Elmhurst Park District News

Posted: June 4, 2020

The 'traditional' Funseekers and Courts Plus Summer Camps that many children have enjoyed through the Elmhurst Park District will not be offered this summer.

Posted: May 28, 2020

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June 25 Update - Phase 4: Revitalization

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.

As our region moves to Phase 4: Revitalization on Friday, June 26 under the Restore Illinois Plan, we are excited to announce a number of other openings throughout the District.

Friday, June 26

  • Sand volleyball, roller hockey, and futsal courts will reopen.
  • Basketball courts will begin to reopen on Friday, and staff anticipates that all hoops will be back up by Friday, July 3.
  • Wilder Park Conservatory will reopen with restrictions such as one group in at a time.
  • The Park District Administrative Office at 375 W. First St. will reopen.

Saturday, July 4

  • The batting cages and miniature golf will reopen at The Hub along with limited concession items. To celebrate the reopening, both will be free on July 4th!

Other Phase 4 Updates

  • Courts Plus staff is putting together a reopening plan and will be communicating more details with members in the coming days. The tentative reopening date is targeted for early July as staff can now prepare the facility for the modifications required for social distancing and occupancy limits, in addition to recalling staff from furlough and conducting in-depth training regarding the stringent cleaning and disinfection guidelines put in place for Phase 4. Information will soon be posted to the website at courtsplus.com, on the Courts Plus Facebook page and via Constant Contact directly to members. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the new restrictions and prepare for a safe reopening.
  • Wilder Mansion will reopen with strict guidelines. Additional details will be released soon.
  • Movie in the Park will be held on Friday, July 10 in Wilder Park with a showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2 in partnership with the Elmhurst Public Library. Due to capacity limits, reservations will be required. More details will be posted at epd.org and on the District’s Facebook page in the coming days.
  • Picnic shelters will open and permit requests will be accepted for rentals up to 50 people. Groups above that size will not be considered based on Phase 4 guidelines.

Other items to note

  • Playgrounds and water fountains will remain closed per the Governor’s Executive Order, however, staff will continue to await guidance on when they will reopen and communicate that to residents.
  • Staff is awaiting guidance on the sprayground at The Hub and is hopeful to reopen later in Phase 4.

The Park District continues to review guidelines to determine the best way to safely serve the community while fulfilling our mission of Enriching lives while having fun! We look forward to seeing you once again at the courts, fields, playgrounds and programs.May 28 Update - Phase 3 reopening update

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.

Below are the details for specific areas of interest:

  • Summer Day Camp: Staff is creating a revised version of our traditional day camps as many families rely on camp for childcare. Day Camp 2020 will be held starting Monday, June 22 at Wagner Community Center and the Eldridge Recreation building and will follow the guidelines set by Phase 3. This camp is similar to Funseekers but will not include the field trips and swimming at East End or Smalley Pools. Safety, as always, is top of mind. The restructured day camp will incorporate smaller group sizes, separate locations allowing for little to no crossover between camp groups, increased sanitation practices, face coverings when necessary, and social distancing restrictions in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines. Due to the need to keep camp groups separate and provide indoor shelter for each group, there will be a limited number of spaces available for registration. Priority registration will go to those people who had already registered for Funseekers or Courts Plus camp. More information will be released in the coming week.
  • Courts Plus: Courts Plus staff is currently working on a Phase 3 reopening of the fitness floor and outdoor fitness classes with limited capacity and advanced reservations. A reopening date will be announced shortly and more specific information will be provided to Courts Plus members as soon as possible. Potential summer camp opportunities at Courts Plus are being considered for Phase 4. All other areas are being evaluated for opening in Phase 4 and 5.
Posted: May 28, 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.

Posted: May 20, 2020

With more than 25 outdoor tennis courts, and Courts Plus earning the United States Tenn

Posted: May 17, 2020

Art classes are being offered online by Marie Strauch. There is a small fee for each class of just $8.

Posted: May 12, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elmhurst Park District will be keeping East End Pool and Smalley Pool closed for the 2020 swim season.

Posted: May 11, 2020

As you’re aware, the stay-at-home order has been extended through the end of May.

Posted: May 6, 2020

The local community focused show, Elmhurst: Our Community featured an interview with our Executive Director, Jim Rogers on their April 27 episode.

Posted: May 4, 2020

Sugar Creek Golf Course is now open for limited play, golf only!  Some of the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Commerce includ

Posted: April 19, 2020

Join our virtual Earth Day Contest & Celebration this week and you'll have a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant!

Posted: April 14, 2020

Elmhurst Park District has compiled a list of phone numbers, websites & emails that may be useful for seniors & caregivers during the shelter at home order.

Posted: April 7, 2020

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.

Posted: April 7, 2020

"On Call Hero" Blood Drives Sponsored by Elmhurst Community

Posted: April 7, 2020

"On Call Hero" Blood Drives Sponsored by Elmhurst Community

Posted: April 2, 2020

For the most up to date information please see our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Posted: April 1, 2020

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:

  • Abbey Bingo (May 1) - CANCELED
  • Art in Wilder Park (May 2-3) – CANCELED
  • Spring Music Recital (May 17) - CANCELED
  • Country & Western Luncheon (May 22) - CANCELED 
  • Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 27) - CANCELED
  • Party in the Park (May 29) – CANCELED
  • Annual Dance Recital (May 31) - CANCELED

Updated 4.28.20.

Please check our website for event updates and other information about Elmhurst Park District programs and facilities during this current closure.

Posted: April 1, 2020

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!

Posted: March 31, 2020

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.

Posted: March 26, 2020

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!

Jim Rogers
Executive Director

Posted: March 20, 2020

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.

Posted: March 5, 2020

The Elmhurst Park District is committed to ensuring the health and safety of patrons and staff.

Posted: February 24, 2020

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

Posted: February 11, 2020

The Spring Brochure is now out for delivery! It features information on spring programs and summer programs, including aquatics and summer camps. 

The digital edition of our brochure is available too, viewable here.

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

Posted: January 30, 2020

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

Posted: January 19, 2020

The Elmhurst Park District puts on a number of free community events every year, and we’d love to get your feedback on what’s working, how we can continue to improve, and get ideas for future event

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