On Tuesday, November 17, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that the State of Illinois will move to Tier 3 of resurgence mitigations beginning Friday, November 20 at 12:01 am. This change will have a significant impact on park district services and programs.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase throughout the State of Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced today that DuPage County (Region 8) will move to Tier 2 of the resurgence mitigation beginning Wednesday, November 11. Program participants, facility renters, and fitness members will see a number of changes to Park District offerings due to these new measures.
Two recent decisions by the Board of Park Commissioners will assist in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 related expenses on the District.
At the September 14 meeting, the Park Board approved entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with DuPage County to have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses.
The COVID 19 pandemic continues to impact businesses around the world and locally in Elmhurst, including the Park District. Last May, nearly 90% of the District’s full and part-time employees were notified that they would be furloughed due to the lack of work brought on by mandated facility shutdowns. The hope was to reinstate as many of these positions as possible when operations resumed and/or it became financially feasible. Unfortunately, the District is experiencing a slower, more gradual recovery than the Board and staff had hoped.
As the Park District continues to provide facilities, programs, and services under the State of Illinois and other public health guidelines, we would appreciate your feedback. Please click the link below to take a quick survey to help us understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your use of parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services. Your feedback is critical to help us continue our mission of enriching lives, while having fun during the pandemic.
As always, the health, safety, and well-being of the community is our priority, and the District continues to provide access to parks and facilities according to the State of Illinois Restore Illinois Plan and the Governor’s Stay at Home Orders. Throughout the quarantine, District parks and trails remained open so that people could enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. During Phase 3 of the Plan, the District was able to reopen tennis courts and offer outdoor fitness classes at Courts Plus and Day Camp 2020.
The Elmhurst Park District looks forward to continuing to reopen and fulfill its mission of Enriching lives while having fun!
In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, staff continues to plan for the return of programming and reopening of facilities as detailed in Phase 3-Recovery, which is set to begin Friday, May 29. We continue to monitor the progress as we move through these phases, and we are prepared to adjust our plan as we get closer to Phase 4-Revitalization.
With more than 25 outdoor tennis courts, and Courts Plus earning the United States Tennis Association’s outstanding facility award, it’s no secret that Elmhurst is a tennis community. But in late March, as the temperature warmed up and people flocked to the parks, many looked to the Elmhurst Park District to take action to protect against people defying the stay-at-home order and congregating in parks.