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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.


July 29, 2020 Update: New Sports Guidelines Released by Governor Pritzker

Governor Pritzker just announced new restrictions for youth and adult recreational athletics. This includes, but is not limited to, park district sports programs, school-based sports (IHSA and IESA), travel clubs, and recreational leagues. In addition, IHSA has also presented their plans regarding Illinois high school sports for the 2020-2021 school year.

The new DCEO all-sports guidance categorizes sports into three risk levels: low, medium, or high. The categories are based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play. The guidance sets four levels of play allowed based on current public health conditions within each category.

While the Park District will have to further review the new guidelines and develop in-depth plans, we remain confident the Park District can still provide safe opportunities for fall sports with modifications and specific protocols. Your continued patience and support is appreciated. More information will be forthcoming on fall athletics.


July 10, 2020 Update #2: Dog Park Water Fountain

The water fountain, mostly for dogs, was turned on at the Spring Avenue Dog Park. All other water fountains remain off until further notice.


July 10, 2020 Update: Splash Park Reopening

Maryknoll Splash Park will open for timed, date-specific entry on Saturday, July 11. Walk ups are allowed, but subject to availability. Reservations are available in 1.5-hour time blocks from 9am to 6:30pm Monday-Saturday and 11am to 6:30pm Sunday and may be made up to 7 days in advance. Please visit gepark.org/splash for more information and to make a reservation.

Child Admission (ages 12 months to 10 years): $3
Adult Admission (ages 16+): $1

Facility Rules and Safety Measures:

  • 50-person capacity per 1.5-hour session
  • Reservations are required for EVERY individual entering the gate and utilizing space. This includes children ages 12 months to 10 years and adults.
  • Late arrivals: after 20 minutes from the start time, patrons will lose their reserved spot.
  • Admission: $3 per child (ages 12 months-10 years) and $1 per adult (ages 16+)
  • Parties/celebrations are not allowed inside the splash park.
  • Face covering must be worn when checking in and when social distancing is not possible.
  • Due to COVID-19, no toys, buckets, or cups are allowed in splash park to avoid sharing.
  • Please do not use a table unless you are a group of 3 or more. Chairs are available for smaller groups.
  • No outside food or coolers are allowed in splash park. Personal water bottles are recommended.
  • All children under the age of 10 must always have adult supervision.
  • Swimsuits and appropriate swim attire required.
  • Swim diapers are required for babies that are not toilet trained.
  • All persons using the splash park do so at their own risk and sole responsibility.

June 26, 2020 Update #2: Playground Reopening

All playgrounds and the outdoor fitness area will open for public use at 9am on Saturday, June 27! Thank you for your patience as we awaited additional guidance from the Governor, CDC, and Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • If you or your child feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home
  • Wash hands with soap and water before and after playing or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid crowded playgrounds and minimize physical contact between kids
  • No more than 50 patrons allowed on a playground at any given time
  • Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear masks when unable to do so
  • Outdoor equipment is not sanitized regularly; use at your own risk

June 26, 2020 Update: Phase 4 Reopening Plan

Camps and Classes

Please click here to view the updated Summer Playbook which includes new in-person camps and classes for July and August. As a reminder, brochures will be available online only until further notice. The September/October Playbook will be posted online at gepark.org/playbook on July 20.


Registration Office Hours

The registration desk at Spring Avenue Recreation Center will reopen for in-person registration on Monday, July 6. Registration is also available online and via mail, fax, and phone. For help, please call (630) 858-2462 or email support@gepark.org. Main Street Recreation Center is open to camp/class participants only during Phase 4.

Spring Avenue Registration Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed


Ackerman SFC

  • Fitness Center: Reopens on Monday, July 6, with distanced equipment and a limit of 50 users in the center at a time.
  • Group Fitness: Indoor/outdoor classes offered with a capacity of 35 participants per class. Class schedules are posted at ackermansfc.com/groupfitness.
  • Indoor Track: Open for 15 users or less at a time beginning July 6. Users must practice social distancing.
  • Personal Training: Available in all formats.
  • Fit & Play Childcare: Closed until further notice.
  • Indoor Rock Wall: Closed until further notice.
  • Open Gym/Turf: Not available until further notice.
  • Drop-in Pickleball: Click here to view the July schedule.
  • Rentals: Please contact Ryan Miller with rental inquiries at rmiller@gepark.org.
  • Membership Fees: Monthly membership charges will resume on July 8.

Please visit ackermansfc.com for more details.


Spring Avenue Fitness Center

Memberships will resume on July 6. The membership end date for current members will be extended by up to 3 months. Due to space limitations, use of the Spring Avenue Fitness Center will be available by reservation only. To make a reservation, please call (630) 858-2462. Fitness center hours of operation will be 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. The facility will be closed for cleaning from 12:30pm-1pm daily.


Parks & Playgrounds

PARKS: Parks including fishing, disc golf, bocce, bags, chess and ping pong, are open for public use, however, current CDC and State Health Department guidelines for use of masks, 6 feet of social distancing between individuals and limit of groups of 50 people or fewer, must be followed.

PLAYGROUNDS: All playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas in Illinois remain closed per the Governor’s Executive Order. If the status changes, the District will adjust accordingly.  See June 26, 2020 Update #2 above.

Also, all Park District ordinances are still to be followed including all dogs on leash (except in Spring Avenue Dog Park), no smoking, no motorized vehicles, etc. To view all Park District ordinances, go to: gepark.org/ordinances


Athletic Fields and Courts

When not in use for Park District programs, athletic fields, tennis/pickleball/platform tennis courts, basketball courts, ball fields, and the sand volleyball court are open for groups of 50 or less with social distancing except for:

  • Ackerman Park softball hub (fields 1-4) is still closed due to ongoing improvements.
  • Main Street Recreation Center basketball courts will open Saturday, June 27. Weekday access will be limited due to Park District camp usage at the following times: 8:30am-10:30am and 2:30pm-4:30pm.
  • Village Green Park baseball fields 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 closed for improvements. These fields will reopen in mid-July.

Spring Avenue Dog Park

Spring Avenue Dog Park is open to members. Visit gepark.org/dogpark for membership information.


Newton Skate Park

Newton Skate Park is open daily from 9am to dusk, weather permitting. 9am-12pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are designated for ages 12 and under only. Limit 50 at a time and one hour per person if people are waiting.


Outdoor Restrooms and Picnic Pavilions

The restrooms at Lake Ellyn, Ackerman (near playground), Maryknoll, and Village Green Parks are open to the public during Phase 4. All other outdoor restrooms remain closed until further notice. No picnic pavilion rentals will be taken for July.


Holes & Knolls Mini Golf

Holes & Knolls Mini Golf is open for timed, date-specific entry. Reservations are accepted online up to 7 days in advance. No more than 25 participants will be allowed on each 18-hole course per time 50-minute timeslot. Walk ups are allowed but subject to availability. To make a reservation, visit: gepark.org/minigolf


Splash Park

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


Electric Vehicle Charging Station(s)

Maryknoll Park charging stations are currently activated. Sunset Pool charging station will be turned on as of June 29th and remain active through September.


Lake Ellyn Boathouse

Please contact Jeannie Robinson to rent the Boathouse at jrobinson@gepark.org. Event capacity will be limited based on the current Restore Illinois Plan guidelines.


Garden Plots

The garden plots at Village Green Park are open to plot holders. At this time, all plots are sold.


All active facilities and amenities will remain open if participants adhere to the District’s guidelines for use of those facilities based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) guidelines.

We appreciate your patience and hope to see you soon!


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