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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: 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.