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Scott Fuller, Director of Parks & Recreation, (847) 746-3505


The Winthrop Harbor Parks & Recreation Department is proud to provide numerous programs for our residents, both youth and adults. This page provides the basic information on our programs, and we encourage you to visit the Community Calendar and Newsletter links (at left) for current details.

Goals of Youth Programs

The purpose of our Youth Programs is to provide young people with a safe and enjoyable athletic experience with emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play. All participants receive instruction in the fundamental skills of the sport, including positioning, rules and basic strategies. Every player is given an opportunity to participate at various positions in practices and games.

Youth Baseball / Softball

This program is open to ages 5 through 16, regardless of ability. Fees include uniforms which consist of a shirt, pants and a baseball cap. The breakdown of the leagues is by age as defined on the Baseball Info Sheet. (fees are also on the Info sheet). Teams are formed strictly on the basis of skill level in order to ensure fair and equal teams. Evaluations are mandatory for the Pinto league and all upper leagues. Once teams are formed, the coaches contact their players to arrange practice times, share game information and field questions from the players. Tee-Ball teams are selected randomly.

Ladies & CoEd Recreational Volleyball

This league is for fun and friendly competition and is for the less experienced and competitive players. You must be at least 18 yeas of age to play in this league. Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of eight teams. Team fees are $275. Non residents are assessed a $10/person one-time additional fee.

Ladies League - September thru January, Thursdays 7-10pm
CoEd League - February thru May, Thursdays 7-10pm

Teen Dances

Dances are held at the Schlader Recreational Center on the 2nd Friday each month, September through May. The fun includes a live DJ playing all of the kids' favorite music. Pizza and pop are available for a nominal fee. Check the Community Calendar or Newsletter for complete details. These are for 5th thru 8th graders who are Winthrop Harbor residents. Chaperones are always needed... if you would like to help, please give us a call!

Activity Night for 3rd and 4th Graders

On the 3rd Friday of September, November, January, March and May, we'll host a fun Activity Night at the Schlader Bldg. for 3rd and 4th grade students who live in the Village of Winthrop Harbor. Activities scheduled for the evening will include music, various games (board games/card games), open gym, and refreshments to purchase. Admission is $3 at the door. Watch the Harbor Shores newsletter, or check the on-line community calendar for details.

Adult Softball Leagues

A maximum of 12 teams will be allowed in each league, with league fees being $500 per team. Teams will play one night a week for 7 weeks, with the maximum number of teams filled. A double elimination tournament takes place following the regular season.

Men's League - August thru October, Tuesday nights (make-ups on Thursdays)
CoEd League - August thru October, Monday nights (make-ups on Wednesdays)

Tae-Kwon-Do (Chang-Hun Style)

Tae-Kwon-Do is a "learning style" activity for all ages from 5 to 70. While attending these classes you will develop a combination of balance, coordination and flexibility while instilling a sense of self-discipline that can carry over into all aspects of your life. Glassed include group and individual training at your level. The techniques taught include blocking, punching, kicking and striking. Stretching exercises and sparring add to the total workout. Self-defense and form are taught along with speed training. Tae-Kwon-Do students are encouraged to train year round.

Translated, Tae-Kwon-Do means "Art of Hand and Foot" and originally comes from Korea where it is still practiced as a national sport. Tae-Kwon-Do is one of the world's newest Martial Arts, formally getting its name in 1953. Its roots, however, are based on techniques tested for thousands of years!

Classes are held Mondays & Fridays 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Community Center at 1520 7th Street in Winthrop Harbor.

Registrations are accepted by 3-month sessions only -

Session-1: September through November
Session-2: December through February
Session-3: March through May

Fees are $75 for the 1st person, for the session. Non residents pay a one-time additional fee of $10. Additional immediate family members are only $30 per person, for the session. Optional uniforms, testing and equipment are available for an extra charge.

Skateboard Park

The Winthrop Harbor Skate Park is open April through October, weather permitting. (the park is closed whenever the ramps are wet). Hours are 9am - 8pm while school is in session, and 9am - 10pm when school is out.

Youth Basketball

This program is geared for the basketball enthusiast that wants to continue working on the fundamental skills of the game through practices and games. The program is open to grades 1 thru 8 regardless of ability. The divisions (all co-ed) are as follows:

DIVISION 1 - grades 1-2
DIVISION 2 - grades 3-4
DIVISION 3 - grades 5-6
DIVISION 4 - grades 7-8

An Evaluation Team arranges team assignments with no special requests or considerations accepted. Teams are formed strictly on the basis of skill level in order to ensure fair and equal teams. Fees are $60 for residents, $70 for non-residents.

Practices and games are all held at the Schlader Recreation Center. Divisions 1 & 2 on Saturday's, and Divisions 3&4 on Sundays. Information regarding registration dates and time is sent home through the schools, as well as posted on this website.

WALKIN' - WALKIN'

From September thru May, on Mondays thru Fridays from 8-10am, the Schlader Recreation Center is open to walkers who would like to stay fit while walking in climate controlled comfort! Meet your friends and neighbors as you walk laps in the main gymnasium! (closed on Holidays, check the Community Calendar for details.)

NEW! Are you a stay at home parent with small children, and looking for another way to get a little exercise? Monday - Friday 10AM - 11AM the gymnasium at the Schlader Rec. Center will be open to those of you who have toddlers/children at home, and would have to bring them with to participate in the open walking session. This program begins in Sept. and continues through the winter. Please keep in mind, everyone participating will have one or more children with them, and each adult will be responsible for their own children. There will be a few items available for kids to play with in the middle of the gym, but each person may want to bring a couple items for your child to keep busy with. The Recreation staff is not responsible for keeping an eye on any children present

The Recreation Dept. often presents additional programs and activities. Check the Community Calendar link at left to see what's happening this month!


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