COVID-19 Update

April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker extended the Stay-at-Home Order through April 30 in an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Due to this extension, all Vernon Hills Park District facilities will remain closed and all programs and events through April are cancelled.
During this time, we must work together so we can continue to enjoy the outdoors safely. As a reminder, all playgrounds, ball fields, and athletic courts are closed and the use of the play equipment is prohibited. Together, we can do this to ensure that our parks and open spaces remain open, accessible, welcoming and inclusive to all people.
As park and recreation professionals, we know in our hearts that good mental health is often related to having access to the outdoors and green space. Research over the years has shown that when people are more stressed, anxious and socially isolated, as we are right now due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, having access to parks, paths and natural areas becomes even more important. Spending time walking and biking on park paths is one effective way to cope.
As the weather warms, and more people are outdoors, we need to be especially aware of following social distancing guidelines. We are in this together and everyone needs to do their part by complying with the Governor’s order.

 

March 20, 2020

This afternoon, Governor Pritzker issued a new Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home beginning Saturday, March 21, at 5 pm through April 7, 2020. All Park District operations will resume on Wednesday, April 8.

Walking and biking paths in our parks will remain open, please practice social distancing while enjoying our paths. All of our playgrounds and park amenities are closed until further notice. This includes athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, the futsol court and outdoor fitness equipment.

 

March 16, 2020

The Vernon Hills Park District is continuing to work closely with local, state and federal agencies to monitor the rapidly moving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. As always, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. After evaluating our district’s programs and services and coordinating with local agencies, we are taking the following steps to facilitate social distancing in public places:

Effective Tuesday, March 17, at 9:00 pm, all park district facilities, that includes the Sullivan Community Center, Lakeview Fitness, and Little Learners Childcare, will be closed until Sunday, April 5.  All Park District operations will resume on Monday, April 6.  The exception to this is the polling location of the Sullivan Community Center is still scheduled to be open Tuesday, March 17 from 6 am – 7 pm.  All parks will remain open and the restroom facilities at the Century Park Pavilion will remain open.

We believe, although an inconvenience, these closures will ultimately benefit the health and welfare of our community. “We have a responsibility for the health and well-being of our community and staff and we’re playing our small part in slowing the spread of this virus,” said Executive Director Jeff Fougerousse.

Participants will be refunded or credited for any cancelled programs, rentals, and events. We will evaluate fitness memberships and based on the length of closure, determine a manner in which to compensate members. 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.

Please understand that this is a quickly evolving situation and we will be posting updates on our website, www.vhparkdistrict.org, and Facebook pages as changes occur. If you need to contact staff, please leave a voicemail at (847) 996-6800 and your call will be returned by a staff member.  Inquiries can also be made through Contact Us on the website.

Thank you for your support and understanding.  We surely hope you and your family remain healthy.