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The Skokie Park District is closed

Due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), all park district facilities, playgrounds and basketball courts have been closed through April 30. 

In addition, in order to protect residents and patrons, all Skokie Park District programs have been suspended through April 30. During this time, however, we are pleased to offer these stay-at-home activities!

3.26.20 – Enforcement of park usage guidelines
In cooperation with the Village of Skokie and the Skokie Police Department, police will begin enforcing the Skokie Park District’s policy of non-usage of all park playgrounds and basketball courts.

Per the governor’s “stay at home” order and the park district's current COVID-19 guidelines for visiting Skokie parks, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and not using playgrounds or basketball courts, police will be responding to non-emergency calls regarding individuals and groups violating these park district guidelines.

In this difficult time for all of us, please be reminded that police responses to these violations may hinder their responses to emergencies; therefore, everyone’s compliance with these common-sense park guidelines is greatly appreciated.

To report COVID-19 park guidelines non-compliance, please call (847) 982-5900.

For Skokie Park District COVID-19 news and updates, visit www.skokieparks.org.
For information regarding the Village of Skokie COVID-19 response, visit www.skokie.org.

3.25.20
As part of the Skokie Park District's current COVID-19 guidelines for those visiting Skokie parks, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and refraining from gathering in groups, the district has disabled the goals and nets on all park basketball courts. While we want our residents to enjoy Skokie parks, we want them to do so responsibly. We look forward to opening up basketball play for all when things return to normal. Thank you for your patience during this extraordinary time.

3.20.20 – District remains closed due to state "stay at home" order
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state beginning Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. through April 7, 2020. Accordingly, the Skokie Park District will remain closed through April 7. Additionally, per the governor's order, all Skokie Park District playgrounds and basketball courts are closed.

3.19.20 – Park Usage Guidelines
In this extraordinary time, the Skokie Park District sympathizes with all Skokie residents who rely on us for their outdoor recreational needs. We know that our parks provide a great source of relief for all of our residents – adults and children alike. 

With that in mind, we ask that while visiting Skokie parks, residents and guests please observe Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 guidelines, which include staying at least 6-feet away from others and refraining from gathering in groups. This also means avoiding playdates, picnics, pick-up games, and team practices. Also, per state order, all playgrounds and basketball courts are closed. Finally, and most importantly, if you are not feeling well, please stay home until you have fully recovered.

Thank you for your efforts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Together, Skokie residents can limit the impact!

3.16.20 – Future Special Event Cancellations
The CDC recommends that through May 10, organizers cancel or postpone events that consist of 50 people or more. Therefore, the following Skokie Park District spring special events have been cancelled:

Note, ALL programs, classes and events have been cancelled through March 29.

  • Breakfast with the Bunny & Egg Hunt – April 4
  • Skokie’s Spring Greening Recycling - April 19
  • Diamond Dust Softball Tournament – April 25
  • Spring Flea Market, Oakton Center – April 25
  • Renaissance Festival, Skokie Heritage Museum – April 25
  • Weber Showcase – April 26
  • Earth Day, Emily Oaks Nature Center – April 26
  • Craft Fair at Oakton Center – May 2
  • Devonshire theater, music and dance shows through May 10 may be rescheduled or live streamed for ticket holders.

This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

3.11.20 Story
The health of our residents is a priority for the Skokie Park District. Please be aware of measures taken by the district to control the spread of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus).

Covid-19 information video(link opens in new tab)

The World Health Organization has raised concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 globally and in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Governor's Office are closely monitoring the situation. 

CDC Continues to Investigate
As more data about the transmission of coronavirus becomes available, the CDC continues to modify its recommendations. For the most up-to-date information and recommendations, please visit these sites:

CDC Coronavirus website(link opens in new tab) 

IDPH Coronavirus website(link opens in new tab)

In addition to Skokie Park District staff maintaining best cleaning practices within the district, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission through everyday practices is the best way to keep healthy.

For now, the CDC recommends following measures similar to those used to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Clean surfaces regularly. (It may be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object.)

If a member of your family contracts the coronavirus, please contact Michelle Tuft at (847) 929-7181 or email her at mtuft@skokieparks.org.

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