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Posted on: May 18, 2020

State of the Park District Summer 2020

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Summer is just around the corner and normally the Itasca Park District is bustling with preparing for activities such as; day camps, swimming, softball leagues, outdoor special events and more. Typically, our parks are filled with kids at the playgrounds and friendly games of baseball, tennis and basketball – waiting for the final school bell to ring on the last day, as a sure sign of summer break. We are hoping to get back to this soon!

The Park District is closely following recommendations from the Governor’s office, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation activities and facilities. Currently, we are awaiting further direction from these agencies in order to make appropriate decisions on how activities will be affected this summer. In the meantime, staff has been busy preparing these great summer offerings

Itasca Fitness Center
We anticipate offering fitness classes for groups of 10 sometime in June and personal trainings. Staff is developing a reopening plan to welcome you back as soon as State guidelines allow. Watch for our email blasts, social media sites and our website for of our Fitness Plans as they become available.  

Special Events
Although many of our “normal” special events have been cancelled, please watch for details on new events which are being developed now: Virtual Bingo, Drive-In Movie, Virtual Concerts and more to come this summer.  

Parks
All parks are open to take a walk, jog or run. Our two community gardens will reopen on Memorial Day Weekend. You may register for a plot online. The Barking Lot, playgrounds and basketball courts remain closed at this time. Also, as a friendly reminder, currently there are no group activities in the parks. And please remember to maintain social distancing while enjoying the park paths. 

Itasca Waterpark
As many of you area aware, the vast majority of Chicago suburban park districts have already announced the 2020 season closure of their public pools. After much review, it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the Itasca Waterpark will be closed for the 2020 Summer Season. This decision did not come easily, and was made in the best interest of our patrons and staff due to the current COVID 19 Pandemic. The Itasca Waterpark Bathhouse Construction Project will proceed as planned and construction will begin in June 2020. We can’t wait for everyone to dive back in at the 2021 Memorial Day Weekend Grand Opening! 

On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners, and Staff, thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well and please stay informed by visiting www.itascaparkdistrict.com. We also encourage everyone to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guest Service Staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-3:30 pm to answer your calls at 630-773-2257.

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