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Upcoming Board Meeting Updated 3/23/2016
Homeowners are invited to the upcoming meeting of the Willow Walk Board of Directors on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 pm at the Palatine Fire Station, 220 W. Illinois Avenue.

Preventable Measures on Coyote Encounters Updated 10/26/2015

From Our Village.....

It is unrealistic to think we can rid our urban areas of coyote, raccoons, opossum, skunk, or other wildlife. Even if 5 or 10 coyote are removed, there are countless others that migrate or are born every year. Studies conducted by DNR and the Cook County Wildlife District have shown that coyotes attempt to return to the habitat they were removed from. We, as intelligent human beings, need to learn to live in harmony with all our wildlife friends and realize that we have displaced them. Please take note of the following information and tips:

Food Sources

  • Do not provide food sources for or attempt to feed coyotes.
  • Keep trash securely contained and do not leave any outside food for pets.
  • Clear away any brush or wood piles to deter smaller wildlife from residing there.
  • Consider fencing in your yard with at least 6 foot high fencing.
  • Install motion light sensors.
  • Animal-proof decks and porches to prevent raccoons, opossum, skunks and other small wildlife from residing there. 


  • If a coyote approaches you, act aggressively, make loud noises, throw rocks, spray with a hose, etc. Although the response may not be immediate, the coyote will leave. If the coyote approaches, it is out of curiosity.
  • Teach your children to respect wildlife as well as to not approach them. Do not leave small children unattended. Unfortunately, a child may perceive the coyote as a dog and try approaching it.


  • Never leave smaller pets unattended. Larger dogs may be perceived by the coyote as a threat.
  • Always have a responsible person walk your leashed dog. The leash law is enforced not only because it is a Village Ordinance, but also for the safety of your pets. It not only protects them from encounters with wildlife, but from other domestic animals as well. We often have incidents of dogs being bitten by other dogs running loose.

The Urban Coyote Research Project, largely funded by the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Agency, is a comprehensive ecological study of coyotes in the Chicago metropolitan area, specifically Cook County, Illinois. If you would like more information on this project or to view research, findings, and other useful facts, please click here

If you believe a coyote is a direct threat to human safety (bold aggression such as growling, stalking, chasing), please call 911. Other questions or non-safety issues can be directed to the Palatine Police Department's Animal Control at (847) 202-6627.

Important Message About the Pool Updated 9/18/2015

An important message about entry to the Willow Walk pool--


July 9, 2015

Dear Homeowners,

In recent weeks we have seen numerous incidents at the pool where unauthorized parties have tried to access/attend our pool and have verbally accosted our lifeguards when asked to leave. Our lifeguards/pool management company have been doing their best to turn these parties away, but with that in mind the current lifeguards do not know everyone in the neighborhood. The current sign-in process requires each homeowner to provide name and address; however, unauthorized people have attempted to abuse this system. As such we have decided to improve our identification/pool admittance procedures.

Effective 8/1 we will begin utilizing a Willow Walk “Pool Pass." We will provide each homeowner with two (2) individually numbered plastic passes which will need to presented to the lifeguard on duty to gain entry to the pool; those without a pass will be asked to return with a pass. The lifeguards will have a register of the card numbers issued. This will help the lifeguards identify those parties who are authorized to use the pool. As a reminder a homeowner is required to be present with all guests at the pool. The pass is not intended to be handed out to unrelated guests. The lifeguards will reserve the right to ask for further identification, if they feel this is being abused and if they feel as though non-homeowners are using a pass. We also ask each and every homeowner in attendance at the pool to be on the lookout and question suspicious parties and identify them to the lifeguards.

To roll out this new program we will distribute cards at the pool Thursdays and Fridays from 3-7pm during the month of July, so we encourage all homeowners to see the lifeguards to obtain their cards. Please bring photo ID showing your Willow Walk address. Should this timing not work, please contact Jared Zuniga to arrange a pick up.

We will be able to replace lost cards, but due to the cost of continuing to administer such a program on an ongoing basis we will charge $3 to replace lost cards.

Should you have any questions please contact Jared Zuniga at 847-212-6363 or jared.j.zuniga@gmail.com

Pool Manager,

Jared Zuniga



2015 Summer Events Starting Soon! Updated 5/19/2015

Summer Social Events Starting Soon!

Thanks to the Willow Walk Social Committee for planning fun events during the year!

Summer season will kick off with our annual School’s Out pool party (details to come), and a Bag-O Tournament for kids and adults.

Willow Walk neighbors are encouraged to join the Willow Walk page on Facebook to find out about neighborhood and community events as well as to stay connected and enjoy hearing from each other.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/158361697568634/

Here are the details for the Bag-O event:


WW neighbors- SUMMER SOCIAL EVENTS ARE HERE! Please join us for our first event at the GABLE house backyard (next door to the park) for our first BAGS aka Cornhole tournament on May 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm. There will be an adults AND kids division. Kids is defined as 6th grade and below. Grab a partner (doesn't have to be your spouse) and enter in for the big prize! Don't have a partner- NO PROBLEM! We will have a sign up soon to pair you up! $10 entry PER TEAM for adults and $2 enter PER TEAM for kids. Winners get the pot! Please bring a side, app, or dessert along with BYOB. We will supply the meat and lemonade for kids! NEW this year, we will be planning a kid-friendly volunteer event in the fall/winter. For each social event, please consider bringing 1 pantry item for us to collect and deliver at end of summer as well. PLEASE RSVP via Facebook or email CarolineGuibord@gmail.com if you can make it and number of "teams" so we have the appropriate number of BAGS, boards and bracket made that day. See you soon! More details to come soon.

School's Out Pool Party June 12 Updated 6/3/2015

School's Out Party
Friday, June 12 at 12:00pm
Willow Walk Pool
The end of the school year is quickly approaching! We will be celebrating at the pool as soon as school is over!

$5/child includes lunch, games and fun. Please see the Willow Walk Facebook page to RSVP by 6/10/15 so we have a headcount.
If you are not on Facebook, contact board member Gina at glsteiner39@gmail.com

2015 Pool Hours Updated 5/19/2015

Willow Walk Pool 2015 Dates and Hours of Operation

The pool will be open on the following days:

May 23, 2015 through September 7, 2015

Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Holidays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


May 26 – May 29, June 1 – June 5, **August 24 – 28, and August 31 – September 4

Monday thru Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fridays 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


One (1) Lifeguard will be provided during all hours of operation of the pool.

** In August, abbreviated hours will follow the local high school schedule when school is back in session if before the August 24th date.

Architectural Committee Approval Reminder Updated 4/13/2015

REMINDER: Dear Willow Walk Homeowners,

It has come to the board’s attention, that many homeowners are not following the guidelines listed in the Willow Walk Homeowner’s Association Declarations and By- Laws. 

We are sending this reminder to ensure that we preserve the architectural integrity and aesthetic environment of the community. 

As stated in Rules and Regulations, which can be found at the back of our Willow Walk directory,” If a Homeowner is planning on constructing an improvement and/or alteration in conformity with the requirements of the Declaration and Architectural Regulations adopted by the Board of Directors of Association; it is hereby agreed as follows:” 

    The Homeowner must submit an Architectural/Landscaping form which can be found on the Willow Walk website; www.willowwalk.org.  This application must be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the next scheduled Architectural/Board meeting. The committee than has up to six weeks of receipt of the form to notify the Homeowner of acceptance or rejection. Please note that faster Architectural Committee response may be requested when submitting the form

These requests include, but are not limited to:

  1. Replacing siding
  2. Changing the exterior color of the home
  3. Adding/removing landscaping
  4. Enlarging patios/decks
  5. Addition or removal of trees. (Please note, if a Willow tree is removed, it must be replaced with another Willow tree or a tree that has been approved in accordance with the Willow Tree Replacement Program which can be found on this website.)

  1. Additions, Porticos, etc.

Also, it is the Homeowner’s responsibility to have working lamp posts which are on each individual homesite. This also helps to maintain the overall architectural look of the community. While most of the lamps are still gas, some home owners have converted them to electric. These lamps need to be maintained by replacing the mantles in the gas lamps and light bulbs in the electric lamps. 

Thank you for taking the time to reacquaint yourselves with the rules and regulations of our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Architectural committee. The members are listed on the Willow Walk website.


Sign up deadline March 15th Updated 4/8/2015

Willow Walk Neighbor Focus Updated 1/27/2013

Suspicious Behavior Crime Alert Updated 9/18/2015
Hello Neighbors,
This email was sent by Dave Schmidt and needs to be taken seriously. "Crimes of opportunity" is what the police department call this MO
Someone may be "looking for a lost pet" when they are really working with a partner checking for open garage side doors or patio sliders to gain access to your home.

Please be sure that whenever anyone comes to your door soliciting you do not leave your home -see the link to the attached Palatine website - video - police department
http://www.palatine.il.us/video/default.aspx?id=42 where it shows a demonstration of this crime. I'm not saying this woman was engaged in this behavoir -- I'm only sending out a "please be Alert " warning.

Be safe and have a fabulous holiday, Isa Noe

Hi guys do you have a email list to send out an important message to willow walk? Shelia and Casey have both had an encounter in the past 24 hours on our street with a suspicious lady in a car , staying she is a tutor and trying to map out demographics of people in willow walk. I would like to forward this message to everyone. We called the non emergency number and there wasn't much the police could do.

The police need us to call 911 next time we see her. She is in a small black compact car, maybe of eastern European decent. This could be innocent , but you never know nowadays.

Dave Schmidt

Multimedia Center | Village of Palatine www.palatine.il.us Click here to see the Multimedia Center for the Village of Palatine.

Refuse Cart Rental and Recycling Carts Updated 4/2/2012

Refuse Cart Rental and Recycling Cart Upgrades Now Available

The Village of Palatine, in partnership with Groot Industries, is pleased to announce a refuse cart option to the single-family households in the Village. Residents may rent a 95 gallon refuse cart directly from Groot for an annual fee of $30.*.  Payment will be required for the prorated amount for 2012 prior to cart delivery. The cart rental program is optional and is not required. Groot will invoice subscribing cart rental residents annually starting in January for 2013. Please note the following program highlights:


  • 95 gallon cart is optional. Residents are NOT required to rent a cart.
  • Residents with 95 gallon carts will continue to receive unlimited refuse collection. Additional refuse outside of cart must be bagged.
  • Smaller 65 or 35 gallon carts are available for households that generate minimal amounts of refuse.
  • Only carts provided by Groot are permitted for use.
  • Call Groot directly at 800-244-1977 to order your cart today. Please do not contact the Village.

* Cart fee subject to annual increase per service agreement.


  • Palatine residents who wish to increase the size of their recycling cart may do so at no charge by calling Groot directly at 800-244-1977.
  • Remember to keep the Refuse and Recycling Cart four feet apart at the curb for automatic collection.

To view sample cart sizes (95, 65, and 35 gallon carts) visit Village Hall, Main Lobby, at 200 E. Wood Street

Welcome to the Willow Walk Website Updated 8/2/2011
This website is designed for Willow Walk residents to access news and information about their community.  Look for the latest social events, pool information, meeting schedules, rules & regulations, and document downloads.   If you are looking for information that is not posted on this site, please contact the board.

Willow Tree Replacement Program Updated 6/19/2010

Willow Walk has matured to the point where many of the Weeping Willow trees have begun to die out. The trees were originally planted primarily rear lot lines of the homes. The purpose of planting them there was to drink up the excess ground water. The lots in the subdivision were contoured to drain rain water away from the living structures and create a natural drainage to either the retention pond or out of the subdivision. Willow walk was developed over soil that was prone to retain moisture. The Willow trees are plants that thrive in wet ground.

Many homeowners have expressed concern that these trees are brittle and are prone to drop branched from the trees creating excessive policing by homeowners in an effort to keep their yards clean and neat.

At the request of the Board of Directors the Architectural Committee has carefully evaluated the aforementioned problem and now presents its recommendation for an ongoing tree replacement program that keeps the aesthetic integrity of the community in mind.

It is hereby recommended that each membership lot within Willow Walk have no less than one Weeping Willow tree planted along the back lot line, outside of the utility right-of-way at all times. If the lot has only one Weeping Willow tree, the homeowner must replace it will another Weeping Willow tree. If the lot has more than one Weeping Willow Tree, again one of the weeping willow trees must be replaced with another. The homeowner must replace the other Weeping Willow trees, tree-for-tree, with the following options: 

  • American Sycamore
  • Autumn Purple White Ash
  • Bald Cypress
  • River Birch
  • Sugar Maple
  • Swamp White Oak

Other options presented by homeowner shall be considered, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to those recommended above. Any of the Weeping Willow trees removed must be replaced within 12-months of its / their removal. 

The Architectural Committee will oversee the tree replacement program as part of its responsibilities. Those homeowners who have had Weeping Willows removed in the past 24 months and not replaced the trees will be contacted and informed that they must replace the tree(s).

Respectfully submitted,

Architectural Committee

EASTER EGG HUNT 2007 Updated 5/5/2007

It was cold, but the hunters were well dressed and no amount of cold was going to keep them away from collecting their eggs.  Can you say burr?  

Easter Egg photos are here


1976 Willow Walk Updated 1/4/2007

hanks to Michael & Gea Collins for sending in neighborhood photo's from 1976....

The first photo above shows what the pond used to look like.  Note the very young willow trees around the pond - and you can even see the pool on the left of the image.

The second photo above is the Collins house shortly after they moved in; with Gea in the front yard next to a newly planted Oak tree


Articles, By-Laws, & Declaratiions Updated 1/15/2007
It is the responsibility of all Homeowners as part of their real estate transaction to obtain copies of Willow Walk Articles of Incorporation, Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, and By-Laws.  These documents contain conditional covenants including Architectural and Landscaping regulations.  Visit the documents section of this website for download scanned versions.  Or, an official re-print of these documents will be provided by the Board of Directors upon written request including payment of $25.00 payable to Willow Walk Inc.