to share possible long-range renovations at Gillson and Langdon parks and beaches.
Wilmette residents will soon get to voice their opinions on long-range plans for the renovation of the Gillson and Langdon parks and beaches. Wilmette Park District plans to host two public hearings to share the three possibilities for the long-range Lakefront Master Plan. The hearings could begin the week of Sept. 17 and the week of Oct. 8, according to Steve Wilson, executive director of Wilmette Park District. “We look forward to bringing those to the public,” Wilson said. “We want to make ourselves as accessible as possible, to get as many people out to provide us with their thoughts on the three alternatives.” Smith Group JJR, a Chicago design firm, is helping the park district with surveying and gathering recommendations for the …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
What will happen to Elmwood Beach? Wilmette's Municipal Services Committee will discuss plans for the beach at its next meeting in September.
What Wilmette will do with Elmwood Beach, an 80-foot strip of land wedged between two properties on the lakeshore, remains to be determined after a meeting last week. The Village’s Municipal Services Committee is looking at ideas for the land at Elmwood and Michigan avenues. Several options have emerged, but a consensus has yet to be reached. “It’s moving to some resolution, I am not sure what that is,” said Cameron Krueger, chairman of the Municipal Services Committee. “The upshot is we met and we have a good range of ideas as to what to do with that property." Among the questions that would have to be resolved is what role - if any – Wilmette Park District will play. “We have conveyed to the village that if they wish to explore a future…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The district could bring back Ouilmette Foundation to help local families in need.
For Wilmette families that find the cost of the local Park District programming a little challenging, there may be help on the way — the Ouilmette Foundation could be making a comeback. The Ouilmette Foundation, last used in 1983 to fund a facelift for Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl but has been dormant ever since, could be resurrected as a vehicle for individuals or corporations to donate directly to Wilmette Park District. The district is starting to work on the process of getting the foundation back into place, first by filing paperwork to get current tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. “We are at the beginning of the red tape steps with the IRS. We have not even started writing the paperwork,” said Steve Wilson, …
Monday, July 2, 2012
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wilmette Park District will be celebrating Independence Day on July 3 at Gillson Park. Road closures are expected from 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. near the park. Click the grey arrow in the white tab to reveal the full map.
Information provided by Wilmette Police Department. Wilmette Park District will host the Independence Day 2012 Celebration July 3, Tuesday, at Gillson Park. As in previous years, road closures will occur near the park in order to safely accommodate the large volume of pedestrian traffic. Roads will be closed at 6:00 PM and re-opened at approximately 10:30 PM. Handicap Parking and Drop Off / Pick UP Zone: Limited handicap parking will be available in the Gillson Beach Lot. Handicap drop off and pick up will be available at the Gillson Beach House. Traffic will be routed east on Lake Avenue to Sheridan Road, north on Sheridan Road to Forest Avenue; east on Forest Avenue to Michigan Avenue; south on Michigan Avenue to Lake Avenue; east on …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wilmette dogs will be able to enjoy the beach this Memorial Day thanks to an ordinance amendment. The beach will remain closed on July 3, 4.
Historically, dogs were not allowed on Wilmette’s dog beach on some holidays but this Memorial Day your furry friends will be able to play in the sand and enjoy the waters. On May 14, Wilmette Park District approved an ordinance amendment opening the Dog Beach on Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Dog Beach will still be closed on July 3 and 4 because the space will be used to set up fireworks for the Independence Day Celebration in the park. The Dog Beach is located at the south end of Gillson Park, near Michigan Avenue and Washington Avenue. In the past, Wilmette did not allow dogs in its parks, even if dogs were on leash. So officials felt closing the dog beach on holidays would avoid dog owners walking through Gillson Park on holidays to …