The Wilmette Park District decided at its last meeting to keeps its hands off the harbor, citing community opposition and excessive costs to taxpayers as the reasons for the decision. Wilmette Harbor, located just south of Gillson Park and the public beach in Wilmette, is operated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District under a leasing arrangement. The 50-year expiring lease to manage and maintain the harbor is expiring; the MWRD will now offer a new rental agreement through a public bidding process.