March 30 Update - Closure Updates
Based upon Governor Pritzker’s announcement today to extend his stay-at-home order through the end of April, we will be extending the closure of all District facilities through April 30. While unfortunate, this is a necessary step that we must take as a District in order to minimize exposure to participants and staff and limit the spread of the virus while reducing strain on the healthcare system.
All programs, events and rentals previously scheduled in April will be canceled. However, District parks remain open only for walking, hiking, running and biking as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements. As a reminder, playgrounds are closed.
We 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.
Be sure to keep an eye on this web page for additional updates.
March 20 Update - Following Governor Pritzker’s announcement this afternoon of a statewide “stay at home order”, we wanted to provide an update to participants and residents.
Thankfully we had already taken several steps to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many staff are working from home, we’ve cancelled events and programs through April 5, and we’ve closed facilities to the public. We know this hasn’t been easy on anyone, but the safety of our staff, participants and residents is crucial.
At this time, most things for the Park District will remain as they are. Two exceptions, per the Governor’s address this afternoon are 1. To extend the closure of District facilities to April 7, and 2. To close all District playgrounds beginning tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. However, please note that District parks remain open for walking, hiking, running and biking as long as park users comply with social distancing requirements.
We will continue to monitor information from local, state and national authorities to determine next steps if we need to extend our closure beyond April 7.
Be sure to keep an eye on this web page for additional updates.
March 19 Update
Be sure to check this page for status updates. We will process credits for cancelled programs and events upon reopening, and all recurring payments including but not limited to Rec Station, Sunbeams and Rainbows, and Courts Plus are currently suspended. If you need to contact us during this time, please use our Contact Page.
We will process credits for cancelled programs and events upon reopening, and all recurring Courts Plus payments are currently suspended. We will evaluate memberships and based on the length of closure determine a manner in which to compensate members.
March 13 Update - Elmhurst Park District closes facility to public amid growing coronavirus concerns beginning March 14
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 programs and rentals as well as closing all facilities beginning Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5. All permitted uses of athletic fields will also be cancelled. This includes the cancellation of the Bridal Party at Wilder Mansion on April 2 and the new Adult Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at Sugar Creek Golf Course.
While the Park District has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are exercising an abundance of caution and have based decisions on recommendations from public health officials to minimize exposure to participants and staff and limit the spread of the virus while reducing strain on the healthcare system.
While facilities will be closed to the public, the District will continue to operate and staff will be available via phone and email during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Facility closures include, but are not limited to, Wagner Community Center, Courts Plus, Sugar Creek Golf Course, The Abbey, The Wilder Mansion, Wilder Park Conservatory, and The Hub.
The only exceptions to the closure are March 17 Election Day polling at Crestview, Wagner Community Center, Sugar Creek Golf Course and former Redeemer Center as well as the Park Board meeting on Monday, March 30.
“We have a responsibility for the health and well-being of our community and staff and we’re playing our small part in slowing the spread of this virus,” said Executive Director Jim Rogers.
Participants will be refunded or credited for any cancelled programs, rentals, and events. We will evaluate memberships and based on the length of closure determine a manner in which to compensate members.
We ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented event. This is a quickly evolving situation, and we ask you to check our website at epd.org for the latest updates.
March 12 Update - The Elmhurst Park District is continuing to monitor information from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently all programs and facilities are operating as scheduled with the exception of those held at School District 205 facilities (this does NOT include Rec Station, which will continue to run while the schools are open). Please be sure to check our website at epd.org for the latest updates on program cancellations or facility closures. If you or your child are not feeling well or are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Refund requests will be handled accordingly.
In the event of a potential localized impact, the District is prepared to cancel programs and close facilities, limit access to facilities to essential personnel, and alternate work schedules so District operations continue. These decisions will be carefully considered and evaluated. In the event these cancellations or closures occur, signs will be posted at facilities and updates will be posted on the District’s website at epd.org and on social media channels.
The District is asking you to do your part to contain the spread of infectious diseases by following basic health practices including covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, washing hands often, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying home or keeping your child home from Park District programs and facilities if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a fever.
If you or a member of your family contracts COVID-19, please contact Division Manager of HR and Risk, Julie Bruns, at (630) 993-8918 as soon as possible.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov.
March 5 Update - Elmhurst Park District and Courts Plus are committed to ensuring the health and safety of patrons and staff. We have taken steps to help control the spread of the COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) as well as other known viruses such as the flu and common cold. All District facilities are being regularly disinfected, which includes disinfecting doorknobs, handrails and grab rails. When possible, hand sanitizer will be placed throughout District facilities.
Beyond this, Courts Plus has a standard daily cleaning process that includes daily disinfection of Kids Plus, the locker rooms, and fitness floor equipment. Elevator buttons, handicap door switches, bathroom door handles, bathroom stall doors, hand rails and light switches are also disinfected daily. For your convenience, cleaning solution is provided with the option of a cleaning towel, paper towel or personal towel to clean equipment before and after use. Also, touchless toilets, faucets, soap dispenser and towel dispensers throughout the facility remove surface to hand tranfer.
This week, Courts Plus has increased the use of disinfecting spray to twice a day in our exercise rooms. In the multipurpose room we will be cleaning the spin bikes and the storage area. In the group exercise studio, the weights, bars and equipment in the storage closet will receive extra cleaning, and the Fitness Studio's storage room equipment will also receive extra cleaning.
The most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to follow basic health best practices including:
• Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash hands often especially before eating and after contact with public surfaces. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects including counters, desks, and cell phones.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you’re sick and avoid contact with other people until they are well.
• See your doctor if you have a fever, cough, body aches and fatigue.
The District will continue to monitor information from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and staff have modified procedures accordingly. The District is asking you to do your part to contain the spread of infectious diseases by staying home or keeping your child home from Park District programs and facilities if you are experiencing flu symptoms or if you are not feeling well. If you or a member of your family contracts COVID-19, please contact Division Manager of HR and Risk, Julie Bruns, at 630-993-8918.