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STATE OF THE PARK DISTRICT - COVID-19 UPDATE - May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 11:00 AM
 
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AS OF MAY 6, 2021 WE REMAIN IN PHASE 4.

*****Updated 3:45 pm May 6, 2021 - We are aware of the Governor's announcement today that Bridge will start May 14 and that Phase 5 could start as early as June 11.  We are working on plans for both and will have more to share in the days to come on how things like pools, camps, programs, and facilities will evolve.  Until May 14 we remain under Phase 4 guidance.*****

Phase 4 began in February 2021.  Most safety guidance remains the same as of today.  We have not returned to normal operations.  It is still important when you visit our facilities and parks to wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands frequently.  We are in this together.  We are all excited to get back to the business of fun and by following best practices we hope to keep heading in the right direction.

Below is our current operational plan for Phase 4 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 remains reflective of February 2021, with some exceptions.  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:  www.ahpd.org/tennis/.

Outdoor Tennis/Pickleball Courts: Playing singles is preferred, but not required. 

AHPD Programs: Following physical distancing guidelines in Phase 4, 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: Phase 4 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 wear a face covering at all times. 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.  We are still following the same guidance we were under last summer in Phase 4.  There has been no change as of April 2021 in aquatic guidance.  If guidance changes, 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 36
  • track use, limit 20
  • gym individual workout stations, limit 20
  • lap swimming, limit 12
  • wellness pool water walking, limit 6
  • dive well swimming, limit 4
  • Open Swim, varies between 25 and 50
  • in-person fitness classes, limits vary depending on class
  • 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 www.ahpd.org/arc/ 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. www.ahpd.org/parks/facility-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 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.

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