District suspends facility use, most programs

November 19, 2020 07:00 AM
 
covid19

Rise in COVID-19 cases results in new state requirements

As a result of the dramatic increase in coronavirus cases throughout Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this week new Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigation requirements that will take effect statewide beginning this Friday, November 20.
 
According to the new rules, on Friday, the Skokie Park District will close down most of its facilities and programs until further notice. (See specifics below.)
 
“As always, the health and safety of all Skokie Park District users is our priority,” said Executive Director Michelle Tuft. “As we open and close according to guidance from state and local health officials, we will continue to create new recreation opportunities for Skokie families to enjoy, be they in person or virtual. We will also continue to communicate district facility and program status changes as quickly as possible.”
 
Programs
Many current programs have been suspended or cancelled. Participants will be contacted regarding program status and virtual options. Future programs remain open for registration, pending possible changes due to COVID-19 guideline changes. The district’s Learn & Play program will go forward.
 
Rentals
Rentals at all facilities have been cancelled until further notice.

Open or Closed?

Parks
Skokie Park District parks will remain open. Masks are highly recommended, as well as social distancing and hand washing.
 
´╗┐Weber Leisure Center
Closed to the public, except:
  • The Fitness First health club will remain open to members, who may continue to reserve time blocks and use the track. Masks required.
  • The walking track is open to members.
  • All in-person group exercise classes are cancelled, but are available virtually (except spin classes).
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3500 for more information.
 
Weber Park Golf Course
Closed after November 25 for the season.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3600 for more information.
 
Skokie Sports Park
Golf Range and Mini Golf open, weather permitting.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3100 for more information.
 
Devonshire Cultural Center & Preschool
Closed to the public, except:
  • Devonshire Preschool will remain open per state guidelines.
  • Current program participants will be contacted regarding program status, including virtual options.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2400 for more information.
 
Oakton Community Center & The Exploritorium
Closed to the public, except:
  • Current program participants will be contacted regarding program status, including virtual options.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2700 for more information.
 
Emily Oaks Nature Center
Closed to the public, except:
  • Nature trail open: Mondays-Saturdays: 8 a.m.–sunset, Sundays: 10 a.m.–sunset
  • Current program participants will be contacted regarding program status, including virtual options.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 for more information.
 
Skatium Ice Arena
Closed to the public, except:
  • Reserved practice ice for current skaters. (Information will be emailed to participants.)
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2900 for more information.
 
Tot Learning Center
The center will remain open per state guidelines.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3400 for more information.
 
Skokie Heritage Museum & Log Cabin
Closed to the public, except:
  • Current program participants will be contacted regarding program status, including virtual options.
Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3000 for more information.
 
´╗┐Dammrich Rowing Center
Closed to the public.
 
Pooch Park
Open for members only.
 
 
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