We are all feeling isolated and trying to cope with the current crisis. We also know that especially during this stressful time access to nature through our local pars and green spaces offers important health benefits, both physical and mental. That means that we all must follow public health guidance and practice physical distancing so that these spaces will continue to be accessible. Please adhere to these tips when you visit a park, go for a walk or take a bike ride!
In addition to all cancelled programs and closed facilities, effective immediately Canine Campus Dog Park is closed until further notice. Parks are open. However, in order to maintain social distancing rules playgrounds, basketball, and tennis courts are closed.
Please remember, by Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order No. 8 social distancing rules and group size are in effect until further notice. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-342-4200.
3/23/2020 Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing
Statement from the National Recreation and Parks Asssocation
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared the following statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared the following statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 23, 2020, more than 800 organizations have signed on to voice support.
Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation. As organizations that support the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.
We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.
In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:
- Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
- Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
- While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
- Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
- Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.
We encourage local jurisdictions to keep parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.
Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.
3/21/2020 Stay-At-Home Update
3/16/2020 Building Closing Update
3/13/2020 URGENT UPDATE
3/12/2020 Message from Executive Director
Additional information on the COVID-19 pandemic, can be found at