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Posted at 2:55pm Friday, May 29

STATE OF THE PARK DISTRICT - UPDATES RELATED TO COVID-19

MOVING FROM COVID-19 RESPONSE TO RECOVERY, AND RETURNING TO SUMMER FUN!

Friday, May 29, 2020
 

The Arlington Heights Park District is excited to start welcoming patrons back as we begin to move into Phase 3 of the Reopen Illinois Plan (https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-phase-3). We could not be more excited to start serving our residents in a greater capacity as we begin to gradually open up our programs and facilities. Our golf clubs are welcoming foursomes again, tennis clubs will start opening for private and small group lessons and the public can start ramping up their fitness routines with outdoor fitness classes soon.

The Park District continues to closely follow recommendations from the Governor’s office, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities. We will offer as many programs and facilities as we can this summer and will communicate updates via our website www.ahpd.org and social media: On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @AHPARKDISTRICT.

Golf Operations Arlington Lakes Golf Club and Nickol Knoll Golf Club – Courses are open for foursomes at 10 minute intervals with restrictions including: carts for single riders unless in same family. We encourage you to book Tee time reservations online and view safety guidelines at Arlington Lakes Golf Club and Nickol Knoll Golf Club. Sunset Meadows Driving Range remains closed and will be re-evaluated on June 9.

Tennis Clubs – will reopen on June 2 for private and small group lessons and court reservations. The fitness center at Forest View remains closed. Please visit our website to view safety guidelines. View guidelines: www.ahpd.org/tennis/.

Pool Operations – Some Chicago suburban park districts have already announced the season closure of their public pools. We have decided to delay our decision until more information can be obtained. All pool operations are suspended until we receive additional guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). At that time, we will evaluate the situation and make a decision. Look for updated info on our social media channels and website at www.ahpd.org and social media: On FacebookTwitterInstagram @AHPARKDISTRICT.

Facilities and Historical Museum – All community centers and the Historical Museum are closed.

AHPD Programs – Many programs that begin on June 8 will run virtually or in person under phase 3 which allows groups of 10 people and under. Beginning June 15, the district will be offering over 100 new programs in various formats including virtual, take-home projects, and small group in-person programming with 10 or less participants. Keep up to date by following AHPD on social media.

Arlington Heights Senior Center – At the time of this release, Village Hall will be open for services to the public starting Monday, June 1, but the Senior Center remains closed. A date for the Senior Center to reopen has not been set. Keep up to date on reopening status via our website at www.ahpd.org and social media outlets.

Summer Camps – Summer Camps listed in our Spring/Summer Guides which were scheduled to take place in June have been cancelled or rescheduled. Staff is currently finalizing details on modified camp programming which will begin June 15, and will include virtual programs, take-home projects, as well as modified small group camps. These new programs will run during the month of June. Updates on new program offerings will be shared via our website and social media outlets.

Arlington Ridge Center (ARC) – Staff has planned Virtual Programming and offering Outdoor Group Fitness classes starting on June 1. One-on-one personal training will also be starting the week of June 8. Memberships at the ARC are frozen until we return to full operations. Visit the website at www.ahpd.org/arc/ and Follow us: On Facebook @ARLINGTONRIDGECENTER; On Twitter and Instagram @arc_ahpd.

Parks – All parks are open to take a walk, jog or run except for Sunset Meadow and Lake Arlington which remain closed. The status of Lake Arlington and Sunset Meadows will be re-evaluated on June 9.

Canine Commons Dog Park – Canine Commons remains closed. We will re-evaluate opening it as we move into phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan which will allow gatherings of up to 50 people.

Playgrounds and Basketball Courts – Remain closed at this time. Please remember to maintain social distancing while enjoying the park paths.

Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts – Are open with restrictions. Doubles play will now be allowed with no more than four on a court and 10 people in the fenced area that has more than two courts.

Athletic Fields, Park Shelter and Facility Rentals – Currently, we are not accepting any reservations for athletic fields, park shelters, facility meeting room rentals, or aquatic center parties. Once we return to regular business hours, we will begin taking reservations upon entering phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan.

Community Gardens – Our two community gardens are open to those who have secured a plot this season. Garden plots are still available at our Frontier Park and Forest View locations. Please follow the stated guidelines at the entrance to each garden.

We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the Governor’s order. On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners, and Staff, thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well and please stay informed by visiting www.ahpd.org/coronavirus/. We also encourage everyone to follow us on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Guest Services Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm to answer your calls at 847-577-3000 and 847-577-3025.


Posted at 3:15pm Friday, May 22

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, we too are saddened that we aren't able to open our pools this weekend for your enjoyment as in year's past. However, the Park District wishes you and your families a fun and safe weekend. We are also anticipating receiving additional guidance on the Governor's Phase 3 Reopen Illinois plan soon.

Please know that we are continually reviewing and evaluating information as we receive it from the Illinois Department of Public Health, CDC, and other regulatory agencies. As we do, we promise to share information with you as we formulate best practices to resume operations of our facilities and programs, in a manner that ensures the health and safety of the community, and our employees.


Posted at 4:30pm Wednesday, May 13

STATE OF THE PARK DISTRICT - UPDATES RELATED TO COVID-19

MOVING FROM COVID-19 RESPONSE TO RECOVERY, AND RETURNING TO FUN!

Summer is just around the corner and normally the Park District is bustling with activities including day camps, swimming, softball leagues, and outdoor special events. Normally, our parks are filled with kids at the playgrounds and friendly games of tennis, pickleball, and basketball. We are hoping to get back to this soon!

The Park District is closely following recommendations from the Governor’s office, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities. We are awaiting further direction from these agencies in order to make appropriate decisions on which activities we will be able to offer this summer.

SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE

Our brochure was posted online prior to the Governor’s Stay at Home Order being extended until May 30. Unfortunately, all of our special events have been cancelled through July and programs have been cancelled through June as well. Anyone who enrolled in June programs in the Spring Guide will be credited/refunded accordingly. Resident registration for our summer programs begins on May 19 at 10am for July and August, but we are not collecting payment at this time. You may register online at www.ahpd.org. We also encourage residents to visit our website frequently for current updates.

The Summer 2020 Program Guide is being updated and will be reposted on the website by May 15. We will be running a waitlist only sign-up for activities that are scheduled to start in July. Programs that we will run virtually in June will also be marked accordingly. In the meantime, please check out our Virtual Program Guide for May. Once the Governor’s Stay at Home order is lifted and new guidelines are released by officials for public gatherings, our staff will be able to modify our programs accordingly. 

GOLF OPERATIONS ARLINGTON LAKES GOLF CLUB & NICKOL KNOLL GOLF CLUB

Courses are open with restrictions including: twosomes only, no carts or clubhouse, portable toilets only. Tee time reservations available only online at Arlington Lakes Golf Club and Nickol Knoll Golf Club.

POOL OPERATIONS

Some Chicago suburban park districts have already announced the season closure of their public pools. We have decided to delay our decision until more information can be obtained. All pool operations are suspended until we receive additional guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). At that time, we will evaluate the situation and make a decision. Look for updated info on our social media channels and website at and social media: On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @AHPARKDISTRICT.

SUMMER CAMPS

At this time, we are rescheduling or cancelling all camps in June. We are looking for direction from the Governor’s office and the IDPH. If we are allowed to work with groups under 10, per Phase 3 of the Reopen Illinois Plan we will post new offerings on our website. Registration for our summer camps is open for July and August, but we are not collecting any payment at this time. We encourage you to reserve a space for your child online at www.ahpd.org. If you signed up for June camps in the Spring Guide you will be credited/refunded accordingly.

ARLINGTON RIDGE CENTER

Currently, our staff is providing daily fitness opportunities via social media. We anticipate offering outdoor fitness classes for groups of 10 sometime in June. We have developed a comprehensive reopening plan to welcome you back as soon as State guidelines allow. Our members can expect a clean facility, friendly staff and plenty of sanitation products and safe crowd controls upon reopening. Follow us: On Facebook @ARLINGTONRIDGECENTER; On Twitter and Instagram @arc_ahpd.

PARKS

All parks are open to take a walk, jog or run; Sunset Meadows and Lake Arlington will remain closed.

PLAYGROUNDS AND BASKETBALL COURTS

Remain closed at this time. Please remember to maintain social distancing while enjoying the park paths.

OUTDOOR TENNIS / PICKLEBALL COURTS

Will open on Friday, May 15 with restrictions. Only Singles play will be allowed; the only exception being the outdoor courts at Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club remain closed.

PARK SHELTER AND FACILITY RENTALS

Currently, we are not accepting any reservations for park shelters, facility meeting room rentals, or aquatic center parties. Once we return to regular business hours, we will begin taking reservations.

COMMUNITY GARDENS

Our two community gardens will reopen on May 23 to those who have secured a plot this season. Garden plots are still available at our Frontier Park and Forest View locations. Please follow the stated guidelines at the entrance to each garden.

We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the Governor’s order. On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners, and Staff, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Be well and please stay informed by visiting https://www.ahpd.org/news/stay-informed-coronavirus-information/. We also encourage everyone to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guest Services Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm to answer your calls at 847-577-3000 and 847-577-3025.


Posted at 10:20am Monday, May 4

UPDATE ON CAMPS

While we continue to plan for Day Camps, we cannot say with 100% certainty that they will be available this summer, and it is likely that the start date for camps will be delayed.  Staff is planning for a variety of scenarios, including regular camp operations, camp with social distancing, and potential virtual options.  Staff will continue to monitor daily updates from health officials as we develop program plans. 

While we remain hopeful that we will be able to offer in-person camps at some point this summer, we recommend that you make alternate arrangements in the event that we are not permitted to safely offer these services.  If camp is not able to run, refunds and/or household credits will be provided.  The same is true if you withdraw from camp a week prior to camp starting.  We will keep you updated on the status of Summer Day Camp and any new developments. Unfortunately, we are in an unprecedented time right now and are making arrangements for any number of scenarios.

The park district is monitoring updates from the Governor and health officials just like everybody else.


Posted at 1:03pm | Friday, April 24, 2020


PARK DISTRICT CLOSURE UPDATES RELATED TO COVID-19

Based upon Governor Pritzker’s announcement yesterday to extend his stay at home order, we will be extending the closure of all Park District facilities through May 30. This includes Lake Arlington and Sunset Meadows.

GOLF CLUBS

The Governor’s latest modification of the Stay at home Order allows golf to begin on May 1st. Once the specifications of the order are completed by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity we will get out information regarding both Arlington Lakes and Nickol Knoll Golf Club. Please call 847-577-3030 or check back on our website for the latest updates.

PROGRAM/MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

All programs, events and rentals previously scheduled in April and May will be cancelled.  Our first option is to give all customers a credit to their account. Credits on account can be used for future programs, events, rentals, or memberships at the park district.  If a refund is desired, please submit the request online. You can access the form here.  Click to see fillable form.
 

Facility memberships have been frozen and once a return date is determined we will communicate the activation plan.

SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE AND SUMMER REGISTRATION UPDATES

The Park District has decided to forgo the printing of the Summer 2020 Program Guide. We will continue to update the online guide as new information becomes available that will impact our summer programming.
 

LAKE ARLINGTON, SUNSET MEADOWS AND PARKS UPDATE

Effective April 2, 2020, to further support the Governor’s initiative to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park District has decided to fully close the Sunset Meadows and Lake Arlington Park properties and all park amenities, including the paths, on those properties. Additionally, all Park District playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and hard play surfaces are closed until further notice. This is not a decision the District took lightly, as seeing people enjoy our parks and facilities is our passion. However, we are all in this together. The sooner everyone does their part to get through this pandemic, the sooner we can all get back to the things we love and enjoy. With the exception of the amenities previously listed all other neighborhood parks and open spaces remain open for walking, hiking, biking, and running as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements. Find a facility at: www.ahpd.org/facilities.
 

Posted at 5:15pm Wednesday, April 1
 
PARK DISTRICT CLOSURE UPDATES RELATED TO COVID-19

Based upon Governor Pritzker’s announcement yesterday to extend his stay-at-home order through the end of April, we will be extending the closure of all Park District facilities through April 30.

LAKE ARLINGTON, SUNSET MEADOWS AND PARKS UPDATE
Effective April 2, 2020, to further support the Governor’s initiative to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park District has decided to fully close the Sunset Meadows and Lake Arlington Park properties and all park amenities, including the paths, on those properties. Additionally, all Park District playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and hard play surfaces are closed until further notice. This is not a decision the District took lightly, as seeing people enjoy our parks and facilities is our passion. However, we are all in this together. The sooner everyone does their part to get through this pandemic, the sooner we can all get back to the things we love and enjoy. With the exception of the amenities previously listed all other paths at neighborhood parks and open spaces remain open for walking, hiking, biking, and running as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements. Find a facility at: www.ahpd.org/facilities.

PROGRAM/MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
All programs, events and rentals previously scheduled in April will be suspended or cancelled.  Our first option is to give all customers a credit to their account. Credits on account can be used for future programs, events, rentals, or memberships at the park district.  If a refund is desired, please submit the request at www.ahpd.org/refund.  Facility memberships have been frozen and once a return date is determined we will communicate the activation plan.

SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE AND SUMMER REGISTRATION UPDATES
The Park District has decided to forgo the printing of the Summer 2020 Program Guide which was scheduled to be delivered to homes via doorstep delivery on April 18 due to the uncertainties with the pandemic. Instead, residents can expect to receive a direct mailing to their mailboxes informing them when a digital program guide is available for viewing on our website. This mailing should arrive in early May describing the registration time, date and process.

Summer 2020 registration will therefore change, accordingly, to May 19 for Residents and May 26 for Non-residents. Summer programming is currently scheduled to start June 1, but is subject to change. As we are operating during very fluid conditions, we will communicate any other registration and program changes as needed via our website, emails to participants, and social media channels.

The Park District 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.

We also encourage everyone to follow us on our social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Posted at 3:00pm Monday, March 30

Share the responsibility, share our paths, open spaces, and share the fun! A message from new Executive Director, Carrie A. Fullerton.

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Posted at 4:35pm Friday, March 27

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM YOUR COMMUNITY

Hello, this is Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes.

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, our Governor has issued a Stay-at-Home Order to help protect our community and all communities in the State of Illinois. It is critical that we all do our part to minimize the spread of the virus by taking this Order seriously.

Under the Governor’s Order, you can still leave your home to get groceries, medicine, and to get fresh air or exercise, but please maintain a 6 foot distance from others outside of your household. The Arlington Heights Park District has closed our local playgrounds and taken other measures to prevent large gatherings, but the parks do remain open. With our students home from school and spring weather approaching, we need the support of parents to ensure your children are following social distancing guidelines. In particular, we need everyone to remember the importance of not gathering in large groups whether in a park, anywhere outside, or in any place indoors. Staying 6 feet apart from others is critical to preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

With respect to other measures, our Police Department is responding to complaints regarding residents who may be violating the Stay-at-Home Order in public areas. Officers on patrol are also on the lookout to ensure that people practice social distancing. Please call 911 to report a problem, and do your part in being an example for others.

Making sacrifices today will help us stay healthy and return to normal as soon as we are able. On behalf of the Arlington Heights’ Village Board and staff, thank you for everything you are doing to keep yourselves, your families, and our community safe. We will get through this if everyone works together for the benefit of all.

Posted at 8:45pm Friday, March 20

Effective 5pm Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Arlington Heights Park District is temporarily suspending all operations and closing all facilities, playgrounds, and outdoor fitness equipment until April 7, 2020, with the exception of essential services (baseline maintenance of parks and facilities) in support of Governor Pritzker’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  It is our hope that this drastic measure will help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 spreading throughout our community. 

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and the Park District is committed to following the state’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of the virus.

In a time like this, it is important to get out and get fresh air.  Our parks will remain open to take walks per the stay-at-home order issued Friday, March 20, 2020. If you choose to enjoy our parks, the Park District reminds you to follow CDC guidelines which call for social distancing. 

In the meantime, please follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and visit our website for a variety of Do-It-Yourself at home activities to keep having fun and to stay fit.  

During this time, if you should need to contact us, please visit ahpd.org and click on the “Contact Us” banner on the homepage.  We will strive to respond to your inquiries within 24-48 hours during normal business hours, Monday – Friday; 8:30am to 4:30pm.  You may also leave a message for us by calling our main phone number at 847-577-3000.

Our Summer Program Guide will be available online in April.  We look forward to returning to serving you and your families as soon as possible. 

Wishing you good health and the ability to find moments of joy in this time.


Posted at 5:35pm Wednesday, March 18

The park district realizes that this is a very uncertain time for everyone and would like to share our plan regarding programs and memberships.
 
MEMBERSHIPS: Members of Arlington Ridge Center, Heritage Tennis Club and Forest View Racquet & Fitness Club that have paid in full will have their memberships extended for the length of the closure. Their memberships will be adjusted accordingly when facilities reopen and billing resumes.

Monthly memberships paid via (Auto-Pay/EFT) will be suspended until the facilities reopen. The payments will resume once we reopen and will be extended or credited accordingly.
 
Children at Play Before and After School (CAP) and Preschool programs paid via (Auto-pay/EFT) will be suspended until the facilities reopen. The payments will resume once we reopen and will be extended or credited accordingly. Patrons who paid in full will be credited/refunded accordingly based on the length of closure. 
 
Golf Course Season Passes: Staff will be working with season pass holders to extend the membership or add to the value of the membership based on the length of the closure.
 
Permanent Court Time at Tennis Clubs: Permanent court time will be extended or credited based on the length of the closure.
 
Parties and Rentals: Will be rescheduled or refunded without a cancellation fee.
 
Events: All events that were scheduled to take place during the closure, are being refunded automatically at this time. You do not need to request a refund.
 
Programs: Currently, all programs are on hold. We are working on a plan to reschedule or cancel based on the reopening date. Accounts will be credited/refunded accordingly when we have more clarity on the duration of the closure.
 
If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact us through our website www.ahpd.org or call and leave a message at 847-577-3000.  We will do our best to respond to you Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm. We thank you for your patience and understanding and we value you as a customer and look forward to serving you again in the near future.
  
Please note that the above mentioned practices are being offered only during this special closure and are not our standard policies.


Posted at 1:20pm Tuesday, March 17

Due to Federal Covid-19 recommendations limiting gatherings to 10 or less, Canine Commons Dog Park will close at dusk on Tuesday, March 17 and remain closed until further notice.  

Memberships will be extended upon re-opening.  

For updates visit mpppd.org or ahpd.org

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Information:

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, these sites may be of service as a resource for obtaining the latest information:

» Click to Find a Park District Facility and Phone

» Center of Disease Control (CDC) Website - The CDC’s website provides resources, including status updates, Frequently Asked Questions, Information for Travelers and more. 

» Illinois Department of Public Health Website - The IDPH's website includes information specific to Illinois, tips on what you can do to keep healthy, and additional resources. 

We are responsible for our health, so please take good care of yourself by washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, avoiding large crowds of people, contacting your physician if you believe you have symptoms, exercising, and spending time outdoors.

» National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

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Latest Communications:

» Email: Regarding Programs & Memberships - 03-18-2020; 5:35pm

» Email: Regarding Facilities - 03-13-2020; 9:15pm

» Email: Regarding Programs - 03-13-2020; 4:30pm

» Email: Preventative Measures for COVID-19 - 03-02-2020; 3:45pm

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