About Parks & Planning

The Department of Parks and Planning is responsible for maintaining the 314 acres of parks, which include the 59-acre Gillson Park on Lake Michigan's shore, 12 tot lots, baseball, football and soccer fields located throughout the Village of Wilmette.


Ongoing Project Updates

JANUARY 2022

Langdon Shoreline Stabilization

  • The Lakefront Committee received an un update for the Langdon Shoreline Stabilization project with three proposed concepts at the January 10 committee meeting. Concepts present revetment and access options for the shoreline. The committee is analyzing each option and requesting additional information including projected costs.
  • Click Here to download and view the presentation and concepts.

DECEMBER 2021

Gillson Comprehensive Plan

  • Designers presented an update at the December 13 Regular Park Board Meeting that focused on circulation patterns at Gillson Park, specifically relating to Middle Drive and Upper Drive.
  • CLICK HERE to view the Regular Park Board meeting video.
  • Click Here to download and view the presentation.

Landscape Master Plans

  • The Landscape Master Plans were approved at the December 13 Regular Park Board Meeting. The plans includes details on current conditions and recommended plantings for Centennial Park, Community Playfields, Hibbard Park, Howard Park, Maple Park, Thornwood Park and Vattmann Park.
  • Click Here to download and view the document.

NOVEMBER 2021

Maple Park Playground Renovation

  • On November 30, Maple Park Playground construction was officially postponed until 2022 due to the uncertainty of the estimated delivery date for the playground equipment.
  • The Village of Wilmette approved the necessary permits for Maple Park Playground construction.

Gillson Comprehensive Plan

  • Consultants of the Gillson Comprehensive Plan presented at the November 8 Regular Park Board Meeting. An overview of the Fall Community Engagement Opportunities and subsequent feedback was presented regarding the 4 proposed park concepts. A fifth concept was presented having been created based off the gathered community feedback.
  • CLICK HERE to view the Regular Park Board meeting video.
  • CLICK HERE to download and view the presentation.

Village Stormwater Project

  • Representatives of the Village Stormwater Project presented at the November 8 Regular Park Board Meeting. A summary of the status of the project was given before delving into details for Phase III of the project at Thornwood Park.
  • CLICK HERE to view the Regular Park Board meeting video.
  • CLICK HERE to download and view the presentation.