News at the Woodridge Park District
March 25, 2020 Update:
Due to Covid-19, the registration dates for the 2020-2021 Totschool school year have been postponed. New dates will be posted later. Also, new registration dates for new swimmers for the Sea Lions Swim Team are as follows:
New Residents: April 28 from 7-8 PM at the Fred C. Hohnke Community Center
New Nonresidents: April 30 from 7-8 PM at the Fred C. Hohnke Community Center
March 20, 2020 Update:
The Woodridge Park District parks, trails and open spaces will remain open as an important public resource for fresh air, exercise and access to nature to help individuals cope physically and mentally during this challenging time. As Governor Pritzker noted in his announcement on March 20 of a statewide stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, the new guidelines still allow people outside to walk, run, bike and walk the dog as long as they comply with the CDCs social distancing guidelines.
The Districts original plan for closure/cancellation of programs and facilities through April 5 is now extended through April 7. Any additional program impacts will be assessed and communication to patrons.The following places/programs/events are closed/cancelled through April 7:
All park and school playgrounds.
Janes Avenue Park In-line Hockey/Futsal Court and Skate Park.
District facilities: Athletic Recreation Center (ARC), Fred C. Hohnke Community Center/Administrative Offices, Village Greens Golf Course.
All events; programs; league practices and games; and Park District board meetings
In addition to the above, the following spring events scheduled after April 7 are cancelled: Community Clean Up the Parks Day (free), Road Rally (refunds will be issued for those previously registered) and Motion Explosion (free).
Please follow these guidelines to ensure your visit to a park/open space or time on the trail is as safe as possible.
Note that all playgrounds are closed to limit the spread of the virus. The Park District and Woodridge Police ask that park users strictly conform to the CLOSED signs at the playgrounds as users may increase spread of COVID-19.
Use CDC guidelines on hygiene before, during and after your visit:
- Do not visit the trail if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
- Wash your hands before and after visiting.
- Carry and use hand sanitizer if you touch surfaces like handrails.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes (preferably with a disposable tissue).
Keep a minimum distance of six feet from other trail users at all times.
Warn others on the trail of your presence and step off the trail when necessary to maintain six feet of distance.
Bring your own food and waterdo not use drinking fountains.
Help us by carrying any trash out with you, particularly used tissues or food wrappers.
We will continue to monitor information from local, state and federal public health and governmental authorities to determine next steps if we need to extend the emergency closure beyond April 7. Be sure to keep an eye on this web page for additional updates.
March 18, 2020 Update:
Due to the recent facility closures, the dates of the Cypress Cove Season Pass Sale have been updated. You can now take advantage of early bird prices through Thursday, May 28.
Click here for more information about purchasing Cypress Cove season passes.
March 17, 2020 Update:
To All ARC Monthly, Annual, Track & Non-Commitment 30-Day Fitness Members,
The Woodridge Park District truly appreciates your patience as the District works through this unprecedented time. As much as we strive to get out information to you all in an expedited time frame, we first need to continually get thoroughly educated on the ever-changing information from public health officials, assess impacts on District operations both internally and externally, and understand various consequences on decision to be made. It is imperative that we continue to vet the information and decisions that affects us all before we convey that to you. We understand ones anxiety and need for information associated with this issue on all fronts, and we will continue to keep you informed on a factual basis as soon as possible.
Our first priority is the safety of our workforce, the general public and the fitness membership that use District facilities, hence the first major decision per the recommendations of federal, state, county and local public health officials was to close all District facilities through April 5th to minimize the potential of community spread.
We have been and will continue to closely and actively monitor this fluid situation. Changes are occurring daily and sometimes hourly. In some cases, there simply are not yet answers to the questions we seek. Nonetheless the following are answers to frequently asked questions that we can answer at this point in time and the decisions made:
How Long Will the Park District Be Shut Down?
As of this writing on March 17th, the District is officially closed through Sunday, April 5th. The District will continually monitor information and recommendations provided by federal, state and local public health officials in making future prudent decisions for the overall safety of District employees and facility users, which will be conveyed to all as soon as decisions are made.
Will Our Membership Terms Be Adjusted?
Yes! Annual, Track and No-Commitment 30-Day Fitness Memberships will be adjusted to add the number of days to ones membership period equal to the amount of days the facility is inaccessible during this emergency shutdown.
What Will Happen Regarding Billing for Members Who Are Billed Monthly?
The April 2020 billing has been suspended and memberships will be extended through May 1st.
The Woodridge Park District and ARC Fitness staff acknowledges the importance of keeping healthy and active on a daily basis while still practicing social distancing. Stay tuned for recommended fitness opportunities.
March 14, 2020 Update:
To all Woodridge Park District users impacted by the recent facility closings and program cancellations due to Covid-19, this upcoming week the Park District will be assessing all impacts of cancelled winter/spring programs, leagues, memberships and rentals related to rescheduling missed programs where possible, prorated refunds and/or fitness membership adjustments. Additionally, the District will review potential adjustments to registration timelines for upcoming Summer Activity Guide programs and Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park pass sales. We sincerely appreciate your patience as the Park District further assesses and sorts through these matters during this difficult time and we will continue to communicate updated information as soon as possible. Be safe!
March 13, 2020 Update:
As the Park District continues to monitor and react to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the safety of our patrons, participants, and staff remains our top priority. Due to increased uncertainty and following recommendations of local, state and federal public health officials to mitigate community spread, it is in the best interest of the community to close the Woodridge Park District Athletic Recreation Center (ARC) and Fred C. Hohnke Community Center/Administrative Office and cancel all programs, rentals and events starting tonight, Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, April 5, 2020. With regards to the status of the potential opening of Village Greens Golf Course for the season please visit www.villagegreensgolf.com.
Additionally, as of this posting on March 13, the Athletic Recreation Center (ARC), Fred C. Hohnke Community Center and Village Greens Golf Course Clubhouse remain as polling locations for the General Primary Election on Tuesday, March 17.
We will continuously evaluate the situation and inform the community of any updated decisions on this webpage.
March 12, 2020 Update:
Update Regarding the Programming Impacts of COVID-19
The Woodridge Park District continues to closely monitor updates and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. The Woodridge Park District is working closely with Woodridge School District #68 and other local government stakeholders to monitor the situation as it pertains to District programs, events and facilities.
With the health and safety of our patrons as a number one priority and out of an abundance of caution, as of today, March 12, the Woodridge Park District has made the following adjustments to programs that involve larger gatherings and vulnerable populations based on the recommendations of the above mentioned agencies.
All District facilities will remain open and winter/spring programs will run as scheduled (including the KIDZ Squad Before and After School program) with the exception of:
Youth Basketball League Practices & Games CANCELED
Youth Travel Soccer League Games POSTPONED
Youth In-house Soccer League Games CANCELED
Youth Volleyball League Games CANCELED
Golden Years Club Meetings CANCELED until further notice
Active Adult Clubs, Programs & Trips CANCELED through 4/30/20
Park District Programs Held at School District 68 Facilities Including All Star T-Ball and Volleyball Skills Training - CANCELED
As a matter of standard practice, our staff disinfects bathrooms and cleans classrooms, floors, fitness equipment, and frequently-touched surfaces daily. Those efforts have been increased to include but not limited to sanitizing counters, door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, sports equipment, fitness equipment, kids toys, etc.
This matter continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue to adjust as needed and post updates on the District's website to keep participants informed of any changes as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
March 3, 2020 Update:
The Woodridge Park District is carefully monitoring developments regarding the global spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is focused on ensuring that our staff and patrons take preventative measures to protect themselves from getting sick or stop the potential spread of illness to others.
We encourage our staff and patrons to be vigilant in preventing the spread of germs by practicing good hygiene. If you or any members of your family become ill, please stay home and do not participate in Park District programs or visit our facilities until you are well. As a matter of standard practice, our staff disinfects bathrooms and cleans classrooms, floors, fitness equipment, and frequently touched surfaces daily.
The CDC recommends taking the following measures, which are similar to those used to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Thank you for your help in keeping our participants and staff safe and healthy.
Click here to visit the CDC website for more information on steps you can take to minimize your risk.
Click here for information from the World Health Organization that dispels some myths surrounding the Coronavirus.