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Too soon for Summer Event Cancellations

Mon April 13, 2020

DeKalb, IL- Like you, the DeKalb Park District Board and staff are looking forward to when the stay at home order is lifted and our community may begin taking steps to return to life as we know it. COVID-19 will forever be in the history books, but the closures will not be forever and there will be an end to the extreme physical distancing that we are all complying with at this time.  

As we near summer, residents have begun to ask about upcoming special events such as the Memorial Day Event and Music at the Mansion; the Municipal Band Concerts; the Golf Fore Kids: Scholarship Golf Outing; Movies in the Park; and even the Fourth of July fireworks and Independence Day 5K.

Many patrons wonder if the Park District will be able to open Hopkins Pool and host aquatic events such as Float Nights, the Cardboard Boat Regatta, and the Pool-a-palooza. The same sentiments go for programs like baseball/softball, Goat Yoga, and Camp Discover, which are just on the horizon.

With the stay at home order in effect until April 30th, it is still too soon to cancel any of our upcoming events and programs. The Board and staff hate to unnecessarily cancel any events too early.

Phil Young, Park Board President, stated, “When the stay at home order is lifted, the need to come together as a community will be even more important. During this time we have all missed gathering together at our parks and facilities and know the value that these spaces provide to our community’s spirit and well-being. When the time comes to reopen, we will be ready.”

Amy Doll, Executive Director, commented, “We are monitoring things day-by-day, week-by-week. We don’t want to cancel anything until we absolutely must. We also know that reopening won’t be like flipping a switch. There were will be a period when staff will take preemptive measures to disinfect facilities and frequently touched surfaces in our parks, such as playgrounds and park shelters.” 

Staff still encourages residents to register for spring programs, as registration deadlines have been extended and staff is preparing to make program adjustments as needed. Applications are still being accepted for a variety of seasonal positions. If and when the order is lifted, Park District staff want families ready to go to enjoy the recreational relief that the Park District can offer the community.

For more DeKalb Park District COVID-19 closure and event updates, please visit or sign up for the DeKalb Park District ‘Stay Connected’ e-newsletter for program announcements.