News - Details


June 5, 2021 10:15 AM

Updated June 15, 9:05 am

Updated Mask Guidance for Sports and Activities

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has released updated guidance for sports and masks for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

For outdoor sports/activities:

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can remove masks during play.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask when social distancing is not possible such as on a bench or in a team meeting.
  • Children under age 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time.

For indoor sports/activities:

  • Vaccinated individuals can remove masks during play.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask for all indoor sports.
  • Unvaccinated should wear a mask when social distancing is not possible such as on a bench or in a team meeting.
  • Children under age 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time.


Updated June 5, 10:15 am

Governor announces Phase 5 begins June 11

The Park District is excited to move forward.  We will have our operational plan for facilities and programs available mid-week.  Thank you for your continued patience and support over this very challenging and unprecedented time.


Updated May 28, 11:40 am

Looking ahead to Phase 5 for Pool Operations - 

The Governor has said it’s possible Illinois will be in Phase 5 starting June 11, which means we are presently still in the Bridge Phase and must follow those guidelines and restrictions. With the assumption Phase 5 allows for a full re-open, we are actively planning for what that may look like. When the Governor announces an official date for Phase 5, we will be ready to shift our operation plan on that date. Below is a snapshot of what our plan could potentially look like under Phase 5:

  • We have developed a pool schedule at all sites that will have open swim and lap swim with no reservations. 
  • It’s unclear what the social distance requirement may be in Phase 5. We are considering allowing 60% of bather loads into a facility at one time. We are trying to balance the public's need for swimming against the public's tolerance for groups, which is hard to gauge presently.
  • We could add more outdoor swim lessons and increase interpark swim team capacities.
  • Wading pools would still be closed. The zero depth areas at Camelot, Frontier, Heritage, Pioneer, and ARC serve that need.
  • There would be no concessions. We will increase vending options. You can also bring your own. Please, no glass containers on the pool deck. Bare feet and broken glass do not mix.
  • We would welcome back non-residents.
  • We would have daily paid admissions. $7 resident, $10 non-resident.
  • The pool pass and punch card options would remain as is.
  • We will need more lifeguards—a great job for teens! Starting pay is $12 per hour and training is provided. Our next training sessions are planned for June 14, 15, and 16 from 9 am to 3 pm all days. Click here to apply. 

We recognize that if Phase 5 does mean full open, we are still not in a normal summer, and there will be unforeseen challenges that will need to be worked through. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to adapt as the guidance changes.


Updated May 24, 4:15 pm

From the onset of the pandemic, the Park District has reassessed and adjusted operations based on the latest guidance provided by our governing agencies. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), State of Illinois, have relaxed some mitigations measures as more residents have become vaccinated.

On Monday, May 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker released Executive Order 2021-10, which updates recommendations for wearing a mask or face covering and social distancing. This order states that fully-vaccinated people “can resume numerous activities without wearing a mask or face covering or staying 6 feet apart”, and provides updated requirements for various entities. As the Park District is a multi-faceted unit of government, this Order impacts us differently depending on the facility or program referenced.

The most significant hurdle we have as a community is that children age 2 to 12 are not able to be vaccinated.  Children comprise a very large percentage of our park and facility users.  The Park District feels very strongly about providing as safe an environment as possible knowing that vaccinated individuals can still carry the virus.  Based on statistics provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health only 39.92% of the population is fully vaccinated as of May 24.

The Park District will allow for vaccinated individuals to remove their mask or face covering at ARC when they get to the top of the stairs in the fitness area to use the fitness center or track or get to their fitness class in the gym.  The same applies at Camelot when they get to the top of the stairs to use the track.  Signage will state by entering this area without a mask or face covering, the patron is verifying truthfully that they are fully-vaccinated.

Staff will not be checking vaccination cards. The Park District is following the Governor’s current Executive Order, as we have done throughout the pandemic. The Order does not require us to check vaccination cards. Again, signage at the top of the stairs at both ARC and Camelot will state that by entering this area without a mask or face covering, the patron is verifying truthfully that they are fully-vaccinated.

All other facilities will continue to operate in the same manner as they have been during the bridge phase as outlined below.  Individuals over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate a face covering shall be required to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccine status.

All Arlington Heights Park District staff will continue to wear a face covering for the safety of patrons and co-workers.

We acknowledge this change in operations, while welcome by many, may be concerning to others. Please remember, vaccinated individuals can always choose to continue to wear a mask or face covering and practice social distancing if they are more comfortable doing so. We ask that you are respectful of other’s decisions, and realize wearing a mask or face covering while visiting a Park District facility or participating in a program is not an indication of a person’s vaccination status.

Below is our current operational plan for Bridge Phase as we head into Summer 2021.  If guidance changes from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), we will evolve with it.  Over recent weeks the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released updated guidance.  IDPH guidance is current as of May 14.  Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is also involved in our operations.  Waiting for updated cohesive guidance can be confusing and frustrating.  Please know that we are doing all we can to stay current on what guidance we have to follow and that we have planning in the works on how we can evolve when guidance changes.

Golf Operations: Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Nickol Knoll Golf Club, and Sunset Meadows Driving Range are open for the season.  Rentals are available at Arlington Lakes for group sizes of 50 and under based on the current state guidelines.

Facilities and Historical Museum: Community Centers and the Historical Museum will be open for registered program participants only as programming resumes. Due to Covid-19, the following centers are open for walk-in registration:

Arlington Ridge Center  Hours are 5:30 am to 9 pm Monday - Friday; and 7:30 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday 

Camelot Community Center  Hours  9 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday and 9 am - Noon on Saturday

Pioneer Community Center   Hours 9 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday and 9 am - Noon on Saturday  

Historical Museum Gallery & Pop Shop hours are currently Fridays 10am-4:30pm and Saturdays 10am-4:30pm.

Tennis Clubs: Tennis Clubs are open.  The fitness center at Forest View is open.  Please visit our website to view safety guidelines. View guidelines:

Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts: Outdoor courts are open. 

AHPD Programs: Following physical distancing guidelines in Bridge Phase, in-person programming is permitted. The District will continue offering a variety of programs, including virtual options, for those who may prefer it. 

Arlington Heights Senior Center: The Senior Center is open for registered program participants with modified hours Monday – Friday 8:30am-3:30pm.  For information about programs that are currently running, call the Arlington Heights Park District Senior Center desk at 847-797-5341.

Children At Play (CAP): Children at Play will begin general registration for new students beginning June 1, 2021.  These registrations will be for the 21/22 school year.  For more information, call 847-577-3000 or check here.

Community Center Indoor Gyms: Bridge Phase does NOT allow for open gym play.  

Camelot Track:  Will be open limited hours.  Face coverings are required while using the track.

Canine Commons Dog Park: Canine Commons is open. Please watch your social distancing.  Vaccinated individuals can remove their mask. Please see our dog park guidelines if you have questions.  

Outdoor Pools:  We are excited to be opening all 5 outdoor pools this summer.  All schedules, opening dates, and closing dates are subject to change based on the current guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Bridge Phase allows for 100 people per session.  Last summer we were at 50 per session.   Lap swim is still 2 per lane.  If guidance changes again, we will evolve.  Please see our outdoor pool page for more information.

Arlington Ridge Center (ARC): Reservations are required for all activities.  Membership is required to make a reservation.  Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing.  Please click here for all the changes at ARC.  All current ARC memberships have been reactivated.  

ARC is open for:

  • fitness center, limit 40
  • track use, limit 20
  • gym individual workout stations, limit 20
  • lap swimming, limit 12
  • wellness pool water walking, limit 10
  • dive well swimming, limit 10
  • Open Swim, varies between 50 and 100
  • in-person fitness classes, limits vary depending on class, up to 25
  • Water Exercise, limit 20
  • individual open shoot gym sessions, limit 6
  • family open shoot gym session, limit one family

ARC is unable to provide the following at this time:

  • Open gym for basketball and volleyball
  • Childcare

As we evolve and update our plans we will share them with the community through our social media channels and website at and on Facebook @ARLINGTONRIDGECENTER; On Twitter and Instagram @arc_ahpd. Guest Services staff are available for in-person registration at Arlington Ridge Center Monday – Friday 5:30 am to 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am to 3 pm. They may also be reached by phone at 847-577-3025.

Parks and Lake Arlington: All parks are open to take a walk, jog or run. Playgrounds are open.  The Lake is currently open for biking, running, walking. The fitness area is also open.  The Boathouse will be open this season and rentals will be available on a limited basis.  Please check here for current information.

Athletic fields are open, including Sunset Meadows. 

The Park District Board of Commissioners reserves the right to close any park properties at any time, should it become necessary.

Park Shelter and Facility Rentals: We will accept reservations for park shelters, picnic sites, athletic fields, rooms, and indoor gym rentals.

We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the current state guidelines for our region. 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 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.

Back to news