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DeKalb Park District COVID-19 Announcements

As we social distance ourselves and follow the Governor's Stay At Home Order, we hope you are finding ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. With the weather improving, we encourage you to take a walk, ride your bike, and get fresh air.

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 COVID-19 outbreak.

The DeKalb Park District supports this statement, and we encourage you to use our open spaces to maintain your physical and mental health. However, a few rules apply per the Governor's proclamation in response to this ongoing situation and the Stay At Home Order.

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PARKS

Our parks will remain open at this time. 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 social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance from others and staying home if you are sick. Note that park restrooms are not open at this time. Parks staff will continue to pick up garbage.

We have received numerous complaints from residents regarding park users ignoring vital rules and regulations as they relate to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We implore everyone choosing to utilize our parks to:

STAY OFF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND SPORT COURTS (with the exception of Hopkins Park tennis courts open with restrictions)

DO NOT USE ANY FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES, SUCH AS BENCHES, GRILLS, & PARK SHELTERS

DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS

MAINTAIN 6 FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES

THE DOG PARK, SKATE PARK, AND SLEDDING HILL ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME

It is every resident's responsibility to work toward eradicating this dangerous virus.

PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED:
All playgrounds are CLOSED until further notice as directed by the State of Illinois.

FACILITIES, PROGRAMS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
All facilities, dog park, and skate park are CLOSED. All in-person programs and events are postponed until further notice. Visit our 'Virtual Community Center' to explore virtual program options!

LIMITED PHONES UNTIL MAY 30th

GOLF COURSES ARE OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS (learn more at https://www.golfdekalb.com/)

In compliance with the STAY AT HOME Order, many District staff are working from home. Phones have been forwarded so that calls are still received. However, 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

REFUNDS

The DeKalb Park District has begun the refund process or providing household credits for all COVID-19 cancellations. If you are entitled to a refund or credit, there is nothing additional for you to do, we will process it for 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.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Restore Illinois Plan

Illinois STAY AT HOME Frequently Asked Questions

Know the Facts: COVID-19

Employee Rights

Unemployment Notice to Part-Time Employees

Managing Your Fears & Anxiety around Coronavirus

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus

Precautionary Steps

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:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol if washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home such as TV remotes, cell phones and computers

IN THE NEWS:

Summer Camp, Programs, and Event Status Still Up in the Air
DeKalb Golf Courses Scheduled to Reopen
Too Soon for Summer Event Cancellations
Safe Physical Distancing Recommended for Park Use
Playgrounds, Golf Courses, and Sport Courts Closed but Parks and Trails are Open
District-Wide Park Clean-Up
Governor's Stay at Home Order

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to address the Coronavirus issue!