Seniors 62 and over do not need to purchase a pass to enter Phil’s Beach. Residents 62 and over can enter Phil’s Bech at no charge by showing a government issued ID with proof of age. Patrons who live outside of the Village of Wauconda can purchase a season or annual pass. Click the link to see more information about Phil’s Beach.
A resident of Wauconda Park District is anyone who resides within the boundaries of the Village of Wauconda. This does not include Unincorporated Wauconda. If you are uncertain of your status, you can check your property tax bill to see what park district you pay taxes to. If the Wauconda Park District is not listed specifically, you are not considered a resident of the Wauconda Park District.
This is a program that allows non-residents to pay a fee (equal to what their tax payment to the Park District would be if they were Wauconda Residents, based on their property tax) to gain resident status for one year.
The Wauconda Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports programs and services of the Wauconda Park District. The Foundation works closely with District staff to develop projects that will enhance the District’s programs and services. The Foundation hosts 2-3 fundraising events annually.
When the District is considering a large improvement, development, or rehabilitation of a park or facility the District will explore different grant opportunities.
The District has been successful in the past in its efforts to obtain grant funding for various projects. The following are some examples of Grants the District has most recently received.
2019 OSLAD Grant Phils Beach – This Open Space Land and Development Grant is a matching grant administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The District received $400,000 in matching funds for this project. This grant helped with the redevelopment of Phil’s Beach. Improvements included a splash pad, expanded beach front, the purchase of inflatable play amenities for the deep water, and the construction of a bath house and concession/guard office.
2023 OSLAD Grant Osage Park – This Open Space Land and Development Grant is a matching grant administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The District received $473,500 in matching funds for this project. This work is planned to begin in the Fall of 2023 and includes resurfacing of the tennis courts, the addition of two pickle ball courts, the resurfacing of the basketball courts to include a basketball court and futsal court, fitness stations, and improved accessibility.
Students in our 3 and 4 year old Preschool classes must be potty-trained before the first day of class. Students in our 2 year old program do not need to be potty-trained. Staff will not change a student who has an incident, parent/guardian will be called to assist.
Campers must be responsible for their own money on field trips or when purchasing concessions at Phil’s Beach. You can add money to your household for your child to purchase concessions at Phil’s Beach so they do not have to have money in hand.