As we continue to navigate COVID-19 and follow the Restore Illinois Plan, we hope you are finding ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. With the summer season, we encourage you to take a walk, ride your bike, and get fresh air! This webpage will be a resource to you and help you understand what amenities are available to you depending on if our region is in Phase 1, 2, 3, or 4.
We want to share with you a statement from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) that supports the safe use of parks during the pandemic. The DeKalb Park District supports this statement, and we encourage you to use our open spaces to maintain your physical and mental health.
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Our parks will remain open during this health crisis. We believe that 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. If you visit one of our parks or trails, you must follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations of practicing safe physical distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance from others and staying home if you are sick. We implore everyone to follow the guidelines:
SELECT SPORT COURTS OPEN (volleyball courts and tennis courts open with restrictions)
BASKETBALL COURTS REMAIN CLOSED AT THIS TIME
DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE
MAINTAIN 6 FEET OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED OUTDOORS WHEN YOU ARE LESS THAN 6' FEET FROM OTHERS
MOST FACILITIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME
HOPKINS POOL IS OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS (learn more at https://www.dekalbparkdistrict.com/hopkins-pool)
PLAYGROUNDS ARE OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS:
Limit groups to 50 or fewer, masks should be worn when safe physical distancing can't be maintained. Water fountains remain closed, so be sure to bring your own water and hand sanitizer. Clean hands before and after use. If you are sick or have symptoms, stay home and do not use playgrounds. Please click here to read the CDC's safety guidelines on playground use.
Outdoor areas generally require normal routine cleaning and do not require disinfection. Spraying disinfectant on sidewalks and in parks is not an efficient use of disinfectant supplies and has not been proven to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public. You should continue existing cleaning and hygiene practices for outdoor areas.
FACILITIES, PROGRAMS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
Most facilities are CLOSED at this time. Select in-person programs and events are available in Phase 4. Visit our 'Virtual Community Center' to explore virtual program options!
LIMITED PHONES DURING PHASE 4
During Phase 4, select District staff continue to work from home, while others may be in their offices. During this time, we encourage you to utilize our website, send us an email, or message us on social media. You can find a staff directory with email addresses here: https://www.dekalbparkdistrict.com/staff-directory
The DeKalb Park District has begun the refund process or providing household credits for COVID-19 related cancellations. If you are entitled to a refund or household credit, and have not received one yet at this time, please contact Greg Bruggeman at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you please be patient as we work through this difficult time.
The health and safety of our staff, program participants, and visitors is our top priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
The CDC has advised that since there is no anti-viral prevention treatment currently available for the virus, taking common sense precautions is the best approach to adopt such as: