Program Updates

4/1/2020 at 9:35am

Closures Extended Through End of April

The Grayslake Park District is committed to doing our part to keep the community safe and healthy. We continue to monitor the latest guidance from public health experts and we hope to return to regular operations as soon as possible

Yesterday Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order was extended through the end of April. Therefore, all Grayslake Park District facilities will remain closed and all programs are cancelled through April 30. As a reminder, the Grayslake Golf Course, playgrounds, ball fields, and basketball courts are closed and the use of the play equipment is prohibited. Although our trails remain open, we ask everyone to do their part and practice social distancing guidelines at all times.

Staff are making accommodations to push back the start date of some spring programs, so please watch your email for more information. Please be patient as staff are processing refund requests as quickly as possible.

3/20/20 at 7:35pm

Playgrounds Are Closed

On March 20, Governor Pritzker issued a new Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home (with limited exceptions) from Saturday, March 21, at 5 pm through April 30, 2020.

Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-10, all Grayslake Park District playgrounds are closed to public use until further notice.

The order specifically states individuals may leave their residences to engage in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, running or biking and may go to public parks and use trails if they comply with the Social Distancing Requirements defined in the order. Therefore, Grayslake Park District parks and trails will remain open.

Additionally, the Grayslake Park District is extending the closure of its facilities and cancellation of all programs through April 30. Staff will continue to work remotely from 8:30am-5pm.

3/20/20 at 9:35am

Social Distancing: Parks & Open Spaces

In this uncertain time, we are fortunate to have access to open spaces and fresh air. The physical and mental benefits of getting outside are numerous. Spending recreational time in our parks can ease anxiety, reduce stress, expend excess energy and help see us and our families through the tensions of battling the COVID-19 virus.

With these benefits in mind, it is important to remain mindful and practice social distancing regardless of where you are. We must all take responsibility for our own actions, and that of our children, to ensure we are best employing the use of open space without putting people at risk. We want to make sure our community enjoys our parks while staying safe and healthy. Please practice the following guidelines when visiting our parks and open spaces:

SOCIAL DISTANCING
Maintain a 6 foot space between yourself and others at the park at all times.

SUPERVISE YOUNG CHILDREN
Supervise your children to maintain distance from others visiting/playing at the park.

GROUPS IN THE PARK
Please respect the CDC guidelines and do not create spontaneous events of 10 or more people such as play dates, pick-up games, team practices, etc. until further notice. If you encounter others, please maintain the 6 foot distance between each person.

ALERT OF YOUR PRESENCE
When passing others, alert them of your presence to allow adequate space for you to pass.

STAY HOME IF UNWELL
If you, or a member of your household are feeling unwell, keep your neighbors safe and stay at home.

Please explain these guidelines to children and other family members who may visit parks without supervision. Make sure to sanitize and wash hands before and after spending time at the park.

3/16/20 at 12:42pm

COVID-19 Cancellation and Closure FAQs

We appreciate your patience during our closures and cancellations (March 13-April 7). Below are answers to some common questions we have received. Due to the evolving nature of current events, information is subject to change.

How long will the cancellations last?
All activities, rentals, and events are suspended until Monday, April 6. Closures and cancellations will be reassessed and communicated to the public at that time. We are taking direction from the Centers for Disease Control and the Lake County Health Department.

Is the Administrative Office open?
The Administrative Office is closed until further notice. Staff will be working remotely from 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday.

Is the Grayslake Golf Course open?
No, all Grayslake Park District buildings and facilities are closed until further notice.

Are parks open?
All parks and walking trails remain open to the public. We encourage you to practice social distancing if you encounter other people. All park rentals are canceled until further notice.

Can I still register for programs?
Yes, online registration will remain open during closures.

How can I get a refund for my program?
For persons registered in a canceled program, you will receive a refund for programs that haven’t started. Refunds may take time to process as district staff will be practicing social distancing as well. Rentals during the closure period will be canceled and you will receive a credit or refund upon request. Staff are working on contingency plans for rescheduling programs and adjusting schedules where possible.

Why is the District taking these steps?
Staff acted on the guidance of the CDC and other public health officials. Because most of our programs and facilities are large public gathering places, we felt these temporary closures were in the best interest of public health.

3/13/20 at 2:41pm

Program Updates

Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, the Grayslake Park District is suspending all programs from Friday, March 13 at 3pm through at least Monday, April 6. While the Park District has no confirmed COVID-19 cases, we are exercising an abundance of caution. The Park District closure follows Grayslake area schools (District 46 and District 127) and recommendations from public health officials to minimize exposure to participants and staff.

All activities, rentals, and events are suspended until Monday, April 6. This includes I Love Learning Preschool, early childhood classes, dance, youth sports, youth recreation, Jazzercise, open gyms, special events, and any other programs offered in our facilities. All rentals during this time period will be cancelled.

Closures and cancellations will be reassessed and communicated to the public. This is a fluid and evolving situation. The Park District will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

We recognize the seriousness of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our community. We urge all residents to follow the Center for Disease Control’s tips by staying home if sick; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing hands with soap and water. For more information and recommendations, go to: