Stay Healthy: Coronavirus Adaptations

UPDATE

May 5, 2020

Dear Residents, Families & Patrons,

In support of Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order extension and Restore Illinois plan, Park District of Franklin Park facilities remain closed until further notice. Playground equipment including basketball courts, skateboarding areas and outdoor fitness equipment also remain closed.

The parks are open for socially distanced walking and running, but please keep the CDC recommended distance of six feet from another person. We need your help to keep your parks and community safe. We ask you to take social distancing to the fullest extent. If you or anyone in your family is sick, please stay home.

The Park District’s Transition Team is determining the safest and most efficient facility, program and event plans for our staff, residents, patrons and supporting vendors. We continue to work with the Franklin Park Health Department and the Cook County & Illinois Departments of Public Health to monitor and evaluate conditions.

We will provide continuous updates via email and Facebook. Meanwhile, feel free to contact us at 847-455-2852 or by direct staff email.

Your understanding and support in this challenging time is most appreciated.

Sincerely,

Park District of Franklin Park Staff


March 31, 2020

Dear Residents, Families & Patrons,

In support of Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order extension, Park District of Franklin Park facilities remain closed through Thursday, April 30. Playground equipment including basketball courts, tennis courts, skateboarding areas and outdoor fitness equipment also remain closed.

The parks are open for socially distanced walking and running, but please keep the CDC recommended distance of six feet from another person. We need your help to keep your parks and community safe. We ask you to take social distancing to the fullest extent. If you or anyone in your family is sick, please stay home.

The Park District continues to work with the Franklin Park Health Department and the Cook County & Illinois Departments of Public Health to monitor and evaluate conditions, providing updates on our website and Facebook page. Our priority is the safety of our Park District & community residents, patrons, families & staff.

Our full-time staff is working primarily from home with the exception of the Parks Department crew taking care of individual parks and a few team members overseeing offices and facilities.

As you know, Programs, Classes, and Activities are suspended. Meanwhile, staff in each Department are exploring plans and options to reschedule, on an event by event basis, wherever there is an opportunity.

We will provide continuous updates via email and Facebook. Frequently asked questions regarding our adaptations are posted on your website www.fpparks.org and the Ice Arena website www.fpice.com. If you have questions, please contact us at 847-455-2852 or contact_us@fpparks.org.

Your understanding and support in this challenging time is most appreciated.

Sincerely,

Joe Modrich

Director of Parks & Recreation

jmodrich@fpparks.org


March 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Families & Patrons, 

In support of the recommendations and strategy from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding social distancing and preventative measures to limit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in our community, we are closing Park District of Franklin Park Facilities beginning Friday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m., with a potential return date of Monday, April 6. These dates mirror the School District Closings and provide a unified community approach.  

The temporary limitation of traditional afterschool programs, team sports and social activities at the Park District will help the school closure interventions that are designed to restrain the virus spread.                       

Recreation event cancellations include Spring Break Camp, Days-Off Camp, Breakfast with Bunny, Flashlight Egg Hunt, and Children’s Egg Hunt. The Community Center Fitness Center, Gymnasium and Rental Rooms are closed during this period. Room Rentals will be contacted and reimbursed.                                        

All Ice Arena Programs during this period are suspended. Ice Arena staff will provide program-specific information along with this notice.                                                                                                       

The North Park Facility closing begins Monday, March 16 with the exception of voting for the March 17 election.                                                                                                                                                                                   

The programs, events and activities are whenever possible being suspended rather than cancelled. Every effort will be made to reschedule on an event by event basis.                                                                                           

We want to stress that the Coronavirus conditions are changing rapidly every day. Please note, there is no known case of COVID-19 at the Park District of Franklin Park or in our community. 

The Park District will continue to work with the Franklin Park Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor and evaluate conditions to provide updates on our website and Facebook page. Our priority is the safety of our Park District & community residents, patrons, families & staff.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Our facility offices will be staffed to answer your questions during regular business hours. We will also provide continuous updates via email and Facebook. 

We know this is a difficult time for everyone and appreciate your understanding and support. 

Sincerely,

Joe Modrich

Director of Parks & Recreation

jmodrich@fpparks.org

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