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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

As the situation remains fluid, we will continue to closely monitor the local, state, and national responses, follow the recommendations put forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and stay in communication with the Village of Glen Ellyn, School District 41, CCSD 89, and Glenbard High School District 87. Additional updates will be posted on this page and shared via emailFacebook, and Twitter. We encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter and follow our social media pages.


UPDATE: May 27, 2020
Park Amenities Update

Glen Ellyn Park District is moving to a new normal and easing restrictions on select park amenities. Current CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and State Health Department guidelines regarding the use of masks, 6 feet of social distancing between individuals and limit of groups of 10 people or fewer, must be followed. In addition, proper behavior and usage of amenities is required.

  • Synthetic Turf Fields: Newton Park’s synthetic turf field has been painted to divide the field into four quadrants. Each quadrant may be used by a group of 10 or less for recreational activities. Activities must be appropriate for the field and equipment used is subject to Park District oversight. Please note, hitting golf balls, baseballs and softballs is prohibited on the turf field.
  • Ball Fields: Village Green Park fields 4, 5 and 8, and Ackerman Park fields 5 and 6, are open for groups of 10 or less. All fields within the Ackerman Park Hub remain closed (no trespassing). Please be courteous to other patrons wishing to use the fields by limiting your play to 1.5 hours from the time you begin. At this time, access to Ackerman Park is by foot/bike only, no vehicular traffic allowed.
  • Dog Park: Spring Avenue Dog Park will reopen on Saturday, May 30, for members only.

UPDATE: May 20, 2020
An Important Update from the Executive Director

Dear Residents and Patrons,

After much consideration, discussion and evaluation, the Glen Ellyn Park District has determined that it is in the best interest of the community to close Sunset Pool for the 2020 season. Refunds for 2020 Sunset Pool passes that have already been purchased will be processed within three weeks.

While the importance and value Sunset Pool provides to the community is immeasurable, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff is the highest priority. Based on the guidelines and restrictions currently in place as well as those outlined in the next phase within the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the facility could not be operated safely or practically.

In addition to the normal pool operations, the facility would need to comply with social distancing guidelines, gathering limits, and cleaning/disinfecting guidelines, many of which have yet to be fully developed for swimming pools. It was unclear how the pool would be able to open safely and effectively while complying to those strict limits and protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and therefore the decision was made to remain closed. This closure also means that swim lessons and aquatic programs will not be held this summer.

This decision was not made lightly. As one who’s family utilized the pool significantly over the years, I have great empathy for those who will not get to enjoy and participate in the Sunset Pool experience and culture this summer.

In addition to the above, the District also issues the following updates today:

Special Events
All Glen Ellyn Park District community events scheduled for June and July have been canceled. This includes the annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta, Afternoon Festivities on July 4th, and Family Fun Night. In addition, the following non-District events which take place in our parks have been cancelled by event organizers: Memorial Day Ceremony, Food Truck Picnic in the Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, and Tour of Lake Ellyn.

The District’s Freedom Four 4-Mile Run and Hephzibah’s Hoof it for Hephzibah will both be offered as virtual opportunities. Please watch for more details on the Freedom Four.

Summer Camps, Programs, & Athletics
At this time, all programs, athletics, and camps scheduled for June and July are being cancelled except for: Camp Caravan, Imagination Station, Safety Village, Ackerman Sports & Fun, and Tennis. Participants enrolled in these four programs will be contacted separately about modifications and/or rescheduling. In consultation with District 87 and the Assistant Principals of Athletics, the decision has also been made to cancel all Glenbard West and Glenbard South Camps this summer.

Staff is actively working to adapt and develop programming to provide enriching summer experiences for our residents while also meeting Restore Illinois, IDPH, CDC, and DCSF guidelines. A new Summer Playbook will be posted on our website by June 5th and will replace the Spring/Summer Activity Guide that was published prior to the stay-at-home order. The Playbook will be updated frequently to reflect programming changes and new program additions.

Splash Park
Opening of the Splash Park at Maryknoll Park is delayed until further notice.

Holes & Knolls Mini Golf
Once our region moves into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, Holes & Knoll Mini Golf will be reopened for date-specific, timed-entry, to ensure paced arrivals, safe attendance levels, and adequate time to disinfect and sanitize. Please watch for more information to be released at a later date.

Outdoor Racquet Courts
Tennis, pickleball, and platform tennis courts have been reopened with specific rules to ensure compliance. Please visit gepark.org/coronavirus for more information.

Parks, Playgrounds, and Athletic Fields
All parks and trails remain open. Fishing, bocce, and disc golf are allowed while social distancing. The Newton and Ackerman turf fields remain closed for all activities as does baseball fields, softball fields, outdoor basketball courts, and the Spring Avenue Dog Park. Evaluation of how some of these park amenities can be reopened while complying to guidelines is being considered. In the meantime, patrons may use the grass areas if it is groups of 10 or less and all are social distancing. Playgrounds across the state remain closed per the Governor’s order. As the weather improves and more people go outside, it is imperative that park patrons remain respectful of others as well as abiding by the applicable rules and ordinances.

Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center
Once our region moves to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, Ackerman SFC will be able to offer outdoor fitness classes for groups of 10. It is anticipated that this will occur in mid-June. Currently, staff is providing daily fitness opportunities via the GEPD Fitness Group on Facebook. A comprehensive reopening plan has been developed to welcome patrons back as soon as State guidelines allow. Our members and guests can expect a clean facility, plenty of sanitation products, and safe crowd controls upon reopening.

Activity Guides
Due to the continued uncertainty of activities and expected need to make many updates, seasonal Activity Guides will not be printed or delivered to homes until further notice. Instead, to provide you with the most timely, accurate information, Activity Guides will be available online only at gepark.org and split into smaller issues.

Despite the challenges and restrictions, the Glen Ellyn Park District remains productive, motivated, resourceful, and dedicated. The agency continues to provide positive, creative, and constructive opportunities for the community. Additionally, the Park District has offered several successful outreach opportunities including food drives, blood drives, and collection of products for DuPagePads.

While the District is anxious to fully serve our constituents and have life back to “normal,” it will be done following the recommendations of science and facts and at the direction of the State and CDC guidelines. The safety and wellbeing of the patrons and employees and contributing to the overall effort to flatten the curve is the highest priority.

Sincerely,

Dave Harris
Executive Director
Glen Ellyn Park District


UPDATE: May 7, 2020
Opening of Tennis, Pickleball, and Platform Tennis Courts

Tennis (Hard Courts) and Pickleball Courts:
On Saturday, May 9th, Glen Ellyn Park District’s outdoor tennis and pickleball courts will reopen to the public in the following locations: Newton Park (two tennis courts also lined for pickleball), George Ball Park (tennis only), and Village Green Park (two of the four pickleball courts will reopen as well as one tennis court which is also lined for pickleball). The Sunset Park tennis courts renovation is nearly complete and will reopen within the next 4 to 6 weeks once conditions allow the courts to be color coated.

By reopening these facilities, the Park District’s intention is to provide another opportunity for a healthy outdoor activity while keeping within the recommended guidelines of the State of Illinois.

The following guidelines will need to be followed for the courts to remain open:

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED: Before and after play, players must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from all others. The use of face masks is required for all doubles match play.
  • All spectators and players waiting for a court must remain outside of the fence until a court becomes available and social distancing procedures must always be practiced.
  • Private lessons of any kind are not allowed unless authorized by the Glen Ellyn Park District.
  • Courts cannot be used for alternative activities including off-leash dogs.
  • Courts close at dusk, no lights available.
  • Please be vigilant in preventing the spread of germs by practicing good hygiene. If you or any members of your family are ill or become ill, you should remain home.

If these rules are not followed, the Glen Ellyn Park District reserves the right to close the courts immediately or take other steps as needed. Additionally, if the Governor issues mandates closing outdoor racquet or comparable facilities and/or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) adjusts their recommendations, the Glen Ellyn Park District will act accordingly.

Platform Tennis Courts:
The platform tennis courts will be open on a limited basis, with specific guidelines, to Glen Ellyn Park District platform tennis members only. For more details, please click here.

Clay Tennis Courts:
The clay tennis courts at Lake Ellyn Park will be ready for play by June 1st for players who wish to purchase a pass key. The cost for a seasonal membership is $55 per player. For more details, please click here.

Assumption of Risk:
By participating in this program, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages, or loss which you or your minor child/ward or any other family members might sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with this program (including exposure to communicable disease).


UPDATE: April 30, 2020
Temporary Closure of Spring Avenue Dog Park

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated their guidelines with specific verbiage to “not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household” and to “avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people or dogs gather.”

The health and safety of Glen Ellyn Park District’s patrons, including their pets, is the District’s top priority. While Spring Avenue was one of the last dog parks to remain open in Chicagoland, based on the updated CDC guidelines and in line with our on-going commitment to help flatten the curve, the dog park will be closing temporarily beginning on Saturday, May 2nd.

This was a difficult decision to make, as the dog park is important to so many patrons and their pets during these trying times and limited opportunities for recreation. As soon as public health officials consider it safe for pets from different households to again interact, the Spring Avenue Dog Park will promptly reopen. Until then, we hope that you and your four-legged friends stay safe. Please click here to view the CDC’s guidelines on how to protect your pets.

While the Forest Preserve of DuPage County has also closed all their off-leash facilities as of May 1st, pets and their owners can still take advantage of the more than 166 miles of trails available in the preserves. View their trail guide to plan your next hike by clicking here. Keep in mind the CDC guidelines include the following social distancing information: walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals. Finally, please also remember that all dogs must be kept on a leash while onsite at any Glen Ellyn Park District property.

Spring Avenue Dog Park memberships will automatically be extended based on the shutdown dates.

Any questions, please contact Mary Defiglia at mdefiglia@gepark.org or (630) 858-2462.


UPDATE: April 24, 2020

As you are likely already aware, Governor Pritzker has extended the stay-at-home order to May 30, 2020. Please see below for how this extension impacts Glen Ellyn Park District operations.

Closed Through May 30th:

  • District facilities: Spring Avenue and Main Street Recreation Centers, Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Spring Avenue Fitness Center, Lake Ellyn Boathouse, and the Platform Tennis Hut.
  • All playgrounds. This includes those operated by the Park District as well as by District’s 41 and 89.
  • All outdoor courts (basketball, tennis, Pickleball, and platform), athletic facilities, and Newton Skate Park. Glenbard High School District 87 athletic facilities are also closed.
  • Ackerman and Village Green Park parking lots and the small east lot at Newton Park.

Delayed Openings:

  • Opening day for Holes & Knolls Mini Golf and the Maryknoll Splash Park are delayed until further notice.
  • Opening day for Sunset Pool has been tentatively rescheduled for June 13th.

Non-Athletic Event and Program Cancellations:

  • All in-person, non-athletic programs and events scheduled to begin or take place between now and May 30th are canceled or postponed. Staff will reach out to registered participants and families directly with more information including rescheduling, refunds, and possible virtual class opportunities.
  • Upcoming or in progress virtual classes are running as scheduled.

Spring Athletic Programs:

  • All instructional athletics programs scheduled through May 30th are canceled.
  • Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Rugby, House Baseball, House Soccer, and House Softball leagues are cancelled for the Spring season.
  • An update regarding Travel Baseball, Travel Soccer, and Travel Softball will be provided by May 1st.
  • Refund information for cancelled programs will be communicated to all families in the next week.
  • Staff is working on developing comparable athletic leagues for the summer.

Open:
Parks, trails, and the Spring Avenue Dog Park remain open. We ask that users adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order and follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines when visiting these spaces. This includes practicing social distancing and not gathering in groups. Ignoring guidelines could result in increased restrictions.

Ackerman SFC Memberships:
All Ackerman SFC automatic billing payments are on hold as of April 1st and until the facility re-opens. We encourage all members to join our Fitness Facebook Group for live virtual classes, fitness videos, and more to help you stay active and healthy at home.

Rentals & Parties:
Staff will reach out to you directly if you had a rental or party scheduled between May 1st and May 30th that has not already been canceled or rescheduled.

Refunds:
Please note, any refunds will be issued as a credit on your household account or in the form of a check. Currently, we are unable to process refunds back to credit cards.

Contacting the Park District:
While the majority of staff members are working remotely, we are still available to answer your questions! We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As the situation remains fluid, we will continue to closely monitor the local, state, and national responses, follow the recommendations put forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and stay in communication with the Village of Glen Ellyn, School District 41, CCSD 89, and Glenbard High School District 87.

As always, your continued understanding, patience and support is valued and appreciated during this challenging time. Adherence to the guidelines and stay-at-home order is also appreciated. It is imperative that one’s personal enjoyment must take a back seat to public safety and the wellness of all.


UPDATE: April 22, 2020
An Important Update from the Executive Director

Dear Residents and Patrons, 

Sunset Pool traditionally opens on Memorial Day weekend. Due to COVID-19 and the current Governor’s orders and CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines, the Glen Ellyn Park District has delayed the opening of the facility until at least June 13th. This is a tentative date to allow for further review including clarification, direction, and guidance on safety measures the facility would need to implement and operate under in order to protect the wellbeing of patrons and employees. 

The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners will further discuss the status of the pool at the May 5th Board meeting. It is expected confirmation of the pool’s status will be made at that time. While the importance and value Sunset Pool provides to the community is immeasurable, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff will be the highest priority. 

Like the rest of the Glen Ellyn community, the Glen Ellyn Park District has not been spared from the effects, challenges, and difficult decisions that accompany this unprecedented period. The Park District has: 

  • Ceased nearly all operations and closed all facilities including Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Lake Ellyn Boathouse, and Main Street and Spring Avenue Recreation Centers. 
  • Cancelled spring special events such as Earth Day and Touch-a-Truck. 
  • Suspended or cancelled recreational classes and athletic programs. 
  • Delayed the opening of Holes & Knolls Mini Golf Course. 
  • Closed all outdoor athletic courts (tennis, basketball, Pickleball, platform), athletic fields, and playgrounds. 
  • Parks, trails, and the Spring Avenue Dog Park remain open! 

Operationally, the District has transitioned nearly 90% of its administrative/managerial staff to working remotely. All are still communicating with the public and actively working. While working in modified shifts, parks maintenance staff is performing regular duties including spring/summer preparation and mowing and caring for parks and green space all while being safe and practicing social distancing. Unfortunately, the District did furlough nearly 100 part-time employees. 

Unlike school districts and the library who collect most of their revenue through property taxes, the Glen Ellyn Park District generates nearly 55% of its revenue from user fees. As the District’s programs are not running and there is much unknown about upcoming programs, the Park District is not collecting revenue while also refunding a substantial amount due to the cancellations. In anticipation of the financial effects of COVID-19, the District did defer nearly $800,000 of budgeted expenses for 2020. Staff is currently forecasting the next several months based on a variety of contingencies including no activities until the start of school in the fall. 

Despite the challenges and restrictions, the Glen Ellyn Park District remains productive, motivated, resourceful, and dedicated. The agency continues to provide positive and constructive opportunities for the community ranging from sports training to talent contests to live virtual fitness classes. I would encourage all to peruse the website, social media, and various newsletters and other communications. 

Additionally, the Park District has offered several successful outreach opportunities including food drives, blood drives, and collection of products for DuPagePads. 

The District has also been active in the promotion of social distancing and encouraging compliance to the CDC and Governor’s guidelines. Compliance ambassadors were instituted and have been working seven days a week overseeing Park District properties. 

Decisions about upcoming athletics, summer camps, sports camps, seasonal facilities (Sunset Pool, Splash Pad, Holes & Knolls) and special events are being considered and will certainly be influenced by mandates by the Governor and CDC. Some spring sports have been cancelled at this time including lacrosse and rugby. Decisions on cancelling or offering modified seasons for the spring baseball, field hockey, soccer, and softball programs will be made by May 1st and all participants will be contacted. 

While the District is anxious to fully serve our constituents and have life back to “normal,” it will be done following the recommendations of science and facts and at the direction of the State and CDC guidelines. The safety and wellbeing of patrons and employees and contributing to the overall effort to flatten the curve is the highest priority. 

Sincerely,

Dave Harris
Executive Director
Glen Ellyn Park District


UPDATE: April 4, 2020

To further support the efforts to diminish the spread of COVID-19, the Glen Ellyn Park District will be scheduling compliance ambassadors throughout the week. Their task will be to tour the Park District’s properties ensuring that parks and open spaces are being used with proper social distancing and adherence to CDC guidelines. This effort is being done in coordination with the Glen Ellyn Police Department.

As City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently stated, “The issue isn’t the exercise, the issue isn’t necessarily being outside. It’s congregating and being in places where the risk of exposure is heightened because of being in close proximity to somebody who isn’t in your household. That’s the issue.”

The Park District believes that the many parks, trails, and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. However, it must be done while following the 6-foot social distancing and CDC guidelines. At this time, one’s personal enjoyment must take a back seat to public safety and the wellness of all. We are all in this together.


UPDATE: March 31, 2020

Governor Pritzker has extended the stay-at-home order to April 30, 2020. Please see below for how this extension impacts Glen Ellyn Park District operations.

Closed Through April 30th:

  • District facilities: Spring Avenue and Main Street Recreation Centers, Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Spring Avenue Fitness Center, Lake Ellyn Boathouse, and the Platform Tennis Hut.
  • All playgrounds. This includes those operated by the Park District as well as by District’s 41 and 89.
  • All outdoor courts (basketball, tennis, Pickleball and platform), athletic facilities, and Newton Skate Park. Glenbard High School District 87 athletic facilities are also closed except for Duchon track.
  • Ackerman and Village Green Park parking lots and the small east lot at Newton Park. The Riford Road entrance to Ackerman Park will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd for the Food Drive. Click here for more information on the Food Drive.
  • Opening day for Holes & Knolls is tentatively rescheduled for May 9th.

Program Cancellations:
All registered and free programs/events/practices scheduled to begin or take place between now and April 30th are canceled or postponed. Staff will reach out to participants and families directly with more information on program make-ups, rescheduling, or refunds. In addition, Touch-a-Truck on May 2nd and Bike Rodeo on May 3rd are canceled.

Please note, any refunds will be issued as a credit on your household account or in the form of a check. Currently, we are unable to process refunds back to credit cards.

Open:
Parks, trails, and the Spring Avenue Dog Park remain open. We ask that users adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order and follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines when visiting these spaces. This includes practicing social distancing and not gathering in groups. Ignoring guidelines could result in increased restrictions.

Ackerman SFC Memberships:
All Ackerman SFC automatic billing payments are on hold as of April 1st and until the facility re-opens.

Rentals & Parties:
Staff will reach out to you directly if you had a rental or party scheduled between now and April 30th that has not already been canceled or rescheduled.

Glen Ellyn Park District Preschool & Adventure Time:
All automatic billings and payments continue to be suspended until the District re-opens and the programs resume. If the programs are cancelled entirely at a later date, refunds will be processed accordingly at that time.

Spring Avenue Dog Park Membership Renewals:
Please click here for information on how to renew your Dog Park membership. Due to the closure, we are unable to process new memberships.

Sunset Pool Pass Early Bird Special:
The early bird sale on Sunset Pool passes has been extended to Monday, May 25th. Passes may be purchased online here. Photo ID cards for new members or replacement passes may be obtained after we re-open. Learn more about pool passes >

Contacting the Park District:
While many staff members are working remotely, we are still available to answer your questions! We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As always, your continued understanding, patience and support is valued and appreciated during this challenging time. Adherence to the guidelines and stay-at-home order is also appreciated. It is imperative that one’s personal enjoyment must take a back seat to public safety and the wellness of all.


UPDATE: March 30, 2020

Village of Glen Ellyn and Glen Ellyn Park District Joint Statement on Maintaining Social Distancing

As concerns about coronavirus continue to grip our nation, our highest priority is the health and well-being of our residents, employees, and first responders. We are all in this together, and the Village of Glen Ellyn and Glen Ellyn Park District, along with other public agencies, will continue to collaborate in order to provide responsible and valued services during this unprecedented time. In doing so, we implore our community to adhere to the Governor’s stay-at-home order and follow guidelines from the CDC, including social distancing.

We recognize that staying at home is challenging. While many of our community members are doing their part to flatten the curve and help save lives, others are disregarding the Governor’s Executive Order and the CDC guidelines, including ignoring playground closure signs, continuing to congregate in groups in neighborhoods, and gathering for outdoor sports and recreational activities. At this time, one’s personal enjoyment must take a back seat to public safety and the wellness of all.

We believe that the many parks, trails, and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. However, it is not acceptable to be in large groups.

The Glen Ellyn Police Department and the Glen Ellyn Park District are working cooperatively together on enforcement, including dispersing groups using the playgrounds or athletic fields. The Glen Ellyn Police Department will closely monitor these areas and we ask for your voluntary compliance. It is challenging for the Police Department to enforce these matters effectively throughout the community without your help. Please make this sacrifice for the betterment of all.

Here’s How You Can Help:

  • Refrain from using parks/trails if you or someone in your household are exhibiting symptoms such as a dry cough or fever.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during, and after the use of parks or trails.
  • Pack disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers.
  • Warn other visitors of your presence as you pass on trails/paths and step aside to let others pass.
  • Avoid congregating in neighborhoods and parks. Do not gather in groups including pick-up sports and picnicking.
  • Always observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or park.
  • Emphasize the importance of social distancing with your children and help them find other ways to connect with friends. Stress the importance of being responsible and respectful of others.

We hope to continue providing safe opportunities for the community to get outside and enjoy fresh air, but if forced to do so, further steps may need to be taken in order to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19.

Together, the Park District and the Village are committed to remaining diligent and intentional in our decision-making process, and we will continue to monitor and act on recommendations from our federal, state and regional public health partners. We appreciate your commitment to these principals, as we are all in this together.

Sincerely,

Mark Franz, Village Manager, Village of Glen Ellyn
Dave Harris, Executive Director, Glen Ellyn Park District


UPDATE: March 26, 2020

Recognizing the value and importance of outdoor activity, the Glen Ellyn Park District encourages our community members to continue to use the parks and trails responsibly while adhering to the Governor’s Executive Order and CDC guidelines.

As some park users have been ignoring closure signs and continuing to congregate in large groups, the District will be implementing further measures to ensure compliance. This includes closing basketball rims, locking soccer goals at the turf fields, and placing barricades at the entrances to Ackerman Park, Village Green Park, and the small east lot at Newton Park. As a reminder, District 87 athletic facilities except for Duchon track are closed.

The Park District continues to work collaboratively with the Village of Glen Ellyn and Glen Ellyn Police Department on enforcement and dispersing groups using the playgrounds, outdoor courts, and athletic fields. Our intention is to continue providing safe opportunities for the community to get outside and enjoy fresh air. It is imperative that during these challenging times one’s personal enjoyment must take a back seat to public safety and the wellness of all.


UPDATE: March 23, 2020

DOG PARK RENEWALS DURING THE CLOSURE:
Dog Park membership renewals can be submitted via email, fax, or US Postal Service during the closure of the Spring Avenue Recreation Center. Please send your proof of rabies vaccination and be sure to include your current Dog Park membership card number on your renewal form. This number can be found on the white swipe card that was provided when your membership was first purchased. The number should appear as such:  XSF(01)69:48911 (example). Renewal applications were sent to members via email.

Via email: Kimberly Dikker at kdikker@gepark.org
Via fax: (630) 389-8537
Via mail: Kimberly Dikker, Glen Ellyn Park District, 185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

While Dog Park members are encouraged to use the facility, it is imperative that all patrons adhere to the “COVID-19 etiquette” including social distancing. Those expectations are posted on the fence near the entrance gate.


UPDATE: March 22, 2020

Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, all outdoor courts will be closed to the public. This includes the basketball, tennis, platform tennis, and Pickleball courts. The Spring Avenue Dog Park remains open as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements. 

District parks also remain open for walking, hiking, running, and biking. When participating in outdoor activities, please remember to keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. As a reminder, per the Executive Order, all District playgrounds are closed.


UPDATE: March 20, 2020

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker ordered a stay-at-home order for Illinois to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Illinois’ stay-at-home order begins at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020, and continues until the end of Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 (COVID Executive Order No. 8)

The Glen Ellyn Park District has already taken many proactive measures to protect the health and wellness of our residents and employees. As the world grapples with COVID-19, we want to update you on added impacts to our parks and programs. All information below is subject to change as the situation progresses. We will re-evaluate on April 1st and provide an update.   

  • All indoor facilities are closed to the public until at least April 7th (Spring Avenue Recreation Center, Main Street Recreation Center, Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, and the Platform Tennis Hut). Online, mail-in, fax, and phone registration will be available.  

  • Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf will have a tentative delayed opening day of April 18th. 

  • Registered programs and events are canceled or postponed until at least April 7th. In addition, the Adults-Only, Flashlight and Eggs-traordinary Egg Hunts have been canceled. Staff will be in contact with registered participants/families regarding program make-ups, rescheduling, or refunds.  

  • Free events and programs, and volunteer opportunities are canceled through April 26. This includes the Restoration Workday on April 11, Guided Nature Walk on April 17, Outdoor Pickleball Clinics on April 24, and Earth Day Fair on April 26. 

  • Public parks and our dog park will remain open. We strongly encourage the public to follow social distancing guidelines and not congregate. Remember the 6-feet rule. Best practices are posted at the sites.

  • Outdoor courts (tennis, basketball, Pickleball, and platform tennis) will remain open but subject to change. 

  • All playgrounds, Newton Skate Park, and outdoor athletic facilities including Newton Park and Ackerman Park synthetic turf fields are closed. 

It is important to note that the Park District continues to operate while being closed to the public. We will have very limited staff at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center to answer and direct calls Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff working remotely will be available via phone and email Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parks Department staff will continue to monitor properties and facilities. Please click here to access our staff directory or email support@gepark.org and your message will be sent to the correct supervisor. 

The District is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak closely and receiving frequent updates from our federal, state and regional public health partners. The District will continue to evaluate and make decisions based on the guidance from these trusted sources.  

We encourage residents to follow the District’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) and website (gepark.org/coronavirus) for the most current information. We also recommend residents sign-up for the Glen Ellyn Park District’s E-Newsletter.  

For more information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit the following links:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
DuPage County Health Department (DCHD)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) 

As always, your continued understanding, patience and support is valued and appreciated.


UPDATE: March 19, 2020

Recommendations for park and playground users:

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene such as:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Carry hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes
    • Do not use park amenities if you have symptoms
    • Cover your coughs/sneezes with a tissue or with your sleeve
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups. No organized team practices, trainings, or games on athletic fields.
  • Warn other trail/path users of your presence and allow proper distance when you pass. Step off trails/paths to allow others to pass.
  • Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water or drinks from home.
  • Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.

Parks and playground are open until further notice or pending further direction from the State/ CDC. Glen Ellyn Park District reserves the right to suspend use of playgrounds or other outdoor spaces in the event that users are not observing the above precautions.

In addition, the Newton Skate Park has been added to the list of facility closures in response to COVID-19.


UPDATE: March 16, 2020

Based on the newest recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the following facilities have been added to our list of closures:

  • Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center effective at of 10 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020, through April 6, 2020, at the earliest.
  • Platform Tennis Paddle Hut effective as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through April 6, 2020, at the earliest.

To alleviate some of the challenge of not having access to Ackerman SFC, fitness plans and programs created by our Ackerman trainers and instructors will be posted online. During these challenging moments, it is important to remain healthy and active.

The only exception to the Ackerman SFC closure is the March 17 Election Day polling. Election Day polling will still be held as scheduled at both Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center and Spring Avenue Recreation Center.

We thank you for your patience as we work through this quickly evolving and unprecedented situation. If you would prefer to put your Ackerman SFC membership on-hold for the next few weeks, please reach out to Stacey Lim at slim@gepark.org.


UPDATE: March 15, 2020

Please note that AARP has cancelled tax appointments for seniors. Park District staff will notify those individuals who have tax appointments scheduled.


UPDATE: March 13, 2020

In light of District 41, CCSD 89, and District 87’s decision to close buildings and convert to e-learning starting next week, and for the safety and health of our patrons, staff, and community, the Glen Ellyn Park District has decided to implement several measures to encourage social distancing and help limit public gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.

Please note that the following will be in effect from Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:30pm, and until further notice:

  • Glen Ellyn Park District classes (including Preschool), events, practices, group fitness classes, volunteer workdays, and drop-in programs are cancelled.
  • Spring Avenue Recreation Center’s registration office will remain open and staff will be available to answer questions via phone and email.
  • Spring Avenue Dog Park will remain open.
  • Spring Avenue Fitness Center will close. As with any closing, members will be able to use Ackerman SFC for no cost with photo ID.
  • Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center will remain open for the fitness center, walking track, open gym, open turf, Rec & Roll, and private rentals while adhering to a maximum building capacity of 200. Group fitness classes and Open Pickleball are cancelled, and childcare and the climbing wall will be closed.
  • Lake Ellyn Boathouse will remain open for private rentals.
  • Parks and playground, including Newton Skate Park, will remain open.
  • Platform tennis courts and warming house will remain open.
  • Main Street Recreation Center will close to the public but will remain open for Senior Tax Aide appointments. Participants will be notified by phone if appointments are canceled.
  • Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf course may observe a delayed opening day.

UPDATE: March 4, 2020

Each day brings new information regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The purpose of this communication is to let our residents know that the Glen Ellyn Park District is monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) relative to the current situation. For the time being, we are focused on ensuring that our staff and patrons are aware and take preventative measures to protect themselves from getting sick or stop the potential spread of illness to others.

Regarding cleaning and maintenance of Park District facilities, current guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health states, “At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness.” We follow standard processes for routine cleaning and disinfecting and are taking efforts to be even more vigilant than ever during these challenging times.

Please help prevent the spread of germs by practicing good hygiene. If you or any members of your family become ill, please stay home and do not participate in Park District programs or visit our facilities until you are well. As always, particularly at the Park District fitness centers, the wiping down of exercise equipment after use is strongly encouraged and welcomed. Additionally, if you become aware of a “housekeeping” matter that requires attention, please apprise a staff member. The CDC recommends taking the following measures, which are similar to those used to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Glen Ellyn Park District strongly encourages anyone who suspects they may have the coronavirus to contact a medical professional.

While it is natural to feel apprehensive when facing a challenge like this one, it is important to be well informed and remain calm. For accurate information and the latest updates, please visit the following links:

If you have questions about coronavirus, call the Illinois Coronavirus hotline (800) 889-3931 or send an email to DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.