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COVID-19 UPDATE MAY 29

May 29, 2020

JUNE PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS & REGISTRATION

The Oswegoland Park District has been fortunate to continue offering recreational opportunities for our community through the use of our park and trail system, and via virtual programs during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. A core part of the District’s purpose of “Creating Opportunities for Healthy Community” also includes in-person programming. As we transition into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, the District will begin resuming regular operations under the guidelines and restrictions outlined by the Plan beginning June 1.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & OFFERINGS
The online Summer Playbook will continue to be updated with current program information. A variety of virtual programs will continue to be offered. Limited in-person programming will resume in June for those comfortable participating. June programs have been modified under the guidelines of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan and all programs are subject to future guidance from the State.

ENSURING THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF OUR PARTICIPANTS & STAFF
Staff has spent the last several weeks developing plans and implementing modifications that will provide enriching summer experiences, while adhering to the guidelines provided by local health officials and the Restore Illinois Plan. Modifications will allow for:

  • Reduced program sizes
  • Increased distancing between participants
  • Minimization of shared equipment
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols & staff training
  • Increased hand washings and access to hand sanitizer
  • Elimination of all field trips to non-District locations

REGISTRATION & PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Monday, June 1
-Staff begins to resume in-office operations.
-Park District facilities remain closed to the public through Phase 3.
-General calls will be answered from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday
-Instructors will be scheduled for trainings on enhanced health, safety, and cleaning protocols.

Tuesday, June 2
-Online Only Resident registration for Summer Programs begins at 8:30am
-Phone-in and in-person registration will not be available.

Friday, June 5
-Online Only Non-resident registration for Summer Programs begins at 8:30am
-Phone-in and in-person registration will not be available.

Monday, June 15
-Summer programs and Camp Connection will begin with reduced class sizes
-Park District facilities will be opened for participants ONLY. Drop-off and pick-up procedures will be communicated for each class.


CAMP CONNECTION
Staff is currently in the process of modifying Camp Connection to be held at our Civic Center and South Point facilities starting Monday, June 15 with limited capacity. Three, set-attendance options will be available and your registration will include all weeks of summer break.

Children entering Kindergarten through 6th Grade will enjoy fun, summer activities and games in a small group setting of no more than 10 children, with 2 staff. Groups will spend most of their days outdoors, but also have dedicated indoor space for each group to allow for little to no crossover between camp groups.

Camp Connection participants who registered before the Stay-at-Home Order went into effect are being transferred to the new format at this time. New registrations may be accepted as early as Tuesday, June 2, as space allows. Please email our Registration Coordinator for additional information and availability.

Our staff brings experience and enthusiasm and can’t wait to guide children through a summer devoted to fun!


AQUATICS UPDATE

Civic Center Aquatic Park & Winrock Pool: Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan does not include public swimming pools. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health has not provided any direction on how, or if, we can safely operate aquatic facilities this summer. The District is currently assessing the feasibility of providing a shortened pool season given the operational and financial challenges this may pose.

A decision to open the facilities will be made once we have adequate information from State agencies. Since we are aware that the season will be short, if at all, and that other limitations may be present, we will be automatically refunding anyone who has purchased a season pass or registered for swim lessons.

Prairie Point Splash Pad: The opening of the Splash Pad is delayed until further notice, while the District awaits guidance on operations from the Illinois Department of Public Health.


PARKS, TRAILS & OTHER AMENITIES

In order to help maintain a healthy lifestyle, Parks and Trails REMAIN OPEN for walking, jogging, and biking provided social distancing guidelines are adhered to.

Tennis/Pickleball Courts & Disc Golf REOPENED May 15 for socially distanced play. Doubles tennis and pickleball are allowed in Phase 3.

Fox Bend Golf Course REOPENED on May 1. Golf restrictions are changing under Phase 3 to allow for, among other things, foursomes. Visit the Fox Bend Golf Course website for additional information or to book your tee time online.

In Phase 3, all Sport Courts, Roller Hockey Rinks, Skate Parks, Athletic Fields, and Ball Fields will REOPEN for drop-in use.

Playgrounds REMAIN CLOSED until further notice.


QUESTIONS

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult and challenging times. If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact us at info@oswegolandpd.org or call and leave a message at 630.554.1010.

As staff transitions back into the office beginning June 1, general calls will be answered from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday.