The Wilmette Park District is an autonomous governmental agency, responsible directly to the people through the election and referendum process. The District receives its operating authority from the Illinois Park District Code, (Illinois Revised Statutes, Chapter 105, Sections 1 - 13). Through the Code, the Park District is empowered to levy taxes within specified limits, acquire and develop parks, build and operate recreation facilities, and conduct recreation programs.

The Wilmette Park District is a special district of local government with its own financial and legal responsibilities, established in 1908 for the purpose of providing park and recreational opportunities to residents of the community and public at large. It is governed by seven elected Park Commissioners of Wilmette, who serve a four-year term without remuneration. Regular Board meetings are generally held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Please check with the main office for particulars 847-256-6100.


The Park Board is made up of seven (7) elected commissioners who serve four (4) year terms. It is the responsibility of the Park Board to acquire, develop, maintain and protect park and recreation areas in Wilmette. This is accomplished by the development of policies and ordinances which govern the operation of the Park District and by the adoption of an operating budget. The Board employs an Executive Director to carry out the policies of the Board. The Park Board meets on the second Monday of every month at the Village Administration Building, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette. The Park Board also meets the third Monday of each month as a Committee-of-the-Whole at 6:30 p.m. at the Mallinckrodt Center, 1041a Ridge Road in Wilmette.

Board of Park Commissioners

Board of Park Commissioners

President: Michael Murdock
Vice President: Kara Kosloskus
Member: Lindsay Anderson
Member: Cecilia Clarke
Member: Patrick Duffy
Member: Allison Frazier
Member: Julia Goebel

Staff: Steve Wilson


The Park District employs 70 full-time employees, and an estimated 425 part-time staff and 700 seasonal staff. Full-time employees are those working 40 hours per week year-round in a position designated as Full-Time by the Board of Park Commissioners. Click here to download a PDF of the Park District's organization chart (COMING SOON)

Executive Director

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer in charge of the Park District and its personnel. The Director is responsible for the administration of a comprehensive recreation program for the entire community, and for the administrative management of public parks, playgrounds, and other recreation facilities. The Director serves as technical advisor and consultant to the Park District Board of Commissioners and administers the policies established by that authority.

The Director has executive responsibility for the recreation, parks and business functions through the efficient administration of each. The Director serves as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners and supervises the District's department heads and the Communications Manager.

Superintendent of Recreation

The Superintendent of Recreation, under the supervision of the Director, formulates and administers the District's revenue facilities - Ice, Tennis, Paddle Tennis and Pool, and a broad public recreation program. The Superintendent of Recreation develops and coordinates recreation programming and maintenance of all recreational and revenue facilities, as well as directing the preparation of reports, policy, personnel recommendations and budget controls with the recreation department. The Superintendent of Recreation directly supervises the Lakefront Manager, Recreation Program Manger, Recreation Facilities Manager, General Manager of Ice and Aquatics, and Racquet Sports Manager..

Superintendent of Parks and Planning

The Superintendent of Parks and Planning, under the supervision of the Director, is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive maintenance and park development program, and the design, construction and maintenance of recreation and park areas and facilities. The Superintendent of Parks and Planning directs the work of employees engaged in the construction, landscaping, and maintenance of recreation and park areas and facilities, and in the maintenance and repair of equipment. The Superintendent of Parks and Planning oversees construction projects in facilities and the park system.

Superintendent of Finance

The Superintendent of Finance, under the supervision of the Director, coordinates all accounting and financial functions. The Superintendent of Finance directly supervises the office and accounting staff which handles program registration, payroll, cash disbursements, budgeting and financial analysis. The Superintendent of Finance also oversees all personnel matters as well as the development and use of the District's computer systems.


Administration and Facilities Offices

1. General Administration Office
Wilmette Village Hall - 2nd Floor
1200 Wilmette Avenue (847-256-6100)

2. Centennial Recreation Complex
2300 Old Glenview Road (Ice: 847-256-9666; Tennis: 847-256-9676)

3. Community Recreation Center
3000 Glenview Road (847-256-9686)

4. Gillson Park - Lakeview Center
800 Gillson Park Drive (847-256-9656)

5. The Mallinckrodt Center
1041A Ridge Road (847-256-9623)

6. Wilmette Golf Club
3900 Fairway Drive (Golf: 847-256-9646)

Park Locations and Acreage

Park Name, Location and Number of Acres

Avoca Park, Iroquois west of Romona Road, 8.0
Bateman Park, Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue, .5
Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Road, 16.5
Community Playfield, 702 Locust Road, 39.0
Earlywine Park, 14th St. & Wilmette Ave., .7
Forest Park, Forest & 18th Street, .5
Gillson Park, Washington & Michigan Avenues, 59.2
Green Bay Bike Trail, Shorewood Park to
Wilmette/Kenilworth border, 1.3
Hibbard Park, Glenview Road & Skokie Blvd., 8.3
Howard Park, Ridge Road south of Lake Ave., 8.7
Keay Nature Learning Center, Hibbard Road & Skokie Blvd., 4.6
Lockerbie Park, Lockerbie Lane at Frontage Road, 0.3
Langdon Park, Chestnut & Sheridan Road, 3.4
Mallinckrodt Park, Ridge Road and Elmwood Avenue, 13.9
Maple Park, 4th & Maple Avenue, 2.1
Shorewood Park, Elmwood & Green Bay Road, 1.7
Thornwood Park, Dartmouth & Thornwood, 8.2
Vattmann Park, 15th Street & Lake Avenue, 4.1
West Park, south of Lake, west of Laramie, 7.0
Wheeler Park, Oakwood and Catalpa, .3
Wilmette Golf Club, 106.0