Park district status for Phase 4 announced

June 26, 2020 03:13 PM
 

The Skokie Park District is now in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. See the current status of the following facilities, parks, programs, and events below. (A decision has yet to be made on opening the Skokie Water Playground.) 

Camp2.0Summer Camp 2.0 is here! 

As promised, the new Summer Camp 2.0 Guide is now available. The guide includes camp registration links, as well as links to all district summer program types.

Click here to view the Guide!
 

Skokie’s Backlot Bash cancelled for 2020 

With much regret, Skokie's Backlot Bash, scheduled for August 28-30, has officially been cancelled due to Illinois' Restore Illinois backlot_4-color-logoPhase 4 guidelines, which calls for no group activities to be attended by more than 50 people and for 6 feet of social distancing. The Backlot Dash 5K, regrettably, has also been cancelled. (A virtual 5K option will be announced soon.)

The Bash organizing team is already working behind the scenes to bring both popular events back, August 27-29, 2021. 

Check backlotbash.com in the spring of 2021 for details.
 

Parks, playgrounds & courts

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Park playgrounds
Park district playgrounds are now open, but please be advised that the equipment is not sanitized, therefore patrons use playgrounds at their own risk and under the following rules:
 
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6-feet from others at all times.
  • When not with your stay-at-home group, wear a mask (covering your mouth and nose).
  • Carry hand sanitizer and sanitize frequently, and immediately after touching equipment.
Basketball courts are now open, under COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
 
Tennis and pickleball courts will remain open under the guidelines posted at the courts. 
 
Park shelters and park restrooms will open on Monday, June 29.
 
Pooch Park is now open to members.
 
As before, please continue to enjoy walking, running and gathering in small groups in Skokie Park District parks, maintaining social distancing guidelines when necessary.
 

Devonshire Cultural Center

musicThe Devonshire Cultural Center will continue to be closed to the public with the following exceptions, all of which require a prior reservation. Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2400 for information.

Summer Camps
Click here to view and register for new summer camps that will take place at Devonshire this summer.

Programs
Music and theater classes are now available by reservation only, with in-person dance classes coming soon. Search and register for all summer programs here.
 

Emily Oaks Nature Center

The Emily Oaks Nature Center visitor's facility and its restrooms will continue to be closed to the public with the following exceptions. Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 for information.

eoncNature Trails
Due to summer camps taking place onsite, access to the nature center trails is currently restricted on weekdays. The gate now opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closes promptly at sunset. Weekend trail hours are Saturday, 8 a.m. to sunset and Sunday, 10 a.m. to sunset.

Summer Camps
Click here to view and register for new summer camps that will take place at Emily Oaks Nature Center this summer.

Programs
Click here to register for Emily Oaks Nature Center summer programs.

Volunteers
View information about volunteer workdays at Emily Oaks Nature Center.

Native Plant Sale
View the Native Plant Sales Sheet listing species available and describing purchase and pick-up procedures.
 

Oakton Community Center & Exploritorium

OaktonCenter18The Oakton Community Center and the Exploritorium will continue to be closed to the public with the following exceptions, all of which require a prior reservation. Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2700 for information.

Summer Camps
Click here to view and register for new summer camps that will take place at Oakton this summer.

Programs
Outdoor senior exercise, in-person yoga and dog obedience classes are available. Search and register for classes here.

The Exploritorium
The Exploritorium is a high contact indoor facility and will remain closed. However, that status might change if there is a state reassessment of Phase 4 in the future. Stay tuned. 
 

Skatium Ice Arena

Skatium-exteriorThe Skatium Ice Arena will continue to be closed to the public with the following exceptions, all of which require a prior reservation. Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2900 for information.

Programs
Click here to view and register for summer figure skating programs.
Click here to view and register for summer hockey programs.

Public Skate Sessions
Public skating will begin on July 11  and will be held on weekends, Saturday, 1:30-3 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30-2 p.m. 
 

DSC_0188Skokie Heritage Museum

Visitors to the Skokie Heritage Museum will require a prior reservation by calling (847) 674-1500, ext. 3000.

Summer Camps
Click here to view and register for new summer camps that will take place at the museum this summer.


 

Skokie Sports Park

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The Skokie Sports Park golf range, adventure (mini) golf and batting cages are all open. Click here for information.

Skokie Water Playground

swpThe Skokie Water Playground is set to open in mid-July, after pool management hire and train staff, fill the pools and ready the facility to be safe for all customers during the current pandemic. (The Devonshire Aquatic Center will remain closed this summer.)

 
Stay tuned for an official opening date announcement, as well as COVID-19 pool user guidelines.

TLCTot Learning Center

Tot Learning Center is open. Click here for enrollment information. 
 

 

Weber Leisure Center & Fitness First

weber18The Weber Leisure Center will continue to be closed to the public with the following exceptions, all of which require a prior reservation:

Fitness First health club
Fitness First is ready to reopen and we have a plan! We are excited to announce that we will be re-activating memberships effective Friday, June 26. (Monthly memberships will be billed July 7 for the month of July.) 

Fitness First will be open to members for 90 minute blocks of time by reservation only. (The club will be cleaned for 30 minutes in between these time periods.) Member reservations may be made for blocks Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reserve a time block here.

fitness-firstFitness First Classes
Fitness First members only may register for classes at these links: in-person group exercise classeslivestream classes and 1-on-1 personal training. New memberships will be available coming soon.

Members who are not quite ready to activate their membership or have any questions may call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3500 or email Jennie Bever at JBever@skokieparks.org. We are here to help!

For more details about our offerings and what we are doing to keep you safe, click here.

Summer Camps, Early Childhood & Youth Programs
Click here to view and register for summer camps and for kids' programming that will take place at Weber this summer.

Walking/RunningTrack
By reservation only. Member reservations may be made for 90 minute blocks Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reserve a time block here.

Coming Soon!
Check back with us later in July for potential openings of the Weber Gym, table tennis and Kids First babysitting.
 

Weber Park Golf Course

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The Weber Park Golf Course is open. Click here for information.
 

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