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Parks and Recreation Department COVID-19 Update

Summer is a highly anticipated and enjoyed season in the Village of Lincolnwood, typically filled with many activities such as swimming, day camps, and special events. The Village of Lincolnwood is following the guidance set forth by the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as it pertains to public parks and recreation programs and facilities. As updated guidance becomes available, the Village evaluates how it applies to our community’s unique programs and facilities. The Village strives to determine the feasibility of offering recreational services, with the safety and health of our residents, participants, and visitors at the forefront. 

After a great deal of research, creative planning, and discussion, during the June 2, 2020, Village Board meeting, the Village Board voted to close the aquatic center and Lincolnwood summer day camp program in 2020. Full refunds for passes and registrations are being processed as quickly as possible.

The Village understands that summer without the aquatic center and summer day camp will be very different. Facilitating a fun-filled summer alongside the many community members who join our team as summer employees is the highlight of each year for the Village’s Parks and Recreation Department. Our team will strive to provide ways for the community to connect safely, given guidelines available through the IDPH and Restore Illinois Plan.

Recreational Programs

The Village also understands there is both a desire and need for recreational programs and activities this summer. Virtual programming options begin during the first week of June, Park in a Bag activity packets are available for at-home recreation, and a variety of small group programs for youth and adults will begin later this month.

FUNdamental Care, a program designed to provide care to families who are in need of child care this summer, has also been developed and is scheduled to begin June 15. This program is not a recreational camp; it will provide a safe place and appropriately distanced activities for children during a portion of the workday. More information can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department located here.

Special Events

The Restore Illinois Plan prohibits gatherings of over 50 people until Phase 5. All community events are on hold until further notice. As guidelines permit, our team will strive to provide engagement through creative outlets that adhere to distancing guidelines and gathering size restrictions.

Parks & Facilities

Lincolnwood’s parks and trails are open for passive recreation, walking, running, and biking. We encourage residents to visit our parks to enjoy these beautiful spaces while maintaining distancing. As of May 29, 2020, the Village’s tennis courts have reopened for play while following posted guidelines. The Village’s playgrounds, sport courts, skate park, sports fields, picnic shelter, and community center continue to remain temporarily closed. The Village is monitoring guidance from the IDPH and the CDC and will make adjustments to these closures when possible.

Although we are unable to physically gather as a community right now, we look forward to connecting with you in new and creative ways throughout the summer and beyond. Stay tuned to the Village’s social media pages and websites for updates on recreational programs, events, and facilities.

The Village’s Parks and Recreation Department is anxious to fully serve our community’s recreational needs and pursuits once again. At this time, we understand that the most important service we can provide is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your understanding and wish you continued wellness.

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