Face Covering Mandate In Effect
Effective today, August 30, the Governor has placed Illinois under a mandatory mask mandate. The Grayslake Park District will require face coverings for all individuals over the age of 2, regardless of vaccinations status, in all GLPD facilities, or when participating in an indoor program. All updates are subject to change based on Illinois mitigations and guidelines.
Indoor Face Covering Update
Out of an abundance of caution for the general public, as well as GLPD staff, the Grayslake Park District will require visitors at all Grayslake Park District facilities to wear a face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This updated policy goes into effect August 24, 2021. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
All Sports Policy Update
On August 10, 2021 the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued guidance on all youth recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (high school and elementary school), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs.
For sports played indoors, individuals aged two years and older who can medically tolerate a mask, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
All spectators, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask in attendance at indoor youth sports events. All spectators must wear a mask if the event is held indoors in a public or nonpublic P-12 school setting.
Regardless of vaccination status, individuals may engage in training, competition, and other active exercise without wearing a mask for all sports played outdoors, except where required by laws, rules, or regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Spectators who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in attendance at outdoor youth sports events if unable to maintain recommended physical distance of at least 6 feet from non-household members or if the event is held in a community with substantial to high transmission.
For more information, please click here
Fall Program Guide
The Fall 2021 Program Guide will be available starting Monday, August 9, 2021. The Grayslake Park District will align with the latest guidance issued by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Face coverings are recommended by guidance from CDC, IDPH, etc., for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in any indoor public settings.
Bridge Phase Guidelines
Beginning Friday, May 21, 2021, Grayslake Park District will align with the latest guidance issued by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Please click here to review the updated guidelines we will follow.
Spring Programs Update
Some of your favorite programs return this spring! We are excited to offer a variety indoor, outdoor, in-person and virtual classes that align with Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. All updates are subject to change based on Illinois mitigations and guidelines.
The digital Spring Program Guide is here and registration is now open for Spring Programs! Register today for Youth T-Ball, Little Soccer League, Junior Chefs in Training, Virtual Pilates, Adult Kickball League, and so much more! The Spring Program Guide also includes Summer Camps, so you can start planning ahead.
The digital Program Guide features easy browsing, direct registration links, and the most accurate and up-to-date program information! Want to register? Click on a program title/description and you’ll be taken directly to our online registration site. It’s that simple!
Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required at all programs and events at the Recreation Center.
Due to the current safety guidelines, all indoor youth classes held at the Recreation Center are drop off programs. Instructors will meet participants outside and walk them into the building. Parents will drop off/pick up outside and will not be allowed to stay in the building.
We’re excited to offer Preschool Camps (2-5 years), Summer Fun 2021 Day Camp (K-6th Grade), and Specialty Camps (K-8th Grade)! All camp information is subject to change. Learn more about Summer Camps.
Grayslake Golf Course
The Grayslake Golf Course will soon open for the season! Book a tee time online.
Park and Picnic Rentals
We have a variety of picnic and park spaces available to rent. Reservations are available every day of the week from April 1 through October 31 for groups of 50 people or less. Find more information about Park and Facility Rentals.
Playgrounds and Parks
We encourage residents to visit our parks and 23 playgrounds regularly while practicing social distancing. View our interactive parks and facilities map to find a new park, walking trails, and athletic fields to explore!
The Grayslake Park District is hiring for Summer Camp staff, Concessions Staff, Golf Cashiers, and more. Find open positions on the employment page.
The Spring Program Guide is Here!
The digital Spring Program Guide is the place for springtime fun! Throughout the guide, you’ll find a variety of indoor, outdoor, in-person and virtual recreation opportunities to engage your mind and body. The guide also includes Summer Camps, so you can start planning ahead.
All classes will follow the latest safety guidelines to ensure everyone feels safe participating.
Registration for Spring Programs and Summer Camps opens on Monday, March 15.
Digital Spring Program Guide Coming Soon
This spring and summer, we are excited to offer a wide variety of ways to return to our parks, programs and activities safely. Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan provides more flexibility for parks and recreation. Mitigations during Phase 4 include increased occupancy within our facilities and programs. All updates are subject to change based on Illinois mitigations and guidelines.
Some of your favorite programs return this spring! The Spring Program Guide will be posted online on Monday, Mar. 8 and registration for spring programs will open on Monday, Mar. 15.
Tier 1 Updates
As you are likely aware, our region has moved intoTier 1 mitigations. This means the Grayslake Park District is able to resume operations similar to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois which was effective from June-November 2020. Tier 1 is the first phase of enhanced mitigations which includes face coverings be worn at all times. We are allowed to resume organized group recreational activities such as indoor group fitness, sports, and recreation programs, within certain guidelines.
The Tier 1 mitigations most impact the following:
- Youth Basketball will now be able to participate intra-team scrimmages.
- Jazzercise classes can now serve 25 people. Sign up in advance.
- In-person recreation programs are allowed for up to 10 people.
- Dance and I Love Learning Preschool will move forward as currently planned.
- Park District staff have modified our program experiences to allow for increased social distancing. Our staff follows enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure we are maintaining the safest environment possible in our facilities.
- Please bring a face covering with you to all Park District activities. Face coverings must be worn at all times while inside a Park District facility, including while participating in an activity.
- Winter Program Registration is ongoing and available online. Our Winter Program Guide continues to be updated regularly to reflect any program changes.
Playgrounds and Parks
- We encourage residents to visit our parks and trails regularly while practicing social distancing. Please remember to limit any groups to household members only and follow recommended safety guidelines for masks, hand washing, etc. Visit our parks map.
Safety will continue to be one of our top priorities. We have worked to follow guidelines and develop procedures to ensure we can provide a fun and safe recreational experience. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through these difficult times together.
Tier 2 Update
In-person classes are now permitted! On January 18, the Governor announced that the state of Illinois will be moving into Tier 2 mitigations effective immediately. This means many of our classes can resume in-person meetings. Grayslake Park District recreation supervisors will be contacting program participants with updated plans. Please check back as we will post updates on our social media platforms regularly.
As you are likely aware, the entire state of Illinois is in Phase 4 Tier 3 mitigation in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. These changes do have a significant impact on our recreational services. While we cannot predict what the coming weeks and months will bring, we remain hopeful that these mitigation efforts will help and allow us to return to operations at a fuller capacity before long. The health and well-being of our community has been and remains our top priority.
Our Winter Program Guide is currently available on our Program Guide webpage and includes programs that were planned in the fall before mitigation measures were in place. Virtual classes – like Pilates, Jazzercise, and Yoga – will continue as planned. For many programs in the guide, the start date may be delayed or adjusted and special events may be postponed until safety protocols are lifted. To align with Illinois Tier 3 Mitigations, some programs will begin virtually. Once safety protocols from the state are lifted, our programs will continue in-person.
If you have questions about plans for a specific program, please call the Administrative Office at (847) 223-7529 and we’ll be happy to provide additional information. The digital Winter Program Guide will be updated as more information is available, so be sure to check the Program Guide webpage regularly.
We encourage residents to visit our parks and trails regularly while practicing social distancing. Please remember to limit any groups to household members only and follow recommended safety guidelines for masks, hand washing, etc.
We will continue to provide updates to you as new details are released or when changes are made to mitigation restrictions. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through these difficult times together.
General Safety Measures
The safety of our patrons, their families and our staff is our top priority. While some classes have additional safety measures specific to the nature of the class, these are the general measures taken for all Grayslake Park District classes and programs.
- Class sizes have been reduced/limited to ensure smaller group sizes.
- Face coverings are required to enter the Recreation Center.
- Face coverings must be worn during indoor classes by participants and staff. Masks must cover the mouth and nose.
- Face coverings may be removed outdoors while actively exercising, as long as social distancing can be maintained.
- Hand sanitizer is available at all programs; staff have it for outdoor classes and it is available throughout the Recreation Center.
- High touch surfaces are cleaned after each class.
- Participants must complete a Daily Health Check confirming that they are healthy and nobody within their household has COVID-19 symptoms.
- For many classes, drop-off takes place outside to limit the number of people entering and exiting the building.
We will continue to implement necessary guidelines from the CDC and in coordination with our Park District Risk Management Agency recommendations to ensure we are incorporating and enforcing the highest standard of cleanliness and safety in our facility.
Take Our Survey!
The Grayslake Park District would like to better understand your comfort level regarding participating in our programs as we head into the cooler months.
While we are working diligently to keep our spaces sanitized and safe for our patrons, we’d like to know what else we can do to assure you feel safe and comfortable as we move more programs indoors.
Please take this brief survey by Sept. 30 and share your honest opinion with us: http://bit.ly/GLPD_Survey_Fall20
We deeply appreciate your feedback.
Register Today for Fall Programs
Fall is the time for fun at the Grayslake Park District! Find Your Fun inside the Fall Program Guide at www.glpd.com/program-guides. We’re proud to provide programs in a safe manner that align with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan.
A few programs to note:
I Love Learning Preschool: Registration is being accepted for 3 Year Old and 4 Year Old classes that begin the week of Sept. 7.
- Youth Programs: From Baseball 101 to Theatre Class, we have a bunch of youth recreation and sports classes that complement remote learning by providing in-person activities one day a week.
Expressions Dance Studio: We’re excited to welcome dancers back to the studio with safety precautions in place. Classes start the week of Sept. 14.
- Fitness: Remember to take time for yourself – sign up for Yoga in the Park, Jazzercise, Virtual Pilates, and more! In-person, outdoor, and virtual classes available.
- Esports/Gaming: Hey gamers – play Rocket League with us this fall! Rocket League is a family friendly game where you play soccer as cars.
Grayslake Golf Course: Get outside and enjoy our scenic and sporty 9-hole par 3 course that’s fun for all levels of golfers! Open Monday-Sunday from 7am until dusk.
In addition to what’s included in the Fall Program Guide, we’ve been working to create NEW classes that complement the remote learning day and/or give you something to look forward to!
- Fall After School Fun – NEW after school camp to keep kids active (and away from screens) after the remote learning day. Grades K-6th, Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30pm at the Recreation Center.
- Virtual Spanish Classes – interactive Spanish Lessons for Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and Adults conducted via Zoom by Language in Action, Inc. instructors.
- Flag Football Class – Due to low enrollment and new guidelines for youth sports during Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, we are turning our Flag Football League so your child can still play safely this fall.
We hope to see you (from a distance) this fall!
Fall Registration Opens August 10
We know there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the fall looks like, but one thing is for certain – we’re here for you! Program Guides arrive in mailboxes the week of Aug. 3 and registration opens Aug. 10! Take a look inside the Fall Program Guide at www.glpd.com/program-guides.
While we hope coronavirus conditions continue to improve, staff have made contingency plans so we can continue to offer classes during different phases of the Restore Illinois Plan. Next to nearly every program title in the Fall Program Guide is a series of icons indicating the class status during different phases. Please see page 4 for a full explanation of how to understand the icons.
In addition to the classes included the Fall Program Guide, we’re working to develop youth classes and programs that complement remote learning, like more sports classes to keep your child physically active. Stay tuned for details.
Jones Island Beach and Spray Park Reopening Update
Jones Island Beach
As of June 29, Jones Island Beach (243 Harvey Ave) is open for swimming. Individuals should follow social distancing guidelines and remain at least 6 feet from others. Group gatherings should be limited to 50 people or less.
Preparations are underway to reopen the Spray Park in Central Park (250 Library Lane) as early as this Thursday, July 2. We hope to open the Spray Park later this week once staff can test the equipment, treat the water, test PH levels, and complete other measures to ensure the facility is ready for use. IDPH guidelines require swimming facilities operate at 50% capacity, so only 44 people are allowed in the Spray Park at a time.
Playgrounds are now open! Please practice social distancing when visiting and wear a face covering when distancing is not possible. Playground use is limited to no more than 50 people at one time. It’s important to note that as recommended by the CDC, the Park District does not disinfect outdoor equipment, so please play at your own risk. Remember to sanitize/wash your hands before and after your visit.
While our parks and playgrounds are opening back up, the state has limitations on the size of gatherings that Illinois can have and ask that our community members respect those guidelines.
Phase 4 Reopening Updates
In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, staff continues to plan for the return of more programming and reopening of facilities as detailed in Phase 4-Revitalization of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan.
Below are the details grouped by area of interest.
Summer Fun 2020 will continue with limited group sizes and mostly outdoor activities. Summer Fun is our modified camp experience for grades K-6th with 1-week sessions held Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm at the Recreation Center.
Preschool Camps will continue as well, with lots of outdoor activities and safety guidelines in place. A new session of Preschool Camps start the week of July 6, including Little Busy Bees (3-4 years) and Fabulous 4s (4 years).
Sports Classes and Leagues
All sports programs can resume! Youth Sports classes and camps start in July. Adult sports leagues kick off soon – Softball starts July 10, Kickball starts July 16, and Sand Volleyball starts July 17.
In-person dance classes at the Expressions Dance Studio start in July! We’re finalizing details and hope to have more information next week. If you are interested, please contact Dance Director Meghan Reimers and she’ll let you know when class schedules are available!
The Grayslake Golf Course is open to the public with certain safety guidelines in place. Golfers must abide by general social distancing standards. Book a tee time in advance either online or by calling (847) 548-4713.
Parks and Playgrounds
Playgrounds are now open! However, playground use is at your own risk and playground equipment is not being sanitized. Please practice social distancing and avoid group gatherings. Parks remain open for walking, running, biking, and general recreation, as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Athletic Fields and Courts
All outdoor sport courts are open. Use of athletic fields for group/team practices is by permit only. Please contact the Grayslake Park District for permit information, fees, and guidelines.
Jones Island Beach and Spray Park
The Illinois Department of Public Health hasn’t released the updated guidelines for Swimming Facilities in Phase 4 yet, so Jones Island Beach (243 Harvey Ave) and the Spray Park in Central Park (250 Library Lane) will remain closed at this time. Once the IDPH releases guidelines, we’ll be able to confirm under what circumstances swimming facilities can reopen.
Park and Picnic Rentals
Park and Picnic Shelters are available for rental beginning July 6. A maximum of 50 people is allowed or 50% capacity. Rentals are not available for Jones Island Park at this time.
Administrative Office Hours
The Administrative Office will remain open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm (closed for lunch) and closed Saturday through Sunday. The office is open for walk-in registration and customer service/support is available at (847) 223-7529 during office hours.
Fall Program Guide
We plan to post the Fall Program Guide online and mail it to residents the week of August 10. While we hope coronavirus conditions continue to improve, staff are making contingency plans so we can continue offering classes during different phases of the Restore Illinois Plan.
Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support. Our team will continue to communicate updates through the end of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan. We hope to see you soon!
Jones Island Beach and Spray Park Remain Closed
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released Swimming Facility Guidelines and the guidelines specify that swimming beaches and water parks cannot open in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Therefore, Jones Island Beach (243 Harvey Ave, Grayslake) and the Spray Park in Central Park (250 Library Lane) will remain closed for the duration of Phase 3.
Please respect the guidelines and do not use the Jones Island Beach or swimming area. While the beach and the playground are currently closed, Jones Island Park remains open for walking, fishing, boating, and general recreation to those who comply with social distancing requirements. We hope to open the beach at some point this summer when it’s permitted by the state.
We’re just as excited as you are to cool off in Grays Lake, but our priority is protecting community health and following directions outlined by the State of Illinois. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Restore Illinois Plan, staff continues to plan for the return of programming and reopening of facilities as detailed in Phase 3-Recovery of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan. We continue to monitor the progress as we move through these phases, and we are prepared to adjust our plan as we get closer to Phase 4-Revitalization.
Below are some updates grouped by area of interest.
Administrative Office Hours
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 office is open for walk-in registration and customer service is available during office hours at (847) 223-7529. The Recreation Center will remain closed to the public at this time.
This year, due to COVID-19 and the extensive requirements set by the Restore Illinois Plan and Illinois Department of Public Health, we are not able to offer summer camp as we have in the past. Instead of multiple options, we are offering Summer Fun 2020 that can accommodate 40 participants to meet social distancing and various other safety guidelines during Phase 3 of Restore Illinois. Only one 5-day option is available, as we have less flexibility this summer due to space constraints. Priority registration will go to those people who had already registered for summer camps. More information will be released in the coming week. We hope to expand this offering should we reach subsequent phases in the plan this summer.
Our amazing instructors at Expressions Dance Studio have adapted all Summer Dance Classes to be held in a virtual/livestream format, so your child can continue improving their skills while dancing with their friends from home! Classes start the week of June 8.
Phase 3 Guidelines allow for outdoor fitness classes of up to 10 people, which is very exciting news! Keep an eye out for more information about Yoga in the Park and Jazzercise classes that will be held outdoors, so you can get back to nature and a workout routine. Virtual Pilates classes start the week of June 8.
The Grayslake Golf Course is open to the public with certain safety guidelines in place and golfers must abide by general social distancing standards. Players can now be grouped in foursomes. Book a tee time in advance either online or by calling (847) 548-4713.
Junior Golf Camp and Adult Golf Lessons begin the week of June 8. Group sizes will be limited and golfers will be expected to maintain social distancing. When social distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t possible, a face covering will be required.
Parks and Playgrounds
Parks have remained open for walking, running, and biking during the Stay-At-Home Order as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. However, playgrounds and park water fountains will remain closed until Phase 4, according to the Restore Illinois Plan.
Beach and Spray Park
The Beach at Jones Island Park and the Spray Park in Central Park are currently closed per the Governor’s Executive Order. We are waiting for updated guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding restrictions for beaches and spray parks in Phase 3. We hope to open the beach and spray park at some point this summer when it’s permitted by the State.
Athletic Fields and Courts
Outdoor tennis courts, pickleball courts, the disc golf course, and athletic fields are open. Use of athletic fields for group/team practices are by permit only. Please contact the Grayslake Park District for permit information, fees, and guidelines. Basketball and sand volleyball courts are open for practice only. No pick-up games can occur and social distancing must be maintained.
Fishing and Boating
Fishing and boating in groups of no more than 10 people are permitted.
Fall Program Guide
We plan to mail the Fall Program Guide to residents the week of August 10.
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. We hope to see you soon!
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: