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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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
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.
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: