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Playgrounds, Golf Courses, and Sport Courts Closed but Parks and Trails are Open

Fri March 27, 2020

DeKalb, IL- DeKalb residents may have noticed that the swings are gone from their playgrounds. All DeKalb Park District playgrounds, sports courts, golf courses, and facilities are closed at this time. The governor’s executive order issued last week mandated that these amenities be closed to the public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

To discourage groups from gathering in District parks staff have removed swings from the playgrounds, removed the nets from the volleyball court, and blocked the rims on the basketball hoops in the parks.  Flags have been removed from the golf courses as well and signs are being posted throughout the parks and facilities noting the closure of these amenities. Residents are reminded that this is essential in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Board President, Phil Young, noted “We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during this high-stress time of a public health emergency. We also know that our parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.”  

As such, the District requests that people safely use our parks and trails and follow these guidelines:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting any signs of illness.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene before and during the use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for no access to public restrooms or water fountains in the parks.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more people.
  • Always observe the CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

Young further commented, “Like all of our residents, we are looking forward to the days when life returns to normal and we can gather as a community for picnics in the park, pushing our kids on the swings, having summer ball games, and movies and concerts in the park. Until then, we must all do our part to keep this virus from spreading.”

Need some ideas for things you can do in the park that aren’t on the playground, the golf courses or the basketball courts?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Bring a football or frisbee from home and play catch
  • Fly a kite
  • Go on a scavenger hunt (Pinterest has some great free printable park scavenger hunts)
  • Take a bike ride
  • Hike on a trail
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing (at Rotary Park or Mason/Larson Park)
  • Yoga in the park – bring your yoga mat
  • Bring your camera and take some pictures
  • Walk your dog
  • Observe the wildlife
  • Bring your sidewalk chalk and decorate a trail

For further DeKalb Park District COVID-19 closure updates, please visit