Program Updates

8/18/2020

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!

8/3/2020

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.

6/29/2020

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.

Spray Park
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
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.

6/26/2020

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 Camps
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.

Dance Classes
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!

Golf
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!
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!

6/8/2020

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.

6/1/2020

Reopening Update

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.

Summer Camps
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.

Summer Dance
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.

Fitness
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.

Golf
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!

5/29/2020

Operations Update

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.

5/14/2020

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.

Program Guide
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.

Summer Events
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.

Summer Camps
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.

Golf
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.

4/27/2020

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.

4/24/2020

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:

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: