Emergency Closing Information

During the course of the year, it is sometimes necessary to close one or more of our facilities and cancel programs due to an emergency. Inclement weather is the primary cause of emergency closings; however, programs may also be canceled if other emergencies, such as power failures, heating or water problems occur.

When a determination is made that a facility or programs should be closed to protect the health or safety of participants, the announcement will be made available as soon as possible.

Information will be updated by 4:30 am for Hunt Club Park Community Center and FitNation, by 6:00 am for morning CARE, by 7:30 am for all morning classes, by 10:00 am for all afternoon classes and 3:30 pm for all evening classes. You can receive the most current information by calling any of the following lines. Please note: A general voice mail message will greet you if all programs are on. If school has been cancelled, there is no before or after CARE program and no Growing Tree Preschool.

Gurnee Park District General Line: 847-623-7788
Gurnee Park District Sports Line: 847-599-3750
Youth Recreation Supervisor: 847-599-3746
Early Childhood/Youth Program Manager: 847-599-3767
Aquatic Manager: 847-599-3753
Director of Recreation: 847-599-3756

General Guidelines for Emergency Program Cancellations are:

If School Districts 50, 56, and 121 are all closed due to inclement weather, all programs will be canceled until 5:00 pm. At 3:30 pm the weather, road conditions and school availability will be evaluated and the Director of Recreation will make a determination if programs will be held after 5:00 pm.

If School District 50 closes, the CARE/Preschool program at Hunt Club Park Community Center will be canceled for that day. The Director of Recreation will make a determination on all other programs based on the weather, road conditions and school availability. (Preschool will only be canceled if District 50 closes due to weather emergencies.)

If School District 56 closes, the CARE/Preschool program at Spaulding, Gurnee Grade and Viking will be canceled for that day. The Director of Recreation will make a determination on all other programs based on the weather, road conditions and school availability. (Preschool will only be canceled if District 56 closes due to weather emergencies.)

If High School District 121 closes, the Director of Recreation will make a determination on all programs based on the weather, road conditions and school availability. A decision will be made by 7:30 am for all morning classes, by 10:00 am for all afternoon classes and by 3:30 pm for all evening classes.

The Director of Recreation will make the determination on the Fitness Center and Drop-in Programs at Hunt Club Park Community Center at 5:00 am for morning opening, by 10:00 am for afternoon hours and 3:30 pm for evening hours.

Participants are reminded that Gurnee Park District makes every attempt to open it facilities and operate programs when this does not pose a risk to students and employees.
However, the ultimate decision to attend a program during inclement weather belongs to the participant. Participants need to make a determination as to whether or not it is too cold, windy or snowy for their children to safely travel to and from a program.