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.
With the safety of participants and staff at top of mind, the District was able to provide a number of programs and services to residents. At the beginning of the pandemic, many people sought solace on the trails and in the parks. Getting out and experiencing nature was a key part of so many lives in the early days of the pandemic. As we moved through the different phases of the Restore Illinois plan, the District was committed to providing ample opportunities for residents of Elmhurst to recreate. Whether it was golfing at Sugar Creek, working out at Courts Plus, participating in a program, or having fun at a modified special event, residents showed up.
We recognize that the pandemic came at a hard cost to the District – in both lost revenues and a loss of staff - but the Board and staff of the Elmhurst Park District thank you for the patience you exhibited as we all endured these unprecedented time together, and we thank you for your continued support.
At long last, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel, and we look forward to beginning our transition to normal operations when the State enters Phase 5 on Friday, June 11. While most areas of the District will no longer have capacity limits, it’s important to note that many offerings involve children 12 or under who are unable to be vaccinated and therefore masks and social distancing will still be required in those situations.
Once again, we thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming more of you back into our programs and facilities in the near future.