Prospect Heights Park District Coronavirus Update

A Message from the Executive Director

Prospect Heights, IL, November 3, 2020

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the COVID-19 resurgence mitigations implementation in our area at the end of October.  How does this affect Prospect Heights Park District?

The Gary Morava Recreation Center (GMRC) is open for programming, open gym, racquetball, fitness center and customer service. E-learning Camp, Virtual Preschool, afternoon On-site Preschool and Kids Days Off programs are still available. If your child is interested in soccer or basketball, there are several options and registration is being accepted. You are welcome to make reservations by visiting the GMRC, calling 847.394.2848 or emailing info@phparks.org  Masks are required for entry. If you are interested in renting a room in the facility for up to 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity, please contact Julie Caporusso at jcaporusso@phparks.org.

Athletic practices and programs are ongoing, but must follow safety guidelines pursuant to each sport. Playgrounds and outdoor courts and fields are open. Face coverings are required if physical distancing isn’t possible. Since these are high-touch surfaces we encourage you to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before and after using the equipment. 

While the weather is cooperating, call the Old Orchard Country Club (OOCC) to book your tee time at 847.255.2025. The indoor food and beverage at the golf course has ceased until further notice but the beverage cart is available. 

You are always welcome to visit our parks to enjoy the outdoor as well as walking or biking. Take this opportunity for your child to try tennis or archery while you take a swing at Pickleball. There are plenty of virtual and in-person programs and events available at the Prospect Heights Park District to keep you active so take a look at the online program guide. Please note the Winter/Spring program guide will not be printed for distribution.  The program information is in the Winter/Spring digital brochure which is posted online at www.phparks.org and will be updated as needed

Christina Ferraro
Executive Director | cferraro@phparks.org
847.666.4861


Prospect Heights Park District Coronavirus Update

A Message from the Executive Director

Today marks the day we move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan!  Phase 3 is considered a recovery period for reopening the Illinois economy includes returning people to work, businesses reopening and group gatherings of 10 or fewer. We must all continue to social distance, frequently wash our hands and cover our faces to maintain progress in overcoming COVID-19.

LIONS POOL   Unfortunately, the pool will not open this summer due to the safety, operational and financial challenges related to operating the pool with physical distancing protocols, etc.

SUMMER CAMPS     An abbreviated summer camp season will begin on-site July 6th.  Travel camp will not be offered this season. There will be no June summer camps offered. Visit our website to register www.phparks.org

PROGRAMS   A variety of virtual programs will continued to be offered for those who prefer to enjoy from the comfort of their home https://phparks.org/virtual-programs/     For the month of June, several in-person programs will be offered and will be limited to 10 participants.  This will continue in July as summer camp begins, however, programs will limited to 50 participants.  More details will be available by June 8th about in-person programming – visit our website www.phparks.org

GARY MORAVA RECREATION CENTER   Re-opening the recreation center (which includes the fitness room, gymnasium and racquetball courts) may occur in mid-to-late August. The memberships remain on hold and members will be credited once the facility re-opens.

PARKS   Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. You are welcome to use the parks for a good walk, run or bike ride.  Please practice physical distancing during recreational activities and wear a face covering when being within six feet of someone cannot be avoided.

PLAYGROUNDS      Playgrounds remain closed.

BASKETBALL COURTS & BALL FIELDS   Outdoor basketball courts and ball fields reopen May 29. These are open for practice only (no completive play). Social distancing and groups of ten or less are highly encouraged.

TENNIS COURTS   Tennis courts re-opened May 12th with restrictions. The guidelines and rules are posted at the tennis courts.  

OLD ORCHARD COUNTRY CLUB GOLF OPERATIONS   The golf course re-opened May 1st with restrictions and as of May 29th the guidelines have been updated to permit carts, foursomes, 10 minute tee-times, opening the driving range and the pro-shop, etc. For further details or to secure your tee time please visit www.oldorachrdcc.com      More guidelines and rules are posted on the course.   

PARK SHELTER AND FACILITY RENTALS   Currently, we are not accepting any reservations for park shelters or facility meeting room rentals. Once we return to regular business hours, we will begin taking reservations.

WHAT TO EXPECT MOVING FORWARD?       Staff will contact those registered for swim lessons, June camps, etc. with details about refunds or credits to household accounts, etc. Creative programming and safety will always be our goals. You can anticipate a clean facility, friendly staff and plenty of sanitation procedures in place upon reopening the Park District as outlined by the CDC.

We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the Governor’s order. On behalf of the Park Board of Commissioners and staff, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time together. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Christina Ferraro
Executive Director | cferraro@phparks.org
847.666.4861

Look for updated information on the Park District’s website (www.phparks.org) and social media: Facebook, Twitter @ProspectHtsPrks and Instagram @PROSPECTHEIGHTSPARKDISTRICT

May 29, 2020


Prospect Heights Park District Coronavirus Update

A Message from the Executive Director

As you know, Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home Order through May 30. We are required to continue to maximize the physical distance between ourselves and others in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Summer is near. This is when playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts have the most activity. This is when the Park District is filled with summer camps, swimming, special events and more.  Right now we await further guidelines from the Governor’s office, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to make the best decisions on which activities the Park District will offer this summer.

SUMMER CAMPS & LIONS POOL   We have decided to delay our decision to open the pool and operate the summer camps until more information is received from the state. The health, safety, operational and financial challenges related to operating pools and summer camps under physical distancing protocols, for what may be an abbreviated season, are being reviewed and evaluated by the Park District staff. Once the state provides direction, we will communicate further.

Please note the Northern Illinois Swim Conference (NISC) has canceled swim team meets, therefore, the Typhoon Swim Team will not be offered this summer.

SEASONAL PROGRAM GUIDE   Anyone enrolled in spring programs that were canceled will be credited/refunded accordingly starting June 1.

The summer program guide was released prior to the execution of the Stay at Home Order. Online registration is open for golf programs and summer camps with limited availability due to state restrictions.  All other summer programs are accepting enrollment.  Please note you will be placed on a waitlist, without payment, for these summer programs.  Once the state determines the program operation guidelines, you will be moved from the waitlist to the program roster and then charged the program fee at that time.  Should the summer programs be canceled you will not be charged any fees. Please visit https://phparks.org/summer-2020-brochure

The Park District staff is also working hard to develop a variety of virtual programs for all ages and family game nights to be enjoyed from the comfort of your home https://phparks.org/virtual-programs/

GARY MORAVA RECREATION CENTER   Decisions regarding the re-opening of the recreation center will be reviewed and determined in accordance with future guidance from the IDPH and CDC. The fitness room memberships remain on hold and members will be credited once the fitness room re-opens. You can expect a clean facility, friendly staff and plenty of sanitation procedures in place upon reopening as outlined by the CDC.

PARKS   Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. You are welcome to use the parks for a good walk, run or bike ride.  Please practice physical distancing during recreational activities and wear a face covering when being within six feet of someone cannot be avoided.

PLAYGROUNDS AND BASKETBALL COURTS & FIELDS   Fields, basketball courts and playgrounds remain closed. Absolutely no team sports should be played in the parks. These activities typically attract crowds and it can be challenging to keep surfaces clean and disinfected. The Prospect Heights Police will disperse crowds of people behaving in an unsafe manner as they deem appropriate.

TENNIS COURTS   Tennis courts re-opened May 12th with restrictions: singles play, no handling the nets, gates, benches, etc., balls should be marked with a unique identifier, etc. More guidelines and rules are posted at the tennis courts.

 OLD ORCHARD COUNTRY CLUB GOLF OPERATIONS   The golf course re-opened May 1st under the guidelines of the state: tee times must be reserved ahead of time, only twosomes permitted, 15-minute interval tee times, etc. More guidelines and rules are posted on the course. For further details or to secure your tee time please visit www.oldorachrdcc.com  

PARK SHELTER AND FACILITY RENTALS   Currently, we are not accepting any reservations for park shelters, facility meeting room rentals, or pool parties. Once we return to regular business hours, we will begin taking reservations.

ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY   The Block Party has been canceled due to the pandemic.  The decision was made by the Prospect Heights City and Park District officials in the interest of public safety. Please save the date for next year: June 19, 2021

We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the Governor’s order. On behalf of the Park Board of Commissioners and staff, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time together. 

I wish health and safety for each of you, your families and friends.

Christina Ferraro
Executive Director | cferraro@phparks.org
847.666.4861

Look for updated information on the Park District’s website (www.phparks.org) and social media: Facebook, Twitter @ProspectHtsPrks and Instagram @PROSPECTHEIGHTSPARKDISTRICT

May 15, 2020

Old Orchard Country Club

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