Coronavirus Updates and Participation Guidelines: More information regarding the District’s response can be found here.


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.

May 5, 2021 Update:

Statement regarding Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta and Afternoon Festivities
In planning for summer activities, Park District staff reviewed current State of Illinois COVID-19 guidance and at that time, concluded that the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta and July 4th Afternoon Festivities at Lake Ellyn Park would not take place for the summer of 2021. While our region’s COVID-19 statistics have been improving, it is challenging to determine what the guidelines will be in early July. Each year, a significant amount of advanced planning, time, and effort is expended by participants, volunteers, and the District toward organizing and implementing each of these events. To serve you better, the District will suspend these events for 2021 and reassess their return for 2022. In their place, resources generally reserved for these events will be allocated to smaller, more neighborhood focused, family events throughout the summer. These ‘mini’ events will be geared toward smaller groups in areas of our community that would not generally be able to have a large-scale activity in their neighborhood park.

Look for information on these “mini events” and more in the Summer 2021 Playbook, which will be available on our website June 1. Details on the Freedom Four 4-Mile Run, scheduled for July 4, will be posted at once finalized. Please visit the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Committee’s website for parade and firework information by clicking here.

April 16, 2021 Update:

Sunset Pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May 29. Due to COVID-19, the pool will operate with new safety modifications in alignment with State and local health department guidelines. Read the full update and learn what to expect this season »

February 19, 2021 Update:

The information below has been updated to reflect protocol modifications, etc., since February 3, 2021.

Programs & Events:

Organized in-person recreational and sports activities will continue in alignment with Restore Illinois Plan Phase 4 and All Sport Guidelines. Registered participants will be contacted via phone or email, if needed, with specific program updates. As the situation and guidelines remain fluid and can change with minimal advance notice, please continue to check your email and voicemail for program adjustments.

Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center:

  • The fitness center will continue to operate at limited capacity.
  • Face coverings are required in all areas of the facility. Please inform staff if you have a medical condition that limits your ability to wear a face covering.
  • In-person group fitness classes will be offered in alignment with Phase guidelines. Virtual classes will also continue to be offered for those who prefer to workout at home. Only virtual and in-person studio classes require registration.
  • Reservations are required for open court, turf, and pickleball and will be limited to 15 participants per time slot. Open court and turf participants must be Ackerman SFC members. A membership, 5-visit pass, or daily admission fee is required for pickleball.
  • The indoor track will remain open for 25 users or less at a time. Users must practice social distancing and have an Ackerman SFC fitness or track membership.
  • The indoor rock wall and childcare will remain closed until further notice. 

Spring Avenue Fitness Center:

Reservations may be made up to 7 days in advance by calling (630) 858-2462. Face coverings are required in all areas of the facility. Please inform staff if you have a medical condition that limits your ability to wear a face covering.

Platform Tennis Center:

  • All six courts are open for members only. No guests allowed.
  • Face coverings are required inside the hut.
  • Face coverings are required when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained on the deck or common area.
  • Groups are limited to 4 players per court.
  • The Paddle Hut is open for restroom use only. Please plan accordingly.
  • No food may be brought onto the premises, including the courts, hut, and spectating/common areas.
  • Players are required to exit the facility and parking lot in a timely manner (no loitering, gathering, or spectating).

Indoor Open Pickleball:

In addition to open pickleball (see above) at Ackerman SFC, indoor pickleball reservations are available at Main Street Recreation Center on Mondays from 9:00am to 7:30pm by calling (630) 858-2463.

Parks and Playgrounds:

  • Parks, playgrounds, and trails are open. Visitors are encouraged to use outdoor spaces while taking measures to stay safe and healthy including washing hands often, wearing face coverings, social distancing, and only enjoying the parks with members of your immediate household. Groups can be no larger than 50.
  • Athletic fields and basketball courts are open, weather/conditions and compliance dependent. Clearing of snow off the turf fields is not allowed. Patrons may use in groups of 50 or less, however, current CDC and State Health Department guidelines regarding the use of masks and 6 feet of social distancing between individuals must be followed.
  • Spring Avenue Dog Park is open to members. Face coverings are required when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Outdoor skating: When conditions are favorable for creating ice, the east and/or west rink may be available at Newton Park. The east rink is traditionally designated for open hockey and the west rink for public skating. However, based on input from the community and likely unavailability of the Newton Park west rink, the District has established designated public skating times for the east rink. The hours are 11:30am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 5:30pm Monday-Sunday. The other times are for open hockey. Please check for the status of the rinks. Face coverings are required when 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. Skating is unsupervised and at your own risk.
  • Outdoor skating at Lake Ellyn & Lake Foxcroft: Skating is at your own risk and only permitted when the ice reaches a consistent thickness of 8″. Please check the flag/light or for the current status of the rinks. Face coverings are required when 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. The Boathouse will remain closed, but the remote park restroom is open. Skating is unsupervised and at your own risk. 
  • Polar Plaza: Please click here for information on the new Polar Plaza Pop-Up Ice Skating Rink in downtown Glen Ellyn.
  • Sledding: When snow has accumulated, the sled hill at Newton Park will be open from dawn until dusk. Face coverings are required when 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. Sledding is unsupervised and at your own risk.
  • Outdoor Pickleball courts will be made available if they are deemed playable. Due to limited staff and other priorities, snow removal at the site will not take place. Please click here for the status of the Pickleball courts.
  • Outdoor hard-court tennis courts are closed for winter. 
  • Newton Skate Park is closed for winter.
  • Restrooms, except for those found at Lake Ellyn Park, are closed for winter.

Registration Offices:

The office at Spring Avenue Recreation Center is open to the public 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday, and 9am-12pm Saturday. The office at Main Street Recreation Center is open 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm Friday, and 9am-12pm Saturday. Registration is also available via mail, fax, online, and phone. For help, please call (630) 858-2462.

As always, thank you for your ongoing patience, support, and flexibility. Please continue to check our website and social media pages for updates. 

To view previous updates, please click here.