As we enter Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, the Administrative Office will be open starting Monday, June 1. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm (closed for lunch) and closed Saturday though Sunday. The Recreation Center will remain closed to the public at this time.
Park and Program Updates
Summer is usually a very busy time at the Grayslake Park District, filled with activities, summer camps, and special events. The Park District is following guidelines the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Illinois Department of Public Healthy (IDPH) pertaining to public parks and recreation activities and facilities.
Fortunately, our parks remain open for passive recreation such as walking, running, and biking! We encourage residents to visit our parks regularly to enjoy fresh air, maintain physical and mental health while practicing social distancing.
Below are some updates grouped by area of interest.
Normally, our Summer Program Guide would have been delivered to mailboxes in early May. The Summer Guide is now available online with summer classes, but will not be mailed this year. Program dates are subject to change per the Restore Illinois Plan. We still encourage you to sign up for classes you’re interested in and when a class cannot meet in person, we expect to offer a virtual format instead.
Large summer events are unlikely to occur given what we know about the current pandemic and Restore Illinois Guidelines. While we look forward to summer events as much as you do, we want to ensure we’re helping promote the health and safety of our community. It’s with heavy hearts that we have cancelled the Taste of Grayslake Family Picnic & Fireworks. We are postponing other summer events, like the George Weinert Fishing Derby, and hope to hold them in the fall.
Due to the current situation, it is unlikely we will be able to provide summer camps in the same format as in the past. We understand that summer day programs remains a primary need for many of our families this summer. We hope to be able to provide a modified summer camp experience for your child. However, the Restore Illinois guidelines only allow us to provide these programs once Illinois reaches Phase 3. Additional details and safety requirements have not yet been released. Once we receive necessary information from the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Governor we intend to provide you with new summer day program options and registration details.
Parks, Playgrounds, & Sports Fields/Courts
Our Parks Department is working diligently to maintain the parks for your enjoyment. While playgrounds remain closed, walking paths and open spaces may be used by those practicing social distancing. Tennis and pickleball courts are open for singles play only. These are the only outdoor sports available at this time. Gatherings including team sports and practices are not allowed. We are monitoring parks, but we are counting on the entire community to do their part to ensure that social distancing efforts are as successful as possible. As we enter into subsequent phases of the Governor’s plan, we expect to be able to expand access incrementally. As a reminder, all public washroom facilities remain closed at this time.
The Grayslake Golf Course is open to the public with certain restrictions in place. Golfers must abide by the general social distancing standards outlined in the Stay-At-Home Order and players must be grouped in twosomes. Tee times must be reserved in advance either online or by calling (847) 548-4713. Please familiarize yourself with the Safety Rules before visiting the course.
Fishing and Boating
Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people are permitted.
Park Shelter and Facility Rentals
Park and facility rentals remain unavailable. We will accept reservations once it is permitted by the Restore Illinois Plan.
We will continue to communicate updates through the end of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support.
Grayslake Golf Course to Open May 1
The Grayslake Golf Course will open to the public on Friday, May 1 with certain restrictions in place. In addition to the general social distancing standards outlined in the Stay-At-Home Order, golfers need to abide by the following restrictions provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.
- If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.
- All patrons must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Tee times are being offered in 15 minute intervals.
- Players must reserve a tee time in advance either online at www.grayslakegolfcourse.com/teetimes or by calling the Clubhouse (847-548-4713). Walk-ins are not allowed.
- Only twosomes are allowed.
- Golfers should wear a face covering when social distancing isn’t possible, such as when checking in.
- Insist on social distancing on tees, greens, and throughout the round.
- Players shall maintain adequate physical distancing between other twosomes.
- Bring your own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, pull cart, water, towel, snacks, and any other equipment needed.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use during and at the end of the round.
- Players should pick up their own ball and handle their own scorecard.
- Leave the flag in place while putting.
- Sort out the sand in the bunker with a club.
Following these precautions and operational restrictions allows us to keep the course open. Thank you for your cooperation.
Closures Extended and New Virtual Classes Offered
Governor Pritzker extended the Stay at Home Order through the end of May. Therefore, Grayslake Park District facilities will remain closed and all in-person programs are cancelled through May 31.
Rather than simply cancel classes, staff are busy making accommodations to push back the start date of spring programs, like T-Ball and Little Soccer League. We’d prefer to still hold classes later this summer if we can instead of simply cancelling. If you’re registered for a spring program, staff will be in touch with details. We appreciate your flexibility as the situation is fluid.
Since the extension of the Stay at Home Order means at least another month at home, the Grayslake Park District is excited to announce a selection of NEW Virtual Classes. Learn more about upcoming Virtual Classes and other fun activities on our Find Your Fun at Home page.
The Summer Program Guide will be available on May 4 at www.glpd.com and will contain information about the tentative new dates for rescheduled spring and summer programs. Please note that the Program Guide will not be mailed and will only be available digitally.
We appreciate your continued support during this difficult time.
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:
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
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: