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COVID-19 Gurnee Park District Updates

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May 12, 2020 

PARK DISTRICT UPDATES

 Summer is normally a very busy time at Gurnee Park District, one that is filled with many activities such as day camps, swimming and concerts to name a few. The Park District is following the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities.

Fortunately, our parks remain open for passive recreation like walking, running and biking! We encourage residents to visit our parks regularly to enjoy some fresh air, maintain physical and mental health while practicing social distancing.
Below is a listing of updates by area of interest.

Program Guide
Normally, our summer program guide would have been delivered in late April and registration in full swing. Due to the continued uncertainty of summer activities and expected need to make many updates, the Park District will not be mailing a 2020 summer guide. We will be releasing programming to coincide with the Restore Illinois Plan. These programs can be found on our virtual programming page. We expect we will continue to offer access to virtual programs while we cannot meet in person.

Summer Events
Large summer events are unlikely to occur given what we know about the current pandemic and Restore Illinois guidelines. We take cancellations of these very special events seriously and will wait to make final decisions as more information becomes available and will communicate these decisions as they are made.

Hunt Club Aquatic Center
Across the region, several public pools have already announced their closure. We have decided to delay the decision until more information can be obtained. Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is a facility that our community looks forward to visiting each summer. We hope to be able to open the aquatic center to our community this summer. Our staff is regularly attending meetings with public health officials, parks and recreation professionals, and leading authorities in the field of aquatics to determine the safest methods to follow in order to open these facilities. While we have learned the Coronavirus is inactivated in chlorinated water, there remain some concerns over social distancing enforcement and transmission through high touch areas. A decision to open the facilities will be made once we have adequate information from state agencies. Since we are aware that the operational season will be short if at all, and other limitations may be present, we have refunded anyone who has purchased a season pass and will offer discounted passes/day rates if/when we are able to open. Regular updates will be provided on our website and social media sites.

Camps
Due to this lengthy pandemic we have determined that we are unable to provide summer camp in the same format as in the past. As a result, we have decided to issue full refunds for your currently enrolled camp programming. We understand that summer day programs remains a primary need for many of our families this summer. The Restore Illinois guidelines do allow us to provide these programs once Illinois reaches Phase 3. Additional details and safety requirements have not yet been released. Once we receive necessary information from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Governor we intend to provide you with new summer day program options and registration details.

Before and After School CARE
Restore Illinois also provides guidelines at to which phase children can return to school. Since it still remains uncertain when we will enter this phase, we are delaying registration and will communicate more information about the program as it is known.

FitNation
Fitness Centers around the state remain closed based on the Restore Illinois plan. We know that exercising has been well documented to improve mental and physical health and improve immune function. Our fitness staff has been providing free exercise classes on our Facebook page since mid- March. We continue to monitor recommendations and experiences from gyms and fitness centers re-openings from around the country. Our staff is using that knowledge to develop a comprehensive sanitation and social distancing plan to welcome you back to the fitness center as soon as possible. Our members can expect a clean facility, friendly staff and plenty of sanitation products and safe social distancing controls upon reopening.

Programs
All in-person programs remain cancelled at this time. Please visit our website for a variety of virtual programs. Many more programs will be available throughout this month and beyond and will be adapted according to the timing of when we enter each new state phase.

Parks, Playgrounds, Sports Fields/Courts
The grass is growing and many spring flowers are in bloom at our park sites. Our Parks Team is working diligently to maintain these spaces for your enjoyment. While our playgrounds remain closed, walking paths and open spaces may be used practicing social distancing at this time. Please remember to wear a mask and avoid organized group activities while in the parks and trails. We have also re-opened our tennis and pickleball courts for singles play only. These are the only outdoor sports available at this time. As we enter into subsequent phases of the Governor's plan, we fully expect to be able to expand access incrementally. As a reminder, all public washroom facilities remain closed at this time.

Park Shelter and Facility Rentals
Park and facility rentals remain closed and unavailable. We will accept reservations once it is permitted by Restore Illinois Plan.

Garden Plots
Access to garden plots has been permitted. A limited number of garden plots are still available. Please see our website for more information on the garden plots or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We will continue to communicate updates on a weekly basis through the end of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan.

Sincerely, Gurnee Park District Staff and Board of Commissioners

April 30, 2020 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SUSIE KURUVILLA, CPA, CPRP

 I hope that this message finds you well. As you may have suspected, all Gurnee Park District/FitNation facilities will remain closed through May 31st in cooperation with Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension. While it certainly creates additional challenges to delivering the recreational programs/services you have come to expect, our staff is focused on finding safe and meaningful solutions once we re-open.

Our fitness, summer camp and aquatic center operations are all being evaluated based on CDC (Center for Disease Control) and IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) guidelines. Our highest priority is your health and safety and providing the types of programs and services that you need to not only see you through this pandemic but into the future. During this time, we will continue to offer fitness classes to our community at no charge through our FitNation Facebook page. Our Growing Tree Preschool teachers provide daily lessons and activities for our little ones and we've got several programs including a Virtual Art Show, Family Game Nights, a Community Cookbook and a Fort Building Contest all available virtually on our virtual program web page and Facebook Page! We will also be offering some NEW pre-register virtual programming including dance instruction, magic classes and e-sport leagues! Visit the virtual program page to sign up!

Additional park and facility information can be found here.

Our spirits remain high and we welcome the opportunity to serve you in new and innovative ways. Please be on the lookout via our website, email and social media for updates to our programming and facility operations.

We're all in this together!
In Health, Susie Kuruvilla CPA, CPRP
Executive Director Gurnee Park District


April 2, 2020 

PARK DISTRICT FACILITY CLOSURES AND UPDATES:

Due to Governor Pritzker's COVID-19 extended Stay-at-Home order, all Gurnee Park District facilities will now be closed through April 30th. The parks will remain open for walking, running, and biking HOWEVER, ALL playgrounds, shelters, sport courts and outdoor restrooms are CLOSED as mandated by the stay at home order. As the weather warms up, you may be tempted to take your children to the playground. For their safety and the safety of others, please do not use the playgrounds or other closed areas. We ask that anyone attending a park location follow the CDC social distancing guidelines.

BILLING, REFUNDS, RESCHEDULING:

Gurnee Park District will delay all installment billing and address refunds/credits due to facility closures and canceled programs during the month of April. We are committed to the health and safety of our customers and thank you for your continued patience and understanding. For more information about COVID-19, visit the cdc.gov website.


March 20, 2020 

CLOSURE UPDATE:

Due to Governor Pritzker's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, all Gurnee Park District facilities will now be closed through April 7th. This includes FitNation, Hunt Club Park Community Center, Viking Park Community Center, all playgrounds, shelters and outdoor restrooms. The parks will remain open for walking, running, and biking. We ask that anyone attending a park location follow the CDC social distancing guidelines as follows:

  • Use personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer
  • Do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe social distancing of at least six feet from others even when walking, hiking or biking.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass. 
  • Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Note that public restrooms are closed — be prepared before you leave as well as when planning your park visit.
  • Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains should not be used if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.

BILLING, REFUNDS, RESCHEDULING:
Gurnee Park District will be delaying all installment billing and address refunds/credits due to facility closures and canceled programs or reschedule events once we re-open.

March 13, 2020 

Due to the COVID-19 National State of Emergency, Gurnee Park District will be closed effective Saturday, 3/14/20 through Sunday, 3/29/20. All facilities including Hunnt Club Community Center, Viking Park Community Center and FitNation will be closed; programs and services will be canceled during this time. Administrators will continue to assess the situation and closures may be subject to change.

Parks and shelters will remain open, however, public are urged to use their best judgement.
As of now, Viking Park Dance Hall will open 3/17 as a polling location and the regularly scheduled Park Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at the same location starting at 7pm. This website will be updated should changes be made.
Gurnee Park District staff will continue to assess the situation and determine additional closures, refunds and re-scheduling of events regularly. Customers can expect to receive updates via email within the next two weeks.
The safety of our community remains our top priority. We appreciate your support in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov


March 12, 2020 

Gurnee Park District is committed to the health and safety of our customers and staff. The District continues to monitor the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, along with the guidelines and safety information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Gurnee Park District has a high standard of cleanliness and in order to help limit the spread of the virus, we are taking extra precautions to clean areas including counters, handrails, door knobs and drinking fountains throughout the day.If you are sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home to protect others. CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:• Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into the inside of the elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.• Wash hands often, especially before eating and after contact with public surfaces. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.• Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.• Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other people.• Call your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing.
More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov.

Currently all programs at operating at Gurnee Park District facilities are on as scheduled. Programming at offsite locations will be determined on a case by case basis (including local schools).

For updates on program cancellations or facility closures, please visit our website: www.gurneeparkdistrict.com


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