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STATE OF THE PARK DISTRICT #8 - COVID-19 UPDATE

January 23, 2021 10:20 AM
 
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AS OF JANUARY 23, 2021 OUR REGION, REGION 10, IS IN TIER 1 MITIGATION.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced on Saturday January 23 that our region, region 10, moved to Tier 1.  We will have an updated operational plan by the end of day Monday, January 25.

Below is our current operational plan for Tier 2.

The Arlington Heights 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 are currently offering as many programs and facilities as we can presently and will communicate updates via our website www.ahpd.org and social media: On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @AHPARKDISTRICT

Golf Operations: Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Nickol Knoll Golf Club, and Sunset Meadows Driving Range are closed for the season.  Rentals are available at Arlington Lakes for group sizes of 10 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. Program registration will continue to be completed online.  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: Are open depending on the weather. Playing singles is preferred, but not required.  Please do not shovel off snow or ice from the courts as it damages the color coated surface.

AHPD Programs: Following physical distancing guidelines in Tier 2, in-person programming is permitted. The District will continue offering a variety of programs, including virtual options, for those who may prefer it.  This includes Dance and Early Childhood Music based programs.

Youth Athletics: Many youth athletic activities will begin on February 8.  We have openings for Pre-K Soccer, Junior Aces Soccer, Aces Indoor Soccer for 1st – 4th grade, Futsal, Youth Basketball classes, and our Youth Basketball League.

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 is in the process of transitioning out of hybrid learning and into our traditional before & after care hours for enrolled CAP families at D25 schools.  CAP families should check their email for information or call 847-577-3000. 

Community Center Indoor Gyms: Indoor gyms at Camelot and Pioneer have individual basketball sessions for one-person per hoop, age 11 and over.  Frontier and Recreation has session for families.  Sessions are 45 minutes long.  Face coverings are required.  Reservations are required.  Search “shoot-around” in our registration system to make your reservation. 

Camelot Track:  Will be open limited hours.  Reservations are required.  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.  

Arlington Ridge Center (ARC): ARC is open for fitness center, track use, lap swimming, and wellness pool use. We are also happy to return to group classes for both land and water exercise.  We will continue to offer open work out sessions in the gym when classes are not in session.  These are times when the bikes, rowers, and weights are available for individual use.  We also have basketball shoot around times for individuals and families.  There are group size limits to all activity sessions. Beginning Monday January 25 we will return to 2 swimmers per lane up to 10 for group exercise.  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.  Members have been communicated with several times in September and October about how to freeze or cancel their memberships. 

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 Follow us: 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 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/

Ice Rink and Sled Hills:  The Park District makes ice between December 15 and February 15- weather permitting. The Park District does not utilize refrigerant coils for establishing ice rinks. Making ice requires a prolonged period of time when both the daytime and evening temperatures remain below 22° with several inches of frost in the ground.  To prevent damage to the ice surface, please refrain from entering ice rink areas when they are posted as closed.

Arlington Heights Park District prohibits ice skating on any pond or lake.  The constant flow of water does not allow them to freeze solid enough for skaters.

This page will be updated on a regular basis during the season when conditions are favorable for ice making.

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: 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.

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