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COVID-19 Gurnee Park District Updates

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June 30, 2020 

Summer has arrived and so has Phase 4 of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan. We want to share some positive updates to our parks, facilities and programming as a result of entering into phase 4. As always, the health and well-being of our community is our utmost priority, and all decisions on how the District can meet recreational needs will focus first on maintaining public health. While we cannot predict when we will enter subsequent phases of the plan, we can now offer some additional programs and services. We encourage residents to visit our parks regularly while practicing social distancing.

Below is a listing of updates by area of interest.

Playgrounds/Parks/Sports Fields
The updated Governor's Executive Order for Phase 4 allows playgrounds to open! Please remember to practice social distancing when visiting parks and playgrounds and wear a mask when distancing is not possible. Remember to sanitize/wash your hands before and after your visit. Playground use is limited to no more than 50 people at one time.

Sports courts and fields are open for your enjoyment and should follow social distancing and group limits. Any organized team or organization should contact Chris Marzano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about field usage.

FitNation
Phase 4 allows FitNation to open to its members for regular fitness workouts at 50% capacity. We have adjusted our hours temporarily for June and July in order to complete more frequent and deeper nightly cleaning to equipment and surfaces. We will re-evaluate and make needed changes based on our experience after July. At this time, we are not opening the fitness center located inside Hunt Club Community Center.
Monday – Thursday 5a-9p
Friday 5a-7p
Saturday and Sunday 7a-2p
Closed July 4th

We will not be accepting new memberships, guests or daily visits at FitNation initially until we get a better understanding of the usage patterns. We are excited to share that Athletico will be occupying the space formerly used by Heavenly Massage inside FitNation and they plan to start their operations in July. We believe that this partnership will benefit our members as well as our community.

More details about FitNation operations can be found here.

Park Shelter Rentals
We will be accepting a limited number of shelter rentals on Saturdays and Sundays at Viking and Hunt Club Parks. For more information click here.

Hunt Club Aquatic Center/Spray-ground
While state guidelines have approved opening of aquatic centers in Phase 4, many aquatic centers across the state have already announced closures for the 2020 season. The Aquatic Center cannot operate efficiently under phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan which limits the number of people allowed in groups to 50. For these reasons, Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center will not be opening for the 2020 season.

We are able to open our spray-ground located at 900 N. Hunt Club Road (in front of the Aquatic Center) for public use between the hours of 3-7pm on weekdays* and 10am-7pm on weekends. The spray-ground is limited to 50 people at one time and social distancing should be practiced at all times. *Spray-ground is reserved for Summer Club on weekdays between 10am and 2pm.

Summer Club
As we enter into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, we are able to accept more children into Summer Club! Click here to see available spaces and weeks!

Preschool CARE / Before and After School CARE
Even though it still remains uncertain how our schools will operate this fall, we are taking registration for Preschool CARE. Start and end times as well as capacity for the program still remains to be determined. Families can reserve their spot with a deposit to hold their place at this time. For before and after school CARE, we are still waiting on Gurnee school districts to determine their schedule for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Once in place, we will send updates accordingly.

Program Guide/Programs Update
We have released a digital Summer Guide with programs available from late-June through August. These programs will include a combination of in-person small group options as well as virtual programming like swim lessons, dance and sport clinics. In addition, fall programs like soccer and preschool are open for registration and can be found online. The guide can be viewed here.

Summer Events, Gurnee Days
Summer Park District Special Events remain cancelled due to crowd limitations within Phase 4. This includes Summer Concerts, Fishing Derby, Families on the Fairway and Gurnee Days. We are equally disappointed to not be able to offer these events however community health and safety remains our top priority.

We will continue to provide updates to you as new details are released. 

June 25, 2020 

We're happy to announce that starting Friday, June 26th we will re-open FitNation as we enter into Restore Illinois Phase 4. We will adhere to the guidelines under this phase as we re-open.

Temporary Hours for June and July:

In order to complete more frequent and deeper nightly cleaning to equipment and surfaces, the hours of operation are adjusted as follows. We will re-evaluate and make needed changes based on our experience after July.

  • Monday – Thursday 5a-9p
  • Friday 5a-7p
  • Saturday and Sunday 7a-2p
  • Closed July 4th

Member access:

Per the guidelines issued for phase 4, we will be operating FitNation at 50% of our normal capacity. Therefore, the facility will only be open to our current active members. We will not be accepting new memberships, guests or daily visits until we get a better understanding of the usage patterns. Access will be offered on a first come first serve basis if we reach capacity at any time. Based on our usage data from previous summers and considering the expansive size of our facility, we are fairly confident that we can accommodate all our current members.

A limited amount of Group Exercise classes will be available to those who have group exercise add-on along with their regular membership starting Monday, June 29th. Our plan is to start with a few classes and increase the number based on usage and interest. Group exercise studios will be marked to manage social distancing requirements and spaces will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. A schedule of classes is available here.

We will not be activating the Silver Sneaker Program at this time.

Childcare will not be available at this time.

Available Amenities:

  • All equipment on the fitness floor will be available for the members to use. In order to adhere to social distancing requirements, members are asked to use alternate machines.
  • The pool will open July 6th, one person per lane, when swim lessons are not in session (Swim lessons 5-7p Mon – Thursday and SA/SU 9:15 am-12:15p)
  • Basketball will be allowed, 1 person per hoop, please bring your own ball

Locker rooms, Towel Service, Sauna/Steam Room, and Whirlpools will be temporarily unavailable and will be made available once the State and CDC guidelines allow.

Membership Dues:

We will start monthly membership billing on 7/15. Should you decide to keep your membership on hold at this time, we ask that you complete this form by 7/8/20 and your account will be placed on hold for up to four months.

Safety/Cleaning Enhancements:

  • Employees will be wearing masks
  • Hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the facility
  • More frequent cleaning will be conducted throughout the facility
  • Hospital-grade disinfectant foggers
  • Door foot-pulls wherever applicable
  • Prominent directional signage

Click here to learn more about the extensive processes and modifications to FitNation.

Members are required to wear face coverings when entering and leaving the facility and when social distancing cannot be achieved. Members will also be supplied with a bottle of disinfecting spray and a towel when checking in to be used before and after the use of any machines or equipment.

Athletico:

We are excited to share that Athletico will be occupying the space formerly used by Heavenly Massage and they plan to start their operations in July. We believe that this partnership will benefit our members as well as our community.

We kindly ask that all members entering the facility bring a face covering, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. We also ask that you do not come to the facility if you are experiencing any COVID like symptoms. We are all in this together and let each of us do our part to stay healthy and keep others healthy.

We will be sending additional communication to give you more details about what to expect during your visit and helpful reminders on how we can enjoy FitNation while keeping our health and the health of others the top priority. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Leathers at 847-599-3778.

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

May 29, 2020 

We are sure that you are as happy as we are to welcome warmer weather. Gurnee Park District is ready to welcome you back to our programs and facilities. As we head into Phase 3 of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan today, we want to share important updates on reopening, remaining closures and our intentions with facilities, programs, services and operations. The health and well-being of our community is our utmost priority, and all decisions on how the District can meet recreational needs will focus first on maintaining public health. While we cannot predict when we will enter subsequent phases of the plan, we can now offer some programs and services in person to small groups of ten or less. Our parks remain open for passive recreation like walking, running and biking and amenities like tennis and pickleball, which now can be played in doubles. We encourage residents to visit our parks regularly while practicing social distancing. Below is a listing of updates by area of interest.

FitNation
Fitness Centers around the state remain closed based on the Restore Illinois plan. Unfortunately, phase 3 does not allow FitNation to open to its members for regular fitness workouts. That being said, phase 3 offers some fitness opportunities such as one-on-one personal training to be held inside the facility as well as group exercise classes for groups of 10 or less held outdoors. We are planning to offer both these opportunities in the very near future. Since we are still working out the details to offer these opportunities in a safe environment, we will inform you as soon as we are ready to accept registrations. 

Our goal is to start these offerings by June 6th. Membership fees will continue to be on hold as the facility remains closed for regular workouts. There will be a fee for the personal training and group exercise classes which will be included in the upcoming communication with registration details.
We are hopeful that we will be able to open FitNation in phase 4 while adhering to IDPH and state guidelines.

Summer Camp vs. Summer Club
Due to social-distancing space limitations as specified by the Restore Illinois Plan Phase 3, we are unable to offer camp at our normal capacities. We have created Summer Club to best meet the needs of children going into Kindergarten through 6th grade. Summer Club will have small groups of 9, with 1 group leader. As of right now, our facility square footage can only accommodate 153 children while meeting social distancing requirements. We have completed an initial lottery and spaces are full.

Tennis/Pickleball
Tennis and pickleball fans can now be played as doubles. We have courts available at O'Plaine Park (pickleball only), Viking Park, Christine Thompson Park, Hunt Club Park and Betty Russell Park.

Summer Events, Gurnee Days
After careful consideration and current social distancing requirements, we have decided to cancel all Summer Park District Special Events. This includes Summer Concerts, Fishing Derby, Families on the Fairway and Gurnee Days. This was not an easy decision to make or one that was made lightly. Our community looks forward to and has many traditions surrounding these events. We are hopeful that we can offer these events next summer. Canceling Gurnee Days and other summer events is a decision that needed to be made now, before costs were incurred with no clear time frame for when the state might reach Phase 5 (which allows for large events and festivals). We are equally disappointed to not be able to offer these events however community health and safety remains our top priority.

Hunt Club Aquatic Center
Many aquatic centers across the state have already announced closures for the 2020 season. We have waited to assess the feasibility of opening and accommodating the safety and social distancing requirements set forth in the Restore Illinois Plan. The Aquatic Center cannot operate efficiently under phase 3 or 4 of the Restore Illinois plan issued by the Governor which limits the number of people allowed in groups. It is also difficult to maintain social distancing at this facility. For these reasons, Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center will not be opening for the 2020 season. This was a tough decision for the park district as this amenity has served our community every summer since 2002. We are hopeful that we will be able to open next summer and are already making plans for a fun and exciting 2021 season.

NEW! Online Program Guide/Programs Update
We are happy to announce that we will releasing a digital Summer Guide later this month with programs available from late-June through August. These programs will include a combination of in-person small group options as well as virtual programming. In addition, fall programs like Soccer, Preschool and Before and After School CARE are open for registration and can be found online. The guide will be posted here when it becomes available.

Park Shelter and Facility Rentals
Park and facility rentals remain closed and unavailable. We will accept reservations once it is permitted by Restore Illinois Plan. We will continue to communicate updates regularly through the end of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan and thank you for your continued support and adherence to these state standards for everyone's health and safety.

Before and After School CARE
Restore Illinois also provides guidelines at to which phase children can return to school. Since it still remains uncertain when we will enter this phase, we are offering registration in our Summer Digital Program Guide released later this month. Families will only need to make a deposit to hold their place at this time.

Garden Plots
Access to garden plots has been permitted. A limited number of garden plots are still available. Please see our website for more information on the garden plots or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 12, 2020 

PARK DISTRICT UPDATES

 Summer is normally a very busy time at Gurnee Park District, one that is filled with many activities such as day camps, swimming and concerts to name a few. The Park District is following the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities.

Fortunately, our parks remain open for passive recreation like walking, running and biking! We encourage residents to visit our parks regularly to enjoy some fresh air, maintain physical and mental health while practicing social distancing.
Below is a listing of updates by area of interest.

Program Guide
Normally, our summer program guide would have been delivered in late April and registration in full swing. Due to the continued uncertainty of summer activities and expected need to make many updates, the Park District will not be mailing a 2020 summer guide. We will be releasing programming to coincide with the Restore Illinois Plan. These programs can be found on our virtual programming page. We expect we will continue to offer access to virtual programs while we cannot meet in person.

Summer Events
Large summer events are unlikely to occur given what we know about the current pandemic and Restore Illinois guidelines. We take cancellations of these very special events seriously and will wait to make final decisions as more information becomes available and will communicate these decisions as they are made.

Hunt Club Aquatic Center
Across the region, several public pools have already announced their closure. We have decided to delay the decision until more information can be obtained. Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is a facility that our community looks forward to visiting each summer. We hope to be able to open the aquatic center to our community this summer. Our staff is regularly attending meetings with public health officials, parks and recreation professionals, and leading authorities in the field of aquatics to determine the safest methods to follow in order to open these facilities. While we have learned the Coronavirus is inactivated in chlorinated water, there remain some concerns over social distancing enforcement and transmission through high touch areas. A decision to open the facilities will be made once we have adequate information from state agencies. Since we are aware that the operational season will be short if at all, and other limitations may be present, we have refunded anyone who has purchased a season pass and will offer discounted passes/day rates if/when we are able to open. Regular updates will be provided on our website and social media sites.

Camps
Due to this lengthy pandemic we have determined that we are unable to provide summer camp in the same format as in the past. As a result, we have decided to issue full refunds for your currently enrolled camp programming. We understand that summer day programs remains a primary need for many of our families this summer. The Restore Illinois guidelines do allow us to provide these programs once Illinois reaches Phase 3. Additional details and safety requirements have not yet been released. Once we receive necessary information from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Governor we intend to provide you with new summer day program options and registration details.

Before and After School CARE
Restore Illinois also provides guidelines at to which phase children can return to school. Since it still remains uncertain when we will enter this phase, we are delaying registration and will communicate more information about the program as it is known.

FitNation
Fitness Centers around the state remain closed based on the Restore Illinois plan. We know that exercising has been well documented to improve mental and physical health and improve immune function. Our fitness staff has been providing free exercise classes on our Facebook page since mid- March. We continue to monitor recommendations and experiences from gyms and fitness centers re-openings from around the country. Our staff is using that knowledge to develop a comprehensive sanitation and social distancing plan to welcome you back to the fitness center as soon as possible. Our members can expect a clean facility, friendly staff and plenty of sanitation products and safe social distancing controls upon reopening.

Programs
All in-person programs remain cancelled at this time. Please visit our website for a variety of virtual programs. Many more programs will be available throughout this month and beyond and will be adapted according to the timing of when we enter each new state phase.

Parks, Playgrounds, Sports Fields/Courts
The grass is growing and many spring flowers are in bloom at our park sites. Our Parks Team is working diligently to maintain these spaces for your enjoyment. While our playgrounds remain closed, walking paths and open spaces may be used practicing social distancing at this time. Please remember to wear a mask and avoid organized group activities while in the parks and trails. We have also re-opened our tennis and pickleball courts for singles play only. These are the only outdoor sports available at this time. As we enter into subsequent phases of the Governor's plan, we fully expect to be able to expand access incrementally. As a reminder, all public washroom facilities remain closed at this time.

Park Shelter and Facility Rentals
Park and facility rentals remain closed and unavailable. We will accept reservations once it is permitted by Restore Illinois Plan.

Garden Plots
Access to garden plots has been permitted. A limited number of garden plots are still available. Please see our website for more information on the garden plots or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We will continue to communicate updates on a weekly basis through the end of the Governor's Restore Illinois Plan.

Sincerely, Gurnee Park District Staff and Board of Commissioners

April 30, 2020 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SUSIE KURUVILLA, CPA, CPRP

 I hope that this message finds you well. As you may have suspected, all Gurnee Park District/FitNation facilities will remain closed through May 31st in cooperation with Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension. While it certainly creates additional challenges to delivering the recreational programs/services you have come to expect, our staff is focused on finding safe and meaningful solutions once we re-open.

Our fitness, summer camp and aquatic center operations are all being evaluated based on CDC (Center for Disease Control) and IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) guidelines. Our highest priority is your health and safety and providing the types of programs and services that you need to not only see you through this pandemic but into the future. During this time, we will continue to offer fitness classes to our community at no charge through our FitNation Facebook page. Our Growing Tree Preschool teachers provide daily lessons and activities for our little ones and we've got several programs including a Virtual Art Show, Family Game Nights, a Community Cookbook and a Fort Building Contest all available virtually on our virtual program web page and Facebook Page! We will also be offering some NEW pre-register virtual programming including dance instruction, magic classes and e-sport leagues! Visit the virtual program page to sign up!

Additional park and facility information can be found here.

Our spirits remain high and we welcome the opportunity to serve you in new and innovative ways. Please be on the lookout via our website, email and social media for updates to our programming and facility operations.

We're all in this together!
In Health, Susie Kuruvilla CPA, CPRP
Executive Director Gurnee Park District


April 2, 2020 

PARK DISTRICT FACILITY CLOSURES AND UPDATES:

Due to Governor Pritzker's COVID-19 extended Stay-at-Home order, all Gurnee Park District facilities will now be closed through April 30th. The parks will remain open for walking, running, and biking HOWEVER, ALL playgrounds, shelters, sport courts and outdoor restrooms are CLOSED as mandated by the stay at home order. As the weather warms up, you may be tempted to take your children to the playground. For their safety and the safety of others, please do not use the playgrounds or other closed areas. We ask that anyone attending a park location follow the CDC social distancing guidelines.

BILLING, REFUNDS, RESCHEDULING:

Gurnee Park District will delay all installment billing and address refunds/credits due to facility closures and canceled programs during the month of April. We are committed to the health and safety of our customers and thank you for your continued patience and understanding. For more information about COVID-19, visit the cdc.gov website.


March 20, 2020 

CLOSURE UPDATE:

Due to Governor Pritzker's COVID-19 stay-at-home order, all Gurnee Park District facilities will now be closed through April 7th. This includes FitNation, Hunt Club Park Community Center, Viking Park Community Center, all playgrounds, shelters and outdoor restrooms. The parks will remain open for walking, running, and biking. We ask that anyone attending a park location follow the CDC social distancing guidelines as follows:

  • Use personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer
  • Do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe social distancing of at least six feet from others even when walking, hiking or biking.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass. 
  • Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Note that public restrooms are closed — be prepared before you leave as well as when planning your park visit.
  • Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains should not be used if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.

BILLING, REFUNDS, RESCHEDULING:
Gurnee Park District will be delaying all installment billing and address refunds/credits due to facility closures and canceled programs or reschedule events once we re-open.

March 13, 2020 

Due to the COVID-19 National State of Emergency, Gurnee Park District will be closed effective Saturday, 3/14/20 through Sunday, 3/29/20. All facilities including Hunnt Club Community Center, Viking Park Community Center and FitNation will be closed; programs and services will be canceled during this time. Administrators will continue to assess the situation and closures may be subject to change.

Parks and shelters will remain open, however, public are urged to use their best judgement.
As of now, Viking Park Dance Hall will open 3/17 as a polling location and the regularly scheduled Park Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at the same location starting at 7pm. This website will be updated should changes be made.
Gurnee Park District staff will continue to assess the situation and determine additional closures, refunds and re-scheduling of events regularly. Customers can expect to receive updates via email within the next two weeks.
The safety of our community remains our top priority. We appreciate your support in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov


March 12, 2020 

Gurnee Park District is committed to the health and safety of our customers and staff. The District continues to monitor the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, along with the guidelines and safety information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Gurnee Park District has a high standard of cleanliness and in order to help limit the spread of the virus, we are taking extra precautions to clean areas including counters, handrails, door knobs and drinking fountains throughout the day.If you are sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home to protect others. CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:• Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough 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 hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.• Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.• Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other people.• Call your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing.
More information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov.

Currently all programs at operating at Gurnee Park District facilities are on as scheduled. Programming at offsite locations will be determined on a case by case basis (including local schools).

For updates on program cancellations or facility closures, please visit our website: www.gurneeparkdistrict.com


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