Elmhurst Park District News
After weeks of quarantine, people are starting to feel cooped up and stir crazy. So when the weather warms up and the sun comes out, so do the swarms of people anxious to stretch their legs.
"On Call Hero" Blood Drives Sponsored by Elmhurst Community
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s extension of the stay-at-home order through April 30, the Elmhurst Park District is rescheduling or canceling a number of events. Refunds will be issued to participants for canceled events that required advanced registration. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any further program or event cancellations to participants.
Here is the current status of upcoming events:
• Bridal Party at Wilder Mansion (April 2) - CANCELED
• Adult Egg Hunt (April 4) – CANCELED
• Flashlight Egg Hunt (April 9) - CANCELED
• Courts Plus Blood Drive (April 11) - RESCHEDULED
• Egg Scramble (April 11) – CANCELED
• Doggie Eggstravaganza (April 11) – CANCELED
• Mother Son Dance (April 17) - CANCELED
• Wedding Décor Resale Shop at Wilder Mansion (April 18) – CANCELED
• Courts Plus Health & Wellness Fair (April 18) – CANCELED
• Earth Day Clean Up Day (April 22) - CANCELED
• The Abbey Festival Italiano (April 24) – CANCELED
• Sugar Creek Golf Course Spring Fling Scramble (April 25) – CANCELED
Please check our website for event updates and other information about Elmhurst Park District programs and facilities during this current closure.
All in-person AARP events and activities will now be cancelled until June 1, 2020, as we continue our precautions against the COVID-19 Coronavirus"
Our Brain Game program has packets available online of brain teasers to do at home. Keep your brain and cognition healthy with these fun activities!
March 30 Update - Closure Updates
Based upon Governor Pritzker’s announcement today to extend his stay-at-home order through the end of April, we will be extending the closure of all District facilities through April 30. While unfortunate, this is a necessary step that we must take as a District in order to minimize exposure to participants and staff and limit the spread of the virus while reducing strain on the healthcare system.
All programs, events and rentals previously scheduled in April will be canceled. However, District parks remain open only for walking, hiking, running and biking as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements. As a reminder, playgrounds are closed.
We will continue to monitor information from local, state and national authorities to determine next steps if we need to extend our closure beyond April 30.
Be sure to keep an eye on this web page for additional updates.
Registration for 2020-2021 Rec Station, which was to take place April 1, is postponed until further notice. Information about the new date will be posted on epd.org when it becomes available.
The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Park District operations and its ability to provide programs, facilities, and services to the community.
Yesterday we posted a reminder that playgrounds are closed by order of the Governor and that while it’s okay to be in parks to walk, bike or jog, it is not acceptable to be in large groups. Many people chose to disregard the Governor’s order, and we received an abundance of responses from people expressing concern about the volume of people in the parks playing on playgrounds and gathering on athletic fields and courts.
As a result, the Park District is taking further action to highly discourage those people who are ignoring the order by the Governor. Beginning today, “closed” signs will be placed near every playground. Playgrounds will be roped off with caution tape. Rims will be removed from basketball courts. Tennis courts and the skate park will be locked. And soccer and lacrosse goals will be removed from athletic fields.
To do all of those things, we will be asking our staff to leave the safety of their homes and expose themselves to surfaces that have been touched by thousands of people in the last two weeks. Any of whom could be infected.
We are also working cooperatively with the City of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Police Department, and they are ready to assist with enforcement by dispersing people who do not follow the Governor’s order. Park ambassadors will also be making rounds in the parks. And while they can all try to do their part to disperse people from the playgrounds or push out groups of people on ball fields and courts, their efforts are only temporary until those same people simply return once they’re gone.
All that being said, we implore any of you who took part in the discouraged activity to seriously reconsider your actions. Please do not make us take the next step of closing down the community parks entirely. We want people to be able to get outside to get fresh air and go for a walk, but if this type of blatant disregard for the safety of others continues, we will be forced to do so.
Asking people to stay at home is tough on all of us. But in the words of Simon Sinek, we all must suffer a little so no one has to suffer a lot.
On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners please take this seriously! Do your part to flatten the curve and save lives!
Fresh air is good, but please practice social distancing in the parks! The Park District is following Illinois Executive Order 2020-10 and, as a result, all District playgrounds are closed. Feel free to walk, hike, jog or bike while maintaining social distancing. Do not congregate in large groups. If you see someone violating the Governor's Order, please call 9-1-1.
Due to the recent facility closures we want to inform you of our current plans regarding refunds and credits:
- Memberships: Courts Plus members who have paid in full will have their membership extended for the length of the closure. For example; if we are closed for 3 weeks you will have a 3 week extension on your membership. Members who are on installment billing will not be charged during the closure. Accounts will be adjusted accordingly when facilities reopen and billing resumes.
- Rentals and Parties: We are currently working with rentals through May 15. If your party has been scheduled during this time we will be happy to refund or reschedule your event without a cancellation or rescheduling fee.
- Rec Station, Sunbeams & Rainbows, and other programs with automatic billing will NOT be charged or billed during the closure. All automatic billings and payments are suspended until we reopen.
- All paid events that were scheduled to take place during the closure will be refunded automatically at this time. You do not need to request a refund.
- Currently, all programs are on hold. We are working on plans to reschedule or cancel, and we will process credits and refunds when facilities reopen.
If you have any questions regarding our refund policy, please use the Contact form on our website. We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm. We thank you for your patience and understanding. We value you as a customer and look forward to serving you again in the near future.
Please note that the above mentioned refund practices are being offered during this special closure and are not our standard policies.
"On Call Hero" Blood Drives Sponsored by Elmhurst Community
The Elmhurst Park District is committed to ensuring the health and safety of patrons and staff.
Non-resident registration for gymnastics programs featured in the Spring 2020 Brochure opens today at 8 am.
Event Update - Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, the Elmhurst Park District is canceling all program
Mark your calendar with our upcoming registration dates:
Saturday, February 22 at 8 a.m.: Resident Registration for spring gymnastics, summer gymnastics camps, golf camps, aquatics programs and swim camps
Saturday, February 29 at 8 a.m.: Resident General Registration for all spring programs and all other summer camps, including Funseekers, Dance Camps, Early Childhood Camps, Theatre Camps and Ultimate Sports Camp. Also, registration for Courts Plus Members, including Courts Plus Summer Camps
Monday, March 2 at 8 a.m.: Non-Resident Gymnastics Registration
Monday, March 9 at 8 a.m.: Non-Resident Registration for all programs
The Elmhurst Park District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA
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Plans are coming together for the redevelopment of Eldridge Park’s east playground, which Elmhurst Park District intends to replace in 2020.
We're celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2020 and you're invited to join in the fun!
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