It’s been 455 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic. During that time, the Elmhurst Park District, along with so many other businesses, has navigated unchartered territory. But during the last 15 months, the District made the conscious effort to hold true to its mission of enriching lives while having fun.
From the onset of the pandemic, the Park District has regularly adjusted operations based on the latest guidance provided by governing agencies. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State of Illinois have recently relaxed guidance on face coverings as more residents have become vaccinated.
Late last week, the Governor announced that our State will move to the Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14 and if things continue trending in a positive way, we will progress through to Phase 5 as early as June 11. The Board and staff are highly encouraged by this news and will continue to adjust operations, as we have throughout the pandemic. Please note that face coverings and social distancing are still required at all times, and safety of staff and guests remains our top priority.
For the past two months, staff at the Elmhurst Park District has been planning for the expansion of programming in spring and summer. The District’s virtual brochure went live on February 19 and resident registration for programs took place this past Saturday. In what was reminiscent of pre-COVID days, within minutes of the 8:00 a.m. registration, many classes were full with wait lists.
Region 8, which includes the Elmhurst Park District, entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Wednesday. The following changes will go into effect…
Today, Region 8 moves to Tier 1 of the resurgence mitigations! Here are the changes that will take place with Tier 1.
It was announced yesterday that Region 8, which includes the Elmhurst Park District, can move to Tier 2 effective immediately. Here are the changes that will take place with Tier 2.
It was announced today that Region 8, which includes the Elmhurst Park District, can move to Tier 2 effective immediately. As a result, the Wilder Park Conservatory will reopen tomorrow, and participants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their program. More specific details will be made available tomorrow.
At today’s press conference, Governor Pritzker announced an update to the current resurgence mitigation. While a number of regions have met all metrics and will move back to Tier 2 immediately, Region 8 (including Elmhurst) will remain in Tier 3. Our region was poised to move forward until Thursday, when the hospital bed availability dropped from 23.2% to 19.3%. That means the region will need to get back above 20% and stay there for three straight days in order to move forward.
Governor Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigations will go through Friday, January 15 if mitigation criteria are met. As a result, programs scheduled to begin in person from Jan 4-17 are still delayed or are being held virtually. Once a start date has been determined, participants will be refunded/credited for any delayed classes or cancelled programs. Participants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their program.
Recently, Governor Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigations will go through Saturday, January 9. As a result, programs scheduled to begin on January 4 will be postponed or will be held virtually. Participants will be contacted directly regarding the status of their program.
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.