COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Here is the current status of upcoming events:
- Egg Hunt in Berens Park - Tentatively scheduled for April 16, 2022
- Eldridge Adventure Day - Tentatively scheduled for June 12, 2022
- Movies in the Park - Tentatively scheduled for June 17, July 8 and August 5, 2022
- Park Palooza - Tentatively scheduled for Augut 20, 2022
Courts Plus is open for members. Visit courtsplus.com for details.
Yes. Sugar Creek Golf Course remains open. Visit their website to book a tee time.
Monthly memberships, which had been on hold since April due to the pandemic, were reinstated on September 1. The first monthly bill was processed on September 15. Starting in October, bills are processed on the first of the month. A partial credit resulting from the facility closure on March 14 has been put on your household account. If you have any credit on your Elmhurst Park District account resulting from overpaid membership fees or canceled programs, that credit will be applied to your membership fee before your card on file is charged. Expiration dates for annual memberships have also been extended by 171 days due the closure. More information will be sent directly to annual members ahead of your renewal date.
We are excited to announce that monthly membership rates have been reduced by as much as 25% for the remainder of the year. Rates will be as follows: $45 for an adult and $30 for an additional adult on your account; $35 for a senior and $24 for an additional senior on your account; $35 for individual young adults ages 18-22 and $24 for additional young adult on your account; and $16 for an individual youth 17 and under and $15 for an additional youth on your account.
Learn more at the Courts Plus website.
Any canceled programs or events were credited back to your EPD household account, which will be available for future registrations when programs become available. You will receive an emailed receipt each time a credit is applied to your account. If you would prefer not to have a credit balance you may request a refund via email at registrationepd [dot] org. A refund check will be mailed to the address we have on file.
Seasonal brochures are available online. If you want a print brochure mailed to you, please sign-up here. Our most current Digital Brochure can be accessed on our homepage, epd.org.
Thus far, there have not been discussions about cutting the Park District’s tax levy or possibly providing tax rebates during the COVID-19 pandemic. While residents are not currently able to participate in programs nor use the playgrounds, athletic courts, facilities and fields, all of the District's 28 parks remain open for walking, hiking, running and biking and still have to be maintained during the stay-at-home order. This maintenance includes, among other things, mowing of turf, trail maintenance and trash collection. In addition, the District operates nearly 20 different facilities that, even while closed to the public, have to continue to be operated from the perspective of utilities, HVAC systems and security.
Less than half of the Park District's overall funding comes from property tax revenues. The majority of revenue is generated from user fees, memberships and facility rental fees. During the stay-at-home order we are not generating any of those revenues and project our losses to be in excess of $6 million dollars. As a result, we have instituted a hiring freeze, frozen any vacant positions, cancelled contracts with service providers, deferred more than $1 million dollars in capital projects and have furloughed and imposed pay cuts on hundreds of staff who run our programs and facilities.
Therefore, tax revenues are solely being used at the current time to operate the District's essential functions, with a focus on safety, security and sanitation for park users and our staff performing those tasks.
We greatly look forward to transitioning back to a new "normal" which we anticipate will allow for greater use of the parks and a gradual re-introduction of programs and services.